Chimp Haven

Content & Design Specialist


Keithville, LA


Full Time

POSITION TITLE:  Content & Design Specialist 
REPORTS TO:  Content Officer 
Shift:  Days, but some evening and weekend work will be required 
Status:  Full-time 
FLSA:     Hourly; non-exempt 
Risk Level: 1 
ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW:  Outside Shreveport, Louisiana, on 200 acres of beautiful, forested sanctuary, more than 300 chimpanzees, many of whom were used in biomedical research, are living the good life — or, as we like to call it, the Chimp Life. At Chimp Haven, chimps retired from research experience the joys they would have enjoyed in the wild: climbing trees, living in large, bonded social groups, eating their favorite fruits, running, playing, exploring, and — best of all — choosing how they spend their days. We believe they all deserve a chance to live the Chimp Life, and our dedicated team is committed to providing them with the very best care and a wonderful life at sanctuary. 

Chimp Haven offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits, extensive training, and opportunities for professional advancement. We are committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce, and are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions. 
THE OPPORTUNITY:A member of the development and communications team, the Content & Design Specialist will produce content for web and social media, graphic design, print collateral, and merchandise for the sanctuary. This individual will create videos, photography, and storytelling for web and social media, graphics and branded collateral, and will work closely with animal care teams to photograph the chimps and collect and organize stories, bios, and various types of content for the marketing team. 
  • Lead visual branding efforts for the sanctuary, including photography, video, digital and print collateral.
  • In partnership with the Content Officer and animal care teams, drive creative storytelling for the sanctuary through a variety of formats, including video, photography, social media, blogs, email, and other channels. 
  • Produce content for web and social media; develop content ideas and help manage the organization’s editorial calendar. Shoot and edit brand-right photos and videos.
  • Design graphics and collateral for the organization, including digital content, printed and digital newsletters, physical signage, printed invitations, and physical merchandise, ensuring consistent, brand-right content and designs across all official Chimp Haven communications and materials. Manage printing and merchandise fulfillment vendor relationships.
  • Manage searchable digital asset database for the organization, to include chimpanzee photos, bios, and stories for marketing purposes, as well as marketing collateral, videos, photos, and design files. 
  • Develop and grow Chimp Haven’s merchandise program and manage online and onsite sales and inventory; drive sales and meet revenue goals associated with merchandise. 
  • Share trends and ideas for merch and content to help grow Chimp Haven audiences and achieve fundraising goals.
  • Work with care staff to gather animal-related information for social media, media pitching and donor relationship building as needed. Effectively direct and coach staff and other stakeholders who participate and/or speak in videos, ensuring clear execution of script and creative direction and effective storytelling.
  • Work with Content Officer and other members of leadership team to incorporate feedback and edits to all designs, collateral, and content. 
  • Assist with sanctuary tours and events as needed.

  • Attend training regarding chimpanzee safety, well-being, and species-typical behaviors; seek out other learning opportunities to advance sanctuary knowledge.
  • Exhibit the highest ethical and moral values possible.
  • Represent Chimp Haven in a professional manner at all times.
  • Other duties as assigned.


·        Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Marketing, Design, or related field and 2-4 years’ related experience.

·        Strong technical skills. Proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint) and Adobe Creative Suites (Photoshop, Premiere Pro, InDesign and Illustrator).

·        Excellent organizational skills.

·        Excellent photography, graphic design, and video editing skills.

·        Excellent written and oral communication skills.

·        A passion for the mission and purpose of Chimp Haven.


  • Enthusiasm for engaging with people – including staff, supporters, visitors, and donors – about Chimp Haven’s work and mission.
  • A strong understanding of storytelling and how to best elevate content with visual aids. 
  • Ability to proactively lead projects and create programs. 
  • Willingness to seek and listen to feedback from others and find the best way to incorporate feedback.
  • Ability and willingness to work in a fast-paced, high-profile environment, managing multiple projects, competing priorities and tight deadlines.



This position will be based at Chimp Haven in Keithville, LA. 

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