About Candlelighters

Candlelighters Story

Candlelighters For Children With Cancer was founded in 1977 by five families who had one thing in common, a child impacted by cancer.

At that time, no services existed to support families going through this journey. Now, local childrens hospitals and families have come to depend on Candlelighters community of support. Candlelighters helps families with basic needs and beyond, providing ways to connect with other families who understand what it’s like to have a child with cancer. With the help of emergency financial assistance, monthly family activities, in-hospital meals and a family camp, our goal is to ensure that families have the resources and connections they need to navigate childhood cancer together.

Today, forty four years later, the organization has transformed and supported over 90,000 family members through the crisis of childhood cancer.

Candlelighters provides support for families every step of the way from diagnosis through treatment and beyond, providing programs such as emergency financial assistance, an annual family camp, family activities, bereavement support, and a hospital meal program that offers comfort and support for families during a difficult journey. Through it all, we never charge families a dime – ever!

Our mission is to provide a community of healing, hope, and light throughout the life-long journey of childhood cancer.

We focus on long-term partnerships and life-long relationships.

We are experts in whole-family support.

We build transformational relationships, not transactional support.

Candlelighters Staff

Sarah Breece

Sarah Breece

Executive Director

Lisa Chavez

Lisa Chavez

Programs Manager

Angela Griffin-Meyers

Angela Griffin-Meyers

Marketing Manager

Jennifer Kelly

Jennifer Kelly

Events and Fundraising Manager

Ruth Lorente

Ruth Lorente

Administrative Business Manager

Candlelighters Board

Executive Committee

Larry "Chad" Chadwick

Larry "Chad" Chadwick

President Elect

Meghan Duncan

Meghan Duncan

Past President

Joe Farrar

Joe Farrar

VP of Family Relations

Ben Tallman

Ben Tallman

Secretary

Mollie Worcester

Mollie Worcester

President

Jeffrey K. Yandle

Jeffrey K. Yandle

Treasurer

Board

Cory Connors

Cory Connors

Jackie Costello

Jackie Costello

JD Godfrey

JD Godfrey

Liz Kraus, J.D.

Liz Kraus, J.D.

Melissa Rose

Melissa Rose

Dr. Kelsie Storm, M.D.

Dr. Kelsie Storm, M.D.

Candlelighters Chapters

Candlelighters Chapters mean that we provide programs and services to families throughout Oregon and SW Washington. Our main office is in Portland, and serves the Portland/Vancouver area, with three additional chapters in Mid-Willamette Valley, Southern Oregon and Bend, each led by a chapter chair or co-chairs. Get in touch with the chapter most convenient to you.

Mary Lou Bradley, Robyn Thompson

Mary Lou Bradley, Robyn Thompson

Mid-Willamette Valley

Kimberly Bruhn

Kimberly Bruhn

Southern Oregon

Kimberly Banner

Kimberly Banner

Central Oregon

Jobs with Candlelighters

Seeking a Dynamic Development Director

About Candlelighters For Children With Cancer

Founded in 1977, Candlelighters For Children With Cancer supports the WHOLE family when a child is diagnosed with cancer. We provide emergency financial assistance to families devastated from the expenses associated with treatment, catered meals for families at Doernbecher and Randall Children’s hospitals, a 24/7 food pantry, and a weekly snack cart that runs through the pediatric oncology unit and day clinic at Doernbecher. Outside the hospital we offer monthly family activities, support groups, educational workshops, scholarships, bereavement support, and an annual family camp.  Candlelighters serves children and families throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. 

Candlelighters For Children With Cancer has an $850,000 annual operating budget, an engaged board, and 6 full-time employees. 

Position Title: Director of Development

Reports to: Executive Director

Full-time, exempt, 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday-Friday and occasional weekend and evening work hours. Hybrid work schedule. 

Compensation: $65,000-$75,000. Benefits include generous paid time off, 12 holidays a year, sick time, health, dental + employer paid life and disability insurance, IRA with employer match.

Position Description: 

The Director of Development is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all of Candlelighter’s fundraising including the major gifts program, grants, annual fund, planned giving, and fundraising events and sponsorships. The Director works closely with The Executive Director, other staff members, and the Board of Directors in all development and donor engagement efforts. 

Ideal candidates will be strategic thinkers and decision-makers, skilled relationship builders, creative and collaborative problem-solvers, highly organized and comfortable working with all levels of staff and external stakeholders.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Develop, implement, and expand traditional and creative fundraising strategies and programs to raise community awareness and meet or exceed the organization’s fundraising and strategic goals. Fundraising programs include major gifts, grants, annual giving, sponsorships and planned giving. 
  • Support a development committee made up of board members and external community members to increase our community outreach and increase our donor pipeline.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive annual giving, individual giving and major giving program in conjunction with the Executive Director and fundraising committee.
  • Develop and manage a robust foundation and corporate grant program, including research, proposal writing and reporting requirements. 
  • Work in collaboration with the Executive Director, Board, and other staff to raise awareness of all fundraising events and meet or exceed budgeted event goals.
  • Support Executive Director and Board members in strategy and implementation of major gift and sponsorship activities.
  • Foster a culture of gratitude that ensures supporters at all levels of giving are cultivated and respected. Ensure compliance with gift receipting requirements and best practices.
  • Build the planned giving program with a focus on deferred gifts such as bequest expectancies.
  • Partner with Marketing Manager in the creation and implementation of annual comprehensive communications plan involving traditional and new media, marketing, publications, and outreach in order to increase engagement from donors, volunteers and community members.
  • Oversee effective implementation and maintenance of donor database.
  • Perform other related duties as requested.

REQUIREMENTS

  • 3-5 years of demonstrated experience in fundraising or sales.
  • Passion for Candlelighters for Children With Cancer mission.
  • Knowledge of and experience using Salesforce or a similar CRM program.
  • Excellent verbal, written, public speaking, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to bring structure to systems and processes.
  • Discretion in handling confidential information; tactful and diplomatic in dealing with others.
  • Demonstrate professional conduct at all times.
  • Proficiency in working with Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint highly recommended and Google Suite of products.  
  • Work collaboratively in a team environment with a spirit of cooperation and in line with our values of compassion, accountability, respect, and excellence. Develop and maintain positive working relationships at all levels of the organization and with external partners and donors.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

While performing the essential functions of the job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear, use hands to handle or feel. The employee is occasionally required to walk, stand, sit, reach with hands and arms, and lift up to 25 pounds. Must be able to read information from printed sources and computer screens.    

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS & INFORMATION

This role requires travel within the community. Access to motor vehicle, current Driver’s License, insurance, and the ability to drive locally is required. Hours and schedule may vary depending on event requirements.

All finalists must pass a criminal background check, prior to employment with Candlelighters For Children With Cancer. 

This job operates in a professional clinical office environment and routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, fax machines and filing cabinets. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate with moderate distractions. 

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:

  • Salary $65,000-$75,000
  • 12 paid holidays per year, sick time, generous PTO
  • 75% employer paid health and dental benefits, plus employer paid life and disability insurance
  • IRA with employer match

 

Application Instructions:

Email resume and cover letter to: Ruth@candlelightersoregon.org 

Learn more about Candlelighters For Children With Cancer at www.CandlelightersOregon.org. Candlelighters is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.

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