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 the time, there were no organizations to connect and support families going through this journey. Now, 44 years later, local families have come to depend on Candlelighters. With the help of emergency financial assistance, monthly family activities, in-hospital meals and a family camp, we ensure that families have the resources and connections they need to navigate childhood cancer together.

Today, the organization has 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. Our programs are always free to Candlelighters families.

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

We create 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

Moana Newman

Moana Newman

Development Director

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

Jeanne Beacham

Jeanne Beacham

Dr. Kelsie Storm, M.D.

Dr. Kelsie Storm, M.D.

Cory Connors

Cory Connors

Jackie Costello

Jackie Costello

Liz Kraus, J.D.

Liz Kraus, J.D.

JD Godfrey

JD Godfrey

Melissa Rose

Melissa Rose

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

Candlelighters is searching for an Administrative Associate.

Reports to: Administrative Business Manager

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

Work Schedule: Hybrid work schedule. 

POSITION SUMMARY  

Candlelighters For Children With Cancer has a unique opportunity to hire a versatile administrative associate to ensure that operations of each department at our organization runs efficiently. Reporting to the Administrative Business Manager, in this role you will find yourself doing work beyond typical office administration tasks.  You will oversee database management, manage our volunteer database, assist in the management of events and programs, support our social media presence, and assist with community outreach efforts. Candlelighters For Children With Cancer has an $775,000 annual operating budget, an engaged board, and 6 full-time employees. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Office Administration 10%

  • Responsible for fielding incoming email and phone calls. Ability to handle all calls professionally and promptly. Requires exceptional communication skills combined with a high level of sensitivity, confidentiality, diplomacy, and the ability to take detailed messages and refer calls appropriately. 
  • Responsible for general administrative functions including ordering office supplies, scanning documents for electronic files, creating/maintaining paper files, office equipment and technology maintenance.
  • Other duties as assigned 

Database Management 25%

  • Handles the organization’s database entry and other database work as assigned
  • Manages donation processing (entering, letter creation and distribution)
  • Responsible for internal database administration including data entry tracking for donors and families

Volunteer Management 20%

  • In coordination with the Administrative Business Manager, manage and maintain relationships with the organization’s Chapter volunteers. Prepare documents as needed.
  • Manage the organizations volunteer communications. Ensure all volunteers have signed documentation, and instructions for volunteer projects. 
  • Asist with the stewardship and cultivation of volunteers

Programs and Services: 30%

  • Manage email communication to program participants including program reminders to families
  • Manage RSVP lists for program events
  • Assembling, mailing, and tracking literature requests and program materials
  • Program support for all live events including assemble, pack, schedule, and ship program materials
  • Proofreader/Editor (spelling/grammar) for printed outreach.
  • Salesforce registration live events wrap-up (database and survey data entry)

Awareness and Community Engagement: 15%

  • Design, message writing, execution and responding to social media outreach
  • Assist in third party event fundraising and in-kind donations for family programs and event fundraisers
  • Assist Director of Development with in-person fundraising event tasks including, RSVP’s, creating of invites, day-of set up and management of the event 

CORE COMPETENCIES

  • Passion for Candlelighter’s mission.
  • Strong data entry skills; experience with data entry/ Salesforce or other similar database software
  • programs.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook; and internet/website use.
  • Experience in social media and organizational posting.
  • Excellent organizational and planning capabilities.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects within designated timelines while delivering high-quality results.
  • Experience in publication and material design and layout work utilizing InDesign or Adobe Photoshop would be of benefit but not required

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A Bachelor’s Degree is preferred, but not required 
  • At least one to two years of administrative experience in a non-profit setting is desired, but not required. 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are necessary to fulfill the requirements of this position.
  • The candidate should also be capable of planning, multi-tasking, paying attention to detail, possess problem solving skills, and maintain flexibility as priorities change.
  • Applicant must have reliable transportation and valid driver’s license.

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. 

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:

  • Salary $36,000-$38,000
  • 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 

Candlelighters is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.

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