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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, 45 years later, local families have come to depend on Candlelighters.

With the help of emergency financial assistance, regular family activities, in-hospital programs, and an annual family camp, we ensure that families have the resources and connections they need to navigate childhood cancer together.

Today, the organization has supported nearly 100,000 family members through the crisis of childhood cancer.

Candlelighters For Children With Cancer provides support every step of the way for families in Oregon and SW Washington facing childhood cancer.

From diagnosis through treatment and beyond, we offer programs such as emergency financial assistance, an annual family camp, regular family activities, bereavement support, and in-hospital meals.

Our programs are always free to Candlelighters families.

Our mission is to provide a community of healing, hope, and light throughout the lifelong journey of childhood cancer.
We create long-term partnerships and lifelong 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

Director of Marketing & Communications

Ruth Lorente

Ruth Lorente

Administrative Business Manager

Camille Ogden

Camille Ogden

Director of Development

Candlelighters Board

Executive Committee

Larry “Chad” Chadwick

Larry “Chad” Chadwick

President Elect

Meghan Duncan

Meghan Duncan

Past President

Joe Farrar

Joe Farrar

Vice President, Family Relations

Melissa Rose

Melissa Rose

Secretary

Mollie Worcester

Mollie Worcester

President

Jeffrey K. Yandle

Jeffrey K. Yandle

Treasurer

Board

Jeanne Beacham

Jeanne Beacham

Cory Connors

Cory Connors

Jackie Costello

Jackie Costello

J.D. Godfrey

J.D. Godfrey

Liz Kraus, JD

Liz Kraus, JD

Kelsie Storm, MD

Kelsie Storm, MD

Candlelighters Chapters

Candlelighters chapters mean that we provide programs and services to families throughout Oregon and SW Washington.

Our main office is in Portland, serving the Portland and Vancouver areas, with three additional chapters in Mid-Willamette Valley, Southern Oregon, and Central Oregon. Each chapter is led by a chair or co-chairs.

We encourage you to get in touch with the chapter most convenient for you.

Mary Lou Bradley, Robyn Thompson, Sydney Wight

Mary Lou Bradley, Robyn Thompson, Sydney Wight

Mid-Willamette Valley

Kimberly Bruhn

Kimberly Bruhn

Southern Oregon

Kimberly Banner

Kimberly Banner

Central Oregon

Candlelighters Employment

Candlelighters is hiring a Program Coordinator.

Position Title: Program Coordinator

Reports to: Program Manager

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

Work Schedule: Hybrid work schedule.

 

Position Summary:

Candlelighters Programs Coordinator works closely with the Programs Manager, and the four staff, volunteers, hospital personnel, and families facing childhood cancer.

The ideal Programs Coordinator is highly organized, self-motivated, creative, and enjoys working in a team and building relationships with our pediatric cancer community. We are looking for someone who in addition to managing administrative work, can attend family events and help with hospital deliveries.

Candlelighters For Children With Cancer has an $798,000 annual operating budget, an engaged board, and 6 full-time employees.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Monitor in-hospital Snack Pantry service and Bedside Buddy program.
  • Under the direction of the Programs Manager, serve as the primary coordinator of our holiday financial assistance program: Candlelighters Candy Cane Lane. Collect family wish lists and match sponsors who will purchase holiday gifts for families in need.
  • Assist with planning and execution of monthly family education and activities for Portland families, including event logistics, writing event promotion, managing RSVP lists, and sending invitation reminders.
  • Assist Programs Manager with overseeing support groups.
  • Assist Programs Manager with coordination of bereavement events, Candlelighters annual Family Camp.
  • Assist with family activities promotion and educational events through collaboration with the marketing/communications department.
  • Serve as a point of contact for Candlelighters Ride for A Child Honored Child program.
  • Attend family activities.
  • Assist Programs Manager and other Candlelighters staff in support of the Candlelighter’s Chapters needs.
  • Other duties may be assigned by the Programs Manager.

 

CORE COMPETENCIES:

  • The ability to attend and work some evening and weekend events for programming and fundraising activities
  • Ability to attend Candlelighters 2023 Family Camp on Labor Day Weekend
  • High attention to detail, organized, resourceful
  • Strong written and communication skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to work within a team environment
  • The ability to work cooperatively with different types of personalities and the ability to work independently and meet deadlines consistently
  • Experience utilizing a database, Excel spreadsheets, Microsoft Office software effectively to produce mailings
  • Commitment to Candlelighters program’s goals and mission
  • Must have own vehicle, valid driver’s license for the state of residency, and personal auto liability coverage for transportation to various locations around Portland, SW Washington, and occasional travel throughout Oregon as needed.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE POSITION:

  • The Programs Coordinator position is a hybrid position (work from home and in the office) and requires the ability to use a computer keyboard for extended periods.
  • Ability to work some evening and weekend hours online to host virtual programming services.
  • Also required is manual and physical dexterity that allows for the performance of job functions, including computer use, phone use, copying, filing, and faxing.
  • The position requires travel within the city and occasionally throughout the state.
  • May involve exposure to severely ill children.
  • May involve exposure to upset or traumatized children, adolescents, and families.
  • Requires working and providing services at locations other than the program site (i.e., recreational sites, hospitals, etc.,) and may, therefore, be exposed to environments not under agency control.
  • Ability to move up to 20 pounds.
  • This position requires regular travel in and around Portland.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Associate/Bachelor’s (Preferred, 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.

 

COMPENSATION and  BENEFITS:

  • Salary $38,000-$40,000
  • 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

 

HOW TO APPLY:

If you’d like to apply for our Programs Coordinator position, and you have the required skills and experience, please send your resume to Lisa@candlelightersoregon.org.

Please include in your cover letter the reasons why you’d like to serve our pediatric cancer community, and how your skills and experience have prepared you for this position.

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