Bilingual Programs & Volunteer Coordinator

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, scholarships, bereavement support, educational groups/mental health and wellness workshops, funeral fund assistance and our annual family camp.  Our organization is statewide and at no time is any family charged for any program or service provided by Candlelighters. Candlelighters receives no state, federal or national chapter funding. We rely on the generosity of corporate and individual donors, foundations grants and our fundraising events. ABOUT THE BILINGUAL PROGRAMS & VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR POSITION:Candlelighters provides support for the whole family battling pediatric cancer every step of the way from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. Our organization is statewide and our services are free and at no time is anyone turned away.  Candlelighters programs and services support families in three unique ways: Financial support, Family education/activities support and in-hospital support.  Our goals are to lessen isolation, decrease depression and create community to offer quality of life to every member of the family. Candlelighters Bilingual Programs & Volunteer Coordinator collaborates with the Programs Manager, and works closely with the four staff, volunteers, hospital personnel and families who are in the midst of a childhood cancer journey.  CORE RESPONSIBILITIES:Oversee and manage the in-hospital food programming services: Candlelighters Snack Cart and Bi-monthly dinners at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and monthly lunches at Randall Children’s Hospital.In collaboration with the Programs Manager, plan and execute monthly family education and activities for Portland families. Recruit prospective volunteers to assist with the execution of the different program activities/services.Create and coordinate promotion of family activities and educational events through collaboration with Communications department.Support Programs Manager with overseeing parent-led programming.Manage and coordinate bereavement specific events.Support Programs Manager with the coordination of Candlelighters annual Family Camp;Outreach to the families with invitation and information about the camp; Seek and collect family camp applications. Coordinate all activities on-site including any contracted or special activity or special feature; take RSVPs and help assign cabins and spaces.Check references and run background checks on camp volunteers and counselors who work with families, specifically children.Support the programs Manager with the Scholarship Program.Serve as a point of contact for Candlelighters Ride For A Child Honored Child program. Serve as primary coordinator of Candlelighters Candy Cane Lane. Match sponsors who will purchase holiday gifts for families who are underserved and in need.Collaborate with hospital social workers to identify to match adopting groups with families. Compiles and maintains volunteer records which include training and service dataMaintains contact with volunteers to provide support and ensure effectiveness of service and identifies needs and gaps in services Attend events or fairs for recruiting and educating community about Candlelighters volunteer opportunitiesWork with Communications to develop and craft the volunteer specific announcements for the local CL volunteer communityManage volunteers within certain programs (Toy Drive, Hospital Deliveries, etc.)Assist in the managing of volunteers for fundraising eventsOther duties may be assigned by the executive director or the chair of the boardMINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS:Spanish fluency requiredHigh attention to detail, organized, resourcefulStrong written and communication skillsAbility to maintain confidentialityAbility to work within a team environmentThe ability to communicate with, supervise and empower volunteers to be effective in their roles – Experience with volunteers preferredThe ability to work cooperatively with different types of personalities and the ability to work independently and meet deadlines consistentlyThe ability to attend and work evening and weekend events for programming, fundraising and volunteer activitiesExperience utilizing a database, Excel spreadsheets, MS Office software effectively to produce mailingsCommitment to Candlelighters program’s goals and missionMust have own vehicle, valid driver’s license for state of residency and personal auto liability coverage for transportation to various locations around Portland, SW Washington and occasional travel throughout Oregon as needed.Ability to perform basic math and speak, hear, read and write English and Spanish.  Occasionally move up to 20 pounds. WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE POSITION:Duties are primarily performed in an office environment and require the ability to use a computer keyboard for extended periods.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, severely traumatized or emotionally disturbed children, adolescents and families. Involves time in excess of routine schedule and/or overtime, including evening/overnight, weekend hours, and/or holidays.Requires working and providing services at locations other than program site (i.e., restaurant, café’, hospitals, etc.,) and may, therefore, be exposed to environments not under agency control. Ability to perform basic math and speak, hear, read and write English and Spanish.  Occasionally move up to 20 pounds. This position requires regular travel in and around Portland.COMPENSATION:$18 per hour part-time, non-exempt position; approximately 30 hours per week; some flexibility in hours is allowed; days and hours of work are generally Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This position requires evenings, weekends and holiday work as needed. Candlelighters For Children With Cancer benefits package includes, 12 paid holidays per year, generous PTO, 75% employer paid health, vision and dental benefits, employer paid life and disability insurance and a retirement plan with employer match. HOW TO APPLY:If you are excited to become our Bilingual Programs & Volunteer Coordinator and you have the skills and experience to back it up, kindly send your resume and cover letter. Please address your cover letter to Jackie Groah, Executive Director and include in your cover letter why you desire to work for the mission of Candlelighters For Children With Cancer.