About CCA

We prescribe joy.

For children diagnosed with serious illness and their families, every moment is precious. At CCA, our goal is to transform as many of those moments as possible — with joy.

Why joy?

Because in the fight against devastating illness, joy is often forgotten. Because joy connects us with the power of hope, comfort, and happiness and helps families and children feel uplifted when their lives have been turned upside down. Because joy is something every child deserves.

Job Opportunities

Database Manager

CCA is in search of a Database Manager who is able to creatively work within a variety of teams providing support and being responsible for administering CCA’s constituent management database. Some of these responsibilities will include accurate data/gift entry, data cleanup, ensuring database integrity, producing routine and complex customized reports, system enhancements, online donation pages, financial reconciliation, and providing end user training and support.

CCA’s database system is The Raiser’s Edge, including Spark and Sphere.

The Database Manager will directly report to the Director of Operations and Finance.

Core Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

Database Administration:

  • Work within a variety of departments to determine the most effective use of Raisers Edge, Spark and Sphere to meet the department needs
  • Maintain database entry standards, enforce database integrity and quality control; implement multiple NCOA updates/year and software updates
  • Train and coach staff/volunteer users and provide technical assistance; coordinate scheduled training meetings with key end users
  • Perform regular audits; develop and implement new processes, systems and standards as required
  • Provide event data entry support and ecommerce solutions
  • Prepare annual donation tax statements
  • Process matching gifts, complete and submit forms, and ensure accurate gift entry
  • Manage recurring and auto processed gifts
  • Maintain an up-to-date and accurate Gifts Processing Manual
  • Assist in fundraising events
  • Maintain regular integration/synchronization with other systems
  • Produce pledge reminders and acknowledgements
  • Gift Entry and Financial Reconciliation:
  • Perform and oversee accurate data/gift entry in a timely manner in Raisers edge
  • Track pledges; document and review complete pledges for compliance and redemption
  • Reconcile monthly, quarterly and annually with Finance Team


  • Prepare queries, exports, imports, custom, and canned reports
  • Activities to include (but not limited to) monthly, quarterly, and annual reports, dashboards, event performance and file analysis, mail/e-mail lists and donor recognition lists

Interpersonal Competency Requirements:

  • High Standards:  Should model excellence, be accountable for quality, accuracy, and attention to detail, and seek to improve processes
  • Initiative:  Needs to be proactive and take action without being prompted; makes things happen
  • Organizing and Planning:  Should have the ability to prioritize multiple, competing tasks, maximize use of time, and make efficient use of resources
  • Results Oriented:   Should value outcomes and demonstrate a sense of urgency
  • Technical Expertise:   Should be knowledgeable and skilled in functional specialty, add value, and serve as a resource

Ideal Candidate Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and two plus years related experience or equivalent combination
  • Proficient level user in Excel, Raiser’s Edge, Spark, Sphere, Word and related MS software
  • Experience with nonprofit relational database management; basic understanding of fundraising and nonprofit accounting principles and practices
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Solid writing and verbal skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to work well in a team environment
  • Capacity to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment, to multi-task and to adjust to competing priorities
  • Ability to train and lead others in Database best practices


  • Salary range is $45,000-50,000 and will be commensurate with experience.
  • Full Time 40 hours per week
  • Generous comprehensive benefit package

Please send an electronic cover letter as well as your resume to:  recruiting@joyrx.org

The cover letter itself should be no longer than 1 page and include the following:

  1. Tell us about your previous working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge, to include Spark and Sphere.
  2. Tell us how your previous work history has prepared you for this role at CCA.

General Information:

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required for the position.  See more about CCA at joyrx.org.  Children’s Cancer Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer and fully supports diversity in the workplace.  This position will be open until filled.


Volunteer and Internship

Volunteers fuel CCA in virtually every area of operation. Please consider donating your time and talent to help seriously ill children and teens.

Internships with our programs, communications, and development teams can offer opportunities to learn new skills, get school credit, build your resume, and have fun. Contact Volunteer@JoyRx.org to find out more about volunteering or interning at CCA.

Special Events Intern

Supervisor: Special Events Manager
Commitment: 3-4 months; May – August or June - September
Hours: 15 - 20 hours per week (flexible schedule)
Salary: Volunteer position
Benefits: References and recommendations offered, professional and non-profit experience, learn advanced development and event skills, positive work environment

Position Summary
Basic Function: Focus on events and fundraising including CCA’s annual Hero Gala as well as overall event support, while promoting the mission and interests of Children’s Cancer Association.  

Essential Function: Provide, project, event and administrative support as needed.  Duties may include procuring donations, facilitating relationships with Hearts of Joy partners, managing online auctions, tracking leads, updating reports, special projects, building manuals, and other duties as assigned by the Development team.

Qualifications: Enrolled in college courses with an interest and emphasis in nonprofit, marketing, special events or PR. Must have strong interpersonal, verbal, written, and word processing skills.  Must be able to operate semi-independently and carry out a variety of organizational tasks with limited supervision. Must be organized, efficient, and work well with a variety of staff, volunteers and clients in a casual yet professional work environment.  Must be comfortable in an environment supporting seriously ill children and maintaining confidentiality at all times.  

Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this position, an intern is required to stand, walk, sit and lift. Occasionally, the intern is required to lift and/or move up to 25lbs. The noise level in the work place is moderate.

General Information: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required for the position.

If you are interested, please fax, email, or send resume to:

Children’s Cancer Association, Kacy Smerke, Community Outreach & Education Manager
1200 NW Naito Parkway Suite 140, Portland, OR 97209 ksmerke@joyrx.org  Fax: (503) 892-1922

For questions or more information about Children’s Cancer Association, please visit JoyRx.org or call (503) 244-3141.

Children’s Cancer Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.