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

Graphic Design Specialist

Recruitment Profile

Children’s Cancer Association is seeking a Graphic Design Specialist who is a marketing communications professional with strong project management skills and demonstrated experience in graphic design, brand identity, print production, digital communications, social media, and website design/maintenance.

The Graphic Design Specialist will report to the Marketing Communications Manager and work closely and collaboratively with the Marketing Communications Specialist. This is a full-time position.

Core Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Organize, design, and deliver CCA digital and printed creative projects to CCA brand design standards including but not limited to: program brochures, branded collateral, signage, event materials, promotional items, annual reports, logos, style guides, websites, eNewsletters, presentation decks, etc.
  • Develop creative concepts and innovative print and digital design solutions that communicate CCA’s JoyRx positioning at every touch point
  • Prepare print files for vendors and lead press checks. Strong working knowledge of print production and buying process is required.
  • Partner with production specialist to request vendor estimates, negotiate best prices, discounts, and pro bono donations
  • Work with Marketing Communications Manager to lead photo and video shoots, select and re-touch final images, and manage editing process. Photography and/or video shooting and editing experience is a plus.
  • Create and execute electronic media deployments; prepare compelling visuals/assets for digital communications and social media platforms
  • Maintain and update website through administrative tools and programs
  • Develop and maintain file management systems for creative assets and project archives

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Expert-level skills in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop) and proficiency in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint is required.
  • Proficiency in HTML is appreciated
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to be self-directed, prioritize and manage multiple projects while working under tight deadlines

Interpersonal Competency Requirements:

  • Communication, verbal and written:  Uses modern technologies to access and circulate information.  Actively seek information from a variety of sources.  Provides current and accurate information needed for success. Composes informative and convincing documents.  Uses the written language to convey substance and intent with accuracy.
  • Creative:  Explores options and develops innovative ideas and solutions.  Offers alternatives.  Find new ways to look at old issues.
  • Positive Impact – Make positive impressions, are personable, self-confident, optimistic and enthusiastic about what they do.  Energize those around them.
  • Adaptability – Are flexible and open to new ideas.  Are quick to adapt.
  • Planning & Organizing – Prioritize multiple tasks, maximize use of available time, work is accomplished efficiently and accurately
  • High Standards – seeks quality and continuous improvement

Ideal Candidate Qualifications:

  • 2-4 years of professional work experience in Graphic Design
  • Bachelor’s degree preferably in Graphic Design, Print Production, Marketing, or Communications;  Will consider equivalent industry experience or other certification
  • Excellent organizational, design, writing, presentation and active communication skills
  • Dynamic, upbeat, creative, detail-oriented, and professional


  • Commensurate with experience and education
  • Hourly wage range $ 18.00 – $20.00
  • Generous comprehensive benefit package includes paid medical insurance, PTO, and paid holidays

Application Guidelines:

Please send an electronic cover letter as well as your resume to:  recuiting@joyrx.org.  The cover letter itself should be no longer than one page.  Please include the following:

  1. Present your view as to why and how you are a good fit for our organization.
  2. Tell us how your previous work history has prepared you for this role at CCA.
  3. Provide three design samples; please attach up to two pages only.

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.  This is a newly created 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.


Internship Opportunity

Position Title:                                        Prospect Research Intern
Supervisor: Director of Individual/Corporate Engagement
 Commitment: 3-4 months; June - September
 Hours: 15 - 20 hours per week (flexible schedule)
 Salary: None; 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:  Duties will include working from a populated prospect list using databases like Foundation Directory and Guidestar, as well as our Raiser’s Edge database and the internet to learn more about the funding priorities, application processes, and history of new foundation prospects. Additionally, this research intern will help us look at new corporate prospects and individual prospects, and may be able to help us launch a national foundation campaign with the time needed for targeted research.

Qualifications: Must have at least one year of college education with an emphasis in nonprofit, writing, research, or an equivalent area of study. Must have strong research, written communication, 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 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 will mostly be sitting. There are no lifting requirements for this internship. 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 email a cover letter and resume to:

Children’s Cancer Association
Attn: Kacy Smerke, Programs Manager
1200 NW Naito Parkway, Suite 140
Portland, OR 97209
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.


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.