Helmsley Charitable Trust


New York, New York

Date Posted

August 22, 2022

Job Category

The Helmsley Charitable Trust seeks an Associate Program Officer who will work closely with the Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) Program Officer within an evolving grant portfolio that aims to identify biomedical interventions to delay and prevent the disease.

The Associate Program Officer will be responsible for substantive programmatic support of the following: review and response to scientific proposals, conducting due diligence for potential grants, managing and writing grant recommendations, monitoring progress of existing grants, keeping up to date on relevant scientific and clinical developments, and supporting new strategy development. The Associate Program Officer will help manage all administrative components of the grantmaking process, especially tasks associated with managing grant lifecycles, monitoring progress of grantees, tracking program budgets, ensuring accurate payment and accounting of grants, helping to plan and execute program-related meetings, and maintaining positive and proactive communication with grantees. Some travel, both domestic and international, is required for meetings with potential and current grantees, as well as to relevant conferences.

The Type 1 Diabetes Program

The Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) Program began grantmaking in 2009 and is committed to improving the lives of all people with T1D by identifying interventions to prevent and delay the disease, and through investing in novel approaches to improving outcomes. We partner with key players across the T1D ecosystem – people with T1D, health care providers, researchers, caregivers, other funders, government agencies, pharmaceutical companies, device makers, insurers, and grassroots and community organizations – to accelerate the development of devices, therapies, and services that ease the burden of living with T1D globally. To date, the program, which has rapidly become the largest private foundation funder in T1D, has made over 700 grants totaling more than $900 million. We are now increasing our efforts to ensure that proven treatments, management techniques, and therapies are available to all who need them wherever they live in the world.

Health, Well-being, and Living Our Mission

Helmsley is dedicated to creating stronger, healthier futures for communities in the U.S. and around the world. Our staff are subject matter experts from a range of backgrounds in basic science, global health, and precision medicine, as well as the private sector and public policy.

Helmsley colleagues are intelligent, creative, forward thinking, and strongly committed to working productively with our grantee partners. Each was drawn to Helmsley by the same opportunity: to help build this young organization into a leading global charitable institution that will drive meaningful and measurable positive change in lives throughout the U.S. and around the world for years to come.

Comprehensive benefits currently offered to employees (subject to change) include:

  • Employer-paid medical, dental, and vision for employees and their families
  • Generous 401(k) employer contribution
  • Hybrid work schedule (up to two remote days a week)
  • 23+ paid vacation and sick days
  • 13+ paid holidays
  • End of year office closure
  • Summer Fridays
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Personal and team professional development opportunities


  • Support the design and implementation of new initiatives.
  • Assist with the grantmaking process, which includes sourcing potential projects, working with applicants to prepare proposals and budgets, and preparing analyses of proposed and ongoing projects for review by Program Officers, Program Director, and the Board of Trustees.
  • Collaborate with grantees and internal departments to track grant progress, ensure timely reporting and payments, and serve as a point of contact internally and externally for grant-related issues.
  • Meet with members of the nonprofit and for-profit communities about prospective projects and initiatives.
  • Research and report on selected areas of scientific, clinical, and strategic interest to the Program.
  • Organize, attend, and report on internal or grantee meetings, as well as attend relevant scientific conferences.
  • Administrative responsibilities related to the above and to other areas as needed.


  • Ideal candidates would have completed a PhD, MD, or postdoctoral training in a biological, medical, or related field within the last few years
  • Organized, detail-orientated, and strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Exceptional writing capacity and oral presentation experience
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and initiative, prioritize and accurately complete multiple tasks in parallel, and work under deadlines and changing priorities
  • Experience and desire to work in a team-oriented environment
  • Able to maintain confidentiality of information
  • Conduct oneself in a professional and diplomatic manner
  • Experience in T1D research, clinical research, immunology, drug development, and/or grantmaking preferred  but not required

Application Process

Please submit a cover letter, resume (in Word or PDF format)

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The position is based at Helmsley’s main office in New York City. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

Except for when working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ability to work and collaborate in person with colleagues at Helmsley’s office is an essential function of this job. To protect the health and safety of our employees, and consistent with Helmsley’s mandatory vaccination policy, all new hires (except those granted reasonable accommodations in accordance with applicable law) are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before their start date.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the incumbent(s) of this job.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and activities required for the position. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Helmsley provides equal employment and promotional opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.

Date Posted


About the Organization

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust (“Helmsley”) is a global philanthropy driven by a vision of a world where everyone has the resources they need to thrive by increasing access to healthcare, advancing new research and ideas, and improving people’s quality of life no matter where they call home. Helmsley strives to make a meaningful impact in its focus areas, matching its significant financial assets with a rigorous and results-oriented approach. Helmsley is committed to close and productive partnerships with its grantees, as well as with other funders and impact players in government, academia, and the private sector who share its interests and goals. Above all, Helmsley endeavors to be forward-thinking in every aspect of its work and will take risks that others cannot or will not take when the risk/reward trade-off warrants.

Since 2008, when Helmsley began its active grantmaking, it has committed more than $3 billion. For more information on Helmsley, please visit


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