Associate Program Officer, Crohn's Disease, Disease Management

Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust | New York, New York


The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust ("Helmsley") aspires to improve lives by supporting exceptional efforts in the U.S. and around the world in health and select place-based initiatives. 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 $2 billion.  For more information on Helmsley, please visit

The Crohn's Disease Program

Helmsley's Crohn's Disease Program, which made its first grant in 2009, is committed to finding cures, and until then to improving quality of life and care and finding better treatments for Crohn's disease. To date, the program, which has rapidly become the largest private foundation funder in Crohn's disease, has awarded over $200 million to scientists and clinicians across the globe. As part of our current strategy, we are looking to build a portfolio of grants focused on prevention, diagnostic, therapeutic and disease management, meeting people with Crohn's disease where they are to improve the quality of their lives.

Job Summary

Helmsley seeks an Associate Program Officer (APO) for its Crohn's Disease Program's Disease Management pillar to develop a novel patient-focused grants portfolio intended for driving impactful and positive patient outcomes. The APO will have a broad visionary mindset to help identify better and/or new ways for integrating disease management strategies including improved quality of life, increased access to and standardization of care for individuals living with Crohn's disease all over the world.

Reports To

Program Director 


The APO will assist the Program Director and Officer in the administration of funded projects, as well as help to identify and develop new initiatives focusing on the management of Crohn's disease. Primary responsibilities include:

Grant Making and Monitoring

  • Assist Program Officers and other team members to:
    • Ensure timely and effective grants management processes;
    • Evaluate proposals;
    • Monitor a growing program and grants portfolio;
    • Help manage the program's grants through each grant life-cycle, including grant application, due diligence, implementation, evaluation, and providing technical support to applicants and grantees; and preparing concise, analytical, and compelling grant recommendations to Trustees; and
  • Work with grantees to track progress on grants and outcomes.

Development of Strategic Plan

  • Assist in designing and implementing the disease management tracks, using a patient-centered mindset driven equally by deep compassion and a clinical mindset;
  • Contribute to the development goals of the program by organizing site visits, meetings, and symposia; and
  • Manage the administrative duties related to the above and other areas as needed.

Helmsley Collaboration and Personal Leadership

  • Collaborate with our Communications team to drive further impact through effectively communicating or working to select audiences and at key moments;
  • Share Crohn's Disease Program knowledge and expertise to assist other Helmsley programs and departments achieve their goals;
  • Lead by example, be a role model and advocate for Helmsley's culture of continuous learning and improvement in the pursuit of excellence, embracing a sense of urgency, innovation and informed risk taking, respecting and valuing the individual, and working and learning together as partners;
  • Collaborate with colleagues in cooperative approaches to grantmaking; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Master's in Public Health or Administration degree required, with a focus on epidemiology and/or precision population health
  • Two-three years of experience working in global and/or national disease management or patient care settings, involvement in patient access and advocacy preferred
  • Knowledge of Crohn's disease preferred
  • Background in the nonprofit or foundation sectors helpful
  • Strong written and oral communication skills with the ability to translate concepts succinctly to diverse stakeholders and audiences;
  • Proficiency reviewing and managing budgets;
  • Must be detail-oriented and have strong interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, including the ability to manage priorities on projects with multiple collaborators;
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment and initiative, prioritize, and accurately complete multiple tasks, and work under deadlines and changing priorities;
  • Proven track-record of working effectively in a team-oriented environment; and
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally.

How to Apply

Please submit cover letter and resumé (in Word or PDF format) at 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 U.S. and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. Helmsley does not provide visa sponsorship for employment.

FLSA Status:    Exempt

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.

Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust


Organization: Foundations