Program Officer, Helmsley Pool

The Helmsley Pool is an exciting, new initiative introducing collaborative funding across Helmsley’s six programs.  Helmsley, through the Helmsley Pool, has the opportunity to invest in innovative, cross-cutting work and incubate new projects in the health space, leveraging expertise in our existing programs and continuing to define the overarching Helmsley mission.  This initiative will touch all parts of the organization and allow for extensive access to all members of the Helmsley team.

The Program Officer (PO) is a new position designed to help develop and lead the Helmsley Pool.  The PO will assist the Director and the programs in developing and managing a multi-million dollar grant effort, serving as a catalyst by providing both intellectual and organizational leadership.  The PO will work hand in hand with staff from each of the six programs to identify, incubate and execute new funding opportunities.  The PO will report to the Director of Grants Management and Special Program Operations and will work closely with Helmsley program staff, the CEO, and grants management team. 


Cross-Program Collaboration and Grantmaking

  • Partner with Helmsley leadership to foster a collaborative funding approach and to identify and develop new investments that leverage or extend Helmsley’s existing program expertise.
  • Serve as a “convener," bringing key internal and external stakeholders together, and drawing on their knowledge and experience to maximize impact.
  • Research relevant health trends and funding gaps and recommend optimal ways for Helmsley to engage. Prepare and present relevant reports and analyses to senior management and program teams.
  • Source new projects and complete related due diligence (overnight domestic and international travel required).
  • Contribute to Helmsley mission development by organizing site visits, meetings, and symposia that share learnings and further Helmsley’s overarching goals.

Grants and Knowledge Management

  • Work with grants management to manage the life cycle of Helmsley Pool grants from concept, to ongoing monitoring, to closing including evaluating proposals, monitoring existing grants, and measuring impact.
  • Work with grantees to develop and write impactful grant recommendations and to track progress on grants and outcomes.
  • Maintain high-quality relationships with applicants and grantees, internal staff, external partners, and peers
  • Effectively communicate information about Helmsley’s collaborative grantmaking and mission to internal and external audiences.  This can include facilitating grantee convening. 
  • Work with Helmsley’s administrative functions (Finance, Investments, IT, and Communications) to ensure smooth and efficient flow of relevant information.
  • Manage Helmsley Pool budget and project pipeline.
  • Supervise support staff.

The ideal candidate has experience working in a nonprofit and/or foundation and a demonstrated ability to build and thrive in a collaborative environment.  In addition to the fundamental professional values of integrity, dedication to excellence, and innovation, we are searching for:

  • Excellent relationship development skills (including strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to convey relevant information in a clear, concise manner);
  • Desire to foster and thrive in a collaborative, team setting;
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment and initiative, prioritize, and accurately complete multiple tasks, and work under deadlines and changing priorities;
  • Flexibility commensurate with working in a fast-paced environment and a sense of humor;
  • Proficiency managing budgets and strong planning/time management;
  • Background in health and familiarity with international organizations a plus;
  • Bachelor’s degree required with a master’s highly preferred; and
  • 5+ years of relevant experience.

Send resume (in Word or PDF format) and cover letter to Include “PO” in the subject line. 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.


The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust aspires to improve lives by supporting exceptional efforts in the U.S. and around the world in health and select place-based initiatives. Since beginning active grantmaking in 2008, Helmsley has committed more than $1.5 billion for a wide range of charitable purposes. Learn more about Helmsley at

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.