The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust aspires to improve lives by supporting exceptional nonprofits and other mission-aligned organizations in the U.S. and around the world in health, selected place-based initiatives, and education and human services. Since 2008, when the Trust began its active grantmaking, it has committed more than $1.6 billion. For more information on Helmsley, please visit www.helmsleytrust.org.
About the IBD and Crohn’s Disease Program
The IBD and Crohn’s disease program, which made its first grant in 2009, is committed to finding a cure and to improving quality of life and care and finding better treatments for irritable bowel disease and Crohn’s disease. The program has made significant investments in research on the human genetics of IBD and understanding the human microbiome as it relates to IBD, as well as supporting numerous efforts to pursue transformative approaches to understanding and treating IBD. Seven consortia have been funded, significant intramural research programs are being supported at major scientific organizations, and the program is providing significant support for new ways to use technology and bioinformatics to study and treat IBD. To date, the program, which has rapidly become the largest private foundation funder in IBD and Crohn’s disease, has awarded over $192 million to scientists and clinicians across the globe.
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY:
The Helmsley Charitable Trust seeks a Program Officer (PO) to directly support the IBD and Crohn’s disease Program Director to develop, implement, and manage an annual grants program of approximately $27 million annually. The PO is responsible for designing, executing, and evaluating grants and programs focused on basic translational science and therapeutic development in IBD and Crohn’s disease, as well as IBD data management.
Primary Responsibilities Include:
Intellectual and Organizational Leadership
Working with the Program Director to design, develop, and implement the IBD and Crohn’s disease Program’s strategic plan and funding agendas;
Designing and implementing new initiatives within the technology and therapeutic development focus areas;
Effectively communicating information about the IBD and Crohn’s disease program and Helmsley’s mission to target audiences and creating impact;
Contributing to program development by organizing site visits, meetings, and symposia that further the development goals of the program; and
Supervising program support staff as needed and managing the administrative duties related to this responsibility.
Grant Portfolio Management
Managing the program’s grants through each grant life-cycle including grant application, due diligence, implementation, evaluation, and providing technical support to applicants and grantees;
Sourcing new projects and monitoring a growing program and grants portfolio;
Working with grantees to track progress on grants and outcomes;
Preparing concise and analytical grant recommendations to Trustees; and
Collaborating with colleagues in cooperative approaches to grantmaking.
The Program Officer, IBD and Crohn’s Disease will have a collaborative and innovative approach to grant making and a commitment to excellence. The successful candidate must also have experience partnering closely with colleagues, both internally and externally, as well as a commitment to and enthusiasm for the program’s mission of finding cures for IBD and Crohn’s Disease.
Key Professional Experiences and Personal Attributes Include:
Experience in IBD/Crohn’s disease or immunology preferred;
Background in bioinformatics, data integration and management preferred;
Grant making experience preferred;
Strong written and oral communication skills with the ability to translate concepts succinctly to diverse stakeholders and audiences;
Highly developed interpersonal, relationship building, and relationship management skills;
Detail-oriented and strong budget management skills;
Excellent organizational and time management skills, including the ability to manage priorities on projects with multiple collaborators;
Demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgement 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
Passionate about and committed to Helmsley and the program’s mission of improving treatments and finding cures for IBD and Crohn’s disease.