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Associate Program Officer, Type 1 Diabetes, Glucose Control, Helmsley Charitable Trust (a Science Philanthropy Alliance member)


Position Title:                     Associate Program Officer, Type 1 Diabetes Program

Reports To:                           Program Officer, Type 1 Diabetes Program

Location:                                New York City


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. We believe that geography should not dictate the quality of health care available to those who need it. 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 grant making, it has committed more than $2 billion. For more information on Helmsley, please visit  www.helmsleytrust.org.

The Type 1 Diabetes Program

The Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) Program began grant making in 2009, and it is committed to improving the lives of all people with type 1 diabetes 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 close to 500 grants totaling more than $540 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.

Position Summary

The Helmsley Charitable Trust seeks an Associate Program Officer who will work closely with the T1D Program Officers within an evolving grant portfolio that aims to improve glucose control for people with T1D. While diabetes devices have shown benefits on the management of glucose, the majority of people with type 1 diabetes either do not have access to them or choose not to use them. Support of innovative technologies and therapies for type 1 diabetes, and increased adoption of existing technologies are the priorities of this portfolio.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist Program Officer and other team members with the grants process, which includes working with applicants to prepare proposals and project budgets as well as helping to analyze project proposals for review by the Program Director, CEO, and Board of Trustees.
  • Work with grantees to track progress on grants.
  • Assist with the production of grant recommendation memos and report summaries.
  • Respond to inquiries from a wide range of constituencies, handling declinations and other correspondence as necessary.
  • Serve as the liaison with the grants management and finance staff to ensure required grants records are maintained and grant payments are processed in a timely manner.
  • Assist with the preparation of presentations and publications.
  • Research and write reports on selected areas of Program interest as assigned.
  • Organize and attend internal or grantee meetings as requested.
  • Collaborate with colleagues in cooperative approaches to grant making.
  • Ensure timely and effective grants management processes.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Completion of an advanced degree (master’s degree or higher) in Engineering, Biomedical/Polymer Science or related field.
  • Experience in biomedical research is required.
  • Experience and/or knowledge of type 1 diabetes is a plus.
  • Must demonstrate exceptional writing capacity with oral presentation experience preferred.
  • Must be organized and have strong interpersonal and communication skills with ability to work in a team environment.
  • Experience and interest in research and writing on varied topics for lay audiences.
  • Able to communicate technical information to both technical and lay audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment and initiative, to prioritize and accurately complete multiple tasks, and to work under deadlines and changing priorities.
  • Experience and desire to work in a team-oriented environment.
  • A strong team player with a diplomatic, professional manner.

Application Process

Please submit cover letter and resumé (in Word or PDF format) at http://www.helmsleytrust.org/jobs-helmsley. 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.

Download job description here: APO T1D GLUCOSE CONTROL