Communications Officer

Hiring Organization: 
Helmsley Charitable Trust
City and State: 
New York, NY


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 grant making, it has committed more than $3 billion. For more information on Helmsley, please visit

 Position Summary

The Communications Officer will report to the Director of Communications and work closely with Helmsley’s Crohn’s Disease Program (initially) and other programs (over time), as well as with grantees to support strategic communications, thought leadership, and public affairs needs. The position requires a proactive, strategic, and detail-oriented team player with excellent writing skills. We seek an individual with the confidence, curiosity, and humility to ask questions, seek clarity when necessary, and share ideas.


  • Write compelling, accurate, journalistic content capturing a range of expert voices and topics. Collaborate with staff and grantees to understand their ideas, and reflect them concisely in case studies, written insights, visual and/or narrative stories, essays, op-eds, web content, and other substantive content as appropriate to advance our mission and goals. May include longer reports and publications from time to time.
  • Draft and/or edit press releases, messaging documents, social media content, website content, and other communications collateral.
  • Understand the communication needs of Helmsley’s Crohn’s Disease Program by staying abreast of its grantmaking and major developments in the sector to ensure appropriate representation and positioning.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of Helmsley’s communication strategy, including creating multimedia content that reflects and advances the mission.
  • Contribute to the development and execution of an editorial calendar across all Helmsley channels.
  • Represent Helmsley in a polished and professional manner at all times.

Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a science-related field required; advanced science degree and understanding of immunology a plus.
  • Science writing experience required.
  • Exceptional writing, grammar, proofreading, and editing skills
  • At least five years of experience in a communications/PR/writing role, preferably within a foundation, nonprofit, or academic setting.
  • Expertise in content strategy and message development.
  • Agency experience is a significant plus; ability to manage vendors and hold them to timelines required.
  • Proven track record of developing and delivering strategic communications initiatives.
  • Strong verbal communication skills.
  • Deep knowledge of and experience with social media platforms.
  • Attention to detail, organizational skills, and strong work ethic.
  • Experience with WordPress and/or InDesign is a plus.
  • Comfort working independently and across teams, with strong project management skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and collaborative mindset.

Application Process

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. To protect the health and safety of our employees, all new hires are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by September 1, 2021.  The only potential exception to this rule is for applicants who cannot be vaccinated due to a disability or sincerely held religious belief. To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume (in Word or PDF format), via the link

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.

How to Apply: 
To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume (in Word or PDF format), via the link 
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