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 partners in government, academia, and the private sector who share Helmsley’s 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.
Headquartered in New York City, with an endowment of over $5.5 billion and a staff of just under 100, Helmsley is one of the largest foundations in the United States. Since beginning active grantmaking in 2008, Helmsley has awarded nearly $1.8 billion for charitable purposes.
Today, Helmsley is one of the largest private foundation funders of work in Type 1 Diabetes, Crohn’s Disease, and rural healthcare in the U.S. Helmsley’s work in health also includes New York City and extends to Sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, Helmsley's Israel program focuses on Israeli healthcare, preparedness, research and development, and fostering a stronger understanding and appreciation of the country.
For more information please visit www.helmsleytrust.org.
New York City Program
The Helmsley Charitable Trust is quite literally a product of New York City – proceeds from the Helmsley’s vast real estate holdings now fund our efforts to improve lives in the U.S. and around the world, including in New York City. In our New York City Program, we believe that the vitality of any city depends on healthy residents, and when it comes to health, those with greatest need often have multiple physical ailments in addition to unmet social needs impeding their ability to lead strong, productive lives. Yet with the right care at the right time, even the highest-need individuals can move towards health, stability, and well-being. Supporting people on that path to well-being and beyond is an urgent priority both for New York City and for Helmsley.
Currently, our New York City Program’s grantmaking addresses new approaches for closing gaps in care. Grantmaking spans one or more of the four following areas: improving data connectivity to find and follow high need patients, improving access to mental health services, increasing care coordination, and supporting innovative care models. The New York City program team also supports a smaller conservation-related effort focused on creating and activating greenspace to benefit health in underserved neighborhoods.
Helmsley seeks a qualified candidate for a paid internship to provide support to the New York City Program. An August 2019 start date is preferred. The Intern will help with preparing and managing components of the grant making process, including completing monitoring reports, tracking program budgets, ensuring accurate payment of grants, helping to plan and execute meetings, communicating with grantees, and working with other relevant Helmsley staff. The Intern will also have the opportunity to provide substantive programmatic support to a growing portfolio of grants. The Intern may also serve as a point of contact for applicants and grantees. This internship requires 21 hours per week for approximately six months on site at Helmsley’s office in New York City.
- Assist Program Officer with research around proposed areas of interest for potential grantmaking initiatives across Helmsley’s programs
- Assist with monitoring reporting and preparation of reporting documents, payments, and other grantmaking and monitoring tasks
- Assist in the planning and execution of meetings and events
- Represent Helmsley along with the Program Officer at meetings and on-site visits
- Respond to inquiries from a wide range of constituencies, handling correspondence
- Assist with the development of outcomes, metrics, and systems for collecting data and measuring the impact of the grant portfolio
- Administrative responsibilities related to the above and to other areas as needed
- Undergraduate degree or higher required, preferably in a relevant field
- Interest in the non-profit sector preferred
- Experience working in health, human service non-profits, philanthropy, or government preferred
- Excellent writing skills and experience working with data, budgets, and other quantitative information
- Outstanding analytical, quantitative and qualitative research abilities, and critical thinking skills
- Must be able to read, understand, summarize, and synthesize a wide range of materials in order to make informed judgments about their nature
- Must be organized and have strong interpersonal and communication skills
- Attention to detail a must
- Must demonstrate strong written and oral presentation skills
- Demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment and initiative, to prioritize and accurately complete multiple tasks, and to work under deadlines
- Experience and inclination to work in a team-oriented environment
- Able to maintain confidentiality of information
- Excellent computer skills and proficiency with MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook
- A strong team-player, with a diplomatic, professional manner, and a sense of humor
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. Helmsley does not provide visa sponsorship for employment. To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and resumé (in Word or PDF format) at www.helmsleytrust.org/jobs-helmsley.
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.