Associate Program Officer, Rural Healthcare

Sioux Falls, SD
Jan 31, 2021
Mar 01, 2021
Employment Status
Full Time

Position Title:            Associate Program Officer, Rural Healthcare

Reports To:                Program Director, Rural Healthcare

Location:                    Sioux Falls, SD

FLSA Status:             Exempt


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 $2.5 billion. For more information, please visit

Rural Healthcare Program

Helmsley’s Rural Healthcare Program funds innovative projects that use telemedicine and other information technologies to connect rural populations to specialty medical care, bring the latest medical therapies and equipment to patients in remote areas, provide state-of-the-art training for rural hospitals and EMS personnel, and foster incentives for healthcare personnel to train and serve in rural areas. The program awards grants in the upper Midwest states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Minnesota, Iowa, and Montana.

Position Summary

Helmsley seeks an Associate Program Officer (APO) to directly support the Rural Healthcare Program’s Director and Officers. The APO will be responsible for substantive programmatic support of the following: review and response to concept notes and proposals, due diligence tasks for potential grants, managing and writing grant recommendations, monitoring the progress of existing grants, and research in support of selected areas of program interest. The APO will also help manage all administrative components of the grantmaking process, especially tasks associated with managing grant lifecycles, monitoring progress of grantees, tracking program budgets, ensuring accurate payment and accounting of grants, helping to plan and execute program-related meetings, and maintaining positive and proactive communication with grantees. Some travel will be required.


  • Assist with the grant lifecycle, including: sourcing potential projects, working with applicants to prepare proposals and budgets, due diligence, and preparing concise, analytical, and compelling analyses of projects for review by Program Officers, Program Director, and the Board of Trustees
  • Collaborate with grantees and internal departments to track grant progress, ensure timely reporting and payments, and serve as a point of contact internally and externally for grant-related issues
  • Respond to grant inquiries from a wide range of constituencies, track requests, and handle correspondence as necessary
  • Assist with background research in selected areas of program interest
  • Organize, attend, and report on meetings and site visits as assigned
  • Write memos related to grantee interactions, progress reports, and potential grant recommendations
  • Lead by example; be a role model, and advocate for Helmsley’s culture of
    • continuous learning and improvement in the pursuit of excellence
    • embracing a sense of urgency, innovation and informed risk taking,
    • respecting and valuing the individual, and
    • working and learning together as partners
  • Perform additional tasks related to the above and to other areas as needed

Desired Qualifications

  • Degree in public health, health policy, or related field preferred
  • Background in health or experience at a health organization preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment and initiative, prioritize and accurately complete multiple tasks in parallel, and to work under deadlines and changing priorities
  • Proven track-record of working effectively in a team-oriented environment
  • Strong written and oral communication skills with the ability to translate concepts succinctly to diverse stakeholders and audiences
  • Proficiency with Excel and databases
  • Organized, detail-orientated, and strong project management skills
  • Able to maintain confidentiality of information and conduct oneself in a diplomatic manner

Application Process

The position is based at Helmsley’s office in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume at 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.

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.

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