Sr. Advocacy Officer

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Posted: 8/27/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Advocacy/Lobbying

Primary domain: Foundation/Grantmaking

City: Westlake Village

Postal code: Improving the lives

State: California

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$20M +


Mission statement:

Improving the lives of individuals living in poverty and experiencing disadvantage throughout the world

Position Details:

Job Description:

Who we are:

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation was created in 1944 by
international business pioneer Conrad N. Hilton, who founded Hilton
Hotels and left his fortune to help individuals throughout the
world living in poverty and experiencing disadvantage. The
Foundation invests in 11 program areas, including providing access
to safe water, supporting transition age foster youth, ending
chronic homelessness, hospitality workforce development, disaster
relief and recovery, helping young children affected by HIV and
AIDS, and supporting the work of Catholic sisters. In addition,
following selection by an independent international jury, the
Foundation annually awards the $2 million Conrad N. Hilton
Humanitarian Prize to a nonprofit organization doing extraordinary
work to reduce human suffering. From its inception, the Foundation
has awarded more than $1.8 billion in grants, distributing $110
million in the U.S. and around the world in 2019. Foundation assets
increased from approximately $2.9 billion to $6.6 billion following
the 2019 passing of Barron Hilton who, like his father, pledged
virtually his entire estate to the Foundation. For more
information, please visit

Our Culture:

Our employees are inspired by the Foundation's mission and are
committed to support our program areas in a thoughtful and
effective way. Everyone is expected to cultivate the work
environment in a way that contributes to respectful, open, and
engaging dialogue and connection that support meaningful
innovation, learning, progress and outcomes.

Our Benefits:

We value the health and well-being of our employees and offer
comprehensive and generous health care coverage options including
fitness benefits, disability coverage, paid holidays, paid time
off, paid parental leave, flexible work schedules and technology
benefits. Professional learning and development are supported
through educational assistance and participation in professional
conferences and seminars. To encourage charitable giving, the
Foundation triple-matches employee gifts to qualified non-profit

Job Summary

The Communications, Partnerships and Advocacy team has three
distinct functions. The team oversees corporate communications;
develops and manages state, national and global partnerships
focused on the role of philanthropy in the Sustainable Development
Goals and increasing civil discourse through religious pluralism;
and works in partnership with program teams to achieve
issue-specific policy and financing goals that advance the
foundation's programmatic strategies.

The Senior Advocacy Officer will report to the Director of
Advocacy and work in direct partnership with Senior Program
Officers focused on improving issues related to early childhood
health and development in the domestic and international context by
developing and executing clear and measurable advocacy strategies
that support the foundation's programmatic goals and shift policy
and unlock funding for greater impact.

Responsibilities and Tasks

Strategic Planning, Implementation &

  • In support of the foundation's programs for Early Childhood
    Development, Safe Water and Refugees, and under strategic guidance
    from the Vice President of Programs and Strategy, the Vice
    President of Communications, Director of Advocacy and Senior
    Program Officers - the Senior Advocacy Officer will co-create,
    manage, implement and evaluate advocacy and communications plans to
    support the foundation's programmatic goals.
  • Act as a thought partner to the program team and examine,
    execute, and manage and support due diligence for a complex
    portfolio of program advocacy and communication grants. Provide
    clear, concise and insightful analyses and counsel on grant
    proposals, strategic partnerships, donor collaboration, letters of
    inquiry, measurement and evaluation of advocacy investments, as
    well as on potential opportunities in the field.
  • As required, manage external consultants to gather necessary
    intelligence via media monitoring, policy/budget tracking and
    provide expert council, on use of Foundation voice, investment
    opportunities and to keep relevant staff, the board and program
    committee informed and engaged.
  • Manage consultant contracts and grants related to advocacy and
    communications made by the Senior Program Officer and in support of
    the advocacy plan, including reviews of grantee reports and
    tracking measurement, learning and evaluation efforts
  • Work with Senior Program Officers and Learning and Evaluation
    team to create success metrics around related efforts and methods
    to capture relevant data with grantees and contracted

External Representation

  • Represent the foundation to key external constituencies, as
    appropriate, on committees related to area of expertise and
    responsibilities of the position.
  • Represent the foundation within relevant funder networks to
    share experience and support program staff to pursue joint advocacy
    funder collaborations
  • Develop a strategy for engagement and collaborations with
    donors and key partners, in close partnership with the Partnerships
    and Program teams


Education / Training


  • Bachelor's degree in public health, public policy, social
    sciences, social welfare or a related field, with a minimum of
    seven (7) years experience.

Experience/Technical Skills


  • A minimum of seven (7) years of related experience
  • Recognized internally and externally by the professional
    community as an expert in international policy, advocacy and
    strategic partnerships, with an interest or experience in the three
    focus program areas
  • Track record of successfully leading advocacy efforts that
    resulted in real and measurable change.
  • Proven ability to lead and foster collaboration to influence
    others in a constructive manner
  • Experience as technical resource to teams and leadership on
    advocacy, communications, and influence.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, able to
    effectively synthesize information to reach diverse audiences and
    build consensus.
  • Strong quantitative analytic skills
  • Experienced leader in navigating and intentionally factoring in
    cultural competence and equity in all facets of external relations
    and program development


  • Significant policy/advocacy knowledge in relevant programmatic
    areas in an international (Eastern and Southern Africa desired) and
    US domestic context
  • Experience working in a philanthropic organization

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