Sr. Officer, Strategy and Programs

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Posted: 8/27/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Strategic Planning

Primary domain: Foundation/Grantmaking

City: Westlake Village

Postal code: 91362

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

About the Role

The Senior Officer, Strategy and Programs serves as a lead
advisor to the Vice President of Strategy and Programs, the liaison
for the Program Committee, and a project manager on special
projects and initiatives in the Program Department. The Senior
Officer, Strategy & Programs will contribute to Program Department
strategy and policy decisions.

This individual is a thought leader within the Program
Department, and a key member across the Foundation reporting
directly to the Vice President, Strategy & Programs.

Responsibilities and Tasks

Strategy and Program

  • Assist the VPSP to manage workflow in the Program Department to
    ensure that top Foundation and Program Department priorities
    receive appropriate level of focus and subsequent
  • Provide detailed support in relationship management with the
    Foundation's Program Committee and to the VPSP in relationship to
    the Program Committee. This includes advising on and crafting
    agendas and assembling materials for bi-weekly co-chairs calls and
    Committee meetings
  • Advise on agendas for Program Department segments of quarterly
    Board meetings and coordinate and help to guide the development of
    materials (memos, grant write-ups, presentations) for Board
  • Create and implement special projects as assigned by the VPSP,
    including conducting grantmaking due diligence and relationship
    management on occasion
  • Work with Associate Vice President for Operations on annual
    department budget and monitoring of expenditures for the Program
  • Review grant writeups by Program Department staff and provide
  • Provides expert counsel on strategy and programming issues
  • Conduct research specific to VPSP leadership priorities
  • Coordinates with the VPSP and Associate VP on the workforce
    planning, department goals, activities and organization


  • Serve as the VPSP's ambassador at internal and external
    meetings, as assigned. Brief the VPSP on meeting content, outcomes,
    and action items as necessary
  • Ensure the timely flow of information and responsiveness from
    the VPSP to a range of internal and external stakeholders
  • Draft, edit, and summarize high-level correspondence and
    memorandum for the VPSP; review and and revise documents at the
    VPSP request
  • Builds collaborative and positive working relationships and
    effective communication channels with team members and staff

Hiring and Personnel Support

  • Lead the collaboration with Talent and Culture on hiring
    processes, including developing job descriptions and managing the
    flow of candidates through the hiring process
  • Participate in interviews for department staff open
  • Advise on performance evaluations


Education / Training


  • Bachelor's Degree in business or nonprofit administration,
    International Studies, Public Health or Policy, or related field with a
    minimum of ten (10) years' experience


  • Advanced degree in business or nonprofit administration, policy,
    public health, economics, international relations, or other related

Experience/Technical Skills


  • Ten (10) plus years of demonstrated and relevant work experience,
    such as effectiveness in building and maintaining relationships, working
    with a diverse group of senior management professionals, and
    relationship cultivation with government officials, community leaders
    and other similar constituencies
  • A social justice orientation, including demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills and the ability to
    anticipate, strategize, plan, and problem solve. Self-directed with the
    ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously and
    meet deadlines. Ability to work under pressure with proficiency,
    diplomacy, and professionalism
  • Strong interpersonal skills, exceptional written and verbal
    communication skills, and the ability to respond sensitively and
    patiently to staff and community inquiries
  • A high level of cross-cultural competency, including a thorough
    understanding of multicultural audiences and the ways in which one
    operates effectively amid a broad assortment of grantees, donors,
    community representatives, business leaders, etc.
  • Ability to work in a complex environment requiring significant
    collaboration and a willingness to take a proactive role in team
    efforts, encouraging open communication across internal and external
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and complete discretion when working with confidential and sensitive information
  • Strong collaborative spirit, derives energy from co-creation, with ultimate commitment to the vision of the VPSP
  • Excellent PowerPoint skills


  • Previous experience in a philanthropic setting, particularly with a family foundation
  • Management consulting experience

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Posted By: Conrad N. Hilton Foundation


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