Westlake Village

Program Officer, Homelessness, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

The Organization

International hotelier Conrad N. Hilton established the grantmaking foundation that bears his name in 1944 to help people living in poverty and experiencing disadvantage worldwide. Today, the work continues, concentrating on efforts to improve early childhood development outcomes, support older youth as they transition from foster care, ensure opportunity youth can access career pathways, prevent homelessness, identify solutions to safe-water access, help integrate refugees into society and lift the work of Catholic sisters. Additionally, following selection by an independent, international jury, the Foundation annually awards the $2.5 million Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize to an organization doing extraordinary work to reduce human suffering. The Foundation is one of the world’s largest, with assets recently growing to approximately $7.5 billion. It has awarded grants to date totaling more than $2 billion, $207 million worldwide in 2020. Please visit www.hiltonfoundation.org for more information.

Job Summary

The Program Officer is a key member of the Domestic team and supports the Foundation’s grantmaking in the homelessness initiative working to end chronic homelessness in Los Angeles County. Reporting to the Senior Program Officer (SPO), the Program Officer serves as a key thought partner and will have primary responsibility for managing the day-to-day of the homelessness initiative’s overall grant portfolio. The Officer will work closely with the SPO to design, implement, and monitor a portfolio of grants in alignment with the implementation of the board-approved strategy. The Officer will help to identify potential grantees, assist with proposal development, and provide grantee technical support, as well as monitor grant progress.

The ideal candidate must be a proactive team player with excellent multi-tasking skills. The individual must have strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills, with the ability to understand, interpret, and translate qualitative and quantitative data. S/he will be expected to resolve time-sensitive issues with a high degree of precision and exhibit strong organizational, written, and verbal communication skills. Attention to detail and the ability to anticipate needs are a must. The candidate must also have relevant experience around issues and best practices in or related to ending homelessness as well as Los Angeles County’s political and policy environment and experience with the philanthropic levers available to help drive toward the strategy’s key goals.


  • Participate in the identification of potential grantees and projects
  • Review proposals and works with the SPO to determine which ones will be further developed and recommended for funding
  • Present recommended proposals for funding at board meetings, as needed
  • Provide counsel to organizations invited to develop proposals
  • Review and refines grant-write-ups and assists in writing, preparing other materials for the quarterly board of directors meeting
  • Monitor portfolio of grants in homelessness and other projects as assigned
  • Monitor and evaluates grants and grantee performance, including timely completion of all progress reports
  • Recommend approval for any deviations from approved plans and budgets, and ensures that such changes are documented
  • Conduct site visits, as needed
  • Acts as thought partner and provides support to SPO in planning, development, and implementation process, as needed
  • Work with SPO and MEL partner on convening planning. Attends strategy convenings
  • Work with SPO identifying the need for consultants within the program area; plans scope of work for contracts and develops terms of contract and monitors progress
  • Work with SPO, internal (SLED team), and external evaluators and research partners to track progress toward initiative goals
  • Support SPO’s work with Senior Advocacy Officer and PAC team to develop a communication strategy for the homelessness initiative
  • Write blogs/articles for the website and supervises website content and updates


  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, public policy, social sciences, social welfare or a related field, with a minimum of five (5) years experience
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience in program development and/or management experience
  • Substantive knowledge of Domestic policy issues and the funding landscape
  • Ability to assess the leadership, track record, fiscal health and capacity of a nonprofit organization to lead a proposed program or project
  • Demonstrated ability to think critically about program design and implementation
  • Enthusiastic, professional and self-motivating, with a ‘can-do’ attitude
  • True understanding of quantitative and qualitative data; experience with data analytics and evaluation
  • Creativity and flexibility to work in a team-oriented environment; results oriented
  • Ability to continually seek information and look for new approaches to processes and practices
  • Welcomes feedback as a means to personal and professional growth
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; strong presentation skills and the ability to clearly articulate ideas


  • Graduate degree in public health, public policy, social sciences, social welfare, or a related field
  • An understanding of grantmaking and the non-profit sector

About our Benefits

We value the health and well-being of our employees, some of the benefits we offer include:

  • Comprehensive and generous health and life insurance options
  • Fitness benefits
  • Paid holidays, time off, and parental leave
  • Flexible work schedules and technology benefits
  • Foundation-funded retirement savings plan
  • Professional learning and development and educational assistance
  • Employee matching gifts to qualified non-profit organizations

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Position Overview

The Program Officer serves as a key thought partner and will have primary responsibility for managing the The Program Officer serves as a key thought partner and will have primary responsibility for managing the day-to-day of the homelessness initiative’s overall grant portfolio.

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