Westlake Village, California 91362, US

Director, Older Youth Initiatives, 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 Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is seeking a skilled, highly motivated and strategic individual to join the team as a Director of Older Youth Initiatives. The Director will have the demonstrated ability to manage and lead a department.

The Director provides thought leadership and team oversight of our two older youth Initiatives – the Foster Youth Initiative in the US and the Opportunity Youth Initiative, which operates both in the US and internationally. The Director will work in close partnership with the Initiatives’ teams and the Vice President of Strategy and Programs (VPSP) and report to VPSP. S/he will manage a highly qualified staff and coordinate in the implementation of comprehensive Older Youth programs to advance the Foundation’s mission.


  • Partner with the VPSP in advancing the mission of the Foundation through its programmatic work, including ensuring Initiative grantmaking is aligned with the Foundation’s Philanthropic Approach
  • Provide the VPSP with insights on strategy, opportunities, and challenges
  • Oversee the development and management of multi-year, large-scale strategic Initiatives
  • Coordinate across Initiatives and other departments and serves in the Program Department leadership team
  • Stay current with developments in the field to ensure the Foundation implements strategies effectively
  • In coordination with the Senior Program Officers, represent Initiatives at the Board and Program Committee meetings
  • Collaborate with staff to coordinate across Initiatives, program department leadership, and other departments as needed
  • Partner with Program Operations to manage the Initiative’s annual planning process including, Older Youth Initiative goals, grant pipeline, write-ups; ensure timely action on projects
  • Partner with Strategy, Learning, and Evaluation Division (SLED) and Initiative teams to identify learning and evaluation needs
  • Collaborate with SLED and SPOs to identify and guide additional research and development specific to the Older Youth Initiatives
  • Support strategy development and adaptation in partnership with Vice President of Strategy and Programs and SPOs
  • Partner with staff in implementing and strengthening the Initiative’s advocacy work with Partnerships, Advocacy and Communications team
  • Support cross-learning between the two Older Youth Initiatives’ (Foster Youth and Opportunity Youth) efforts to strengthen their fields
  • Build external relationships in support of Initiative program enhancement work in coordination with Initiatives’ teams
  • Partner with SPOs and Initiatives’ staff to develop a network of professional relationships with key government, corporate, and nonprofit leaders
  • Build collaboration within philanthropy by serving on affinity groups, initiating philanthropic partnerships, and leading educational opportunities for other foundations on topics related to the Older Youth Initiatives’ strategies
  • Manage a team of eight highly qualified and experienced professionals (including three direct reports)
  • Support Older Youth Initiatives’ staff in the implementation of program team’s diversity, equity and inclusion plans, including integration into grantmaking
  • Maximize staff talent through ongoing staff development and career management conversations
  • Proactively address performance issues through timely constructive feedback and coaching
  • Build collaborative and positive working relationships and effective communication channels with team members and staff
  • Lead in the establishment, delivery, and accountability for team goals as well as for management of the staff members within the team
  • Support Older Youth Initiatives’ teams in holding convenings of key government, philanthropic, and nonprofit leaders to mobilize coordinated efforts and funding in initiatives
  • Provide support and guidance to SPOs as needed in identification of potential grantees and projects
  • Oversee quality of grant write-ups and other Older Youth Initiatives’ presentations to the Board in collaboration with VPSP
  • Provide support and guidance as needed in identification of potential grantees and projects
  • Partner with VPSP and programs staff on discrete special project work

What you need…

  • Masters degree in policy, education, international development or related field
  • At least 15 years of prior experience leading and managing teams and implementing strategy in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial nonprofit or philanthropic environment with a focus on opportunity youth and/or foster youth
  • Experience working for a philanthropic foundation, nonprofit sector or with a strategy consulting firm that support foundations or nonprofit organizations
  • Ability to travel internationally
  • The ability to process large amounts of complex information and present concise reports to a variety of audiences
  • Strong leadership skills — including demonstrated pattern of success managing others
  • Demonstrated critical thinking and strong problem-solving skills
  • Ability to effectively operationalize program goals and Board directives
  • Familiarity with content and strategies across a range of areas in both domestic and international
  • Deep knowledge of best practices in philanthropy
  • Demonstrated commitment to principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Experience in providing strategic leadership and developing a long-term vision
  • Experience managing direct reports, team-oriented – approachable, and viewed as coach and mentor to others
  • Experience working for a philanthropic foundation, nonprofit sector, or with a strategy consulting firm that supports foundations or nonprofit organizations

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

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is an equal opportunity employer with values grounded in promoting equality and inclusion and embracing diversity. We welcome qualified applicants of all races, colors, gender identities, sexual orientations, economic classes, ages, religions, national origins, and ability/disability statuses. Veterans and individuals with lived expertise are encouraged to apply. We respect and seek to empower every member of our Foundation community. We support and celebrate our collective array of cultures, backgrounds, perspectives, skills and experiences; fully realizing that such diversity is what makes our organization flourish and better enables us to fulfill our mission in the world.

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Position Overview

The Director provides thought leadership and team oversight of our two older youth Initiatives – the Foster Youth Initiative in the US and the Opportunity Youth Initiative, which operates both in the US and internationally.

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