Westlake Village

Program Officer, Domestic Programs (Foster Youth), Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

The Organization

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 the world’s disadvantaged and vulnerable people. The Foundation currently conducts strategic initiatives in six priority areas: providing safe water, ending chronic homelessness, preventing substance use, helping young children affected by HIV and AIDS, supporting transition age youth in foster care, and extending Conrad Hilton’s support for 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. In 2018, the Hilton Humanitarian Prize was awarded to SHOFCO (Shining Hope for Communities), a grassroots organization based in Nairobi, Kenya that catalyzes large-scale transformation in urban slums by providing critical services for all, community advocacy platforms, and education and leadership development for women and girls. From its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.6 billion in grants, distributing $114.9 million in the U.S. and around the world in 2017. The Foundation’s current assets are approximately $2.8 billion. For more information, please visit www.hiltonfoundation.org.

Position Overview

The Program Officer is a key member of the Domestic team and supports the Foundation’s grantmaking in Foster Youth initiative. Reporting to the Senior Program Officer (SPO), the Program Officer serves as a key thought partner and will have primary responsibility for managing the Foster Youth initiative’s overall grant portfolio. The Officer will work closely with the SPO to design, implement, and monitor a portfolio of grants related to Foster Youth. 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.

Key Responsibilities:

Portfolio Management

  •  Participates in the identification of potential grantees and projects.
  •  Reviews proposals and works with the SPO to determine which ones will be further developed and recommended for funding.
  • Presents recommended proposals for funding at board meetings, as needed.
  • Provides counsel to organizations invited to develop proposals.
  • Reviews and refines grant-write-ups and assists in writing, preparing other materials for the quarterly board of directors meetings.
  • Monitors portfolio of grants in Foster Youth and other projects as assigned.
  • Monitors and evaluates grants and grantee performance, including timely completion of all progress reports. Provides feedback to SPO.
  • Recommends for approval any deviations from approved plans and budgets, and ensures that such changes are documented.
  • Conducts site visits, as needed.

Strategic Support

  • Acts as a thought partner and provides support to SPO in planning, development and implementation process, as needed.
  • Works with SPO and MEL partner on convening planning. Attends strategy convenings.
  • Works 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.


  • Supports SPO’s work with communications team to develop communication strategy for the Foster Youth initiative.
  • Writes blogs/articles for the website and supervises website content and updates

Core Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, public policy, social sciences, social welfare or a related field, with a minimum of five (5) years experience.


  • Graduate degree in public health, public policy, social sciences, social welfare or a related field.

Experience/Technical Skills:

  • A minimum of five (5)years of relevant work experience in program development and/or management experience.
  • A 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’.
  • Understands quantitative and qualitative data; ability to ask the right questions; experience with data analytics and evaluation.
  • Creative, flexible, and collaborative with an ability to work in a team-oriented environment; demonstrates a high degree of initiative; 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.
  • An understanding of grantmaking and the non-profit sector.


  • Manages complexity
  • Action-oriented
  • Plans and aligns
  • Communicates effectively
  • Interpersonal savvy
  • Builds networks

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and we seek candidates from all backgrounds and experiences.

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