Westlake Village,CA

Learning and Evaluation Officer, 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 seeks to improve the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people worldwide. An essential part of our philanthropic approach is setting ambitious yet feasible goals that address significant social challenges. Each of our strategic initiatives currently has a third-party Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) partner that works with our program staff, grantees, and other stakeholders to continuously strengthen our impact by supporting the development of and measuring strategic goals, highlighting areas of opportunity and gaps in the field, and sharing lessons learned with the public. The Foundation is looking to expand its in-house Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning functions to help centrally distill, analyze, and communicate key learnings from each of these partnerships and from research and evaluation work conducted internally.

Reporting to the Director of Strategy, Learning and Evaluation, the Learning and Evaluation Officer (LEO) will support Evaluation, Research and Learning activities to ensure our grant performance monitoring and strategy evaluation efforts reinforce organizational learning. The LEO will also work with our Program, Grants Management/Knowledge Management, and Communications teams to support the Foundation’s collaborative commitment to continuous learning and improvement throughout the organization and in partnership with external stakeholders. The LEO will primarily support our domestic Initiatives: Foster Youth, Opportunity Youth, and Homelessness.


  • Support Strategic Initiative teams, develop and implement Learning Agendas for domestic programs
  • Assist with the development, sourcing and management of third-party research and evaluation grants and contracts
  • Work with Program, Advocacy staff and research and evaluation partners to implement standards of evaluation practice, with a focus on equity, to inform strategy adaptation and learning as well as cross-Initiative learning
  • Prepare annual dashboards for internal reviews, the Board and Program Committee
  • In partnership with Grants Management, support Strategic Initiative teams in their monitoring of grantee performance using the Foundation’s online grants management system, including the collaborative development of meaningful and measurable results for specific grants
  • Assist with the preparation of materials that communicate evidence and engage staff and stakeholders in learning activities, including slide decks and data visualizations
  • Act as an advocate for understanding and application of evidence-based learning and decision-making across the organization and supports a shared culture of learning
  • Support collaborative learning across program areas through the organization of internal peer-based learning exchanges and the cross-pollination of evaluation approaches, methods, and lessons learned between program teams
  • Coordinate with the program team to support the dissemination of learning to external audiences, such as through conference presentations and in evaluator communities of practice
  • In collaboration with Communications, support the creation of multimedia learning products (ex., video, infographics, briefs, etc.) that effectively share learning with internal and external audiences.
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of learning activities with program staff
  • Support the implementation of internal systems and processes (including grantee reporting templates, internal analysis processes, and third-party research and evaluation partner plans and reports) that enable greater learning, reflection and strategy improvement
  • Lead the development of dashboards to facilitate annual reporting on strategy indicators
  • Provide evaluation, technical assistance and coaching to Foundation staff and grantees
  • Develop opportunities for evaluation and evaluative thinking training to Foundation staff and grantees
  • Coordinate evaluation and research-related events, such as internal and partner meetings, including MEL Partner convening
  • Remain informed of current research, evaluation design and methodologies, activities, and trends in the issues related to research and evaluation for the purposes of advising, and where appropriate integrating into Initiative MEL activities


  • A Bachelor’s degree in program evaluation, public policy, or areas related to our programmatic priorities (e.g. public health; global development, social sciences)
  • Five or more years experience in evaluation
  • Excellent planning and mixed methods evaluation skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with an ability to listen well, interact effectively with individuals at all levels of the organization, and build strong relationships both internally and externally
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative software packages as well as data visualization software
  • The ability to travel domestically
  • Working knowledge about evaluation methodologies, performance metrics and standards, data collection, and effective sampling instruments, equitable evaluation framework
  • Experience planning and facilitating meetings and effective learning sessions
  • Subject-area knowledge in foster youth, opportunity youth, homelessness, advocacy, or organizational capacity building
  • Accessible and flexible style that builds trust and confidence in staff
  • Easily able to collaborate with, positively influence and inform others


  • Graduate degree in program evaluation, public policy, or areas related to our programmatic priorities (e.g. public health; global development, social sciences).
  • Seven or more years experience in the evaluation field

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

Reporting to the Director of Strategy, Learning and Evaluation, the Learning and Evaluation Officer (LEO) will support Evaluation, Research and Learning activities to ensure our grant performance monitoring and strategy evaluation efforts reinforce organizational learning.

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