Program Officer, Homelessness Initiative

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
January 13, 2020
Westlake Village, CA
Job Type
1 Dole Drive


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 $1.7 billion in grants, distributing $112.5 million in the U.S. and around the world in 2018. Foundation assets increased from approximately $2.9 billion to $6.3 billion following the 2019 passing of Barron Hilton who, like his father, pledged 97% of his fortune 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 organizations.

Job Summary

The Program Officer is a key member of the program 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 primarily responsibility for co-managing the day to day of the homelessness initiative's overall grant portfolio in partnership with initiative's other Program Officer. 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 experience with the philanthropic levers available to help drive toward the strategy's key goals. Ideal candidates will also hold experience with Los Angeles County's political and policy environment.

Responsibilities and Tasks

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 and board program committee meetings
  • Monitors portfolio of grants in homelessness 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 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 in identifying the need for consultants within the program area; plans scope of work for contracts and develops terms of contract and monitors progress.
  • Works collaboratively with Strategy, Learning, and Evaluation Division on developing performance measures for grants and on strategy development and refinement


  • Supports SPO's work with communications team, primarily the senior advocacy officer, to develop communication and advocacy strategy for the Initiative.
  • Writes blogs/articles for the website and supervises web-site content and updates.

Education / Training


  • 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, ideally as a program officer in philanthropy.
  • An understanding of grantmaking and the non-profit sector.
  • 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.

Drives Vision and Purpose, Collaborates, Instills Trust, Global Perspective and Strategic Mindset

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


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