Senior Strategy Officer

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
March 23, 2020
Westlake Village, California
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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 $1.8 billion in grants, distributing $110 million in the U.S. and around the world in 2019. Foundation assets increased from approximately $2.9 billion to $6.6 billion following the 2019 passing of Barron Hilton who, like his father, pledged virtually his entire estate 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.

About the Role

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is seeking an experienced and skilled individual to join the foundation as a Senior Strategy Officer supporting strategy and learning efforts across the Foundation's grant making programs and other departments. This is a new position, and it is being added to support the Foundation's growing strategic learning practice as well as its current 5-year strategic planning process.

The Senior Strategy Officer will play a pivotal role at Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. Working in close partnership with Vice President of Strategy and Programs (VPSP), the Senior Evaluation and Learning Officer, the Senior Program Officers for Initiatives, and other leaders across the Foundation, you will provide strategic planning leadership and guidance, generate draft strategy memos and PowerPoint presentations, conduct landscapes, and design and facilitate strategy meetings. You will work across the Foundation's Initiatives and will report to the VPSP.

Responsibilities and Tasks

Internal Strategic Planning in Partnership with the VPSP

  • Co-creating and implementing strategic planning processes for the 5-year plans for each Initiative
  • Serving as a thought partner to the VPSP and program leadership and staff (e.g., asking good strategic questions, identifying assumptions, testing theories of change)
  • Co-designing and facilitating working sessions among program staff and/or other participants (e.g., external experts, Committee members)
  • Generating and/or reviewing draft strategy documents (e.g., strategy memos, PowerPoint presentations)
  • Conducting targeted research and analysis in support of program planning (may involve collaboration for Sr. Learning and Evaluation Officer)
  • Guiding the selection process for and co-managing third-party strategic planning consultants
  • Co-designing and managing the annual planning process across Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Initiatives, including collaborating with SPOs to articulate goals and objectives that align with five-year strategic plans
  • Managing one other strategy team member
  • Increasing the adaptive learning capacity of Foundation program staff and supporting a culture of learning and reflection
  • Collaborating with the VPSP, Foundation leadership, and the Sr. Learning and Evaluation Officer to continuously improve the Foundation's approaches to strategy, learning, and evaluation.

Management and Program Team Relations

  • Builds collaborative and positive working relationships and effective communication channels with team members and staff.
  • Effectively manages direct reports and provides mentorship to develop team members.

Communications Department Coordination

  • Coordinates with Communications Department to advance Initiative strategies through strategic communications and advocacy.


  • Misc strategy and program department related leadership (e.g. workflows planning and design)

Collaborate with Sr. Learning Officer/Learning Officer

  • Collaborates with Sr. Learning Officer/Learning Officer to incorporate evaluation and learning findings into strategy development, implementation and revision.
  • Works in collaboration with Sr. Learning Officer and Director of Grants and Knowledge Management to ensure information infrastructure and data collection/reporting processes align with evaluation, learning, and strategic planning needs.

Education / Training


  • Graduate degree in public health, public policy, social welfare, or a related field. (e.g., MBA, MPP)

Experience/Technical Skills


  • 10 years + of experience in a professional setting, including five years of experience in a formal strategy consulting role and two years in a project management role
  • Experience at a leading strategy consulting firm
  • Experience in philanthropy, including past experience working with senior leadership
  • Experience working on and leading strategy teams
  • Intellectual agility, including the ability to quickly understand new issues, analyze qualitative and quantitative data, spot patterns, and make connections across topics/issues.
  • Proven ability to design and facilitate productive, engaging meetings
  • Strong Power-Point skills


  • Experience supervising and developing staff
  • Experience or familiarity with strategic learning principles and practices
  • Experience and comfort working both independently and under close supervision, as required by the task

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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