Director, Older Youth Initiatives

Strategy & Programs Westlake Village, California


Description

Position at Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

About us...

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 www.hiltonfoundation.org.

About the role...

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.

What you'll do...

  • 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
  • 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, represents 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 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...
  • A 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

About 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 supports meaningful innovation, learning, progress and productive outcomes.

About our benefits... 

We value the health and well-being of our employees, and offer:
  • Comprehensive and generous health care coverage options
  • Fitness benefits
  • Disability coverage
  • Paid holidays, time off, and parental leave
  • Flexible work schedules and technology benefits
  • Professional learning and development and educational assistance
  • The Foundation triple-matches employee gifts to qualified non-profit organizations

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.