Senior Advocacy Officer | Refugees

Partnerships, Advocacy & Communication Westlake Village, California


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, and helping young children affected by HIV and AIDS. 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

About the role...

The Partnerships, Advocacy and Communications team has three distinct functions: corporate communications; developing and managing state, national and global partnerships focused on the role of philanthropy in the Sustainable Development Goals; and increasing civil discourse through religious pluralism. We also work in partnership with program teams to achieve issue-specific policy and financing goals that advance the foundation’s programmatic strategies.

The Senior Advocacy Officer will report to the Director of Advocacy and work in direct partnership with Senior Program Officers focused on global Refugee initiatives. This role will help to develop and execute clear and measurable advocacy strategies that support the foundation’s programmatic goals and by creating enabling environments, advancing policy and funding goals for greater impact.

What you'll do...

  • Create, manage and implement advocacy and communications plans to support the foundation’s programmatic goals for the teams they support
  • Run point on the coordination of a donor and government relations function to ensure a “one foundation” approach to our engagement with key external partners
  • Lead a cross-initiative effort for international teams to help align advocacy efforts where appropriate
  • Act as a thought partner to the program team and examine, execute, and manage complex portfolio of advocacy and communication grants
  • Provide clear, concise and insightful analysis and recommendations for funding to leadership
  • Oversee outside firm(s) to monitor public discourse and public reports regarding the Foundation
  • Manage consultant contracts and grants related to advocacy and communications
  • Work cross-functionally to create success metrics regarding efforts and methods to capture relevant data with grantees and contracted partners
  • Represent the foundation to key external constituencies, as appropriate, on committees related to area of expertise and responsibilities of the position
What you need...
  • A Master's degree in public policy, social welfare, or a related field and at least 7 years of relevant work experience
  • Experience at a foundation, nonprofit, advocacy organization, in government or at a public affairs firm preferred
  • Experience as a relationship lead or manager with funders, donors and governments
  • Experience producing results in US domestic and/or international public policy that lead to real and measurable change
  • A proven ability to lead and influence others in a constructive manner, and build and foster collaborative relationships
  • Experience as a technical resource for teams and leadership regarding advocacy, communications and influence
  • Impeccable verbal and written communication skills, and ability to synthesize information for diverse audiences and build consensus
  • Strong quantitative analytic skills
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
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.

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 for more information.