Vice President, Talent & Culture

Talent & Culture Los Angeles, California Westlake Village, California


Position at Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

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 ensure healthy early childhood development and sustainable livelihoods for youth, support young people transitioning out of foster care, improve access to housing and support services for people experiencing homelessness, identify solutions to safe water access, 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 approximately $8.5 billion in assets. It has awarded grants to date totaling more than $2.4 billion, $339 million worldwide in 2021. Please visit for more information.


Reporting to the President & CEO, The Vice President, Talent & Culture continues to serve as a key member of the organization’s Leadership Team and leads and implements the Foundation’s human resources strategy. The Vice President will partner with the organization’s Leadership Team and staff to ensure the development and advancement of an empowered, values-driven workplace culture. The Vice President will offer timely, forward-thinking counsel on all issues related to people within the organization, serving as a thought partner with all departments of the organization fostering a culture of trust and respect. The Vice President will also provide strategic support to the Foundation Board Talent & Compensation Committee. In this role, the Vice President will work closely with the Talent & Compensation Committee Chair and members of the Board Committee, providing key information and analysis  to fully optimize the Board Committee’s role in stewardship of the Foundation’s human capital.  

The Vice President leads a dedicated Talent & Culture Team, which now has ten full time professionals working to support the needs of an expanding global programmatic and operational structure. The Vice President will continue to serve in a leadership role promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of its organizational culture. As work and the workforce change, the Foundation will need novel approaches to attract, develop, and retain talent. And with the impact of the pandemic, the team finds itself helping the Foundation redefine its workplace culture in a way that fully integrates a hybrid and remote work.


Organizational Effectiveness

  • Catalyzes organizational performance through collaborative leadership; meets with team leads to guide and advise on best ways to link personnel structures to support strategy.
  • Collaborates with peers across the Foundation to advise on and forge consensus on approaches to workforce planning and analysis, recruiting and retaining high-caliber talent, learning and development, performance management, and professional development.
  • Advises team leads on the best available options for employee engagement and retention initiatives to increase organizational, programmatic, and individual performance.
  • Identifies and recommends opportunities to improve and align supporting systems; creates and implements an integrated approach to talent and culture management.
  • Continues to shape and implement strategies which support hybrid/remote workforce which strengthen and amplify a vibrant workplace culture.

Leadership and Talent Management

  • Working with Talent Acquisition Manager, provides leadership in the oversight and execution of talent acquisition and retention strategies.
  • Oversees the development and implementation of the Talent & Culture Budget.
  • Working with Talent and Culture Team, supports activities which enhance integrated talent management solutions including executive coaching, individual development planning, talent reviews, succession planning, and leadership development.
  • Develops forward-looking employee retention plan and monitor progress of high potential employees and identifies positions that provide quality developmental opportunities; fosters succession planning across the organization.
  • Leads and develops results-driven performance management tools and processes that integrate with the organization’s values and core competencies.
  • Analyzes and provides timely information to support Leadership Team on organizational-wide metrics to spot trends and make adjustments and improvements on Foundation wide organizational goals.
  • Oversees, develops, and implements a progressive total rewards program balancing organizational resources with the need to maintain the organization’s competitive position in the marketplace.
  • Ensures compliance with all applicable Federal, State, and local employment laws including, but not limited to EEO, ADA, FMLA, FLSA, ERISA, OSHA,PPACA, workers’ compensation, etc.

Payroll and Benefits Management

  • In collaboration with the Foundation’s Finance Team, provides oversight of the Foundation’s payroll administration.
  • Provides leadership on pay equity, pension, and other employee compensation matters. Insure transparency.
  • Provides support to Board Talent & Compensation Committee.
  • Working with T&C team members and outside provides, oversee the Foundation’s employee benefits system. Continue to review and upgrade selection and oversight of providers, systems to ensure compliance and accuracy.
  • Provides oversight of the payroll and personnel management and benefits management with outsourced to McGriff, Bonusly, etc.

Workplace Culture Management

  • Continues to draw from and build on the core values of the organization: integrity, humility, thinking big, stewardship and compassion. Strengthens and amplifies an organizational spirit of optimistic, can-do problem-solving.
  • Serves as a thoughtful leader on the future of workforce strategy and provides guidance and stewardship as the Foundation establishes a “new hybrid” workforce plan (new normal).
  • Builds on an ongoing commitment to comprehensive Diversity, Equity and Inclusion which aims at a more diverse workforce, more inclusive workplace, and a real contribution to a more equitable society and world.
  • Strategies aimed at maintaining a healthy workplace culture including strategies, programs and initiatives related to internal communications, employee engagement, and relations across and inclusive of all the organization’s programs and offices.
  • As a thoughtful steward, fosters a culture of accountability, trust, recognition, and results among staff at all levels consistent with the short and long-term objectives of the organization.
  • Encourages development of strong relationships within teams and helps managers to develop skills to address challenges that may arise with team members.

Professional Qualifications and Personal Attributes:

The Vice President should ideally possess the following set of professional qualifications and personal attributes:


Building a high-performing, purposeful organization requires a leader who is an effective, influential change agent and a high impact, emotionally intelligent professional.

Other key qualifications required include:

  • A bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or Business Management; master’s degree in business/organizational development and SPHR certification is strongly preferred.
  • A demonstrated level of human resources experience of which at least ten plus years have been spent in a significant senior management role.
  • Experience conceptualizing, implementing, and monitoring broad human resources related programs and initiatives in the context of broader business/organizational objectives.
  • Demonstrated computer proficiency is a must including experience using MS Office applications and HRIS and demonstrated financial and budgeting capabilities.

Personal Attributes

  • A visionary motivated equally by the Foundation’s values and its mission of alleviating human suffering, and by the desire to create a great, inclusive place to work.
  • Driven by an “optimism and courage to seek bigger solutions.”
  • A person who has demonstrated humility, grace, stewardship, and compassion in their life.
  • An ability to build dynamic teams and to motivate them to work well together.
  • Makes high quality, transparent decisions and stewards them with purpose and efficiency.
  • Personal creativity and strategic vision coupled with an ability to listen to others and learn from their best ideas – a sense of inquisitiveness and eagerness to improve.
  • Persuasive communicator with excellent listening, speaking, and writing skills.
  • Personable, articulate, and diplomatic, but also honest in identifying challenges, problems, and risks. Strong ability to align management and staff needs.
  • Intellectually humble, open to constructive feedback and personally grounded.

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
  • Relocation Pay
  • 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.