Senior Advocacy Officer, Homelessness

Strategy & Programs Westlake Village, California Los Angeles, California


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.

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Job Summary

The Advocacy team is a senior bench of advisers within the program department that provides counsel and, at times, direct grant-making support to achieve issue-specific policy and financing goals that advance the foundation’s programmatic strategies.

The Senior Advocacy Officer (SAO), Homelessness will report to the Director, Legacy Initiatives, and will work in direct partnership with the Senior Program Officer, Homelessness to support the Homelessness Initiative's advocacy objectives. Additionally, the SAO will serve as the lead on Los Angeles-related advocacy, working with SAO, Older Youth Initiative, and SAO, Early Childhood Development on Los Angeles activities. 

The SAO will be responsible for supporting the ongoing development, refinement, and execution of clear and measurable advocacy strategies that support the foundation’s programmatic goals and shift policy, and unlock funding for greater impact.


Strategic Planning, Implementation and Management

  • Lead an inclusive process for overall advocacy strategy development, implementation, and measurement, to support the foundation’s programmatic goals for the Homelessness Initiative, under strategic guidance from the VP, Strategy & Programs, the Director of Legacy Initiatives, and the Senior Program Officer, Homelessness Initiative
  • Act as senior counsel to the program teams and examine, execute, and manage a complex portfolio of advocacy and communication grants
  • Provide clear, concise, and insightful analyses and recommendations for pipeline planning and investment opportunities to the Senior Program Officer, Director of Legacy Initiatives, and VP, Strategy & Programs through the review of related grant proposals as well as on observed potential opportunities in the field
  • Actively manage external consultants from time to time who will support efforts to monitor public discourse, conduct desk research, policy analyses direct foundation support, etc., in support of the team's advocacy strategy
  • Work with Senior Program Officer and Senior Learning and Evaluation team to create success metrics around related efforts and methods to capture relevant data with grantees and contracted partners
  • Provide guidance on how the Foundation should use its voice and how to keep the board and program committee both informed and engaged
  • Perform lobbying compliance checks on all advocacy-related investments
  • Responsible for broader coordination of initiatives with a geographic focus in LA--connecting the dots on political opportunities

External Representation

  • Represent the foundation to key external constituencies, as appropriate and in consultation with the Senior Program Officer, on committees related to area of expertise and responsibilities of the position
  • Provide direct support to the President and CEO, as well as other members of the senior leadership team--advising on the use of voice and preparation for external meetings with government, partners, and media (including the development of briefs and talking points)
  • Develop and sustain key relationships in Los Angeles in service of the Foundation's advocacy objectives in the region



  • Bachelor's degree in public health, public policy, social sciences, social welfare, or a related field, with a minimum of seven (7) years experience
  • Recognized internally and externally by the professional community as an expert within a particular specialized field
  • Significant policy/advocacy knowledge in the area of homelessness in Los Angeles, California, and at the national level
  • Relationships with policymakers at the local, state, and/or federal level
  • Track record of successfully leading advocacy efforts that resulted in real and measurable change
  • Proven ability to lead and influence others in a constructive manner and to build and sustain collaborative relationships
  • Experience as a technical resource to teams and leadership on advocacy, communications, and influence
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, able to effectively synthesize information to reach diverse audiences and build consensus
  • Strong quantitative analytic skills


  • Graduate degree in public policy, social welfare, or a related field preferred
  • Experience at a foundation, nonprofit, advocacy organization, in government, or at a public affairs firm preferred
  • Understanding of legal compliance related to advocacy for nonprofit organizations and private foundations

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.