Program Associate, Homelessness

Strategy & Programs 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 $7.5 billion in assets. It has awarded grants to date totaling more than $2 billion, $207 million worldwide in 2020. Please visit for more information.

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Job Summary

The Program Associate will play a central role in coordinating the Homelessness grantmaking activities of the program department, provide programmatic and administrative support to their respective program teams, and act as a liaison between program staff, grantees and external consultants. They will provide support for key operational areas of the team, including: project tracking, communications and knowledge sharing, coordination of meetings and contribution to project reports, and grant process management. This position will also assist the team with general administration functions including the coordination of convenings.

This position will work closely with the Sr. Program Officer and Program Officer in the Homelessness initiative and as a member of the team, the Program Associate will participate in project and department-wide activities, meetings, conferences, etc. They will participate in programming discussions, and will be conversant with the Foundation's approaches. They will possess strong writing skills and excellent ability to multi-task.


Grantmaking Support

  • Assists the Sr. Program Officer and Program Officers in proposal research, summaries and budgets during the proposal review process.
  • Reviews and analyzes submitted grant proposals.
  • Serves as a contact for grantees and applicants during the application and reporting processes.
  • Supports the Homelessness Initiative team in producing board write-ups and presentation materials, including dashboard analytics and memos to the board.
  • Performs program-related research and other projects as assigned.

 Program Liaison

  • Works with the Homelessness Initiative team to liaise with grants management 
  • Updates and tracks grant-related information in grants management database, including reports and grant payment information.
  • Assists the Sr. Program Officer with strategic planning and budgeting.
  • Works with grants management to comply with internal audit and grant tracking procedures and grantmaking processes.
  • Supports the Sr. Program Officer and strategy learning evaluation division in liaising with research and evaluation partners.
  • Processes consultant and vendor contracts and invoices as needed.

 Program Operational Support

  • Provides support to the Sr. Program Officer with travel, appointments, contacts, correspondence, reports and maintenance of information, as needed.
  • Assists the Sr. Program Officer in planning annual convening of grantees and stakeholders. Leads logistical support for convenings.
  • Assists the Sr. Program Officer in working with strategy learning evaluation division and programs advocacy and communications team-related activities.
  • Coordinates program-related events such as internal and external meetings, conferences and presentations.   


  • Bachelor's degree in public health, public policy, social sciences, social welfare or a related field.
  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant work experience, preferably in the nonprofit sector.
  • Excellent writing skills and the critical thinking skills to analyze and summarize reports.
  • Strong oral communication and relationship-building skills; interacts with others in a professional and diplomatic way.
  • Solid organizational skills, able to effectively manage and prioritize work-flow to meet deadlines, and is highly attentive to detail.
  • Works well independently and collaboratively within a team and demonstrates a high degree of initiative, resourcefulness and flexibility to meet needs of the role.
  • Ability to continually seek information and look for new approaches to processes and practices.
  • Excellent computer skills to include Microsoft Office and database experience.


  • Master’s Degree in Public Health, Public Policy or related field.
  • Candidates with lived experience related to Initiative area are encouraged to apply.
  • An understanding of grant-making and the nonprofit sector are highly desired.
  • Knowledge of grants management software a plus.

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.