Program Officer, Opportunity Youth

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 Program Officer is a key member of the Older Youth team and supports the Foundation's grantmaking in the Opportunity Youth initiative. The Initiative works to ensure Opportunity Youth have access to economic self-sufficiency through connection to jobs leading to quality careers. Our geographic areas of focus are Los Angeles, New Orleans, Mexico City, and Mombasa, Kenya. Reporting to the Senior Program Officer (SPO), the Program Officer serves as a key thought partner and will have primary responsibility for managing the [strategic] initiative's overall grant portfolio. The Officer will work closely with the SPO to design, implement, and monitor a portfolio of grants in alignment with the Board- approved strategy for Opportunity Youth. The Officer will help to identify potential grantees, assist with proposal development, and provide grantee technical support, as well as monitor grant progress.

The ideal candidate will have experience working in either workforce development or youth development, in addition to being a proactive team player with excellent multi-tasking skills. The individual must have strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills, with the ability to understand, interpret, and translate qualitative and quantitative data. S/he will be expected to resolve time-sensitive issues with a high degree of precision and exhibit strong organizational, written, and verbal communication skills. Attention to detail and the ability to anticipate needs are a must. 


Portfolio Management

  • Participates in the identification of potential grantees and projects
  • Reviews proposals and works with the SPO to determine which ones will be further developed and recommended for funding
  • Presents recommended proposals for funding at board meetings, as needed
  • Provides counsel to organizations invited to develop proposals
  • Reviews and refines grant-write-ups and assists in writing, preparing other materials for the quarterly board of directors’ meetings
  • Monitors portfolio of grants in [Strategy] and other projects as assigned
  • Monitors and evaluates grants and grantee performance, including timely completion of all progress reports. Provides feedback to SPO
  • Recommends for approval any deviations from approved plans and budgets, and ensures that such changes are documented
  • Conducts site visits, as needed.

Strategic Support

  • Acts as thought partner and provides support to SPO in planning, development, and implementation process, as needed
  • Works with SPO and MEL partner on convening planning. Attends strategy convenings
  • Works with SPO in identifying the need for consultants within the program area; plans scope of work for contracts and develops terms of contract and monitor’s progress.


  • Supports SPO's work with communications team to develop communication strategy for the Opportunity Youth initiative
  • Writes blogs/articles for the website and supervises web-site content and updates.



  • Bachelor's degree in public health, public policy, social sciences, social welfare or a related field preferred, or a minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience
  • A minimum of five (5) years of relevant work experience in program development and/or management experience
  • A substantive knowledge of international policy issues and the funding landscape.
  • Ability to assess the leadership, track record, fiscal health, and capacity of a nonprofit organization to lead a proposed program or project. Demonstrated ability to think critically about program design and implementation.
  • Enthusiastic, professional, and self-motivating, with a ‘can-do’ attitude
  • Understands quantitative and qualitative data; ability to ask the right questions; experience with data analytics and evaluation
  • Creative, flexible, and collaborative with an ability to work in a team-oriented environment; demonstrates a high degree of initiative; results-oriented
  • Ability to continually seek information and look for new approaches to processes and practices.
  • Welcomes feedback as a means to personal and professional growth.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; strong presentation skills and the ability to clearly articulate ideas
  • Some domestic and international travel will be required to our geographic areas of focus in New Orleans, Mexico City, and Mombasa, Kenya.


  • Graduate degree in public health, public policy, social sciences, social welfare or a related field
  • An understanding of grantmaking and the non-profit sector
  • Experience working in workforce development, economic development, public policy, and/or youth development
  • An understanding and perspective on racial equity and structural barriers faced by people of color.

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.