Sr. Advocacy Officer

20 Aug, 2020


Sr. Advocacy Officer

Conrad Hilton Foundation
Westlake Village, CA

Who we are:

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, helping young children affected by HIV and AIDS, and supporting the work of Catholic sisters. 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

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 support meaningful innovation, learning, progress and outcomes.

Our Benefits:

We value the health and well-being of our employees and offer comprehensive and generous health care coverage options including fitness benefits, disability coverage, paid holidays, paid time off, paid parental leave, flexible work schedules and technology benefits. Professional learning and development are supported through educational assistance and participation in professional conferences and seminars. To encourage charitable giving, the Foundation triple-matches employee gifts to qualified non-profit organizations.

Job Summary

The Communications, Partnerships and Advocacy team has three distinct functions. The team oversees corporate communications; develops and manages state, national and global partnerships focused on the role of philanthropy in the Sustainable Development Goals and increasing civil discourse through religious pluralism; and works 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 improving issues related to early childhood health and development in the domestic and international context by developing and executing clear and measurable advocacy strategies that support the foundation’s programmatic goals and shift policy and unlock funding for greater impact.

Responsibilities and Tasks

Strategic Planning, Implementation & Management 

  • In support of the foundation’s programs for Early Childhood Development, Safe Water and Refugees, and under strategic guidance from the Vice President of Programs and Strategy, the Vice President of Communications, Director of Advocacy and Senior Program Officers – the Senior Advocacy Officer will co-create, manage, implement and evaluate advocacy and communications plans to support the foundation’s programmatic goals.
  • Act as a thought partner to the program team and examine, execute, and manage and support due diligence for a complex portfolio of program advocacy and communication grants. Provide clear, concise and insightful analyses and counsel on grant proposals, strategic partnerships, donor collaboration, letters of inquiry, measurement and evaluation of advocacy investments, as well as on potential opportunities in the field.
  • As required, manage external consultants to gather necessary intelligence via media monitoring, policy/budget tracking and provide expert council, on use of Foundation voice, investment opportunities and to keep relevant staff, the board and program committee informed and engaged.
  • Manage consultant contracts and grants related to advocacy and communications made by the Senior Program Officer and in support of the advocacy plan, including reviews of grantee reports and tracking measurement, learning and evaluation efforts
  • Work with Senior Program Officers and Learning and Evaluation team to create success metrics around related efforts and methods to capture relevant data with grantees and contracted partners.

External Representation 

  • Represent the foundation to key external constituencies, as appropriate, on committees related to area of expertise and responsibilities of the position.
  • Represent the foundation within relevant funder networks to share experience and support program staff to pursue joint advocacy funder collaborations
  • Develop a strategy for engagement and collaborations with donors and key partners, in close partnership with the Partnerships and Program teams

Education / Training


  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, public policy, social sciences, social welfare or a related field, with a minimum of seven (7) years experience.

Experience/Technical Skills


  • A minimum of seven (7) years of related experience
  • Recognized internally and externally by the professional community as an expert in international policy, advocacy and strategic partnerships, with an interest or experience in the three focus program areas
  • Track record of successfully leading advocacy efforts that resulted in real and measurable change.
  • Proven ability to lead and foster collaboration to influence others in a constructive manner
  • Experience as 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
  • Experienced leader in navigating and intentionally factoring in cultural competence and equity in all facets of external relations and program development


  • Significant policy/advocacy knowledge in relevant programmatic areas in an international (Eastern and Southern Africa desired) and US domestic context
  • Experience working in a philanthropic organization


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.

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Job posted: 2020-08-20