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 www.hiltonfoundation.org for
**Cover letter required for consideration**
The Senior Program Officer (SPO)
is a strategic leader and portfolio manager for the Foundation's
Catholic Sisters Initiative and supports sisters' work globally.
This role will advance the Foundation's mission of impacting those
experiencing disadvantage, specifically supporting sisters to
transform the lives of children, youth, families, and communities
worldwide. As part of the new five-year strategy, we focus on
sisters' formation, education, and care, supporting sisters in
their ministries to develop human potential and building a global
sisterhood. This work aims to restore the human dignity of the
underserved through advocacy and action on behalf of integral human
The SPO is a Catholic Sisters
Initiative's content expert and thought leader. This position
provides creative thinking in both strategic directions and the
day-to-day management of a strand of innovative, inclusive
financing mechanisms, impact investing, social enterprises, and
The ideal candidate will partner
with the Head, Catholic Sisters Initiative team to source private
sector partners, review social enterprises, and leverage innovative
financing mechanisms to advance the Initiative's goals. In
addition, the SPO is responsible for guiding learning and
evaluation efforts to inform strategy implementation, grant
monitoring, management, integration across the portfolio, and
future strategy development and supporting grantmaking to further
goals at local, national, and global levels to build an
The SPO will initiate and
sustain external partnerships with grantees, stakeholders, policy
decisions, and other funders. This position reports to the
Associate Vice President for Program Operations and Head of
Catholic Sisters Initiative.
Strategic Planning and
Collaborates with Sisters
Initiative staff in planning, developing, and implementing of
Catholic Sisters Initiative Strategy.
Supports Head, Catholic Sisters
Initiative in management of the Sisters Initiative
Co-presents strategy and
progress updates to the Board of Directors in coordination with the
Head, Catholic Sisters Initiative.
Works with internal (SLED team)
and external evaluators and research partners to track progress
toward sub initiative goals.
Works collaboratively with a
range of partners to share learnings and co-organize annual grantee
convenings and periodic webinars.
Explores innovative new areas
for grantmaking, inclusive financial models, and impact investing
to achieve strategic goals.
Collaborates with Foundation
staff to further advocate goals, including using the Foundation's
influence and voice to encourage greater investment in Catholic
sisters and their ministries.
Work with the Head, CSI team to
engage with the private sector and financing experts to build and
leverage innovative financing mechanisms to address Catholic
sisters' elderly care, organizational sustainability, and social
enterprises in the focus countries.
Conduct initial due diligence,
including business plan review, and financial model analysis that
support the work of sisters and their ministries.
Collaborate with the Initiative
team to improve internal knowledge and skills about innovative
financing, including blended finance mechanisms.
Grantmaking and Grantee
Works in partnership with and
leads the sub-initiative team in the following:
Identifies potential grantees
and projects on inclusive financing projects.
Investigates and evaluates
grant proposals and presents recommended proposals for funding at
Monitors and evaluates
strategic delegated initiative and grantee performance.
Conducts site visits.
Conducts due diligence to
assess grantee work.
Provides advice in the area of
Provides assistance to and
maintains an open, ongoing relationship with grantees.
Nurtures partnerships among
grantees and linkages to key stakeholders to promote systems
Experience in social
entrepreneurship, blended financing models, impact investing, or
other innovative development financing approaches.
Remains informed of current
research, policies, activities, trends, and movements on issues
related to Catholic sisters globally, Catholic church, equity,
integral human development, social and inclusive finance, and the
other related program priority areas of the Foundation.
Responds effectively to the
broader knowledge in the field by aligning grantmaking with
emerging learning and opportunities to strengthen the Catholic
sisters field globally and integral human development issues in the
specific geographic focus area.
Conduct initial due diligence,
including business plan review, inclusive financial models, and
social impact investing opportunities that support and advance in
providing solutions to issues impacting sisters and their
Pursues and promotes learning
throughout the field.
Thought Leadership and Coalition
Engages and develops relations
to strengthen strategic coalition-building within the
Convenes meetings of key
government, philanthropic, and nonprofit leaders to mobilize
coordinated efforts and funding in strategic initiatives.
Represents the Foundation to
various constituencies through verbal and written communications
(annual reports, brochures, correspondence) and through
participating in outside conferences and meetings.
Works with other leaders in the
field to strengthen and further build the field.
Develops partnerships with
parent-led community groups and organizations to ensure that their
perspectives are heard.
Collaborates with other public
and private funders to advance strategic priorities.
Works with the Sisters
Initiative team and communications team to develop a communication
Writes blogs/articles for the
website and supervises website content and updates.
Management of Team
Builds collaborative and
positive working relationships and effective communication channels
with Catholic Sisters team members and staff from other
Effectively manages direct
reports and provides mentorship in developing
Partners with Catholic Sisters
team to guide support provided by the Senior Advocacy Officer to
further Sisters Initiative advocacy goals.
Collaborates with the Catholic
Sisters team to guide support provided by the Strategy Learning and
Evaluation Department (SLED) to further monitoring and
Participates in team meetings
to review grant recommendations, provide updates on grantee
progress, determine technical assistance needs of grantees, plan
convening, evaluation and communications activities, and share and
reflect on experiences in the field and related program
Identifies the need and scope
of work for consultants within the specific issue areas and
monitors work as required.
Graduate degree in Business
Administration, Economics and development, Finance, public policy,
theological sciences or related field.
Minimum of 10 years of relevant
experience in grantmaking and/or program development/management/
Demonstrated expertise and work
experience with Catholic sisters in social ministries, inclusive
financing, economic and development, integral human development and
public policy levels.
Demonstrated experience working
with multicultural and multidisciplinary teams to effect
investments for social change.
Commitment and belief in
strategic philanthropy, and diversity, equity, and
Ability to travel domestically
Knowledgeable of the systems
that affect Catholic sisters' integral human development work and
approaches to change these systems at national, regional and global
Experience in social
entrepreneurship, blended financing models, impact investing or
other innovative development financing approaches
Experience, or relevant
experience, in strategic planning and implementation and in
coordinating public/private efforts for long-term, systemic social
Demonstrated experience in
driving proactive and innovative strategies to achieve
A passion for and a commitment
to the Foundation's mission, social justice and support of Catholic
sisters and their ministries.
communication, presentation and public speaking skills.
Ability to develop effective
and professional relationships with internal and external
colleagues and partners from the grassroots to the
Strong strategic, conceptual
and critical thinking abilities; capacity to navigate
analytical, and time management skills with high attention to
priority and detail.
Knowledge and experience
working with Catholic sisters social enterprises is a
A practical understanding of
philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.
Understanding of strategic
Work experience in a Catholic
environment and understanding of Catholic Social Teaching
About our Benefits
We value the health and
well-being of our employees, some of the benefits we offer
Comprehensive and generous
health and life insurance options
Paid holidays, time off, and
Flexible work schedules and
Foundation funded retirement
Professional learning and
development and educational assistance
Employee matching gifts to
qualified non-profit organizations