Program Associate (Domestic Programs) via Idealist

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Agoura Hills, CA, United States 🇺🇸

The Foundation

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 the world’s disadvantaged and vulnerable people. The Foundation currently conducts strategic initiatives in six priority areas: providing safe water, ending chronic homelessness, preventing substance use, helping children affected by HIV and AIDS, supporting transition-age youth in foster care, and extending Conrad Hilton’s support for 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. In 2015, the Humanitarian Prize was awarded to Landesa, a Seattle-based land rights organization. From its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.4 billion in grants, distributing $107 million in the U.S. and around the world in 2015. The Foundation’s current assets are approximately $2.5 billion. For more information, please visit

Position Summary

The Program Associate will play a central role in coordinating the domestic grantmaking activities of the program department, provide programmatic and administrative support to the domestic program team, and act as a liaison between program staff, grantees and external consultants. This position will work closely with the Sr. Program Officer in the Foundation’s Substance Use Prevention strategic initiative.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates the grantmaking process to include the following:
    • Serves as the primary contact and provides guidance to grantees and applicants during the application and reporting processes
    • Participates in proposal research, summaries and budgets during the review process
    • Reviews and analyzes submitted grant proposals
    • Reviews, analyzes, and summarizes grantee reports
    • Works closely with Sr. Program Officer in producing board write-ups and presentation materials, including dashboard analytics and memos, to the board
    • Participates in peer review process of board write-ups
  • Participates in and provides insights in strategic grant planning, budgeting and portfolio coding.
  • Interfaces with grants management to comply with internal audit and grant tracking procedures and grantmaking processes.
  • Performs program related research and special projects as assigned.
  • Coordinates external program related events such as meetings, conferences and presentations.
  • Participates in planning and leads logistics of annual convening of grantees, stakeholders and monitoring, evaluation and learning partners (MEL).
  • Provides support to Sr. Program Officer with appointments, contacts, correspondence, reports and maintenance of information.
  • Coordinates with team members to develop content for the Foundation website.
  • Undertakes projects and other duties as assigned.

Core Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in public health, public policy, social work or related field and a minimum of 2 years of relevant work experience, preferably in the nonprofit sector, are required; a master’s degree is preferred.
  • 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 workflow 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.
  • Welcomes feedback as a means to personal and professional growth.
  • A passion for the Foundation’s mission and interest in its strategic initiatives and major program areas, particularly in Substance Use Prevention.
  • An understanding of grantmaking and the nonprofit sector are highly desired.
  • Excellent computer skills to include Word, Excel, PowerPoint and database experience; knowledge of GivingData or other grants management software a plus.


A competitive compensation package is available, including a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience, and a comprehensive benefits package.

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse candidate pool.