Manager, Strategy & Build – GDI US

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Location Employees can work remotely– US preferred
Posted 6/21/2023
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Company Description

Global Development Incubator (GDI) is an incubator for transformational development ventures, working to build and scale the next generation of social impact solutions. From climate to agriculture, health to economic inclusion, we build across sectors to drive game-changing impact at scale. Whether the concepts originate from sector experts, or are developed and tested ourselves, we create new approaches to address persistent global issues.

Over 12–36 months, we deploy our functional teams to help early-stage initiatives design their business strategy and model, develop their brand identity, hire and retain talent, and construct their financial and operational infrastructure.

Since our founding in 2013, GDI has built a significant track record in our field, having now shaped over 40 social impact ventures.

Job Description

GDI is looking for a well-rounded Manager with strong strategic and operational skills to join its Strategy & Build team in the US. The ideal candidate must be highly driven to build and scale the next generation of large-scale social impact solutions and create new approaches to address persistent global development issues. The Manager will be working on a range of initiatives within the GDI US portfolio, working across sectors to drive game-changing impact at scale.

Reports to: Managing Director


  • Cultivate prospects, shape new incubation opportunities, and support the delivery of existing initiatives within the GDI US portfolio.
  • Manage initiatives against milestones, budget, and target outcomes.
  • Support GDI outreach, network-building, and fundraising efforts for initiatives.
  • Develop a roadmap to scale for initiatives; taking an iterative and pragmatic approach to developing and implementing strategy.
  • Manage priority stakeholder relationships throughout the incubation lifecycle, including with initiative leads, funders, and partners.
  • Develop and manage budgets for financial sustainability of the initiatives.
  • Integrate services provided by other GDI teams and external consultants and experts within the work of initiatives.


  • Undergraduate college degree with 6–8 years of related professional work experience (especially strategy consulting and/or human-centered design).
  • Demonstrated ability to break down large, complex problems into smaller pieces, develop hypotheses, structure analyses to test these hypotheses, and generate clear insights and actionable recommendations.
  • Outstanding analytical skills with a demonstrated ability to synthesize quantitative and qualitative data and surface clear, actionable insights for leadership.
  • Collaborative team contributor; excellent listening skills; effective influencer; strong interpersonal skills.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills; good attention to detail.
  • Ability to self-manage work streams and tasks; self-directed and resourceful with high standards for quality output.
  • Ability to coach colleagues and entrepreneurs on strategy and operations skills.
  • A curious and creative intellect and a style that includes flexibility, levelness, and a sense of humor and humility.

Qualities of GDI Employees

  • A relentless drive to get things done.
  • Curious and entrepreneurial mindset.
  • Passion for driving social impact and tackling the world’s biggest challenges in new ways.

Additional Information

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $95,000–$115,000. GDI offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes employer contributions to health, dental, and vision insurance plans for employees and dependents and 401(k) matching contributions.

Application Process

If you believe you can clearly demonstrate your abilities to meet the relevant criteria for the role, please attach your detailed CV and a cover letter, outlining your interest in this position and why you would be a good fit. Please note that the cover letter is considered an important aspect of the application and will be evaluated against the qualifications above. Applications that do not include a cover letter will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Global Development Incubator is an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace.

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