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Associate Director, China Portfolio

at Global Development Incubator in Hong Kong SAR or Mainland China

About the Job

The Associate Director role is a senior leadership position at GDI. You will develop the strategy and impact thesis, generate new opportunities, and own the P&L for GDI’s “China” portfolio, as well as explore and help shape new portfolios for the organization over time.

The work uniquely positions you to collaborate closely with social leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs who are addressing some of the world’s biggest problems, and help guide their paths. You will wear many hats in this role, including strategist, advisor, executive coach, connector, and implementer – with the goal of doing whatever it takes to help launch, build, and steward the capacity of new social change initiatives. You will work at the nexus of expertise and service, managing and growing cross-cutting teams and diverse resources both within and outside of GDI – all the while driving towards concrete results.

The Associate Director reports directly to the Director.

The overarching responsibility is to ensure the success and growth of your portfolio, while contributing to GDI’s overall network, knowledge-base, financial health, and brand. Specific areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to:

Strategy + Advisory:

  • Lead strategy development and pathway to scale for new initiatives within portfolio
  • Problem-solve and generate solutions for strategic issues; guide partners in path to execute
  • Executive coaching and advisory to senior leadership of partner organizations
  • Drive outreach, network-building and business development efforts across the team
  • Identify and manage to opportunities and risks with all stakeholders


  • Manage, coach and develop teams – both direct reports at GDI and individuals working in partner organizations, including at the executive level
  • Integrate services provided by consultants and experts, and ensuring implementation; coordinate service provision through administration of contracts/agreements
  • Oversee and guide team to successful delivery against workplan, budget, deliverables etc/

Donor Engagement:

  • Cultivate relationships in order to become a preferred thought and implementation partner to executives at leading foundations, corporates and donor agencies
  • Dedicate significant time to pitching new ideas / projects to this community and securing new business
  • Oversee team’s delivery of communications, reports etc. as required

Organizational Development

  • Collaborate closely with GDI senior leadership to help shape overall strategy, support the success of other portfolios, and identify opportunities for cross-portfolio collaboration
  • Help develop GDI’s incubation methodologies and Growth Engineering toolkit based on your portfolio’s experience and insights
  • Drive thought leadership by identifying and capitalizing on opportunities to promote GDI’s work and unique perspective


We are looking for candidates with a mix of entrepreneurial, strategic and operational experience, with a track-record of generating results both as an independent self-starter and by mobilizing collaboration within and across teams.

  • 8-10+ years of direct professional experience in some combination of management consulting, social impact organizations, and/or development finance
  • At least 3-5 years of that 8-10 years should be in management consulting, ideally in Asia
  • Spoken and written fluency in Mandarin and English is a must; Cantonese is a bonus.
  • Proven ability to develop relationships and mobilize resources is a must; strong knowledge of and robust network in development funding landscape is preferred
  • Strong knowledge of social impact issues, trends and challenges in the China market, with track record of passion and experience
  • Demonstrated success supporting management, operations, and/or implementation, including managing diverse and remote teams
  • Willing and able to travel regularly to various cities in mainland China

To apply

Instructions: Please send your cover letter and resume in one PDF document to using “Job Applicant: Associate Director” as the subject line.

Global Development Incubator

The Global Development Incubator (GDI) is an organization that builds start-ups, incubates partnerships, and strengthens existing organizations for social impact around the world. We are a unique consultancy as we are a mix of the strategist and implementer role to spin out new organizations and partnerships over 2-3 years. We are a team of entrepreneurs and builders, and often second our staff to take on senior management roles. Our model is like operational private equity for the non-profit sector. We measure our success by what we achieve in real-world impact.

Our team in East Asia consists of mission-driven professionals who have backgrounds in strategy and management consulting (private and public sector); and executive general management in non-profit and impact investment contexts. Examples of our work and impact in 2017:

  • China: We transformed Huiling’s HQ (Huiling is China’s largest grassroots non-profit with operations in 22 provinces and 28 cities). Huiling is on track for its goal of expanding to all 31 provinces in China by 2020; increasing their rate of franchised expansion from 1 per year to 3 per year.
  • China: We operated an accelerator program in partnership with Narada Foundation to help high potential non-profits and social enterprises identify and achieve their end-game for impact at scale.
  • India: We incubated SelectHER ( SelectHER is a retail upskilling collective action initiative that recruits, trains and empowers underprivileged women for careers in lifestyle retail in India. SelectHER will create 100 jobs for underprivileged women in 2017 alone, recruiting into top companies such as Fossil Group and Madura Group.
  • Global: We are incubating the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, which was recently awarded $50m USD from US and UK Governments. Our initial focus is on South Asia and South East Asia. GDI’s Director has been seconded in on the senior management team to oversee strategy, private sector engagement and impact measurement.

GDI’s culture is fuelled and shaped by individuals who possess the following:

  • Curious, proactive and entrepreneurial mindset
  • Razor-sharp problem-solving skills
  • A relentless, resilient drive to get things done
  • Comfort in ambiguous yet fast-paced environments
  • Ability to move fluidly between collaborative and independent work styles
  • Ability to make assessments quickly and identify the best course of action
  • Commitment to thinking critically and creatively about social change
  • Inspires confidence across a range of stakeholders
  • Exceptional communication skills, with high EQ
  • A sense of humour, exploration and possibilities