Company Description

The Global Development Incubator (GDI) builds startups and partnerships to address some of the world’s toughest global development challenges. We play a mix of the strategist and implementer role to spin out new initiatives over 24–36 months. Throughout each stage of our process, we bring together the right partners across sectors—including corporations, nonprofits, governments, and foundations—to help game-changing ideas scale their impact and prepare them for long-term success.  GDI currently retains a mostly remote workforce with major clusters of staff in New York, Washington, DC, and Massachusetts. We also have offices in Hong Kong and Nairobi, and anticipate establishing an office in India in 2022.

Job Description

The Senior Associate – Operations and Compliance provides support for the finance, accounting, and talent teams and ensures effective day-to-day operations, subcontracting and subaward management for GDI, its subsidiaries, and other incubated initiatives. This role will be responsible for managing a suite of operations and compliance activities and ensuring those activities uphold GDI’s policies and procedures, donor requirements, and industry best practices. The position requires initiative and resourcefulness in creative problem solving, analyzing trends and patterns to propose new procedures, and maintaining strong relationships with internal and external customers. Coordination across teams will be essential to keep the organization running smoothly. Like every position at GDI, staff are expected to exercise a high degree of autonomy and take on significant responsibility.

This position reports to the Senior Manager – Operations and Special Projects.


  • Supports GDI/initiative subcontracting activities, including: reviewing procurement documentation, providing guidance to staff, drafting/negotiating subcontracts, ensuring subcontractor compliance with policies, procedures, and/or donor requirements, and maintaining proper files
  • Works with regional entities, subsidiaries, and/or incubated initiatives to draft and implement subawards
  • Conducts pre-award risk assessments and other due diligence activities for subrecipients; tailors agreements to level of risk and donor requirements
  • Provides high quality, timely support to internal and external stakeholders
  • Supports business operations launch activities under the guidance of the Senior Manager and Finance Director
  • Develops, refines, disseminates, and trains staff on policies and procedures
  • Assists with proposal preparation and related donor due diligence activities on behalf of GDI, its initiatives and subsidiaries
  • Develops, implements, and monitors systems for tracking and storing procurement documentation, subcontracts, and deliverables
  • Works with external clients that provide operational support to the GDI network (insurance brokers, legal counsel, banking institutions, etc.)
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent and a minimum of three years of progressive experience in a related position
  • Experience with subcontracting, procurement, and subawards under prime agreements issued by the U.S. government, foreign governments, and/or private foundations
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Razor-sharp problem-solving skills
  • Strong organizational skill and attention to detail
  • Excellent time management skills with proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • An interest in learning new skills
  • Proven aptitude to manage and juggle many competing priorities is essential
  • A relentless drive to get things done
  • Able to move fluidly between collaborative and independent work styles
  • Adept at making assessments quickly and identifying the best course of action

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with FAR, AIDAR, and 2 CFR 200
  • Experience working with non-U.S. partners and implementers
  • Interest in and commitment to social entrepreneurship and international development
  • Curious and entrepreneurial mindset