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Impact Investing Manager – Bridgespan Group

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The Bridgespan Group is the leading nonprofit consulting organization serving ambitious nonprofit leaders, philanthropists, and impact investors in North America, Asia and Africa. We work with social change organizations such as the Harlem Children’s Zone, UnidosUS, PolicyLink and Janaagraha; philanthropies such as the Ford Foundation; impact investors such as TPG’s Rise Fund, Black Ambition and the Impact Investors Council of India; and bold, collaborative initiatives such as TED’s Audacious Project, Blue Meridian Partners and Co-Impact.

We value diversity, passion, respect, candor, and most of all having social impact and working towards societies characterized by equity and justice. Equity is central to all that we do.

Our mission to break cycles of poverty is impossible if we do not also achieve equity, and racial equity in the US, given the intersection of issues of race, gender, caste, etc., with poverty and justice. We have made a public commitment to anti-racism (statement is here) and more importantly are doing the essential work to build a team and leadership at all levels that is diverse, develop a truly inclusive culture, and integrate a focus on equity in all our client work.

If you want to work with the market leader that bridges the worlds of game-changing philanthropists, social change leaders, and impact investors, then Bridgespan is the place for you.


Bridgespan is currently seeking experienced Managers for our Impact Investing practice. The Impact Investing Manager will play critical roles inside this rapidly growing practice at Bridgespan. To date, Bridgespan is proud to have influenced more than $5.4B of investment capital flowing to positive social and environmental outcomes. Bridgespan has had the privilege to collaborate with seven of the top fifteen private equity firms in the world, large CDFIs, and ultra-high-worth-individuals–on a range of customized projects. Common types of projects include strategy development for new impact funds, impact due diligence for live deals under consideration by our clients, and portfolio support in service of helping investors and companies drive more positive social and environmental impact after investments have been made. Our team has gotten to analyze and support more than 1000 different impact investments in topics areas ranging from innovative recycling models in Sri Lanka to mobile banking in Africa to rural transportation in North America – the topics are endless and intriguing! The Impact Investing Manager will specialize in serving the full range of impact investing clients at Bridgespan–from leading market-rate private equity investors, to innovative impact-first family offices. Alongside this specialization which will encompass the vast majority of your work, the Impact Investing Manager will also have the opportunity to work on select projects in other areas of Bridgespan in order to benefit from and become familiar with the full breadth of Bridgespan’s social impact platform.

Managers who join Bridgespan often come from roles at for-profit entities such as strategy consultancies or financial services institutions and join Bridgespan because of a passion to make greater social and / or environmental impact and a desire to work full time in mission-driven work and the commitment to consistently apply an equity lens to the work.  The Manager role is a senior role within the firm, a true stepping stone to Partner where consultants develop expertise in team and client management, while also developing specific thought leadership in the Impact Investing field.  Managers oversee the formulation and implementation of equity centered strategic recommendations to improve the performance of Bridgespan’s clients.  Managers build and maintain client relationships, provide leadership and supervision across lines of difference to case team members and assume responsibility for the analytical process by which case teams create value.

This position can be be based in any U.S. office, preferably in San Francisco. We are also open to remote work with the U.S.


Case Team Leadership

  • Identify and frame the most critical strategic and organizational issues facing Bridgespan’s clients
  • Develop and manage a team workplan to ensure the highest quality, data-driven analyses and client interactions, implementation-ready solutions
  • Provide operational leadership to the case team to ensure on-time execution of key deliverables, balancing the fulfillment of team goals with the professional growth and satisfaction of individuals
  • Effectively manage the formal and informal professional development of team members through skill planning, coaching, and performance feedback

Client Relationship Management

  • Build and maintain strong, collaborative senior client relationships with respect to objectives, critical issues, work plan, implications, recommendations, potential risks/roadblocks, and implementation plan
  • Facilitate client decision making using all modes of communication: formal and informal; written and verbal (1-on-1, small group, large group presentation)
  • Develop advisory relationships with clients, as well as other sector leaders, “above and beyond” the case work issues
  • Support business development efforts, which at Bridgespan tends to mean responding to inbound inquiries from investors, intermediaries, and social enterprises who seek our support

Firm Contribution

  • Lead and contribute to firm-building initiatives as a member of the Bridgespan management team (e.g., recruiting)
  • Identify and deliver knowledge insights from case experiences that will be broadly applicable to others in the sector
  • Lead the professional development of junior staff members.  Participate in consensus reviews for non team members
  • Contribute to the firm’s racial equity and global mindset priorities
  • Serve in various ad-hoc leadership capacities (e.g., office retreat, alumni relations, and community service activities)
  • Contribute to the firm’s knowledge strategy by developing and writing case studies, generating research projects from client work and serving as a subject matter resource to other case teams


  • Minimum of 1-2 years working at a management level position and 4-6 years working either directly in the investing field, (e.g., working at a financial institution) or as a consultant (e.g., working at a leading strategy consulting firm serving investor clients)
  • Post-graduate degree (MBA, MPP, MPA) preferred
  • Significant experience in both process and project management
  • Proven ability to engage in strategic issues
  • Significant interest in the Impact Investing field (Impact Investing or ESG experience a plus)
  • Outstanding analytical and quantitative skills
  • Ability to use data to drive insights, and for decision-making
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to build senior level client relationships
  • Experience and proficiency with addressing issues of racial equity and systemic racism
  • Ability to effectively supervise/manage team members, including across lines of difference and build inclusive team environments
  • Ability to meet deadlines, often within very tight timeframes

At Bridgespan, we are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion because we are passionate about helping our clients achieve breakthrough results. An organization that reflects the diversity of our clients and their beneficiaries will produce deeper relationships, engagement, and insights. Bridgespan is committed to providing equal opportunities. We serve diverse organizations, and are committed to non-discrimination. Bridgespan will not discriminate against any employee with respect to any term or condition of employment, including but not limited to less favorable treatment, exclusion from employment or employment opportunities (including hiring, assignment, performance assessment and promotion) on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender (including pregnancy), gender identity, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, expression, veteran’s status or other protected characteristics or status. We actively partner with organizations representing minority concerns and interests to build high-performing teams that mirror the communities we serve.

All company sponsored programs including training, job, social and recreational activities are required to be nondiscriminatory and all human resource practices are monitored to ensure equal opportunity.

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Job Status: Open

Job Sectors: Investment Manager

Job Type: Full Time

Regions: Global/Remote, North America

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