Overview

SUMMARY 

We are looking for someone in their early to just mid-level career involved in writing federal and or state government technical proposals. Their primary skill will be to write a response to technical (Information technology and software development) RFPs.  We are looking for someone who can provide Technical Writing and general writing support to include task orders; RFP and other support tasks:

 

A critical skill for the position is to persuasively convey technical information in support of the overarching story of why a client should hire our organization. Journalistic ability to explain complex technical constructs or approaches is a plus.

The writer must therefore be proficient in communicating and collaborating with personnel at all levels of an organization.

Primary Skills

  • Knows Fed Civilian; DOD and commercial writing
  • Must know federal RFP’s sections L; M. “win themes” “differentiators”
  • Strong verbal and written communications
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word 2016 and Outlook 2016
  • Strong organization skills for organizing written information and creating re-usable written content
  • Ability to work independently and accurately record/report task status
  • Applicants must be fully authorized to work in the U.S. without sponsorship

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Review, analyze, and interpret RFPs, RFIs, and RFQs to gain a thorough understanding of the audience, situation, and objectives of each solicitation, and when necessary, communicate that information to others
  • Conceptualize, write, review, and revise compelling technical proposal sections in response to RFPs, while ensuring seamless integration with the overarching proposal narrative
  • Compose technical proposal write-ups that are informative and clear, but that also convey passion or emotion as suits the
  • Participate in extensive proposal planning, strategizing, and analysis (e.g., work with the Business Development Director and Proposal Manager to analyze the RFP and create annotated outlines, content plans, win themes, )
  • Conceptualize, create, review, and integrate visually-appealing, informative technical graphics and illustrations (such as charts, process flows, screenshots, etc.)
  • Interview SMEs to understand the processes, technologies, business needs, and other contextual details of a subject matter domain, and to elicit the appropriate technical and scientific information needed to compose high-quality technical write-ups
  • Find, analyze, and synthesize graphics or written content from existing documentation or content repositories, and if necessary, revise and repurpose them for new proposal efforts
  • Assist the proposal development team in facilitating group reviews, collecting and organizing feedback on drafts and graphics, and systematically tracking and implementing the feedback
  • Evaluate proposal sections—text, layout, graphics, —for storytelling quality, consistency, coherence, clarity, compliance with RFP/RFI/RFQ requirements
  • Collaborate closely with other writers and graphics specialists to develop, evaluate, and revise the layout, formatting, and overall visual presentation of the technical proposal
  • Provide support for desktop publishing, reproduction, and quality control checks
  • Assist with post-submission content management tasks, such as (but not limited to) analyzing final proposal documents to identify write-ups and graphics that can be archived and reused in the future
  • Stay up-to-date on new developments in proposal writing and management

EXPERIENCE and QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

EXPERIENCE

  • 2-5 years of relevant technical proposal writing experience, at least three of which involved writing technical proposals for the federal government
  • 1 year of experience with web-based collaboration and content management systems (such as Microsoft SharePoint) is preferred
  • 2 years of experience with industry best practices such as Shipley or Capture Planning is a significant plus

EDUCATION, CERTIFICATION

  • BS/BA degree in professional writing, journalism, technical communication, and/or relevant field is required
  • Current or past membership in the Society for Technical Communication (STC), Association for Proposal Management Professionals (APMP), or other relevant professional association is a significant plus

COMMUNICATIONS SKILLS

This job requires interaction with scientists, program managers, senior executives, end-users, programming staff, administration, and support personnel. In addition, the position requires the documentation and creation of design, validation and maintenance of operational and user documentation, SOPs, regulatory compliance documents. The ability to effectively communicate ideas and concepts both orally and in written documents is critical.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Must be able to work extended hours as needed under the pressure of inflexible proposal due dates.