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Fairfax, Virginia, United States of America
JOB #R2202088

Junior Proposal Writer

Join the Corporate Growth Team at ICF

We are one team united around one mission: growing ICF. Our mandate is to retain and expand existing client work, capture new opportunities, and actively take work from our competitors. We accomplish this by creating systems that support effective business development (BD) activities, providing best-in-class proposal and BD services, and inspiring our teammates to win.

By supporting growth, we further ICF’s mission to create a more prosperous and resilient world. We work side-by-side with experts devoted to climate resilience, public health, cybersecurity, energy efficiency, and other critical areas that require complex technical solutions from expert teams.

Together, we show why ICF is our clients’ best choice to reach their objectives.

How do we drive this mission?

Corporate Growth is staffed by a wide range of BD experts. We specialize in capture and proposal development, market research, data management and technology, training, price-to-win, and more. By providing a suite of services, tools, and programs, we support project teams across the organization as they develop strategies to pursue and win work.

What makes Corporate Growth unique?

We have created a collaborative, fulfilling, innovative, and transparent environment that values diverse perspectives.

We continually challenge ourselves to find new and better ways to do what we do, looking outward to build on industry best practices and emerging tools while creating space for all ideas. And, we mean it when we say we work hard and have fun.

Join our team.  Bring your ideas to our important work.

Your Role on the Team

The Junior Proposal Writer works with fellow proposal writers, Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), and Proposal Managers to write clear, concise, and compliant responses. Proposal writing assignments may include proposal content that contributes to management plans, past performance and corporate experience, staffing plans, resumes, and oral presentations. Junior Proposal Writers initially begin writing under the guidance of more experienced/senior writers on the team, gradually moving to independent and/or more complex assignments as skills are developed.

Your Responsibilities:

  • Write clear, persuasive, and articulate proposal sections; translate ideas into easily understandable text; rewrite and review proposal sections and related proposal documents for a wide range of bids

  • Ensure win themes, key messages, discriminators, benefits, and proofs are clearly and effectively communicated

  • Develop new content and re-use existing content in fresh ways to respond to requirements

  • Meet proposal deadlines by establishing priorities and target dates for information gathering, writing, review, and approval; coordinate requirements with contributors; and contribute proposal status information to review meetings

  • Follow industry and corporate proposal-writing standards including readability, consistency, and tone

  • Able to elicit information from SMEs (or lead discussions) to draft proposal material

  • Collaborate with graphic designers to ensure images support or correctly reflect narrative

  • Ability to work successfully independently and make course corrections based on guidance and direction.

What We’re Looking For:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, with specialization in communications, English, journalism, or related field

  • Minimum 1+ years of technical or proposal writing experience

  • Able to maintain quality result by following proposal-writing standards including readability, consistency and tone

  • Strong research and organizational skills

  • Experience working in a fast-paced, client-oriented environment

  • Able to work quickly, accurately, and collaboratively to meet deadlines

  • Highly responsive and able to identify and address high-priority tasks

  • Strong proficiency in the MS Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

  • Proficiency in the use of SharePoint and MS Teams

Preferred Qualifications:

  • High level of attention to detail

  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills

  • Excellent knowledge of grammar and punctuation

  • Positive attitude, even when under pressure

  • Customer service orientation

  • Ability to work to meet deadlines (nights, weekends, and holidays, at times)

  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment; collaborative and productive work style

  • Ability to work with all levels of internal staff

  • Sound business ethics, including the protection of proprietary and confidential information

Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth.

We can only solve the world's toughest challenges by building an inclusive workplace that allows everyone to thrive. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring regardless of any protected characteristic, such as race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability status, or military/veteran status. Together, our employees are empowered to share their expertise and collaborate with others to achieve personal and professional goals. For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy.

COVID-19 Policy: New or prospective U.S. employees must provide proof of complete vaccination on the date of their commencement of employment. If selected for employment, you will provide proof of your full vaccination status, defined as vaccinated two weeks after receiving the requisite number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved or authorized for emergency use by the FDA.

Reasonable Accommodations are available, including, but not limited to, for disabled veterans, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination:  EEO is the law and  Pay Transparency Statement.

Fairfax, VA (VA01)


Who is ICF?

A global consulting services company with approximately 8,000 people across 75+ countries, but we are not your typical consultants.

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ICF is growing, and we add new open roles to our site regularly. If you're waiting for that perfect opportunity at ICF or want an inside look at what it's like to do world-changing work, join our talent network to stay updated.