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Fairfax, Virginia, United States of America
JOB #R2104521

Proposal Design Lead - Work from Home / Remote

Seeking Business Strategist and Operations Leader for Corporate Enterprise Capture and Proposal Team

Who we are:

ICF’s mission is to make the world a more prosperous and resilient place. On behalf of our clients in government and industry, we design and deliver programs that address climate resilience, public health, cybersecurity, energy efficiency, and others. Our Corporate Growth team brings together individuals from across the organization to develop strategies to pursue and win work. We are staffed by a wide range of business development experts who specialize in capture and proposal development, market research, data management and technology, training, price-to-win, and more. 

Corporate Growth has the mandate to support and drive business value across ICF’s business development system. We create tools, processes, programs, and training that enable other parts of the company to do their best BD work while fully optimizing our team and creating an environment that is collaborative, fulfilling, fun, innovative, and cutting-edge.  We accomplish this by continually challenging ourselves to find new and better ways to do what we do, looking outward to build on industry best practices and emerging practices and tools, and giving everyone a voice and opportunity to bring their ideas to the table and contribute. 

How you contribute:

The Proposal Design Lead is responsible for the overall design, ideation, and execution of cutting-edge Enterprise Proposal Center (EPC) graphics and proposal assets from draft through conceptualization, editing/revisions, and production. The EPC Proposal Design Lead is a creative, collaborative leader who drives unique design solutions that align with ICF’s brand and pursuit strategies and has exceptional people management skills. The Proposal Design Lead will manage a team of graphic designers and document designers (formatters) as they support state and local, federal, and commercial proposal efforts across a broad range of services and industries (e.g., climate, energy, transportation, education, disaster management). This Lead will guide creative consistency; develop and operationalize processes for the team’s work; and work closely with EPC leadership to ensure the team is functioning effectively.

Main Responsibilities

Creative direction/strategy

  • Develop and implement appropriate design strategies

  • Work with EPC and Corporate Growth leadership to understand business needs as well as industry best practices and work collaboratively to develop programs and deliverables that meet a wide range of proposal needs

  • Work with operating grounds/business units to understand their needs and challenges, seek feedback, and address (working with EPC leadership) any potential issues


  • Supervise and mentor a team of designers to elevate all creative outputs, maintain consistent proposal and brand standards and processes across the team, engage in annual goal setting and performance reviews, and ensure proposal teams receive excellent support

  • Ensure staff remain current with latest techniques and tools

  • Evaluate individual design deliverables and overall team performance, help resolve potential issues related to customer satisfaction

  • Develop and operationalize processes for the team’s work

  • Work closely with EPC leadership to ensure the team is functioning effectively

Proposal support

  • Determine scope of work and predict appropriate timeline on projects

  • Work within proposal schedules and coordinate with all parties involved

  • Track development of graphics and ensure workflow iterations through completion

  • Review, edit, and ensure graphics and proposal designs are properly executed to align with established standards as well as solicitation requirements

  • Conceptualize and create, or drive the creation of, innovative graphics based on inputs from capture/technical teams

  • Creatively adhere to ICF brand standards and solicitation requirements

Basic Requirements

  • Demonstrated experience managing multi-disciplined design teams (10+ years)

  • Demonstrated experience leading—and then implementing—design-focused strategy

  • Experience working at a corporate level with experience driving brand/visual assets across a large enterprise.

  • High level of proficiency in the Adobe Creative Suite, specifically Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Acrobat; as well as Microsoft Office Suite (specifically Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel)

  • Strong computer and technology skills in both Windows and macOS operating systems

  • Strong communication, project management, and time management skills

  • Self-motivated with strong attention to detail

  • Knowledge of publishing principles and basics of publication design

  • Knowledge of production methodology for publishing products in hardcopy or electronic formats

  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks and to adjust as priorities changing

  • Working knowledge of desktop publishing skills and techniques

  • BA degree in Graphic Design, Computer Arts, or a related field and 10+ years of prior relevant experience

  • Master’s degree preferred

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working across multiple industries

  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal, and written communication skills

  • Ability to manage geographically disparate teams

  • Ability to manage and work with all levels of internal staff

  • Ability to remain upbeat, positive, and constructive within a dynamic environment operating under high-pressure deadlines

  • Experience developing and delivering training on graphics processes and procedures

  • Positive, collaborative attitude, even when under pressure

  • Ability to manage multiple concurrent priorities and multi-task in a fast-paced environment

  • Customer service orientation

  • Strong organizational skills, initiative, and commitment to high-quality work

  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making capabilities

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

  • Experience with Photoshop a plus

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. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.

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)

Graphic Design

Who is ICF?

A global consulting services company with +7,000 people across +70 countries, but we are not your typical consultants.

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