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Fairfax, Virginia, United States of America
JOB #R2104062

Senior Proposal Writer - Work from Home / Remote

The Senior Proposal Writer interprets customer requirements and works with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to write clear, concise, compliant, and compelling responses for large, complex, or strategic proposals. Proposal writing assignments may include proposal content such as management plans, technical content and solutions, past performance and corporate experience, staffing plans, resumes, and oral presentations.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Write clear, persuasive, and articulate proposal sections; translate technical and other 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

  • Collaborate with SMEs to capture novel, key, strategic, or innovative solutions and develop narrative to present in a clear, understandable form

  • 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

  • Provide expert guidance and direction to fellow proposal writers on how to clearly articulate strengths, differentiators, features and customer benefits

  • May design and develop proposal-support documentation, including templates, outlines, schedules, and section writing guidance

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

  • Work to continually assess and improve processes and techniques

  • Consistently contribute best-of-class content to Virtual Proposal Center (VPC)

  • Ability to work successfully independently and with all levels of management and technical staff to develop winning proposals

Basic Requirements:

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

  • Minimum 10+ years of technical or proposal writing experience

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

  • Familiarity with industry standards, including APA, Chicago, and AMA, is preferred

  • 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

  • Editing skills; excellent knowledge of grammar and punctuation

  • Positive attitude, even when under pressure

  • Customer service orientation

  • Able to support in editing proposals

  • 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, as well as teaming partners

  • 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. 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)


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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