Proposal Manager

Job Locations US-VA-McLean
Regular Full-Time
Opportunity Type
Teaming Partner Opportunity


BOOST is helping one of our teaming partners hire a full-time, experienced, communicative, and energetic Proposal Manager to join our team. You will own the full lifecycle of the proposal development process and ensure that Requests for Information, quotes and proposals follow established processes. You will also be required, depending on the opportunity, to write, manage and/or facilitate responses to federal government proposals, which range from short-turn task order responses to complex points-based procurements for large contract vehicles. You should have previous experience working closely with Capture Managers, executive leadership, and Technical SMEs to coordinate multiple inputs for proposal content, and seamlessly navigate the hand off from the Capture Manager to themselves as the Proposal Manager for an RFP or RFQ.  You should have a positive, proactive attitude, be able to take initiative on tasks, and be very comfortable operating in a small, fast-paced business environment. The role will require daily prioritization of tasks and is a highly visible role working closely with the Leadership Team, program managers and other operations staff.  


  • Develop pre-proposal tools and documentation including compliance matrices, proposal outlines, and story boards; assign pre-proposal activities and reviews to employees and partners
  • Write or initiate development of content for proposals (such as technical approach, staffing plan, past performance, resumes, etc.) and other promotional materials or client deliverables
  • Create other proposal elements (i.e., graphics, charts, tables, appendices) in support of proposal development
  • Follow and manage Shipley process for proposal color team reviews
  • Coordinate and communicate clear requirements to the Graphic Designer for compelling graphics for proposals
  • Coordinate with decentralized staff to solicit feedback and content for proposals
  • Enhance text received from other members of proposal team as needed
  • Write, edit or re-write portions of technical documents to improve flow, organization, and content
  • Understand bid strategies as they evolve; develop methods for integrating/capturing the final bid strategy in the proposal
  • Ensure proposal outline/formatting complies with RFP requirements
  • Own final document from a format, compliance and quality standpoint
  • Coordinate production activities for hardcopy and softcopy submissions, if required
  • Develop and maintain electronic content library for proposal materials and ensure the information is organized and current, developing an appropriate metadata tagging taxonomy to help content contributors find relevant content easily and quickly
  • Maintain past performance library and ensure that past performance templates are kept current in close coordination with delivery project leads
  • Participate in other business development requirements such as opportunity tracking, pipeline management, and staff training on proposal methodology
  • Be highly organized and administer activities such as calendar development, scheduling meetings, consolidating feedback, developing weekly communications on key opportunities, and supporting the development of bid/no-bid decks


Education/Experience Requirements 

  • Bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, Communications, Business/Marketing, or related coursework preferred
  • 5+ years of proposal writing or combination of proposal and technical writing experience
  • 3+ years of proposal management experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of commonly used concepts, practices, and procedures within the field of technical writing and Federal consulting, as well as the full RFP life cycle and federal procurement regulations (FAR/DFARS)
  • Implementation of Shipley’s proposal methodology including color teams
  • Understanding of GSA schedules and Federal procurement
  • Expertise in the use of Microsoft Word is required, including use of styles, formatting, and professional presentation of written material; a variety of writing styles: technical, creative, and marketing
  • Agile in all MS Office Suite products
  • Ability to handle sensitive material and maintain confidentiality concerning the department, company directives and business development efforts
  • Ability to work with subject matter experts to understand and develop complex technical and management approaches

Personal Requirements 

  • Excellent writing, organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to lead multiple efforts simultaneously and confidently manage against overlapping timelines
  • Excellent people skills with the ability to influence and work with and across teams of varying levels of authority, expertise, and diverse skills
  • Disciplined and efficient without compromising quality
  • Ability to work under pressure of deadlines and potentially long hours and weekends, if required

Work Authorization Requirements

  • Ability to work a hybrid schedule out of McLean, VA
  • U.S. Citizenship

Preferred Qualifications

  • Technical writing experience in the public sector
  • Experience writing large, competitive proposals for IDIQ contracts and GWACS, including points-based procurements (e.g. CIO SP4)
  • Experience working with CMMI and ISO processes and audit protocols



BOOST is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.


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