Proposal Manager

ICF International, Inc Chicago , IL 60602

Posted 2 months ago

@ ICF Next, we are fearless in finding new ways to solve problems, relentless in making sure it pays off for our clients and committed to making a positive change in the world. Join our community of mission-driven creatives, communicators, strategists, and technologists to challenge the status quo.

The position is preferably in Minneapolis, MN or Chicago, IL, but can be remote with the ability to travel to those locations as needed.

We're currently hiring for a Proposal Manager.

As a Proposal Manager, you will:

  • Develop, coordinate, and prepare responses to RFIs, RFPs, and custom proposals from potential customers.

  • Develop strong relationships with internal Subject Matter Experts and the sales team to determine overall response strategy.

  • Manage the proposal process as assigned by Growth leadership. Review and analyze requirements, develop and manage to a calendar, help guide strategy development, and act as the primary project manager.

  • In partnership with organizational SMEs and direction from the sales team, develop persuasive content that demonstrates to the client why they should select ICF Next.

  • Adapt answers to standard and non-standard questions to fit sales strategies and highlight our differentiators

  • Work closely with a presentation specialist to present the content in a compelling way.

  • Meet all deadlines for on-time quality delivery of RFI responses and proposals to customers

  • Provide proposal assistance, guidance, and advice to account teams managing their own RFP responses

  • Work with the knowledge management team to maintain proposal content database and proposal archive

  • Enforce approved style guidelines

  • Proactively engage in continuous improvement to hone the proposal development process

  • Perform other duties as assigned

As a Proposal Manager, you will have:

  • Bachelor's degree in Marketing, Communications, Journalism, Liberal Arts, or English (or related)

  • 5+ years of commercial proposal management experience

  • A willingness to learn and adopt a new proposal process

  • Strong persuasive writing, editing skills, and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to lead without authority

  • Experience managing multiple projects simultaneously

  • The desire to work in a dynamic, team-oriented business development environment

  • Strong time management skills to adhere to often tight deadlines

  • Advanced skills in PowerPoint

  • Ability to foster relationships with professionals at various levels within the company

  • Highly organized.

  • Experience with the Shipley method of proposal development or with managing federal proposals a plus

  • Membership in APMP a plus

  • Experience using Microsoft Teams and/or SharePoint 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.

ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. (EOE - Minorities/Females/ Protected Veterans Status/Disability Status/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity). For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy.

Reasonable Accommodations are available for disabled veterans and applicants with disabilities 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.

Chicago, IL (IL11)

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