Proposal Writer

Location
Portland, OR, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Feb 26, 2021
Ref
971
Description
Proposal Writer

About this role...
As a Proposal Writer for NWEA, you will forward our mission by ensuring that the organization responds to solicitations (Requests for Proposals (RFP), Request for Information (RFI), etc.) with high quality, customer focused proposals . Y ou will interact with multiple teams within the organization to assist in the preparation of proposals for state, district, corporate, and federal contracts, and grants . In the Proposal Writer role, you will create cohesive and coherent narratives through the assimilation of information provided in various formats (pre-written, verbal, graphic) while adhering to the proposal development schedule. This includes developing compelling, customer-focused copy that clearly communicates the value of our existing services and products and editing and updating pre-existing "boilerplate" content . I n addition, you will provide editorial and proofreading support to other members of the Proposal Development team.

In collaboration with the Proposal Manager, as a Proposal Writer , you will co ntribute to the identification of opportunities and the creation of proposal strategies and offer recommendations with Partner Account representatives . You will be responsible for manag ing internal proposal deliverables relating to text development , el icit ing information from subject matter experts across the organization , and supporting the maintenance of the content management system. This is a full-time opportunity with competitive compensation, an outstanding benefits package and candidates may work remotely anywhere in the U.S.
Must haves ...
  • Demonstrated writing, interviewing , research , editing, and proofreading skills
  • Ability to assimilate information from various sources
  • Ability to analyze requirements and anticipate appropriate responses
  • Ability to write in different styles including business, technical, and marketing and to know which style is appropriate for assignments
  • Ability to provide constructive feedback to other Proposal W riters
  • Ability to assess the effectiveness of processes and procedures and recommend improvements
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with a variety of individuals including the Proposal Development team, other NWEA teams, NWEA partners, and state/district procurement representatives
  • Ability to see the connections across all components of various systems (e.g., MAP Suite, including user interfaces, data flow, and procedures)
  • Exceptional skills in partnering with clients and internal staff and in developing and maintaining long-term, supportive relationships
  • Ability to sense the importance or impact of issues and situations and take appropriate actions with direction from a Sr. Proposal Writer and/or Proposal Director
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail and quality
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, Visio), and knowledgeable about information management system capabilities and interdependencies (SharePoint, OneNote, Salesforce)
  • Ability to organize time effectively, determine priorities, and move work forward
  • Must be able to perform the physical and intellectual requirements of the role, with or without accommodation
Traits for success...
  • Exceptional writing, interviewing, editing, and proofreading skills
  • Ability to assimilate information from various sources
  • Ability to analyze requirements and anticipate appropriate responses
  • Ability to write in different styles including business, technical, and marketing and to know which style is appropriate for assignments
  • Ability to provide constructive feedback to and mentor new or unskilled writers
  • Ability to adhere to deadlines
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with a variety of individuals including team members, other NWEA teams, NWEA partners, and state representatives
  • Ability to see the connections across all components of various systems (e.g., NWEA's MAP assessment system, including user interfaces, data flow, and procedures)
  • Exceptional skills in partnering with staff and in developing and maintaining long-term, supportive relationships
  • Ability to sense the importance or impact of issues and situations and take appropriate actions with direction from the Proposal Director
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail and quality
  • Advanced writing, researching, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to organize time effectively, determine priorities, and move work forward
  • Exceptional skills in partnering with clients and staff and in developing and maintaining long-term, supportive relationships
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio) and familiarity with information management systems (SharePoint, OneNote, Salesforce)

Competencies ...
  • Customer focus : build strong customer relationships and deliver customer-centric solutions
  • Manage complexity : make sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems
  • Action oriented : take on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy, and enthusiasm
  • Drive results : consistently achieve results, even under tough circumstances
  • Collaborate : build partnerships and work collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives
  • Communicate effectively : develop and deliver multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences
  • Organizational savvy : Maneuver comfortably through complex policy, process, and people-related organizational dynamics
  • Courage : step up to address difficult issues, saying what needs to be said
  • Instill trust : gain the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity
  • Manage ambiguity : operate effectively, even when things are not certain, or the way forward is not clear
Education and e xperien ce...
  • Minimum bachelor's degree required preferably in English, Creative Writing, or Journalism; or an equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered in lieu of a degree
  • Minimum three years' experience in proposal or professional writing
  • Experience working in education industry preferred

About us...
NWEA® is a research-based, not-for-profit organization that supports students and educators worldwide by creating assessment solutions that precisely measure growth and proficiency-and provide timely data to help tailor instruction. For more than 40 years, NWEA has developed innovative pre-K-12 assessments, including our flagship interim assessment, MAP® Growth™; our progress monitoring and skills mastery tool, MAP® Skills™; and our reading fluency and comprehension assessment, MAP® Reading Fluency™. Educators trust our professional learning offerings to accelerate student learning and our research to support assessment validity and data interpretation. More than 11 million students in 146 countries use our solutions to support their learning and growth each year.

What we can offer you...
At NWEA we not only offer a competitive base salary, we offer a 15% contribution of eligible employees' base salary to a defined contribution 403(b) retirement savings plan; career development opportunities; an awesome work culture and environment; we also offer industry leading benefits and perks that are focused on supporting our employees' holistic wellbeing. To learn more about what we can offer more, click here.

NWEA strives to make diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) practices the center of our work. Our organization's mission, Partnering to Help All Kids Learn, is the foundation for our DEIA commitment as we work to reflect, value, and support the educators, students, colleagues, and communities we serve. We seek to empower and engage all stakeholders in the research, services, solutions, and products we provide, our organizational culture, and the partnerships we establish with schools, districts, states, and countries.

NWEA endeavors to make www.nwea.org accessible to all users. If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please call us at (503) 624-1951 or e-mail us at [email protected] and let us know the nature of your request, your location and your contact information. This is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

NWEA is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. For our EEO Policy Statement, please visit our website. If you'd like more information on your EEO rights under the law, please visit the EEOC website