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Proposal Specialist

Fairfax, VA | Job #320760
Job Title: Proposal Specialist
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Type: Temp-to-Hire
We are looking for a motivated Proposal Specialist for a temp-to-hire opportunity in Fairfax, VA! Our client, an established AEC firm, is seeking a Proposal Specialist to lead the preparation of responses to state and local RFP’s, RFQ’s and additional pursuits. This dynamic position requires strategic thinking, proactive approaches, and multi-task while maintaining high-quality standards. The ideal candidate will have state and local proposal experience within the AEC industry, excellent writing skills, and a keen eye for detail.

*Candidates able to be onsite in Fairfax, VA preferred*
*Candidates located outside of EST need not apply*

Proposal Specialist Responsibilities:

  • Develop actionable strategies for specific client opportunities in advance of RFPs, including market
  • research, opportunity tracking, and capture planning
  • Review complex RFP language and develop proposal outlines to ensure compliance
  • Work with technical staff in pre-positioning activities including the development of strategic
  • messaging, identification of differentiators, and team organization
  • Create and manage the proposal development schedule and coordinate with technical and support
  • staff to move tasks forward
  • Work with various staff members to collect, write, and strategically edit resumes, project descriptions,
  • firm profiles, and other content as required for proposal production
  • Request, compile, and review information from other collaborators
  • Coordinate development of graphics and other items to support strategic messaging
  • Provide proposal layout, proofing, and quality control
  • Develop dynamic visual presentations for shortlist interviews, including team preparation and
  • coaching
  • Capture newly created content and materials for future use
  • Other duties include working with project managers, marketing management, and office staff to
  • support day-to-day marketing and business development efforts
Proposal Specialist Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, communications, journalism, or a related field desired
  • Minimum of 3 years of A/E/C industry marketing experience, primarily focused on proposal
  • development
  • Experience preparing proposals for local/municipal clients (SF330 proposal experience a plus) 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with strong interpersonal skills
  • Superior organizational skills and keen attention to detail with the ability to work in a fast-paced,
  • deadline-driven atmosphere
  • Ability to shift priorities and delegate as needed to keep all tasks on schedule
  • Ability to work overtime during high demand periods
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office. 
  • Adobe InDesign experience preferred
JobID: 320760MV
We are passionate about connecting you with the right role at the right organization—and providing you great benefits for the great work you do. With an attractive compensation package including competitive salary, 401(k) plan, weekly paychecks, holiday pay and a health benefits program, we have you covered.

Cella is an award-winning leader in consulting, staffing and managed solutions for creative, marketing, digital and proposal development teams. We help people build meaningful careers and partner with companies to help them win. Our staffing solutions include freelance, contract, temporary, temp-to-hire and direct hire positions. Cella is the only creative staffing firm to win the Best of Staffing® Client and Talent Awards for 10 years running. And as a Certified Women’s Business Enterprise, we proudly help clients meet diversity objectives, too. Cella is an equal opportunity employer.