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U.S. Programs Proposal and Technical Writer

FHI 360
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Oct 26, 2021

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Position Type
Programs, Program Administration and Management
Community Development, Education, Health, Other Fields
Employment Type
Full Time
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Leads the writing of proposals for a range of US government agencies (for example, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Justice, and Labor; and  National Science Foundation), in addition to private sector and foundation funders, to support public health, education, and workforce development projects serving communities in the United States. Produces original writing, along with integrating and rewriting material produced by others, to create compelling, engaging, easy-to-read, and uniform language in response to requests for proposals/applications, working closely with program design leads, proposal managers and technical experts. May also develop, write and edit other technical documents, including policies, forms, fact sheets, web copy, and training materials.



  • Collaborates on upstream capture processes to lay the groundwork for strategic, contextualized proposal documents.

  • Reviews all funding opportunity announcements to understand and help guide the teams in their responses.

  • Actively participates in ongoing proposal teams, collecting technical input from technical experts to develop proposal drafts.

  • Works in close coordination with proposal budget leads to be sure the budget and technical proposal reflect a unified approach.

  • Reviews materials from previous projects and recommends how they can support current proposal development.

  • Writes and develops original proposal content on assignment from proposal design leads, researching the topic to aid strategy and technical development as necessary.

  • Develops proposals with uniform style and voice, meeting best practices for proposal writing.

  • Analyzes text of proposals against narrative requirements to determine what additional resources are necessary to deliver an excellent proposal.

  • Writes multiple drafts, incorporating comments from reviewers in liaison with proposal design leads.

  • Collaborates with proposal managers on compliance, format, and timeline issues.

  • Upon submission of final proposal drafts, catalogs technical sections for the record and for future use.

  • Conducts trainings on document control related topics.

  • Assists staff in the writing, proofreading, and editing of publications.

  • Mentors new staff on writing skills.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.



  • Applies advanced knowledge of principles, concepts and best practices and standards in the area of developing and writing material for proposals and technical publications.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills.

  • Ability to analyze and interpret information and data, and use insights gained to prepare documents.

  • Ability to influence and collaborate with others.

  • Ability to translate technical content for general audiences to understand.



  • Works on problems of complex scope that require analysis or interpretation of various factors.

  • Exercises good judgment in selecting methods and techniques to determine appropriate action.

  • Builds productive working relationships with internal and external staff.



  • Makes recommendations to management to provide solutions to meet internal and external needs of the Business Unit.

  • Provides guidance to subject matter experts on writing good documentation practices.



  • Master's degree in communications, public health, education, or related field.



  • 8+ years of developing, writing, and editing materials for proposals and technical publications.

  • Experience writing proposals for projects that serve communities in the United States, especially proposals for federal agencies.

  • Knowledge of issues related to public health, education, or workforce development is a plus.

  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite preferred.

  • Must be able to read, write and speak fluent English.

  • Prior work in a non-governmental organization (NGO) preferred.


**Or equivalent combination of education and experience.



  • Typical office environment.

  • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time.

  • Ability to move 5-50 lbs.



  • Personal Computer, Microsoft Office (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), e-mail, telephone, printer, calculator, copier, cell phones, PDAs and other hand held devices.



  • Less than 10%



This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.


FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

FHI 360 fosters the strength and health of its workforce through a competitive benefits package, professional development and policies and programs that support a healthy work/life balance. Join our global workforce to make a positive difference for others — and yourself.


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