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Proposal Writer

Nelnet Lincoln, NE

Job Description

  • Proposal Writer

    Job Locations US-NE-Lincoln
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(10/25/2018 11:32 AM)
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The Proposal Writer is responsible for assisting the sales force and other entities in the company to develop proposals, both unsolicited and in response to Requests for Proposals (RFP's), maintaining a company information database for use in developing proposals, administrative tasks associated with the proposal process, and ensuring that all proposals meet the company's high standards of quality.


  1. Develop proposal response strategy by identifying and clarifying requirements and evaluation criteria, studying solicitation documents, and participating in proposal team meetings.
  2. Track requests and manage the proposal completion process to ensure that proposal projects and RFP responses are completed and delivered by the required due date.
  3. Establish priorities and dates for information gathering, writing, review and approval.  Coordinate requirements with content contributors and contribute proposal status information to proposal team review meetings.
  4. Create and write competitive proposal content and manage the submission process.
  5. Assemble proposal documents for final submission.
  6. Develop and maintain core proposal content and library of content in a database; update content database as needed and incorporate existing content to address RFP requirements.
  7. Assist Business Development Specialist and/or other sales staff in locating company or project information necessary for each proposal or RFP response.
  8. Identify sources of information and conduct interviews of subject matter experts and convert information into written proposal responses.
  9. Select and/or develop graphics and figures (photos, drawings, diagrams, charts, etc.), as needed, to express technical or management processes and improve the readability of the proposal.
  10. Ensure that proposals are formatted according to the specific requirements of the RFP's.
  11. Proofread proposals and obtain internal quality control approvals by reviewing proposals with key providers, project managers, Business Development Specialist, appropriate sales staff and/or management as appropriate.
  12. Provide final draft of RFP's for management review.
  13. Improve proposal writing results by evaluating and redesigning processes, approach, coordination, and templates, implementing changes for continuous process and content improvement.
  14. Stay abreast of changes in product/program offerings, translating those updates to incorporate changes/enhancements into proposal content to ensure information is current in proposals.
  15. Gather competitive proposal information and conduct analysis to identify advantages/ disadvantages to help better position company for future opportunities.
  16. Track and report the proposal project load, proposal results, etc.



Bachelor's degree in English, Technical Writing, Journalism, Communications, Marketing, or related field.



  1. Minimum of two years of professional writing experience, to include proposal responses and/or technical writing, as well as content development.
  2. Business-to-Business marketing and project management experience. 
  3. Extensive experience with MS Office, including:  Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and SharePoint, as well as experience working with databases and creating documents and formatting in Adobe Acrobat.


  1. Ability to think beyond the task at hand and take initiative.
  2. Team player with the ability to handle tasks independently to closure.
  3. Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  4. Strong sense of urgency and the ability to adapt and work on multiple projects in a fast-paced environment while producing quality work and meeting deadlines.
  5. Superior writing skills.
  6. Ability to effectively express value propositions, differentiators and strengths of the organization and related offerings.
  7. Creative abilities to bring new and fresh ideas to the proposal development process, including the content and configuration.
  8. Strong editing and proofreading skills.
  9. Exceptional organizational skills.
  10. Proven ability to quickly create concise, well-written responses to RFP requirements.
  11. Ability to produce professional-quality MS Word documents in a timely manner.
  12. Detailed with a high level of accuracy.
  13. High degree of integrity and the ability to recognize the requirements for confidentiality.
  14. Ability to work well with individuals at all levels within the organization to gather data.
  15. Excellent interpersonal and client relations skills, as well as strong verbal and written communication skills.

EEO Statement

Nelnet is an Equal Opportunity Employer, complies with Executive Order 11246, and takes affirmative action to ensure that qualified applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment, without regard to race, color, religion/creed, national origin, gender, or sex, marital status, age, disability, use of a guide dog or service animal, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, or any other status protected by Federal or State law or local ordinance. Qualified individuals with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations in order to apply or compete for positions at Nelnet may request such accommodations by contacting Nelnet Talent Acquisition & Recruiting.

Nelnet is a drug free and tobacco free workplace.


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Job Details

Date Posted March 29, 2019
Date Closes April 28, 2019
Requisition 2018-7247
Located In Lincoln, NE
SOC Category 00-0000.00