Proposal Manager – Seattle, WA or Bay Area, CA

  • Regular Full-time (40 hours/week), hourly-benefitted position
  • Overtime exempt
  • Annual salary range between 74,880 - 91,520, plus benefits
  • Applications accepted until position filled

Our community

Our EnviroIssues team is passionate about supporting communities in having a voice and opportunity to influence the issues impacting their everyday life. As a consulting firm, we work with a wide variety of clients, mainly in the public sector, on public involvement and community outreach to bring community voices into a variety of projects – whether that’s addressing wastewater discharge into Puget Sound, large infrastructure projects across counties in the Bay Area, replacing a bridge in Portland, or helping communities plan how they grow. While our largest area of work is transportation and transit, we also work in water utilities, land use, natural resources, climate, cleanup, energy and other sectors that impact people in our communities. With more than 100 staff across our Seattle, Portland and Oakland offices, we collaborate and support each other in defining collective success.

We believe Black Lives Matter and are committed to a journey toward being an antiracist workplace. We have a long way to go to address our structural and institutional racism and come together as a community for mutual support and respect. We need people to join our community who are committed to addressing their personal racism, as well as stand with us in learning and developing a new culture of antiracism. In 2019, we officially stated the necessity of becoming an anti-racist organization. Although, our journey began with a small group of staff a couple of years earlier, we were clear we could not strive for excellent service without this mandatory ingredient. With this awareness, we have clarity in our mission, to decolonize and eliminate racism in community engagement by actively and assertively transforming to be an anti-racist, human-centered organization. This will equip us to amplify the voice, power, self-determination, and practices of the communities we serve.

We share this commitment to equity and are early in our journey. We are stumbling and making mistakes; and growing in our collective humanity. We are working to build a team that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we work, diversity of ideas, leadership and work styles; and will support our vision of an equitable and thriving workplace. We strive to stay humble in our growth and understand that in order to effectively serve our communities and clients, we must begin our work internally. The ideal candidate will see themselves in this journey and eager to bring their wisdom and experience in service to our equity journey.

The role and position

As a Proposal Manager, you’ll be part of our growing business development and marketing team, leading the development of proposals for new projects across our Seattle, Portland and Oakland offices. This team critically reviews and evaluates new opportunities in order to pursue work that is fulfilling for our staff, supports meaningful community engagement, and dismantles structures of oppression. Together, we are learning to decolonize our practice and tell the authentic story of our firm. While the work is often fast paced under hard deadlines, you will help create the space to have mindful conversations and set realistic expectations with clients and team members. The team works in close collaboration with each other and staff across the company. We’re looking for someone who:

  • Brings previous experience leading proposal and interview teams on a range of transportation, land use, natural resource and water utility projects.
  • Centers relationship-building in their communication, seeking to know their colleagues and understand their skills, interests and backgrounds.
  • Manages tight deadlines and can juggle multiple projects at once, while delivering high-quality work on time.
    Guides proposal teams in developing and refining winning strategies, themes, and compelling messages.
  • Demonstrates strategies for and enjoys collaborating and communicating with project managers, internal staff, external teaming partners and fellow marketers.
  • Demonstrates exceptional persuasive writing skills and can consolidate team inputs into clear and effective responses.
  • Exudes a calm and welcoming demeanor under tight timelines.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Bring experience in marketing, communications, English, journalism, or a related discipline.
  • Have three to five years of hands-on experience managing proposal responses to RFPs and RFQs in the AEC industry (experience in writing non-profit/foundation grants can be substituted).
  • Demonstrate advanced proficiency in InDesign and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Demonstrate experience as a people manager offering mentorship, coaching, and supporting the growth and skill development of others.
  • Be able to focus and demonstrate attention to detail.
  • Understand core constructs such as structural racism, equity, justice, white privilege, internalized oppression, anti-racism, and more.
  • Understand how race-based privilege and power has contributed to “the range of barriers to equal opportunity and the depth of embedded racial inequities” – how they were created, are currently reinforced and maintained, and can be removed.
  • Exhibit cultural responsiveness and humility.
  • Be committed to seeking and offering direct feedback with a growth mindset.

Conditions of employment:

  • Valid government or tribal issued photo identification is required. Local travel to sites/events outside of regular business hours.
  • Occasional weekend and evening work as we want to meet community members where they are. Our work schedules can be flexible depending on event timing and your preferences.
  • A willingness to build awareness of racial equity strategies and practices to apply toward duties while at EI.

How EI is responding to COVID-19

Based on understanding of current science and public policy, we are working under a mandatory work from home policy that will likely last through June 2021. Our team is continuing to consider current trends and recommendations and may extend this mandatory work from home policy as necessary. The safety and wellbeing of EI employees, their families, and our communities is our top priority. We are also working with clients to ensure outreach activities in communities are implemented in ways that are safe for our team. We will not require anyone to perform onsite/in-person work who does not feel safe doing so, or who is not able to because of their home circumstances or obligations. Upon hire, EI will partner to provide any technology, technical support, and supplies needed to effectively and safely complete position duties.

To apply, please email the below listed directly to

  • Resume highlighting relevant experience.
  • Cover letter sharing information about you, your interest in this position, and why you feel ending racism is important and what strategies have you created to dismantle racism in your life.
  • Two samples that demonstrate your writing skills; one of which must be a proposal. The second sample can be anything that shows us your writing style (such as a blog post, press release, feature story, etc).
  • Completed Self-Identify Form from our website (maintained separately from your application materials).
  • We encourage anyone who brings bilingual and/or multicultural background and/or lived experience that help us include all voices in an equitable way to apply.