Strategic Proposal Writer

🌎 Location
💵 Salary

$75,000 - 85,000

🗓️ Posted

September 8, 2023

Long Island City, NY (Hybrid)

About Pursuit

Pursuit is a social impact organization that creates economic transformation for high-need, high-potential individuals through our technical training programs. We are not just another coding boot camp. We are a mission-driven organization that goes beyond technical instruction to offer coaching, career development, and employer partnerships that help our Fellows secure high-paying software engineering jobs and thrive in their new careers.

The passionate and collaborative team at Pursuit gives its all to achieve our mission. And it’s not just staff. We work with employer partners that love hiring our Fellows because they are so well prepared, ranging from big financial firms to scrappy startups, and everything in between. We also activate and engage hundreds of volunteers that come from all areas of the tech industry. These experts and professionals help keep our curriculum fresh and our standards for achievement high by participating in our admissions process, as well as program-specific activities such as interview training, DemoDays, Hackathons, and Capstone projects.

About the Role

The Business Development Proposal Writer will be responsible for creating high-quality proposals, impact reports, and additional partner-facing materials focused on direct revenue solicitation. Critical to the proposal process, the BD writer will develop positioning and framing of products, programs, projects, budgets, and outcomes to fit each partner and opportunity.

In collaboration with other teams and account leaders, this role will identify, cultivate, and steward key relationships and proposals with foundations, impact investors, employers, or government agencies to build support for opportunities. This role sits on the Partnerships and Business Development team, working alongside business development, fundraising, and account management to advance existing partnerships and qualify, strategize, and propose new ones. All efforts will be designed to enable Pursuit to meet its revenue goals for 2023 ($12.5M) and beyond. This role will be responsible for securing at least $2M in annual revenue.


  • Meet or exceed an individual revenue target of $2M annually by identifying, qualifying, and soliciting a variety of funders and opportunities
  • Draft, revise, and submit strategic proposals, pitch decks, and other materials
  • Develop concepts and strategies to pitch philanthropic campaigns, Pursuit’s employer model, social impact job bond, and Fellowship offerings to current strategic partners and prospects
  • Identify key stakeholders, initiate contact, develop rapport, and cultivate support for opportunities
  • Work with the CEO, CCO, and account/opportunity owners to understand partner objectives and fit key messages to specific audiences
  • Collaborate with PBD, Business Operations, External Relations, and other teams to align cross-functional efforts, especially when acting as the opportunity owner or project manager
  • Support CEO/VP of PBD in external partner meetings and contribute to those meetings as needed
  • Create language around Pursuit’s products that is tailored to different audiences
  • Support efforts to become the social impact organization of choice in NYC


You are an expert writer, first and foremost, ideally with experience crafting audience-specific proposals that have won funding, closed sales, or secured partnerships. Your writing is accurate, precise, cohesive, coherent, and persuasive. You work well navigating ambiguity. You ask well-posed questions to clarify concepts and get to the root of a problem. You can organize and structure details so nothing gets lost, every piece fits neatly together, and the overarching purpose or point of a project or argument is well-supported.

You appreciate best practices and design processes while remaining adaptable. You are empathetic, diplomatic, and approachable to others. You take the initiative and are eager to support our One Big Team, making an impact across the organization. You have a growth mindset. You are passionate about solving socioeconomic problems. You value diversity and make every effort to be inclusive—with teammates, external partners, and our community of Fellows.


  • Excellent writing skills
  • Draft, revise, edit, and proof language for a variety of formats and word counts
  • Succinctly summarize and comprehensively explain complex issues or ideas
  • Adapt your writing tone and style to match Pursuit’s voice and the audience
  • Iterate on concept notes, outlines, drafts, and revisions
  • Seek feedback and quickly adjust to incorporate it
  • Research, analysis, and strategy
  • Identify opportunities and qualify them with research and network analysis
  • Map relationships to determine how best to inform and cultivate support for opportunities
  • Brief team and work collaboratively to strategize
  • Relationship management
  • Initiate contact and develop rapport with various stakeholders to solicit support
  • Critical thinking
  • Grasp, explain, and connect the various pieces of our integrated model—e.g. community development, job training, sustainable program financing, and hiring partnerships
  • Evaluate and address the needs and interests of the various stakeholders in our many-sided marketplace model—e.g. Fellows, community partners/nonprofits, government officials, employer partners, philanthropic funders, impact investors, etc.
  • Project management
  • Update and maintain pipelines of projects and prioritize against deadlines
  • Collaborate cross-functionally and create project plans
  • Adapt as needed to shifting priorities

Nice to have

  • Experience in impact, business development, tech, government, and/or philanthropy
  • Understanding of nonprofits, social impact missions, or social entrepreneurship
  • Experience using Salesforce or other CRMs to manage accounts and opportunities

Salary & Benefits

The salary for this role is $75,000-85,000 annually.

The compensation range above is for the expectations as laid out in the job description, however we are often open to a wide variety of profiles, and recognize that the person we hire may be less experienced (or more senior) than this job description as posted.  If that ends up being the case, the updated salary range will be communicated with you as a candidate.

Pursuit offers:

  • Great culture where transparency, respect, teamwork, and kindness are valued
  • Competitive compensation in base, plus bonus and a full benefits package
  • Catered lunches and delicious snacks
  • 401k plus match
  • Unlimited PTO and an all-Pursuit week-long holiday the last week of August and the last week of December
  • An opportunity to work at the intersection of tech and social impact, and make a direct impact on the communities of those we serve.


Hybrid: 2 days a week in-person in our HQ in Long Island City and 3 days remotely wherever you work best.

Pursuit values diversity

Our team has a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, and we value the richness that diversity brings to our organization. We welcome new perspectives and affirm that all employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, age, familial or marital status, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuit is an equal opportunity employer.


Strategic Proposal Writer

$75,000 - 85,000


Long Island City, NY (Hybrid)


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