Proposal Development Specialist

Center for Energy and Environment
Organization Summary

CEE is a data-driven, consumer-focused, and community-based clean energy nonprofit with locations in the North Loop of Minneapolis and St. Paul's Midway. For nearly 40 years, CEE has collaborated with utilities, governments, nonprofits, and businesses to deliver actionable research and innovative programs that reduce energy waste and harmful emissions. We’ve established a national reputation for innovation and excellence in program implementation, our emerging technology and field research team, our involvement and expertise with local and state policy work, and our work with communities. We collaborate regularly with partners and employ curious people who share a passion for the organization’s mission. Our workplace invites open door communications, respect for diverse backgrounds and points of view, and an emphasis on work-life balance. Our staff includes creative and pragmatic environmentalists, program developers and implementers, engineers and technical experts and research professionals. Our organizational culture is professional but easy-going, with a deep emphasis on collaboration, innovation, and technical expertise. We're proud to operate in Minnesota, a national leader in clean energy and energy efficiency, and increasingly employ staff across the nation.

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Depending upon qualification and experience, the salary range for this position is expected to be between $65,000-$70,000. 


Primary Duties

CEE is seeking a Proposal Development Specialist. This position would report to the Director of Program and Business Development. As Proposal Development Specialist, you will orchestrate the proposal development process from RFP release through contract award, support proposal and business development efforts in close collaboration with subject matter experts and external partners, write custom copy that will deliver compelling winning proposals and lead post-submission activities.  The ideal candidate would possess exceptional skills in written and oral communication, teamwork, flexibility, ability to motivate, and a "do- whatever-it-takes" attitude. This is a highly networked role that requires an ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines.

This is a full-time position that provides a wide range of benefits including Paid Time Off (PTO), medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance and a retirement plan.


  • Work collaboratively with subject matter experts and external partners, lead the development of outline, structure, and content for all proposals and post-submission activities, including:
    • Coordinating, reviewing, editing, and writing proposals with input from various internal and external stakeholders.
    • Write RFP-compliant proposal content that is persuasive, compelling, and supports strategies and win themes
  • Process complex technical information and create customized, persuasively written text for inclusion in a proposal.
  • Create reusable content for the proposal development library.
  • Assist in the development and support of partnership agreements with external firms, by working with CEE’s subject matter experts, thought leadership leads, and senior management.
  • Represent CEE at conferences and other external events.
  • Develop presentations as needed for internal and external audiences.
  • Collaborate with CEE’s marketing team on messaging, positioning, channels, and tactics to continually support CEE’s growth and program development strategies.
  • Provide technical writing, editing, and/or proofreading as needed.
  • Produce, assemble, ship, upload, and/or otherwise deliver proposals on time in accordance with RFP/RFI requirements.
  • Develop and implement a process to document all lessons learned from proposals and make recommendations to continuously improve our process.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • BA or BS in a related field or an equivalent combination of related experience and education
  • 5+ years of demonstrated and related experience in writing and editing large, complex proposals, or equivalent combination of education and experience with a proven track record of producing high-quality deliverables (samples will be requested)
  • Excellent communicator with strong interpersonal skills
  • Experience in developing, producing, and managing materials in response to RFPs/RFIs/RFQs/RFAs
  • Experience in consulting, and/or one of the following sectors: utility, energy, or environmental services preferred
  • Proven planning, promotion, implementation, and organization skills, along with exceptional attention to detail
  • Strong time and project management skills
  • Expert skills using Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, intermediate or better skills in Excel, and SharePoint/One Drive.
  • Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud Suite preferred.
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