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Proposal Content Writer, RFP

Date: Sep 4, 2021

Location: Boston, MA, US, 02110

Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Job Requisition ID: 16726

Additional Locations: Fully remote position

Content Writer

The Content Writer's responsibilities include the creation and editing of proposal text to secure new business by either working with subject matter experts to create new descriptive, product-specific narratives and/or customizing existing knowledge that answer Request for Proposals (RFP) requirements. This position also includes key responsibilities for reposing content to utilize for multiple purposes including creating product toolkits, response to sales rubrics, and state submission requirements.



  • Prepares and responds to the content criteria presented in RFPs, BIDs, and Rubrics collaborating with the Product Management & Marketing (PM&M) to secure additional information when required.
  • Reviews and identifies critical criteria in RFPs, BIDS, and Rubrics related to content, evaluating criteria and identifying content, gaps, new criteria demands, required customization, and completing the creation and editing of proposal text to secure new business.
  • Researches and participates in GO/NO-GO discussions to offer insight and recommendation based on experience and knowledge. Responsible for accessing and interpreting district initiatives and influence on how to respond.
  • Supports and ensures accuracy of all products and desktop publishing of proposal narrative and ancillary material (e.g. tables, charts, graphics, etc)
  • Engages with Director or Manager of Content to align new content/tagging to correct nomenclature; contributes insight into effective utilization of the platform to inform improvements.
  • Participates in multiple types of training to maintain knowledge.



  • A Bachelor's degree, Master's degree preferred
  • Minimum of 3 years of successful experience in a proposal development capacity is required.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experiecnce as a K-12 education background.
  • Excellent written/verbal communication, organization, analytical and time management skills are a must.
  • Strong writing skills, working knowledge of MS Word, Excel and Project and the ability to work under multiple deadlines in high stress environment are also a must.
  • Educational industry or government contracts experience, knowledge of RFP databases/instruments, and successful experience in proposal or grant development capacity are all desired.
  • Submital of two writing samples, proposals preferred
  • RFP/Proposal writing experience - strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of Digital Curriculum, Learning Management, Proposal Automation Systems, and devices used in educations environments - preferred.


Physical Requirements:

  • Constantly operates a computer and other productivity machinery, such as online platforms, printers, and applications.
  • Might be in a stationary position for a considerable time (sitting and/or standing) for 4+ hours.
  • Must be able to collaborate with colleagues predominantly via conference calls and online meetings, and some face-to-face meetings. 
  • Must be able to travel up to 10% of the time.


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) is a global learning company dedicated to changing people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. As a leading provider of pre-K–12 education content, services, and cutting-edge technology solutions across a variety of media, HMH enables learning in a changing landscape. HMH is uniquely positioned to create engaging and effective educational content and experiences from early childhood to beyond the classroom.  HMH serves more than 50 million students in over 150 countries worldwide, while its award-winning children's books, novels, non-fiction, and reference titles are enjoyed by readers throughout the world.

For more information, visit http://careers.hmhco.com  

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in E-Verify. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

Nearest Major Market: Boston

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