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Proposal Content Writer

Date: Sep 23, 2022

Location: US

Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Job Requisition ID: 17587

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**Applicants must submit a cover letter to be considered**


The Proposal 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 and/or service-specific narratives and/or customizing existing narrative that answers Request for Proposals (RFP) requirements. They design winning solution strategies and drive revenue growth. The Content Writer must juggle multiple proposals and deadlines. Daily activities may include strategy calls to discuss a new RFP or independent work to finalize an RFP response. 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.


Primary Responsibilities:

  1. Review the program and services-related criteria in RFPs, bids, and rubrics to identify potential HMH solutions, evaluate the extent to which HMH solutions meet the criteria, and assess the opportunity for new business.
  2. Construct district/school personas by using SFDC dashboards and researching district/school/state initiatives, trends, and other pertinent information; participate in discussion calls; collaborate with sales teams to position solutions most advantageously.
  3.  Draft responses to the content criteria in RFPs, bids, and rubrics; conduct independent research to draft original narrative and keep existing content current and correct, collaborate with Product Management & Strategy teams to secure additional information when required.
  4. Support content accuracy of proposal narrative and associated tables, charts, and graphics; review and copy edit narrative.
  5. Engage with Director or Manager of Content to align new content/tagging to correct nomenclature; contribute insight into effective utilization of platform to inform improvements.
  6. Participate in ongoing training to keep abreast of current trends in education, updates to programs and services, and HMH initiatives and positioning.


What You Will Need to be Successful:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Professional writing experience, including writing original narratives and content summaries in a tailored, compelling, and persuasive manner.
  • Minimum of three years of experience teaching core curriculum (ELA, mathematics, science, or social studies) in the K–12 public school environment. Experience must be in-person, not virtual.
  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail/consistency.
  • Ability to work effectively with subject-matter experts and participants from across the company. Ability to work independently and be successful in a virtual work environment.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment Advanced proficiency in MS Office Suite.


Nice to Have:

  • Master’s degree in a field related to the position.
  • Experience writing descriptive responses to RFPs issued by school districts.
  • Experience teaching multiple subjects.
  • Knowledge of curricula, educational theory and trends, national and state standards, proposal automation systems, Chicago Manual of Style, and devices used in educational environments.


Physical Requirements:

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


Other requirements:

  • Professional writing sample and cover letter.



Benefits and Salary Range:

Salary Range: $49,600 to $62,000. Our salary ranges are based on national averages.  We have wide ranges so we can be flexible and determine compensation based on a number of factors including the candidate’s skills, experience, education and location.

Benefits: Careers at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company (



Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 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.

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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.

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