Pursuit Manager USAID Governtment & Public Services

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Position Summary

Pursuit Manager – USAID Government & Public Services 

Are you up to the challenge of being a trusted business advisor with an opportunity to influence business strategy at one the world’s leading professional services firms?  If you have experience with the complete federal and acquisition proposal lifecycle and an interest in leading “must-win” proposal opportunities, Deloitte’s Government and Public Services (GPS) team is the place for you!  Join our team of professionals in delivering strategic and tactical guidance to senior leadership in support of Federal proposal development efforts.

Work you’ll do:

As a Pursuit Manager on our team you will:

  • Have direct accountability for the following aspects of the proposal management group operations:
    • Lead “must-win” proposal opportunities, providing strategic and tactical advice and guidance to senior leadership and client service teams
    • Performance management of immediate team members
    • Make significant contribution to the development and continuous improvement of proposal management processes, tools, and templates. 
    • Work directly with account teams in the execution of the GPS Pursuit Methodology process to drive the development of compliant and compelling proposals
  • Provide the leadership, methodologies, procedures, tools, and templates to support USAID proposal development efforts
  • Have responsibility across multiple, concurrent projects
  • Adjust to shifting priorities, stringent deadlines, last minute requirements, and occasional evening/weekend hours to accomplish tasks within non-negotiable client deadlines
  • Provide leadership to a diversity of matrixed proposal teams and directly affect the outcomes of assigned proposals, thereby positively affecting win rates.
  • Act as the central point for the proposal development process – 
    • Evaluate the solicitation requirements,
    • Manage a timely process, 
    • Working with the technical teams to develop content that is clear, effective and consistent. 
    • Can assume this leadership role for extremely complex proposals, 
    • Demonstrate and contribute techniques and experience.
    • Develop and maintain proposal management artifacts (e.g., SharePoint site, track pack, schedule, writer's outline/compliance matrix, governance model, common language guide, response templates, production/QA sheet)
    • Participate in/facilitates pursuit proposal lifecycle planning (e.g., strategy, schedule, compliance, color team reviews, production)
    • Support Pre-RFP GPS Pursuit Methodology activities, as available
    • Drive schedule and time management of activities associated with the opportunity and address/escalate schedule slippages with Account Teams - writers, section leads, leadership - as applicable
    • Direct production activities and timely submission of deliverables
    • Provide guidance, sample content, and boilerplate materials to writers, as needed
    • Facilitate activities of supporting areas: contracts, subcontracts, small business, pricing, competitive intelligence, legal, and quality control 
    • Facilitate completion of compliance and administrative forms (e.g., legal, quality control, contracts, small business, OCI), as appropriate
  • Guide proposal teams in developing a strategic approach – 
    • Act in a strategic role, from pre-RFP to oral presentation stages, 
    • Brainstorm solutions providing tactical advice and guidance with the ability to drive strategy and solutions that result in winning submissions.
  • Lead and collaborate with the proposal development team – 
    • Manage team members (of various specialties and at various levels of seniority) to develop responses that meet the needs of potential clients.  
    • Demonstrate the ability to bring creativity and original thinking to the framing and structuring of proposal.
  • Debrief teams after proposal submittal – 
    • Interview team members on successful or unsuccessful strategies and tactics, 
    • Share results as appropriate and refining future proposal strategies and training.
  • Contribute to the development of Deloitte’s proposal team – 
    • Collaborate with other proposal team members, 
    • Support positive teambuilding, 
    • Take and conduct training as appropriate, and 
    • Continuously refine and improve proposal strategies.
    • Provide oversight and guidance to assigned Pursuit COE team members - designers (graphics + formatting), writers/editors, and compliance/quality reviewers
    • Counsel and/or mentors Pursuit Center of Excellence (COE) team members, as appropriate
    • Develop and shares leading practices with the Pursuit COE team members
    • Provides PMO Support to Orals Teams, when available
  • Recruitment – Provide backstopping support to recruitment of local personnel (pre and post RFP release). Manage junior-level practitioners during proposal recruitment. Be able to soundly interview key technical specialists. Collect and diligently track key paperwork for proposal candidates.
  • Travel – Provides backstopping support to members of intelligence gathering trips; participates in trips as required.
  • Information Gathering – Assists with a broad variety of ad hoc information gathering requirements from the pre-RFP stage through proposal submission.
  • Ability to shift priorities and tasks – Ability to juggle multiple tasks of varying degrees of difficulty. Assist with the ability to analyze subcontractor budgets one minute, then proofread a technical draft, then possibly interview a key personnel candidate.


  • Minimum of five (5) years in Federal Government proposal management, proposal development, and the direct management of proposal operational organizations
  • At least (2) years of relevant work experience with knowledge of the USAID procurement requirements and proposal experiences with for profit and not-for-profit organization
  • Knowledge of USAID proposal costing/financial requirements
  • Experience in leading large complex proposals with values in excess of $25m
  • Have approximately 5-7 years of work experience
  • Diversity of experience in large corporate organizations and small business concerns
  • Bachelor’s degree (Masters desirable) with preferred concentration in Business, English, Journalism, Marketing or Communications, or comparable work experience 
  • Excellent communicator – both written and oral
  • Experience leading teams in strategic and tactical discussions
  • Experience in public speaking and presentations
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • High attention to detail
  • Willingness to travel
  • Limited immigration sponsorship may be available


  • Training in formal capture/proposal methodologies
  • Industry-wide best practices in proposal management
  • Knowledge and understanding  of Federal procurement regulations and practices (including FAR and DFAR)
  • Personnel/performance management, including areas such as EEO and employment law
  • Project management and Capture management
  • Editorial practice and standards 
  • This individual is typically responsible for:
    • Performance management of three to five individual positions
    • Management of proposal teams, both Deloitte and subcontractor
    • Working or living experience in one or more developing countries

People and Project Management:

  • A team player with an outstanding ability to work with people at all levels, including senior executives
  • Demonstrated ability to influence others, from staff to senior leaders through a strong presence, thoughtful challenges, and use of sound judgment
  • Strong interpersonal and political skills, including aptitude for building relationships, understanding team dynamics, taking initiative, and solving problems
  • Keen listener, with the ability to quickly grasp ideas to be reflected in written documents and presentations
  • Ability to read situations and adapt leadership style to achieve results
  • Ability to work with grace and efficiency in a demanding, deadline-driven environment
  • Team-oriented with a proven ability to manage multiple projects at once
  • Demonstrated initiative and problem-solving ability
  • Attention to detail and exceptional follow-up skills
  • Ability to analyze information and make sound observations and recommendations quickly

How you’ll grow

At Deloitte, our professional development plan focuses on helping people at every level of their career to identify and use their strengths to do their best work every day. From entry-level employees to senior leaders, we believe there’s always room to learn. We offer opportunities to help sharpen skills in addition to hands-on experience in the global, fast-changing business world.  From on-the-job learning experiences to formal development programs at Deloitte University, our professionals have a variety of opportunities to continue to grow throughout their career.  Explore Deloitte University, The Leadership Center.

Our people and culture

Our diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture empowers our people to be who they are, contribute their unique perspectives, and make a difference individually and collectively. It enables us to leverage different ideas and perspectives, and bring more creativity and innovation to help solve our client most complex challenges. This makes Deloitte one of the most rewarding places to work. Learn more about our inclusive culture.

Professional development

From entry-level employees to senior leaders, we believe there’s always room to learn. We offer opportunities to build new skills, take on leadership opportunities and connect and grow through mentorship. From on-the-job learning experiences to formal development programs, our professionals have a variety of opportunities to continue to grow throughout their career. Learn more about our commitment to developing our people.

As used in this posting, "Deloitte" means Deloitte Services LP, a subsidiary of Deloitte LLP. Please see www.deloitte.com/us/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or protected veteran status, or any other legally protected basis, in accordance with applicable law.

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