Business Development Specialist I

Catholic Relief Services
  • Location
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 28

Position description

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as staff and partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

Primary Function:

The Business Development Specialist I will support CRS' pursuit of institutional donor resources, with particular emphasis on writing and copyediting. In addition, he or she will help guide the department's efforts to produce clear, concise, and compelling proposal content. This position is at the front lines of driving CRS' growth by contributing to and supporting internal learning processes, enhancing the agency's value propositions and leveraging innovative, evidence-based results into new revenue and programming.

The Business Development Specialist I will be an expert multi-tasker and work well under pressure and with deadlines. The Business Development Specialist I is expected to work effectively in independent and team environments and produce high quality proposals that are fully compliant with donor specifications.

Job Responsibilities: 

  • · Support proposal development activities with an emphasis on writing, editing and formatting; development of cost applications; and coordinating and organizing the proposal process.
  • · Develop and update tools, templates, guidance and processes that guide and steer the proposal writing process in an effective and efficient manner.
  • · Participate in, and/or lead, proposal writing as needed. Coordinate/manage authors and processes; write and edit clear, concise and compelling proposal content including technical, personnel, management, corporate capabilities, and past performance sections.
  • · Provide expertise in positioning, capture planning, bid analysis and proposal preparation for specific opportunities.
  • · Serve on proposal review teams and ensure all submissions are of excellent quality, properly researched and vetted for accuracy, fact-checked and aligned with CRS branding and editorial style requirements.
  • · Work with technical teams to maintain organizational capacity statements and other support materials.
  • · Research, track and analyze new business opportunities, competitive intelligence and CRS' position within the marketplace.
  • · Lead and contribute to agency learning through analysis of proposal successes and failures, analysis of CRS competitiveness and the funding environment, and active participation in CRS' global BD community of practice.
  • · Other duties as assigned.

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):
These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results. 
* Serves with integrity
* Models stewardship 
* Cultivates constructive relationships
* Promotes learning

Key Working Relationships: 
INTERNAL: Country Program staff; regional office staff; program quality staff, business development staff
EXTERNAL: Collaborating partner organizations; select donor representatives as appropriate


  • · Bachelor's or master's degree in English, Journalism, Communications, International Development or a related field
  • · 3+ years of experience in marketing, publishing, journalism, corporate communications or related area with hands-on responsibility for developing, writing, editing, and managing print and/or electronic publications
  • · International development experience highly desirable, including at least two years of work or extensive travel in low resource settings
  • · Exceptional writer/editor with demonstrated experience writing and editing proposals, reports or other products by technical writers. Writing samples required. Experience with proposal writing and/or editing is preferred, especially in international development.
  • · Creative, confident and communicative team player who can work independently in a complex environment under tight deadlines
  • · Familiarity with USAID and other institutional donors, funding mechanisms, policies, procedures and priorities
  • · Ability and willingness to travel overseas as needed, up to 25% of job time
  • · Fluency in English required; working ability in French preferred; working ability in Portuguese or Spanish a plus

Disclaimer Clause: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skills, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

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