Business Development Manager – Bethesda, MD

Business Development Manager

Bethesda, MD


PUBLISHED: February 7, 2023 EXPIRY: April 8, 2023HybridBethesda, MarylandFull TimeBusiness Development and Fundraising


DevWorks International (DevWorks) is seeking a Business Development Manager to strengthen its business development objectives by leading proposal management, partnership development, opportunity tracking, and other tasks.


Company Description

DevWorks International (DevWorks) is seeking a Business Development Manager to strengthen  its business development objectives by leading proposal management, partnership development, opportunity tracking, and other tasks.

DevWorks International was founded in 2011 and brings together a core team of solutions-oriented development professionals with expertise across technical areas and geographies. We deliver market-based solutions across five areas: agriculture, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), youth, governance, and natural resource management. Our approach is grounded in private sector engagement and improved service delivery, while building local capacity through ongoing partnerships and relationships.

Job Description

Position: Business Development Manager

Reports to: Director of Business Development

Work base: Hybrid (Partially Remote, 1-2 days per week in the office)

Classification: Exempt

Status: Full-time

Roles and Responsibilities

Business development:

  • Stay abreast of USAID, USDA and US Department of State funding trends and strategic developments related to DevWorks, ensuring that the team is informed of changes in trends and initiatives that might impact the organization.
  • Provide regular briefings to DevWorks staff and senior management regarding development opportunities and bid status, keeping them fully aware of all opportunities and proposals.
  • Represent DevWorks International at meetings and events, including proposal design sessions and conferences.
  • Strengthen the design and editing of key external marketing and communications materials.

Proposal management:

  • Serve as point of contact with prime and Proposal Manager on selected proposals.
  • As Proposal Manager, manage all proposal-related activities, including but not limited to:
  • Manage all aspects of proposal development, including the calendar and deliverables schedules;
  • Support capture and preparation for solicitations;
  • Manage recruitment for key personnel;
  • Communicate (manage email communication and facilitate meetings) with consultants and partner organizations on proposal development;
  • Review all inputs for responsiveness to donor requirements;
  • Draft or edit sections of proposals such as the management plan, capability and staffing sections, and other areas as appropriate;
  • Communicate potential trouble spots to the BD team as necessary, and suggest remediation;
  • Review budget drafts for alignment with the technical approach, org chart, etc., and communicate any trouble spots;
  • Update and assemble proposal  materials (e.g., representations and certifications, CVs, bios, past performance references);
  • Manage production and submission, including formatting, compliance review, and submission; and
  • Maintain electronic and hard copy proposal files and oversees proposal debriefs and proposal close-out in accordance with DevWorks’ standard procedures.


Required qualifications:

  • A minimum of six years of professional experience, including at least three years of business development/fundraising experience, ideally with US government agencies.
  • Exceptional editing/proofreading skills are required to ensure the production of clear, concise, and grammatically correct documents.
  • Flexibility and cross-cultural understanding are attributes of a successful candidate.
  • Must be highly organized, dependable, and able to prioritize multiple demands to meet deadlines. Must have experience managing multiple projects concurrently.
  • Must be available for international travel (up to 10-15% time).
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office.
  • Strong interest in international development. Experience living or working in a developing country desired.
  • Foreign language skills in French and/or Spanish a plus.
  • The position requires a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
  • Strategic thinker adept at juggling priorities in a fast-paced environment and can plan, prioritize and organize individual and group activities and processes.
  • Team-focused must enjoy working as part of an energetic group of highly engaged individuals.
  • BA in international relations, economics, or related field. Master’s preferred.

How to Apply

Please send your CV and cover letter to [email protected] with “BD Manager” in the subject line.

DevWorks International is an Equal Opportunity Employer. DevWorks encourages applications from qualified persons of every race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, and disability.

If applicants require reasonable accommodation in completing the job application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the selection process, please direct your inquiries to [email protected].


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