Government Proposal Manager

Denver, CO
Full Time

About Urban Sky: 

Urban Sky is a venture-backed aerospace startup pioneering the utilization of the stratosphere and reimagining the way humans view and analyze the earth. We design, build, operate, and sell stratospheric balloon systems, and the data we collect supports a wide range of applications, from real-time wildfire monitoring to urban mapping. Urban Sky sends flight vehicles to the stratosphere on a weekly basis. 

Our team consists of engineers, makers, developers, and doers who believe in the power of human potential when passion meets utility within a small, supportive team. At Urban Sky we strive to create a team culture grounded in candor, inclusion, respect and empowerment. 

We aim to build the next chapter of stratospheric history in Denver and are seeking self-starting, open-minded, and hard-working team members. 

About the Role: 

As Urban Sky’s Government Proposal Manager, you’ll be responsible for leading the government proposal writing and submission process for new government programs and projects. This role presents an exciting and unique opportunity to be the first Proposal Manager at a rapidly growing company, helping to shape the company’s future development and establish new funding programs that drive critical internal R&D programs and new product opportunities.  

The Urban Sky Microballoon system is being developed alongside several government partners including the National Science Foundation, The Air Force Research Laboratory, and NASA. 

As the Government Proposal Manager, you’ll actively keep tabs on upcoming SBIR/grant/gov’t contract opportunities and be responsible for leading the proposal process (to include actual technical writing and proposal submittal). This role requires exceptional proposal development skills, and the ability to communicate technical concepts effectively in written form.  

We’re looking for an organized, self-starting team lead who can help drive government funding of new R&D initiatives through a disciplined proposal writing and submission process. In this role, you would be reporting directly to the Co-founder/CEO, but working closely with the company’s Co-founder/CTO as well.  


Key Functions: 

Proposal Writing:

  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to gather technical information and requirements for proposals. 

  • Write, edit, and review technical proposal documents, ensuring compliance with guidelines and requirements. 

  • Create compelling narratives that articulate the company's technical solutions and value proposition. 

  • Manage the proposal development process, including proposal outlines, compliance matrices, and proposal schedules. 


Skills & Experience: 

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field. 

  • Minimum of 4 years of experience in proposal writing related to highly technical engineering environments. 

  • Ability to collaborate and build effective relationships across a diverse team 

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 

  • Disciplined & detail-oriented organizational skills. 

  • Strong technical writing and proposal development experience. 

  • Some knowledge of government acquisition processes, SBIR/STTR, FAR/DFARS regulations, etc.  



  • Have had exposure to large SBIR/STTR/OTADoD programs 

  • Direct experience with the SBIR gov’t proposal process. 


Additional Requirements 

  • Must be US Citizen located or willing to relocate to Denver, CO 



  • Salary $75,000 - $105,000 per year 

  • We are required to post this salary range per Colorado law. Your salary will be determined based on your abilities and experience. 

  • This role would include a stock option offering which would be in addition to the posted salary range. 

  • Equity Compensation in the form of Company Stock Options 

  • Medical, Vision and Dental 

  • Unlimited Vacation Days 

  • Cell Phone Bill Stipend 

  • Maternity/Paternity Leave 


NOTE: Research suggests that women and BIPOC individuals may self-select out of opportunities if they don’t meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage anyone who believes that they have the skills and the passion necessary to succeed here to apply for this role. 

Urban Sky is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need. 


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