About Drexel

Drexel is a comprehensive global research university ranked among the top 100 in the nation. With over 24,000 students, Drexel is one of America's 15 largest private universities. Drexel is one of Philadelphia's top 10 private employers, and a major engine for economic development in the region. Drexel has committed to being the nation’s most civically engaged university, with community partnerships integrated into every aspect of service and academics.

Job Summary

The Pre-Award Grant Administrator provides sponsored project management and administration from the proposal stage through receipt of award notice. 

Advises and assists faculty and departmental staff in assembling grant proposals, which includes budget preparation and submission of proposals. Negotiates contracts, cooperative agreements, subcontracts, consulting agreements and other purchased service agreements on behalf of the University.

Essential Functions

  • Performing sponsored project management duties and responsibilities, as described in this document, in support of Drexel University.
  • Assisting faculty with proposal preparation and submission and contract negotiation in order to obtain external funding for research and other sponsored projects.
  • Ensuring proposals for sponsored projects are in compliance with Uniform Guidance 2 CFR 200, various governmental agency and other sponsor regulations and institutional policies.
  • Providing audit agencies, public and private sponsors, principal investigators, project directors and staff, department administrators and other customers with accurate information and guidance in accordance with the above-mentioned compliance elements.
  • Providing information on sponsor restrictions, compliance and cost allowability, budgets, salaries, general expenditures, and related matters to audit agencies, sponsors, principal investigators, project directors and staff, department administrators and other customers.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting or related field
  • A minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience, including but not limited to contract negotiation and administration, budget development, proposal development and submission experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience at a non-profit or academic research institution is highly desirable. Requires the ability to comprehend federal, state and local grant contract regulations and restrictions and sponsor guidelines; contract negotiation skills; knowledge of personal computer applications, including word processing, database and spreadsheet programs; demonstrated ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines, and process large amounts of information; ability to prioritize work; ability to communicate effectively and professionally with diverse clientele both verbally and in writing; ability to work as a member of a large, complex support team.  Familiarity with generally accepted accounting principles preferred.


Center City

Additional Information

This position is classified as exempt with a salary grade of K. For more information regarding Drexel’s Professional Staff salary structure,

Special Instructions to the Applicant

Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter when submitting your application.

Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate pool is identified.

Contact Information

Drexel University





Background Information

4-Year Degree


  • College/University
  • Non-Profit
  • Grants and Contracts
  • Sponsored Projects/Programs


Target Job Information

  • Full Time