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Proposal and Research Development Specialist

Apply now Job no: 494537
Work type: Full-Time
Location: University City
Categories: College of Engineering, Drexel University, Professional Staff

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 College of Engineering has over $20 million in annual research expenditures driven by a diverse set of investigators in departments including: chemical and biological engineering; civil, architectural, and environmental engineering; electrical and computer engineering; material science and engineering; and mechanical engineering and mechanics. Under the supervision of the Senior Director, Research Development and Sponsored Projects, the Specialist undertakes a variety of duties to provide direct support to college investigators and research development and administrative staff as they pursue funding in support of research, teaching and service projects. While this position has a special emphasis on cultivating, winning, and maintaining research funding from private sources, the Specialist will also be called on to assist at key points in the proposal development process for a diverse set of other federal, state, and local government funders. The position may include occasional travel for research development. Successful candidates will be detail-oriented, self-motivated individuals with excellent skills in project management, proposal development, grant writing, and relationship building and stewardship. 

Essential Functions 

  • Collate college investigator research activities and interests & industry and foundation engagements across the college to develop and maintain a database to inform strategy, outreach, and communications for research partnerships
  • Develop a catalog of potential projects well-positioned to pursue private funding
  • Identify industrial and foundation funding opportunities and sponsors that align with college capabilities
  • Facilitate the establishment of and actively steward relationships with industrial and foundation research partners
  • Plan, organize, host, and facilitate visits by existing and potential industrial and foundation partners
  • In conjunction with the Senior Director, provide editorial assistance for grant proposals, including drafting non-technical sections and ensuring proposals adhere to funder guidelines
  • In conjunction with the Senior Director, design and maintain proposal development resources - including templates and standard internal statistics - that can be adapted for various components of federal and private funding applications
  • Provide strategic guidance and project management support for targeting and pursuing relevant private funding opportunities as well as ensuring timely and appropriate follow-through for reporting on privately funded research projects
  • Support the Drexel Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program by identifying and cultivating corporate project and program sponsors, helping to align faculty and student projects with company interests, and providing value to project and program sponsors by running bi-annual poster-sessions geared towards aligning university research and educational programming with current and prospective external industrial partners
  • Serve as the college liaison to internal administrative units:
    • Drexel Solutions Institute
    • Office of Foundation and Corporate Relations
    • Drexel Applied Innovation
  • Other duties as assigned 

Required Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • A minimum of 2-4 years of related work experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree preferred
  • Experience in proposal development and grant writing in a higher education setting
  • Ability to establish clear priorities and multi-task in a high-volume setting responsive to externally generated deadlines
  • Ability to work with minimum direction and guidance
  • Ability to foster a collaborative, customer-oriented working environment
  • Ability to interface with a broad range of people in the industrial, foundation, education, and scientific communities

Physical Demands 

  • Typically sitting at a desk/table


University City

Additional Information 

This position is classified as exempt with a salary grade of J. 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 continue until a suitable candidate pool is identified. 

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