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Business Manager

Apply now Job no: 502247
Work type: Full-Time
Location: Hybrid/Flexible Work Arrangement
Categories: Drexel University, Dornsife School of Public Health

Job Summary

The Ubuntu Center on Racism, Global Movements & Population Health Equity at the Dornsife School of Public Health is seeking a full-time Business and Grants Manager to work closely with the Deputy Director to oversee center functions and manage the following areas: departmental budgetary oversight and pre- and post-award grant administration to federal agencies (e.g., NIH) and private foundations. A significant part of the job is working closely with the Deputy Director to manage regranting awards for the Illuminating and Addressing Healthcare’s Role in Perpetuating Structural Racism (ISR) project, a three-year, multi-site initiative sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This individual must have strong leadership abilities, be a self-starter, be comfortable working with financial statements and budgets, and have the ability to work closely with faculty, staff, and students.

About the Ubuntu Center

The Ubuntu Center on Racism, Global Movements & Population Health Equity, Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University is a research and action center that unites diverse partners to generate and translate evidence, accelerate antiracism solutions, and transform the health of communities locally, nationally, and globally. The Center has four primary focus areas which include: 1) advancing transdisciplinary, antiracism population health research, training, and scholarship; 2) bridging relationships to build critical consciousness and power for health equity and racial justice; 3) expanding collective action for population health equity aligned with principles and practices of community organizing and social movements; and 4) strengthening capacity and sustainability to maximize our impact. Who we are and what we do embodies the South African principle “Ubuntu... I am because we are.” We believe that by working collectively, we will achieve a just future, free from systems of oppression, full of new possibilities through bold, collective action, and an equitable world in which all individuals and communities are healthy and thrive.

About the ISR Project

The ISR project intends to synthesize and build on existing research to clearly illuminate the historical roots of structural racism in the healthcare system and the modern-day structures, policies, and institutional practices that have resulted in and perpetuated structural racism and a culture of white supremacy. The program’s goals are to: 1) synthesize, develop and conduct research that illuminates specific structures that perpetuate structural racism in the healthcare system; 2) translate findings and develop communications strategies that highlight the magnitude of structural racism for healthcare system leaders and other key stakeholders; and 3) build accountability and agency for historically and systemically marginalized racial populations to lead structural-change efforts in the healthcare system, centering the participation of these populations in accountability structures and in building agency to exert power.

Essential Functions

  • Manage the regranting and business-related tasks for the ISR project. 
  • Work with the Deputy Director on annual fiscal planning, ongoing financial tracking and projections, and other activities that can support the Center's strategic planning and financial goals.
  • Support monthly reconciliation of P-Card statements alongside the Administrative Coordinator to ensure all required reporting for the center is completed on time. 
  • Manage the center’s pre-award submissions and provide post-award grant monitoring, projections, submitting EPAFS (allocate personnel time to specific accounts), labor redistributions, and journal entries, to ensure grants are appropriately charged.
  • Oversight of all center's financial transactions and spending compliance monitoring.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • A bachelor's degree in business administration, management, accounting, finance, or related field or Equivalent
  • 5 years of experience is required.
  • At least 5 years of experience, preferably in a university setting.
  • Proficient in MS Office, particularly MS Excel and Teams.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, team-driven environment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience submitting NIH or other federal grants is preferred.
  • Banner and Hyperion experience preferred.
  • MBA, MA or other relevant advanced degree preferred.

Physical Demands

  • Typically sitting at a desk/table


  • Hybrid/Flexible Work Arrangement – Philadelphia, PA

Additional Information

This position is classified as exempt, grade K. Compensation for this grade ranges from $54,630.00 - $81,940.00.  Please note that the offered rate for this position typically aligns with the minimum to midrange of this grade, but it can vary based on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience, department budget, and an internal equity review. 

We encourage you to explore Drexel's Professional Staff salary structure and Compensation Guidelines & Policies for more details on our compensation framework.

You can also find valuable information about our benefits in the Benefits Brochure.

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 once a suitable candidate pool is identified.

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