Project Coordinator (Research Associate I)

Job Description


About Drexel

Drexel is one of Philadelphia's top 10 private employers, a comprehensive global research university and a major engine for economic development in the region. With over 24,000 students, Drexel is one of America's 15 largest private universities. 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 Policy and Analytics Center (PAC) at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute is seeking a Project Coordinator to assist with the policy, program, and systems development efforts for the Autism Services, Education, Resources, & Training Collaborative (ASERT), the Philadelphia Autism Project, and other funded initiatives.

The Project Coordinator will organize and coordinate planning and execution of specific research-focused and other project tasks. Project priorities are informed by research and analysis of current issues and topic areas, including emerging research across an array of topics and areas. The Project Coordinator will also support creation of deliverables across projects to support individuals, families, and systems. The Project Coordinator may be asked to support activities related to preparing, tracking, or monitoring funding opportunities and applications. The Project Coordinator will take initiative with these projects and work on them with a team or independently, based on assignment, to completion.

The Project Coordinator will also support several operational and administrative functions of the PAC including regulatory activities related to the Institutional Review Board, budget monitoring, invoicing from contractors, and purchase tracking.

The Project Coordinator will support the Philadelphia Autism Project in ensuring Philadelphia maintains its status as a top city for people on the spectrum and their families by addressing the growing need for local policy, program, and systems development for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.

The Project Coordinator will work on the Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training Collaborative (ASERT) grant. The mission of the ASERT Collaborative is to enhance the lives of Pennsylvanians with autism of all ages and abilities by improving regional access to quality services and interventions, providing support to families, training professionals in best practices and facilitating partnerships among service providers throughout the Commonwealth.

The Project Coordinator will report directly to the Policy Project Manager. Throughout projects, the Project Coordinator will communicate and collaborate with the Policy Project Manager, the PI and other members of the team as required.

This position is contingent upon grant funding.

Essential Functions

  • Support the analysis, development, and implementation policy project tasks that support the team, under the direction of the Policy Project Manager and PI.
  • Identify important policy topics relevant to research projects and analyze for content and potential modes of application.
  • Researching, analyzing information, developing, marketing, and disseminating resources
  • Drafting research protocols and accompanying materials based on regulatory requirements.
  • Coordinate research project activities including study recruitment, monitoring study participants, research documentation, and follow-up.
  • Coordinate and support in qualitative and/or quantitative research tasks.
  • From the direction of the Policy Project Manager or other leadership, research and draft content for literature reviews, resources, articles, policy briefs, white papers, research manuscripts, and other products.
  • Monitor and collect information about policy developments and current issues from a variety of sources.
  • Support PAC operational functions including budget monitoring, purchasing and subsequent tracking, tracking invoices, etc.
  • Ensure all materials are prepared and organized for meetings/events/trainings/outreach.
  • Work simultaneously on several wide-ranging projects with multiple foci.
  • Continually collaborate with and support project personnel.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health, Public Policy, or related field
  • Minimum of 1-3 years of experience in non-profit, public service organization, policy or disability research, or similar field
  • Experience with research project coordination including regulatory activities and literature searches
  • Flexible, with great time management skills
  • Ability to balance multiple tasks and work under deadlines, both independently and in collaboration with other team members
  • Able to effectively communicate orally and in writing, translating technical information into clear and concise information for a variety of audiences including individuals with disabilities, families, policymakers, and researchers
  • The ability to work collaboratively as a part of a team in a fast paced, high growth environment
  • Knowledge of autism, intellectual/developmental disabilities, and/or mental health
  • A strong command of Microsoft Office programs including: PowerPoint, Word, Publisher, and Excel.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree
  • Be independent/self-directed, with excellent follow-through skills
  • Have strong interpersonal, organizational, written, and oral presentation skills with ability to communicate in-person as well as via telephone and email
  • Have a good sense of humor and the ability to tolerate ambiguity
  • Experience in oversight of students or staff

Physical Demands

  • Typically sitting at a desk/table
  • Lifting demands up to 25lbs


University City, Philadelphia, PA

Additional Information

This position is classified as Exempt with a salary grade of I. 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 once a suitable candidate pool is identified.



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