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New Dragons SOAR Onboarding

Successful Onboarding and Accessible Resources for New Staff

New Dragons SOAR!

Starting a new job at a large institution like Drexel can be overwhelming. That’s why onboarding at Drexel is a year-long process, rather than a one-time orientation – to give you plenty of time to get acclimated and take in information at a reasonable pace. This webpage and associated onboarding resources were created to support new professional staff in learning about Drexel and acclimating to their new roles.

New Dragon Welcome

The New Dragon Welcome is a virtual, interactive orientation session for all new professional staff to receive a warm welcome to Drexel. The orientation begins with a brief video highlighting Drexel’s history, followed by a high-level overview of many commonly asked questions/helpful tips and guidance for new employees including:

  • DragonCards (how to obtain and submit photos electronically)
  • Drexel’s Values
  • DrexelOne (how to access this portal and the many important features it houses)
  • Civic Engagement
  • HR Service Center (contact info and services provided)
  • Benefits Overview
  • and more!

New Dragon Connections

Get to know other Dragons by joining one of the many collaborative groups at Drexel:

  • Colleague Resource Groups (CRGs): A CRG consists of 10 or more employees who work together to promote the mission of the University and raise awareness and understanding of issues affecting and important to traditionally underrepresented groups and their allies.
  • Drexel Parents: An informal group of Drexel employees who share advice and provide moral support for each other as working parents (and expecting parents) at Drexel. The group is open to any faculty or professional staff member and occasionally meets in person for brown-bag lunches. You can join the group in Microsoft Teams (log in to Office365, select Teams, and search "Drexel Parents" via the "Join or create a team" field).
  • Drexel Administrative Professional Learning Community (DAPLC): The mission of the DAPLC is to foster and ignite a workplace culture and learning community, that is robust, collaborative, diverse and supportive. The DAPLC works to establish and maintain an interactive learning community, in which employees can sharpen their skills as well as empower each other with creative ideas to succeed. Those interested in joining can contact Kristin Nestor at

Are you part of a collaborative employee group that isn’t listed above? Contact Kathy Choy at to get added to the list.

Required Training and Policies

Professional staff members are required to complete training on certain topics and complete a Conflict of Interest (COI) Disclosure during their introductory period and annually thereafter. New professional staff members should also familiarize themselves with Drexel’s policies. The COI Disclosure can be found on the Employee tab in DrexelOne. It should be completed within your first 30 days at Drexel.

Additional required online modules will be automatically assigned to your transcript in Career Pathway. They should be completed within your first 90 days at Drexel.

All Official University Policies can be found in the Drexel University Policy Directory. Top policies for new hires of Drexel University* include:

  • CPS-2 Conflict of Interest
  • HR-45 Attendance
  • HR-61 Flexible Work Arrangement
  • HR-40 Introductory Period
  • EIC-3 Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy
  • HR-33 Family and Medical Leave
  • *Please note, some policies differ for employees of the Academy of Natural Sciences; please refer to the Academy’s policy directory on the HR website.

    If you have been alerted that there are any pre-employment requirements that are outstanding, please reach out to your Talent Acquisition Consultant as soon as possible.

    Resource Library

    Benefits & Payroll

    • Overview: Drexel University is pleased to offer comprehensive and competitive benefits to eligible employees and their eligible dependents. Benefits-eligible employees of Drexel University and the Academy of Natural Sciences can enroll themselves and their dependents either upon hire (to be effective the first of the following month), during the open enrollment period, or if they experience a qualified life event.
    • New Hire Guide [PDF]: This guide provides information on eligibility, available benefits, rates and more.
    • Time Off: Drexel University's benefits package offers paid time off through holiday, vacation, sick days and Winter Break.
    • Payroll: The Payroll Department efficiently processes wage payments for all faculty, professional staff and student employees in accordance with the University’s established schedules and deadlines; files all IRS W-2 forms; handles all federal, state and local tax reporting and payments for payroll-related filings; and processes time sheets and leave reports.

    Contact Information

    Professional Development

    • Overview: Talent Development supports the professional development of faculty and professional staff by offering engaging, relevant and authentic learning opportunities through a lens of inclusion and belonging. The team also offers workshops, certificates and leadership programs that provide employees with professional enrichment opportunities.
    • Goal Setting: An important part of performance development is establishing goals for the performance cycle. The purpose of setting these goals is not to detail your daily activities, but to help you define larger challenges that you will work toward. Communications
    • Communications Playbook: This list of quick links to communications-related resources is designed to help you navigate the internal communication channels, policies and processes at Drexel. Please bookmark any links that may be useful to you on a regular basis.
    • HR @ Your Service Newsletter Archive: The HR @ Your Service Newsletter is distributed by email monthly and provides resources and timely information. You can find recent information in the archive.