Cornell Cooperative Extension College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
Ithaca, New York
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University's second-largest college. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education, and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.
Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) provides the educational outreach functions for Cornell University's role as New York State's Land Grant University. Programmatically, Cornell Cooperative Extension connects the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and the College of Human Ecology (CHE) with 56 off-campus Associations, Integrated Pest Management, New York State Sea Grant, Area Specialists, and CCE New York City (Off-Campus Extension).
The Finance Team within Cornell Cooperative Extension works in a complex system of University-related functions and statutory oversight of Off-Campus Extension. Together, the system includes over 1,900 employees. The Finance Team comprises approximately 6 staff and oversees finance activity within Extension Administration and Off-Campus Extension.
As a member of the Finance Team, you will provide high level financial and accounting support to Cornell Cooperative Extension Administration (including 52 Association offices, the Northeastern IPM Center, and Area Teams). You will work within a collaborative team environment to provide the most efficient and streamlined processes for the department, associations and the college. Additionally, you will work closely with the Finance Manager, Office of Sponsored Funds, and Division of Financial Affairs to direct the proper use of all funds: grant, federal formula funds, unrestricted, college, gift, and endowment.
Your responsibilities will also include
Making appropriate judgments about financial activities in a manner that coincides with university policies as they relate to account management, grant and contract management, sponsored project accountability, college reporting, and accountability for funds management.
Administering the federal year-end account closing by working closely with Administrative Managers and the Office of Sponsored Funds.
Work with FM to ensure that internal financial controls are established, preserved, and monitored.
Advising faculty and staff of the Federal Formula Funding guidelines as well as university policies and procedures.
Auditing Association invoices (from counties as well as transactions on federal accounts) for compliance to Federal Formula Funding guidelines; create monthly reports to monitor/verify allowable object codes.
Preparing various analyses, trends, and other ad hoc reports (e.g. monthly, quarterly and year-end).
Creating and preparing financial statements and reports as needed.
Analyzing trends, preparing account projections, and monitoring and verifying all accounts to ensure that data is correct as well as within compliance and Federal Formula Funding guidelines.
This position is full-time (39 hours/week) and will be located in Ithaca, New York.
Associates degree and 4+ years of experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
Accounting experience and / or formal coursework in accounting applications is required.
Must be able to understand and accurately apply account numbers, object codes, rules, and policies to transactions and understand impact on financial statements.
Ability to compile, analyze, and report on complex financial data.
Previous experience in post-award financial management.
Previous experience in project management.
Must have excellent customer service skills and demonstrated ability to communicate and work with a broad range of people.
Attention to detail, organizational skills, and prioritization skills are required.
Able to work quickly and effectively under pressure, use judgment in accomplishing tasks that are urgent or of a sensitive or confidential nature; balance conflicting priorities, interpret policies, and make decisions from a range of choices.
Demonstrates accountability in all work responsibilities.
Demonstrate a high level of proficiency with Excel, and experience with other standard office programs.
Must be comfortable working in an environment where change in process/procedures is the norm.
Proceed alone on regular tasks, consulting with supervisor on questionable situations.
Ability to work independently while supporting the efforts of an overall team.
Must be able and willing to enhance personal knowledge, skills, and abilities as needed.
Must exercise sound and ethical judgment when acting on behalf of the University.
Bachelor's degree preferred.
2+ years of concentrated experience in a financial office setting.
Expertise in Excel, Kuali Financial System (KFS), Workday and Information, Delivery and Reporting dashboards.
Familiarity with Cornell University or other higher education environment.
Familiarity with grant proposal submission process.
Strong knowledge of Cornell University accounting policies and practices as well as financial policies and procedures.
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
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