Financial Business Partner - Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Location: Ithaca, New York
Internal Number: WDR-00032131
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Cornell University Lab of Ornithology is seeking a Financial Business Partner.
This position is a key member of the Lab's finance team, providing financial support to faculty, staff and students.
Who We Are
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is the world's leading resource for conservation, research, education, and citizen science focused on birds. Lab staff teach undergraduate courses, advise graduate students, collect and disseminate world-famous digital resources on biodiversity, and engage with partner organizations and citizens around the world to conduct scientific research and conservation actions. We are committed to fostering a healthy workplace that values diverse perspectives and backgrounds as well as supporting growth and advancement opportunities. The Lab of Ornithology is an inclusive community, and we recognize that diverse, inclusive communities create more innovative and impactful work to address global challenges and benefit humanity and nature.
What You Will Do
As the Financial Business Partner, you will ensure accurate, consistent, policy compliant financial activity for the Lab, and guide program staff through procurement and travel transactions as needed.
Some key responsibilities:
Participate in, develop and implement re-engineering efforts to improve service delivery and manage risk for the Lab.
Collaborate with departmental staff to develop and maintain an understanding of the business needs of individual programs that will help to support faculty and staff while ensuring that the appropriate policies and practices are followed
Work in partnership with University financial accounting offices and departments to resolve transactional issues and to consistently apply processes.
Responsible for implementing programs, processes and collaborating with Account Rep, Administrative Assistants, Finance Specialists, CALS Business Service Center Director, CALS HR and the Budget and Reporting Manager to improve services within the Lab while ensuring the integrity of University and College policies and procedures.
Work closely with guidance from the Manager of Reporting and Budgeting to achieve month end and year end close, reconcile gifts and accounts receivable, provide reporting, forecasting and annual budgeting for the Lab as a whole.
Manage e-Commerce systems, including set up of new processors, daily reconciliation and disbursement, plus annual PCI certification.
Manage both annual facilities and equipment inventory with oversight from Budget & Reporting Manager.
What We Need from You
Must be able to operate in a fast-paced business partner support environment. Positive and creative interactions with others and the ability to function effectively as part of a team are vital.
Associate's Degree in accounting or related field with at least 3 years' experience, or equivalent combination of degree and experience required.
Finance and accounting experience and/or formal coursework in accounting applications is required.
Knowledge of the principles and methodology of budget management and ability to utilize the tools, techniques and procedures needed to establish and monitor budgets.
Knowledge of tools, techniques, and processes for gathering and reporting data; ability to practice them in a particular department or division of a company.
Ability to read, interpret and draw accurate conclusions from financial and numerical material.
Ability to explore and evaluate alternative financial scenarios and results.
Knowledge of approaches, tools, techniques for recognizing, anticipating, and resolving organizational, operational or process problems; ability to apply this knowledge appropriately to diverse situations.
Ability to help establish realistic goals and priorities and deliver work on time.
Demonstrable skills in problem solving, critical thinking, and written and oral communication.
Must have excellent customer service skills and demonstrated ability to communicate with a broad range of people.
Proven intermediate level experience with - MS Excel, MS Word required.
Strong attention to detail, organization and prioritization skills are necessary.
If you possess these experiences and skills, this may be the role for you!
These additional qualifications are incredibly helpful in this role:
Bachelors' Degree in accounting or related field with at least 3 years experience.
Must be able to understand and accurately apply account numbers and object codes to transactions and understand impact on financial statements.
At least 3 years concentrated experience in a financial office setting.
Experience with Cornell policies and procedures in the areas of accounting, procurement, accounts payable preferred.
Knowledge of Cornell systems: KFS/OBIEE, e-Shop, Longview, RASS, Tableau, Concur, and Facilities Inventory.
Prior banking experience is helpful.
What We Offer
We hope you appreciate great benefits! Cornell receives national recognition as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives.
Our benefits program includes comprehensive health care options, wellness programs, and employee discounts.
Generous retirement contributions.
Our paid leave time include three weeks of vacation and 13 holidays: including an end-of-year, paid time off winter break from December 25th through January 1st.
Cornell's impressive educational benefits include tuition-free Part-time Study and Employee Degree Program, Tuition Aid for external education, and Cornell Children's Tuition Assistance program.
This position is located at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York. It is a full-time, benefits eligible position. Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position.
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