Position Summary: Cornell University's College of Engineering, the preeminent engineering school in the Ivy League, has a rich history of experimentation, innovation, and leadership. Consisting of almost 3,000 undergraduate students, 1,700 graduate students, and over 200 faculty members, Cornell Engineering is recognized as a global leader in the discovery of new knowledge and the creation of transforming inventions. Cornell Engineering students and faculty members possess an independent spirit that allows for the development of innovative interdisciplinary research, the creation of exciting new programs, and the education of students who will better the future.
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) has a distinguished history and tradition of excellence in teaching, research, and service. Drawing on the diverse personal, academic, and professional backgrounds in our community, the department currently offers premier educational and research programs within three broad intellectual areas: Civil Infrastructure, Environment, and Systems and Management.
The Financial Specialist serves in a managerial capacity reporting to the Director of Administration for an administrative service group (ASG) supporting one or more academic departments, programs, or centers. Position provides comprehensive financial/administrative services, management and leadership in: sponsored and gift funds management; planning and budgeting; analysis and reporting; financial accounting; compliance and stewardship of resources. In addition to strong technical skills in finance and financial systems, the position is expected to understand business and financial issues and obtain data to create reports and projections to inform management. Develop complex financial analyses and forecasts for director/chair, director of administration and college administration in support of short and long range unit initiatives. Apply expertise in interpreting and applying University policies, procedures and practices to address complex matters to meet strategic and operational objectives. Ensure that internal controls are developed, monitored and maintained. Participate in and coordinate various aspects of the annual budget process. Serve in the Lead Finance role for ASG acting as primary contact with and local expert for faculty, staff, graduate students and researchers on financial matters. Participate in Lead Finance group within College of Engineering to share expertise, develop best practices and communicate new knowledge back to ASG finance staff. Supervise finance staff.
Typically lifts less than 10 lbs, Close Visual Concentration, Limited exposure to hazards
Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance or business with a finance focus; at least 3 years of experience in financial planning and budget development, analysis and reporting, financial management, and supervision. Exceptional candidates with bachelor's degree in another field and applicable professional work experience in accounting, finance, business, or research administration may be considered. Demonstrated experience using reasoning skills and sound judgment in the identification and investigation of complexities, trends and variances. Ability to independently plan and prioritize responsibilities to meet competing deadlines while working under pressure. Highly developed accounting, analytical and reporting skills, which includes demonstrated experience utilizing spreadsheets and databases (Excel, Access, FileMaker), as well as complex data applications (budget, financial, student, human resources) and delivery systems (Brio, or similar data query tools.) Requires a developed understanding of disparate data structures, their relationships and interdependencies. Superior customer service and communication skills, including the ability to communicate clearly, confidently and concisely in verbal and written formats to a wide variety of constituents. Ability to negotiate and advocate effectively and tactfully. Ability to work effectively as part of a team. Demonstrated commitment to professional development for self and employees supervised.
4 or more years of relevant work experience. Gift and sponsored funds management experience. Experience in corporate or higher education setting. Highly proficient in reporting and extracting data from on-line data warehouse systems.
VISA sponsorship and relocation assistance are not available for this position.
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Finance Specialist III
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