Finance Specialist II (Financial Data Analyst – Cooperative Extension); Ithaca, New York
September 14, 2018
Ithaca, New York
Financial Data Analyst
Finance Specialist II (Band E – Exempt) 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 55 off-campus Associations, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), New York State Sea Grant, area specialists, and CCE New York City (off-campus extension). CCE is a values–based organization where all employees are accountable for supporting the organization's values of truth, respect, excellence, teamwork, and integrity.
The Finance Team within Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) works in a complex system of University related functions and statutory oversight of off-campus extension (CCE Associations). Together, the system includes over 1,900 employees with an overall system budget of over $120 million. Federal Smith-Lever funds account for approximately $8 million and New York State County Law 224 funds equal about $4 million; the remainder is managed by CCE Associations. The Finance Team is comprised of approximately 6 staff on campus and 8 - 10 Shared Business Network (SBN) finance leads.
The Financial Data Analyst is responsible for administration of (maintenance, configuration, support, data cleanup, security) and data analysis from (queries, reports) the CCE financial accounting system (Blackbaud Financial Edge NXT) and is the Extension Administration's primary liaison between the vendor and CCE Associations. Additional responsibilities include:
Creating and maintaining business process documentation in collaboration with SBN finance leads and Extension Administration finance staff.
Serving as an essential part during the product roll out and in training the CCE Association finance staff; providing support during implementation and training of the financial accounting system.
Supporting all CCE Associations and CCE Extension Administration with financial and workflow reporting.
Deciphering report requests and translating the needs from a data perspective.
Providing leadership for maintenance and business processes by reviewing and approving reports, roles, and security within the new financial system.
Creating standard and ad hoc reports for campus leadership and stakeholders.
Participating in process improvement initiatives and provides recommendations for improvements to data access and system use.
Collaborating with the team to maintain integration of Cornell financial and human resource systems with the CCE financial accounting system.
This position is full-time (40 hours / week) to be worked in office during standard business hours (Monday – Friday from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm) and will be located in Ithaca, New York.
Associate's degree with 2+years of experience working in a data analyst or financial role or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint and Word).
Project management experience.
Strong accounting knowledge, previous experience with fund accounting.
Experience working with an enterprise financial system.
Experience with financial reporting.
Ability to develop complex reports, charts and graphs.
Experience with Blackbaud Financial Edge NXT.
Knowledge of Federal Uniform Guidance.
Knowledge of FASB (Financial Accounting Standards Board) Standards.
Knowledge of SQL and good understanding of relational database systems and design.
Understanding of non-traditional/NoSQL data formats and how to work with them (json, xml, csv).
Conscientious attention to detail and accuracy.
Demonstrated ability to quickly learn new technologies.
Strong commitment to excellent customer service and responsiveness.
Excellent interpersonal, communication (written and verbal) and presentation skills.
Ability to effectively train people and develop training materials documentation
Demonstrated skills in problem solving and critical thinking.
Ability to work with clients who have a wide range of technical expertise and information literacy.
Demonstrated ability to interact with others on a collaborative team toward a shared project goal.
Proven ability to analyze requirements and meet deadlines.
Well-organized and able to manage multiple assignments in a proactive manner.
Commitment to high level of customer service.
Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position, including having reliable transportation or having and maintaining a valid New York State driver's license.
Must exercise sound and ethical judgment when acting on behalf of the University.
Experience in handling confidential data.
Bachelor's Degree in accounting, business administration or related field.
Experience in a higher education and non-profit environment.
Experience with Crystal Reports.
Experience with Workday.
Experience with Kuali Financials.
Experience with configuration and maintenance of an enterprise financial system.
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