Located at the Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity in the 220-acre Sapsucker Woods sanctuary, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is the world's leading resource for conservation, research, education, and citizen science focused on birds with an annual operating budget of $30m. The Lab is a vibrant unit within Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, where several full-time faculty teach undergraduate courses, advise graduate students, and manage world-class, mission-driven programs.
Under very general supervision of the Budget and Reporting Manager and a dotted line to the CALS/CHE BSC Director, work as a member of Cornell University's Laboratory of Ornithology Business Service Center (BSC) to provide leadership, direction and high-level financial support for faculty, staff and students.The Lab's BSC initiates and approves approximately 10,000 transactions per year. Serve as subject matter expert for University policies and procedures, including procurement and travel-related transactions.Ensure consistent, compliant financial activity for the Lab.Participate in, develop and implement re-engineering efforts to improve service delivery and manage risk for the Lab.Ensure that all CALS BSC and university processes and policies are followed.Work closely with CALS/CHE BSC Director; attend meetings to ensure that the Lab is in alignment with college and university changes and updates to policies and procedures.Hire, monitor, train and supervise two Account Reps and develop partnerships between faculty, students and staff in an effort to provide comprehensive financial services and management in procurement, travel, and accounting.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 judgment is used.Work in partnership with University financial accounting offices and departments to resolve problems and to consistently apply processes. Create/maintain training materials for staff related to travel and procurement. Responsible for implementing programs, processes and collaborating with Account Reps, Administrative Assistants, Finance Specialists, CALS Business Service Center Director 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 the Manager of Reporting and Budgeting to provide reporting, forecasting, and annual budgeting for one or more central programs.
Required Qualifications :
Associate's Degree with 3 years' experience, or equivalent combination of degree and experience required. Finance and accounting experience and/or formal coursework in accounting applications is required.Proven prior successful supervisory experience.Must be able to operate in a busy support environment.Positive responsiveness and interactions with others and the ability to be a "team-player" are vital.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.Ability to work well with a diverse group in a professional and respectful work environment.Must maintain high level of confidentiality.Able to work quickly, effectively under pressure, use judgment in accomplishing tasks that are urgent or of a sensitive or confidential nature.Must be comfortable working in an environment where change in process/procedures is the norm.Must have excellent customer service skills, and demonstrated ability to communicate with a broad range of people is essential.Proven experience with computer applications - MS Excel, MS Word, MS Access required.Attention to detail, organizational and prioritization skills are expected.
Bachelors' Degree with more than 5 years' experience.Must be able to understand and accurately apply account numbers, object codes, rules to transactions and understand impact on financial statements.At least 5 years of concentrated experience in a financial office setting.Experience with Cornell policies and procedures in the areas of accounting, purchasing, accounts payable preferred.Knowledge of Cornell and College on-line systems: KFS/ID&R, e-Shop, Facilities Inventory, and Web Financials. Prior banking experience is helpful.
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Finance Specialist II
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