Computing and Information Science (CIS) is a college-level unit founded in recognition that computing is an essential tool in almost every scientific and scholarly discipline. It is a community of people committed to tackling some of the world's biggest challenges by working together across multiple colleges and two Cornell campuses. CIS is home to the three academic departments that power the information economy: Computer Science, Information Science and Statistics and Data Science. It is known for bold new ideas expressed in high-impact research and scholarship, inspiring educational contributions, and entrepreneurial and commercial engagement. The synergies among faculty, researchers and students make CIS more than the sum of its parts. Student interest in computing related courses continues to fuel growth in faculty, graduate students and related staffing support, expanding CIS to a mid-size college.
This growth requires expanding the CIS central finance team led by the Director of Finance and Budget, who oversees an annual operating budget of $90M. Reporting to this role, the CIS Financial Specialist provides comprehensive financial services, including financial fund accounting, analysis and reporting, planning, budgeting, and analytics; representing the Director of Finance and Budget in her absence. The position also has a CIS financial control and compliance role, assisting in developing internal control plans and performing risk assessments.
The Financial Specialist provides high-level financial support to college and department leadership. Creating and maintaining business reports, analyzing financial data, generating ad hoc reports and integrating information from various sources requires expertise in accounting and finance principles, as well as complex spreadsheets, databases and other data structures. Proactive efforts to develop best practices, research issues and problem solve are integral to the position, as well as communicating professionally and concisely.
The finance specialist will be an engaged, organizing member of the CIS Financial Advisory Committee, serve on College and University ad hoc committees and work closely with CIS service centers and central university offices.
This position is a unique opportunity to join a dynamic, expanding organization whose research and teaching mission has an impact across the university. CIS staff are valued partners with faculty in carrying out this mission. The Director of Finance and Budget is developing a knowledgeable and skilled team to provide leadership and expert support to inform decision making and implement financial management best practices across the organization.
Associates Degree and four to five years of financial or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Previous experience with complex financial accounting; ability to apply excellent analytical skills to research/understand/solve problems to determine path, facilitate outcomes, and document/report accordingly; ability to retrieve and manipulate data from multiple sources and online warehouses; proven attention to detail as well as an understanding of disparate data structures, their relationships and interdependencies; highly proficient user of spreadsheet and database software; ability to work in a busy, team-focused, and customer-driven environment; proven ability to multi-task, and work accurately within tight deadlines. Must project a professional image and demonstrate the ability to diplomatically handle a wide variety of highly confidential situations.
Successful completion of the University Administrative Systems online training including, Workday, Kuali, OBIEE Answers or similar training will be required within a reasonable period of time (generally within 3 months)
Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business, or a related field with five to ten years of applicable experience, preferably including sponsored and restricted funds management; familiarity with the Cornell University accounting (KFS) and HR (Workday) and Bursar (PeopleSoft) systems, technical writing certified skills; structure and policies; excellent communication skills (listening, reading, writing, verbal - all with an ability to effectively engage with a diverse population); ability to independently plan and prioritize responsibilities; thrive in a complex, multi-faceted and demanding/deadline driven environment; operate in a team environment and contribute effectively to both individual and team goals.
This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship or relocation assistance.
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