Finance Specialist III - Band F Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation
The Research Division, led by the Vice President for Research and Innovation (VPRI), enables and advances the University's research priorities as well as research activities of Cornell colleges, schools, and research centers, institutes, and laboratories.
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) includes the Financial Administration of Sponsored Submittals Team (FASST), which resides within OVPRI-Finance team. FASST's purpose is to provide pre and post award support throughout the Research Division and the University, as assigned by the VPRI. The Finance Specialist will be a University-wide pre-award financial budgeting resource for large, complex sponsored proposals, e.g. $5M and greater, as well as support other proposal requests for campus units that would otherwise not have such support. As an integral part of the research administration community, this role will also prepare and provide general guidance for pre-award financial budgeting needs for research center proposals. Successful proposals, submitted through FASST, will be offered/provided post-award support from FASST. Related responsibilities may include reporting to sponsors, developing complex financial reports that meet PI/unit needs & sponsor guidelines, and supporting unit financial management and reporting needs, in coordination with any financial staffing within the respective center.
Serve in a leadership role to support division wide activities, including, but not limited to, working independently with guidance from the Supervisor, as necessary, regarding general accounting support, financial planning, reporting, analytical responsibilities related to Division of Financial Affairs (DFA) initiatives, Annual Operating Unit Internal Control Certification (OUICC), Internal Controls implementation/maintenance, Annual Certifications, metric reporting, endowment tracking/analysis, year-over-year variance reporting/analysis by RD unit, Kuali Financial System (KFS) org and account maintenance, reconciliations, ad hoc reporting requests, ensuring compliance via data visualization & timely assurance tools, and special financial projects as they arise. In addition, this role will provide analytical information to the Supervisor regarding the Division's BSC, e.g. metrics, as they relate to the Division. Lead the development/implementation of training/information sessions for our financial partners throughout the Division. This is a key role with developing ongoing OVPRI-Finance process stream-lining, organized documentation, and maintenance regarding updates.
This position is OVPRI's key financial liaison with the Center for Technology Licensing (CTL), providing ongoing support of the maintenance of the Research Division Equity Portfolio's reporting, along with monitoring the status of CTL's financial activity (e.g. receivables, aging, and bad debts reserve), and to provide oversight of current royalty distributions and associated costs for both Ithaca and WCM (NYC) operations, as well as out-year projections. Will require working closely with the CTL financial manager.
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Bachelor's degree in business, finance, accounting or other related field or equivalent combination of education and experience; 2 - 4 years of experience with sponsored research administration, including research proposals and budget preparation, proposal submission systems or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience with financial analysis, sponsored awards, reporting, budgeting, and accounting fundamentals. Highly developed accounting analytical and reporting skills, which includes demonstrated experience utilizing spreadsheets and databases (Excel), as well as complex data applications and delivery systems (Kuali dashboards, applications, and queries, Workday, etc.). Ability to utilize Microsoft Office tools. Demonstrated skillset includes providing strong customer service and communication abilities.Accuracy, attention to detail, analytical, time management, problem-solving, flexibility and organizational skills.Work independently as well as collaboratively in a fast-paced, customer-oriented, team environment.Organize, plan and prioritize multiple competing work activities under pressure.Handle confidential information with discretion.Positive team attitude and professionalism.Embrace change and challenges. Functional with sponsored (e.g. pre/post award) financial information.
Advanced excel proficiency (e.g. pivot tables, VLookups, etc.).Functional utilizing University systems, including Longview Budget System, KFS, OBIEE/PI Dashboards, and Answers.Comfortable working with Facilities & Administrative (F&A) costs.
Please include BOTH a cover letter and resume with your application.
Visa sponsorship not available for this position.
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