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Administrative Services provides infrastructure and support to all Cornell Health departments, programs, and services. Administrative Services encompasses Health Informatics, Quality Initiatives, Communications, Facilities, Billing, and Planning and Finance. The Billing and Finance work team manages insurance billing for clinical services at Cornell Health and oversees the organization's financial operations. This includes executing and monitoring transactions for the health center, financial planning and engagement in the annual budgeting process, maintaining enrollment for the university's health fee, and providing customer service to students and other stakeholders.
The Finance Specialist is responsible for non-routine and routine analysis and reconciliation of the financial operations associated with Cornell Health's operations, and related activities such as the enrollment and billing services for the Ithaca campus Health Fee. The position is responsible for developing a detailed understanding of Cornell Health's operating budget, business rules, and insurance billing operations. The Finance Specialist works closely with administrative leadership to deliver regular and ad hoc financial and operational analyses, explain trends, adapt and develop business processes, and provide recommendations for remediation. The position serves as project lead in the execution of monthly/quarterly account reconciliations including cost of sales (including reconciliation of inventories for the Cornell Health pharmacy and vaccines), and health fee, collaborates with partners internal and external to Cornell Health, and supports the development of the unit's annual budget. The Finance Specialist ensures that all financial activities align with university policies and NYS requirements.
A successful Finance Specialist has strong reporting skills and experience with relational databases. This position is agile in navigating and understanding the changing variables that impact financial analyses of Cornell Health's operations. The Finance Specialist has experience in providing routine and non-routine reporting and analyses, developing business processes, and keeping leadership apprised of trends, with explanation of variances and recommendations for action. As a Cornell Health staff member, success stems from collaborative and attitudinal skills that foster enthusiasm, professional and personal growth, cooperation, mutually respectful communication, flexibility, initiative and adaptability.
Important Application Notice - This position is term-limited for at least a period of 12 months. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
Bachelor's degree and 3-5 years of experience, or equivalent combination of training and experience.
Proven written and oral communication skills
Strong analytical skills.
Experience in managing and using relational databases and/or experience utilizing financial and reporting systems
Project management skills.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, with demonstrated expertise in the use of Excel for analyses.
Master's or other professional degree in related business field, with experience in accounting, financial reporting and monitoring of healthcare and/or insurance related data.
Formal training in accounting.
Experience in healthcare or insurance industry.
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Finance Specialist III
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