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 CIS growth in faculty, graduate students and related staffing support.
The Department of Computer Science (CS) is an integral part of the Faculty of Computing and Information Science. It offers CS majors in the Colleges of Arts & Sciences and Engineering, and it has graduate programs for the degrees of Master of Engineering and Ph.D. The department is considered one of the top five CS departments in the US, with world-class research covering all of computer science.
The CS Accounts Representative position provides comprehensive financial and administrative services, management, and leadership as they relate to departmental funds (appropriated, discretionary and restricted,) reporting to the Director of Administration and CS Chair, acts independently on most issues, interprets university policy, interfaces with CIS Finance Director and outside entities. This includes planning (forecasts), commitment management, account budgeting as well as contributing to aspects of the department budget and five-year strategic plan, analysis and reporting, financial accounting and transactions, oversight of salary expense and procurement, student appointments and bursar payments. The incumbent maintains audit compliance, ensuring that internal controls are developed, monitored and maintained in partnership with the college fiscal team.
This position provides high-level financial support to the CS Director of Administration and the Chair as well as financial support to faculty, graduate students, undergraduates and staff. Expertise in accounting and finance is applied in creating and maintaining spreadsheets/databases, analyzing financial data and creating ad hoc reports, Proactive efforts to develop best practices, research issues and problem solve are integral to the position, as well as facilitating appropriate actions and communicating professionally and concisely. The incumbent interprets, informs, and applies University policies, procedures and practices, as well as addresses complex matters to meet strategic and operational objectives.
There is an expectation that the person in this position be an engaged, participating member of the Computing and Information Science Financial Advisory Committee and Engineering College Finance Service Group, as well as willing to serve on College and University ad hoc committees. This position works closely with the CIS Dean's office including the Director of Finance, COE-CIS Business Service (BSC) and human resource (HRSC) centers, CIS Sponsored Research Office, the Division of Financial Affairs, and Alumni Affairs and Development.
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; demonstrated ability to handle sensitive and confidential data with discretion; ability to work in a busy, team-focused, and customer-driven environment; proven ability to multi-task and work accurately within tight deadlines
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 and HR/Workday and Bursar/PeopleSoft systems, 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
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