What is the Division of Financial Affairs and Sponsored Financial Services? Cornell University, unique among peers, is the federal land-grant institution of New York State, a private endowed university, and a member of the Ivy League. The Division of Financial Affairs provides central financial functions in support of the university's academic mission. The Division of Financial Affair's vision is, "To deliver world-class financial services to the university." Day in and day out the Division of Financial Affairs strives to adhere to this vision by promoting an environment where best practices are championed and our employees are empowered to do their best work in all areas of financial service.
The Sponsored Financial Services (SFS) unit provides post-award financial administration of approved sponsored grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements on behalf of Cornell University. This includes leadership in the development of strategies to effectively meet financial requirements of sponsoring organizations and supported units, expertise in the administration of sponsored grants/contracts, and advise to unit personnel and principal investigators in the financial management of their programs within the terms and conditions of the grant/contract federal regulations (e.g. OMB Circulars), NACUBO guidelines and Cornell Policies.
What you will do: Under the general guidance of a team leader or manager, only referring matters when necessary, the Sponsored Finance Specialist will facilitate Cornell's world class faculty-led research by providing post award financial administration of sponsored projects and is viewed as an expert resource to the university community in regard to award requirements and university compliance issues.
This position is responsible for the review of sponsored projects, ensuring compliance with specific financial terms and conditions outlined in award documents as well as conformity with Federal Uniform Guidance and University policies. Specific areas of performance include review of invoices, line of credit draws, creation and submission of financial reports as specified by each sponsor, project closeout, and analysis of award expenses for allowability, allocability, and necessity. In addition, this position will provide leadership, service, and advice to department personnel with respect to their management of the financial aspects of their awards, particularly relative to compliance issues.
What we need: We need an organized, methodical and detail driven individual with excellent research and communication skills who desires to be the subject matter expert in sponsored project funds compliance. Ideally, you will have spent time working in a finance or higher education environment where you succeeded tackling challenges in a fast-paced organization. Additionally, you will have:
An Associate's degree in Accounting, Finance, or Business Administration with at least 3 years of accounting or financial analysis experience.
Proficiency in PC systems (Excel, Word, E-mail, Query and Analysis tools, etc.) is required. Excellent communication skills, ability to resolve issues in a timely manner, and excellent organizational skills and attention to detail will also be required.
Must be able to work independently with limited supervision.
Successful candidate will possess strong analytical skills and be able to apply logic to complex situations.
Must be able to prioritize and manage multiple tasks of varying complexity and urgency.
If you have all those things, great! We have a few more things that we would prefer you to have, but it's ok if you don't.
BS/BA in accounting, finance, or related field.
Certified Financial Research Administrator (CFRA), Cornell Research Administration Certification or similar certification pertaining to research funding preferred.
Experience with Kuali Financial System and Oracle Analytic Server valuable.
Prior work experience with some similarity to grant and contract accounting/administration, or accounting experience in a non-profit organization will be helpful.
Familiarity with Federal contracting and procurement regulations will be a plus.Demonstrated leadership skills in his/her employment history, and/or civic organizations desirable.
What we offer:
Great benefits that include educational benefits, access to a plethora of wellness programs, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, health care options to choose from, generous paid leave provisions: 3 weeks of vacation, 12 university paid holidays (including end of year winter break through New Year's Day) and superior retirement contributions.
An active and diverse community to work and thrive in! Cornell is situated in picturesque Ithaca, New York, the heart of the Finger Lakes. Ithaca is home to two academic institutions, state parks, waterfalls, gorges, and a wide range of art galleries, theaters, eateries, wineries, and breweries. Ithaca has something to suit all ages and interests!
Potential for Ongoing Remote
This position is located in Ithaca, New York. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the University's need to limit the number of on-campus employees, the successful applicant will be asked to perform this role remotely at a location of their choice in the United States. This position may be considered for ongoing remote-work status, even once the campus permits more employees to work on campus.
The New York Convenience of employer guidelines require New York State individual tax reporting and withholdings for this position. Additional individual state income tax filings may also be required if working temporarily outside New York State.
No Visa sponsorship available for this position.
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Finance Specialist II
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