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Who We Are
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and home to Cornell University's second-largest population of students, faculty and staff. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.CALS is fundamentally invested in improving the lives of people, their environments and their communities both in New York state and around the world.
The CALS School of Integrative of Plant Science (SIPS) is composed of five sections: Horticulture, Plant Biology, Plant Breeding & Genetics, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, and Soil & Crop Sciences. Combined there are 100+ faculty and senior academics, 200+ graduate students, and 500+ other employees located in facilities in Ithaca, Geneva, and other satellite locations across the New York State. The school offers a multidisciplinary undergraduate major in Plant Science and offers graduate studies in five distinct fields. The school is home to the Agricultural Sciences major and school faculty contribute to the Biology, International Agriculture and Rural Development, and Viticulture and Enology majors. Annually the school has ~$32M in sponsored research expenditures and ~$60M total expenditures.
What You Will Do
Under the direction of the Assistant Director for Finance and Budget (ADFB) and working in conjunction with the School of Integrative Plant Science Finance Team and with the CALS Business Service Center (BSC), provide high-level financial and accounting support to SIPS units located in Ithaca. As a provider of financial services to SIPS, make appropriate judgments about financial activities in a manner that coincides with university policies as they relate to account management, grant and contract management, sponsored project accountability, college reporting, and accountability for funds management. Work directly with the Senior Financial Reporting Specialist (SFRS) to provide regular account updates to be used in reporting and personnel planning for Project Investigators (PIs). Establish close working relationships with SIPS administrative managers (AM), faculty, and staff. Establish and maintain close working relationships with the CALS BSC. Work within a collaborative team environment to provide the most efficient and streamlined processes for SIPS and the college. Obtain sponsored programs certificate training and stay updated on changes in University policies and procedures as they relate to financial processes. This position processes various transactions necessary to the financial operations of SIPS, including I Want Docs, error corrections, fund transfers, new account requests, salary transfers, costing allocation changes, internal billings, invoice creation and tracking.
What We Need
We are looking for someone with the following qualifications:
Associates degree with additional two years of experience.
More than 2 years and less than 4 years of work experience.
Accounting experience and/or formal coursework in accounting applications is required. Must be able to understand and accurately apply account numbers, object codes, rules, and policies to transactions and understand impact on financial statements.
Must be able to compile, analyze, and report on complex financial data.
Must have excellent customer service skills and demonstrated ability to communicate and work with a broad range of people. Attention to detail, organizational skills and prioritization skills are required.
Able to work quickly & effectively under pressure, use judgment in accomplishing tasks that are urgent or of a sensitive or confidential nature; balance conflicting priorities, interpret policies, and make decisions from a range of choices.
Demonstrates accountability in all work responsibilities.
Demonstrate a high level of proficiency with Excel, and experience with other standard office programs.
Must be comfortable working in an environment where change in process/procedures is the norm.
Proceed alone on regular tasks, consulting with supervisor on questionable situations.
Must be able to work independently while supporting the efforts of an overall team.
Must be able and willing to enhance personal knowledge, skills, and abilities as needed.
If you possess these experiences and skills this may be the role for you! There are a few other qualifications that we would view as incredibly helpful in this role, to include:
2-4 years concentrated experience in a financial office setting.
Expertise in Excel, KFS, Workday and IDR dashboards.
Familiarity with Cornell University or other higher education environment.
Previous experience with sponsored project financial transaction processing and award management.
Rewards and Benefits
We hope you appreciate great benefits. Cornell receives national recognition, as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives.
Our benefits program includes comprehensive health care options, access to wellness programs, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, and generous retirement contributions.
Our leave provisions include three weeks of vacation and 12 holidays: e.g., an end-of-year winter break, from December 25th through January 1st.
Cornell's impressive educational benefits include tuition-free Extramural Study and Employee Degree Program, Tuition Aid for external education, and Cornell Children's Tuition Assistance program.
Essential Physical Requirements: Typically lifts less than 10 lbs
Visual: Normal concentration
Hazards: Limited exposure
Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position.
Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position.
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Accounts Rep IV
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