The Director of Finance is responsible for providing strong leadership and oversight for all financial policies, procedures, controls, and reporting systems. This position ensures compliance with financial regulatory agencies. The Director of Finance oversees all aspects of the finance department, including treasury and cash management, procurement, accounts payables/receivables, and institute risk management and assists in the strategic vision for support services provided by the finance department. This position works with the Chief Operations Officer to develop strategic and long-term financial goals and strategy. In close collaboration with leaders of various other departments, including the Research Administrative Office, Facilities, Development, Translational Science, and the Director for Research, the Director of Finance is responsible for development, implementation, and enforcement of institutional policies to safeguard the institute’s assets, manage risk and satisfy single audit and sponsor requirements. Additionally, this position will foster collaborative relationships with our partners at Cornell. The institute has a diverse portfolio which includes funds from federal sponsors, private donors, local government, and corporate entities, all with varying levels of restrictions. The Director of Finance must have a wide breadth of knowledge of Uniform Guidance, Not-for-Profit Accounting and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Standards. The Director of Finance must be a proven team-builder.
Essential Job Functions
Coordinates the preparation for the A-133 and 403(b) audits
Helps guide financial decisions by performing and presenting in-depth quantitative and qualitative analysis of business departments
Oversees the Institute endowment investment accounting and analysis
Provides monthly financial reporting to institute management
Compiles the Institute’s Annual Indirect Cost Calculation data for compilation of the IDC Rate Agreement
Oversees the monthly general ledger closing process
Leads the coordination and preparation of the annual Institute budget
Manages treasury and cash flow
Administers the annual business insurance programs
Safeguards assets by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing internal controls and segregation of duties
Participates in the meetings of the Investment and Finance and Audit Committees of the Board of Directors
Leverages strengths of the current financial team members and assists VP of Finance to clarify roles and responsibilities and develop and implement training programs in order to maximize individual and Institutional goals
Other duties and special projects as assigned.
Education and Certification
Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent experience, required. MBA or CPA preferred.
Experience and Knowledge
Five or more years of experience in managing an accounting function in a medium-sized company. Proven success in a supervisor or management role, and an ability to manage deadlines and function under pressure. Strong analytical skills.
Supervisory duties of Accounts Payable/Receivables, Financial Coordinator, and Procurement department.
Effective written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills required. Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of the organization. Presentation skills are necessary for the success of this position.
The position requires proficiency in business applications and financial software.
Minimal travel to conferences and events.
Physical Demands and Working Conditions
The work is conducted in an office setting. The work is sedentary with extended periods of sitting. Some walking, standing, bending, and carrying or lifting small items. Generally, no adverse environmental conditions are present.
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Working from a sincere interest in issues of social justice, William Boyce Thompson founded The Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) in 1924, believing that basic plant research could lead to real societal benefit. BTI’s 15 faculty-run laboratories and greenhouse facilities are staffed by more than 110 researchers from over 40 countries. The research out of these laboratories has the potential to improve important food crops, to demystify plant and human immune systems, and to reveal alternative, sustainable sources of energy. Along with its research, BTI prioritizes environmental stewardship, and outreach to teachers, students, and community members.BTI is an independent, non-profit institution affiliated with Cornell University and located on its Ithaca campus, near the College of Veterinary Medicine on Tower Road