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Department Financial Specialist

Cornell University
Job Location:
Ithaca, New York
Business and Financial Services
Located in Ithaca, N.Y., Cornell University is a bold, innovative, inclusive and dynamic teaching and research university where staff, faculty, and students alike are challenged to make an enduring contribution to the betterment of humanity. Cornell University is one of the largest and most diverse institutions in the Ivy League. We are a community of 22,000 students and more than 10,000 faculty and staff members representing more than 80 countries and hundreds of disciplines-global cultures, backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and ideas. The College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University is recognized internationally as a leader in public health, biomedical research, animal medicine, and veterinary medical education. Ranked consistently as one of the best veterinary colleges in the nation, the College's strength is due to its strategic breadth of focus areas and its depth of expertise in each of those areas; the achievements of its faculty, staff, alumni, and students; and its commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

The Department of Microbiology & Immunology comprises an interactive faculty engaged in research in infectious disease and host immune response. We study a range of pathogens, primarily viruses, bacteria and parasites, and other insults such as toxins. Our immunology interests include innate and adaptive responses to pathogenic agents, immune regulation, vaccine development, and host damage due to inflammation and autoimmunity. Our faculty members are associated with many graduate fields.

Under the general oversight of the Department Chair, the person who fills this position will provide oversight and strategic direction to faculty and staff in budget development and grants and contracts administration.

Responsibilities will included, but not limited to:

  • Provide specialized funds management, planning and budgeting, analysis and reporting, financial accounting, compliance and stewardship of resources; provide opportunities for faculty regarding their budgets in a proactive manner;
  • Possess strong technical skills in finance and financial systems, understand business and financial issues and obtain data to create reports and projections that keeps management informed;
  • Develop complex financial analyses and forecasts for Department Chair and Director of Business Operations in support of short- and long-range unit initiatives;
  • Apply expertise in interpreting and applying University policies, procedures and practices to address complex matters to meet strategic and operational objectives;
  • Ensure that internal controls are developed, monitored, and maintained;
  • Manage departmental annual facilities inventory and annual effort certification
  • Appoint graduate students and costing allocations
  • Independently manage all accounts; monitor and manage salary recovery and cost share on all sponsored accounts;
  • Manage and coordinate the data entry of the annual budget process;
  • Resource for Principal Investigator pre-award budget development and questions; manage post-award account activity adhering to compliance matters
  • Act as primary contact and local expert for faculty, staff, students and researchers on departmental financial matters;
  • Share expertise, develop best practices and communicate information to the team in a leadership role.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, budget, or business with a finance focus; at least 3 years of experience in financial planning and budget development, analysis and reporting, financial management, and program coordination; or equivalent combination of education and applicable professional work experience in accounting, finance, business, or research administration .
  • Demonstrated experience using reasoning skills and sound judgment in the identification and investigation of complexities, trends and variances.
  • Ability to independently plan and prioritize responsibilities to meet competing deadlines while working under pressure.
  • Highly developed accounting, analytical and reporting skills, which includes demonstrated experience utilizing spreadsheets and databases (Excel), as well as complex data applications (KFS, ID&R Dashboards, Peoplesoft, Workday, etc.) and delivery systems (WebFin II or similar data query tools).
  • Superior customer service and communication skills, including the ability to communicate clearly, confidently and concisely in verbal and written formats to a wide variety of constituents. Ability to negotiate and advocate effectively and tactfully.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional development for self.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree and five or more years of experience in accounting, finance, budget or business with a finance focus.
  • Cornell experience with grant applications, access OSP portal and disbursement process and/or funds management; Longview Budget System.

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Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position.

Background check may be required.

University Job Title:

Finance Specialist III



Pay Rate Type:



Contract College

Contact Name:

Carolyn Chow

Number of Openings:


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