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Administrative Manager - CALS - Department of Global Development

Cornell University
Job Location:
Ithaca, New York
Business and Financial Services

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Administrative Manager
Administrative Manager V - Band G
Department of Global Development
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University's second largest college. 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.

Global Development confronts the most urgent and complex challenges facing people and the planet. We are an integrated, multidisciplinary community of scholars and practitioners collaborating with a global network of partners to provide deep analysis and transformative solutions. By uniting critical scholarship and practice at the intersections of agricultural, environmental, life, and social sciences, we advance a more equitable, sustainable, and food-secure world for all.

Position Summary:

The Administrative Manager leads a team of twelve staff and is responsible to oversee administrative operations with total annual operating budgets and research expenditures of $4M and $34M, respectively. Manage and coordinate the unique complexities, including finance, budget, human resources, student services, space planning, information systems and facilities. Advocate for and manage complex finance and Human Resource structures that include both contract and endowed funds, positions, policies and related compliance. Provide administrative and financial oversight to the department. Partner with chair to ensure effective leadership. Facilitate and bridge development of new programs and implement changes in university systems, policies, and procedures in support of department educational and research missions. Lead policy development and change management efforts, partnering with the college officers and colleagues in the college. Serve on CALS administrative leadership teams and collaborate with Senior Administrative Manager and CALS department managers to develop and implement strategies for short and long-range fiscal, human resource, and operational challenges. Oversee Global Development facility operations in Warren Hall and Mann Library.

Rewards & Benefits:

  • World class, Cornell supported, professional development and educational benefits

  • Career Life Balance opportunities such as: Onsite Daycare, Employee Degree Program, Adoption Assistance, Onsite Dining, Employee Wellness

  • Competitive compensation, generous time-off, and great benefits More on Cornell Benefits

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree w/ minimum 5-7 years exp. or equiv. in administrative and financial operations.

  • Demonstrated expertise in fund accounting, budget and financial analysis and reporting; human resource management, leading effective teams, facilities management, and strategic planning.

  • Excellent analytical skills.

  • Proven ability to establish and sustain effective relationships with all constituents.

  • Exceptional communication, interpersonal, and writing skills.

  • Effective change agent, leader and mentor.

  • Must possess demonstrated success in effective decision-making, representing the departments and college professionally and ethically with tact, diplomacy and advocacy; a self-starter.

  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse workforce, including faculty, staff, and students.

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively allocate resources, interpret policy and manage competing priorities, as well as implement and foster outstanding customer-service.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree or additional professional experience beyond 5 to 7 years in a related field

  • Previous experience working in an academic or campus setting

University Job Title:

Administrator V

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Contract College

Contact Name:

Jillian Ray

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