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Manager, Cost and Capital Assets

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

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The Division of Financial Affairs is looking for a Manager, Cost and Capital Assets to join the Sponsored Financial Services team. This position will have a primary focus of overseeing the university's cost accounting, including development and/or review of indirect cost and recharge rates, and capital asset accounting and reporting. Learn more about our organization.

What you will do:

As a member of the Division of Financial Affairs, reporting to the Senior Director of Sponsored Financial Services, the Manager, Cost and Capital Assets is responsible for managing matters relating to federal and related cost accounting and rate development for the university. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, activities related to the development and maintenance of the university's facilities and administrative (indirect cost) rates, which generate approximately $100m in recovery for the Ithaca-based campuses annually. These activities include data analysis and modeling, proposal development, participating in federal rate negotiations, and carrying out rate implementation. The Manager, Cost and Capital Assets monitors compliance with federal costing regulations, assists in Federal audits, analyzes costs, and helps to maintain the university's cost disclosure statement.

In addition, this position oversees the university's capital asset records, manages the depreciation process, and ensures proper incorporation into the university and SUNY financial statements; manages government reporting for capital assets and interacts with federal and sponsoring agencies as needed; develops and maintains internal control process documentation related to capital assets, oversees annual capital asset inventory process and serves as the subject matter expert for Kuali Financial System Capital Assets Module.

This position works directly with internal and external auditors, providing material and resolving questions for audited financial statements, government audits, and sponsor inquiries.

This position has managerial responsibility for 2-3 financial analysts, focusing on cost accounting and capital asset accounting and entails working closely with campus stakeholders.

All DFA employees are accountable for supporting the organization's values of collegiality, integrity, initiative, excellence, civility, and stewardship; and supporting inclusive and sustainable practices in carrying out everyday responsibilities. Employees are required to attend staff development training. Employees will participate in performance evaluations including dialogues, 360 degree surveys, assessments, etc.

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 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.

You will need:

Bachelor's degree with at least 5-7 years relevant professional experience or equivalent, with 3-5 years working in a large and complex not-for-profit organization.

  • Previous management experience with increasing supervisory or leadership ability.
  • Thorough understanding of federal costing and capital asset regulations applicable to universities, including Cost Accounting Standards Board and Uniform Guidance.
  • Working knowledge of database software, Excel, analytic tools and presentation software. Strong analytical skills are required with the ability to investigate, analyze and develop solutions to multi-faceted problems and complex issues. Results oriented; dependable; and a self-starter.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both written and orally, with a wide range of contacts including across different functional areas.
  • Ability to function as part of a team, to stay well organized, to work well under pressure, and to train others.

If you have any of the following, it's a great bonus:

  • Formal coursework in accounting, finance, business, or analysis desirable.
  • Masters degree in business or accounting preferred.
  • CPA certification desirable. Experience in assisting in the negotiation of complex agreements, and in implementing policy and procedural changes and experience with the Maximus CRIS indirect cost system 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: Paid vacation and health/personal days, 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!

No visa sponsorship is available for this position.

University Job Title:

Mgr Finance II

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Contact Name:

Cyndi Morris

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  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.

  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.

  • Unique applicable skills.

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