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Finance Analyst (2 positions)

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

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.

Cornell requires that all faculty and staff members, regardless of their work location, disclose their vaccination status, and provide proof of vaccination if vaccinated, immediately upon hire.

The Cornell University campus is widely admired as one of the world's most beautiful academic settings. The Division of Facilities and Campus Services (FCS) is committed to providing the highest quality service to faculty, students, staff, alumni and visitors. With more than 260 major buildings enhancing the magnificent landscape of the Ithaca campus, approximately 1,000 highly talented and dedicated staff serve as stewards of the campus resources and operations.

Finance is responsible for financial oversight, budgeting, forecasting, analysis, reporting and compliance. The team supports capital planning, projects and strategic use of funds. Strategic partners to the organization's leadership and operational line management in the development of new programs and services. Provide financial guidance for statutory, Contract College, general purpose, enterprise, designated and gift and endowment funds and accounting issues. Ensure the accuracy, completeness and integrity of the financials. We work collaboratively with the division of financial affairs, planning and budget and partners across campus.

All employees are accountable for supporting the organization's values of truth, respect, excellence, teamwork, and integrity; and supporting inclusive and sustainable practices in carrying out everyday responsibilities.

What You Will Do

Under the supervision of the Associate Director of Budget, provide financial planning, analysis, and forecasting for specific areas/units of Facilities and Campus Services. Funding sources typically limited to service center and designated funding. Position develops and maintains professional working relationships with other Cornell departments. This includes, but is not limited to, the Division of Financial Affairs, the Division of Planning and Budget, and the University Business Service Center (UBSC).

Facilities Finance & Administration is a close-knit team supporting the overall divisional operations and is responsible for financial oversight, budgeting, forecasting, analysis, and reporting. The successful candidate will join a team environment with staff who take great pride in supporting Cornell University's mission of Teaching, Research, and Outreach. This is a rewarding opportunity for an individual looking to make a difference for our campus partners, students, faculty & staff.

Major Unit Responsibilities:

  • Act as the primary department resource (key / first point of contact) for financial information and expertise.

  • Accountable for the financial integrity of the financial statements ensuring adherence to University Policy and procedures.

  • Work closely with unit Director / Managers to prepare monthly forecasting and quarterly / annual financial reporting for review by Associate Director of Budget.

  • Detailed budget development.

  • Rate calculation and development. (Includes service center and internal overhead cost recovery units.)

  • Collaborate with Associate Director of Budget for preparation of presentations.

  • Provides data / analysis to support external audits.

  • Participate in streamlining efforts to improve service delivery and / or increase in automation of financial reporting.

  • Serve as backup for campus utility billing and State University Construction Fund (SUCF) processes.

  • Participate in the utilization of data for the development and analysis of financial metrics, key performance indicator (KPI's) and visualizations for the Division.

Cornell University provides excellent benefits that include professional development, access to many wellness programs, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, health care options and generous paid leave provisions: 3 weeks of vacation, health and personal leave; 12 paid holidays (including end of year winter break), and great retirement options. Cornell has also been nationally recognized as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives.

Ours is a values-based organization where all employees are accountable for supporting the organization's values of truth, respect, excellence, teamwork, and integrity. Employees are required to attend staff development trainings and participate in the performance evaluation process.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of an Associate's degree and two or more years' experience, or a Bachelor's degree.

  • Ability to develop complex financial models, perform appropriate data analysis, budget and forecasting, and general ledger reconciliations.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment are required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in accounting or finance strongly preferred in addition to five to seven years of in-depth analytical, forecasting and budget experience.

  • Training in financial management and cost accounting principles or equivalent experience desired.

  • Prefer computer software proficiency and expertise, proficiency in the use of MS Office Suite with a strong emphasis in Excel.

  • Prefer candidates with experience in Cornell policies, on-line accounting systems (Kuali), and OBIEE Answers.

Application Information

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  • Relocation assistance is not available for this position.

  • Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

University Job Title:

Finance Specialist II

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Contact Name:

Danielle Hartman

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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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