CUHA Director of Finance & Administration
Cornell University - Ithaca, NY

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Reporting to the Faculty Director of the Cornell University Hospital for Animals (CUHA), the Director of Finance and Administration will lead the business and administrative operations for a large complex animal hospital, employing approximately 145 non-academic and UAW staff who support veterinary care for over 21,000 animals annually generating approximately $15 million in revenue.

The Director of Finance and Administration is charged with leading and supervising the CUHA finance and accounting, client services, medical records, warehouse and general administrative support operations. The Director also serves as a member of and provides consultation to the CUHA executive management team.

Responsibilities include:
Formulate and implement policies and practices to achieve outstanding patient and support services while maintaining proper financial oversight.

Establish and maintain strong financial management and stewardship policies and practices for activities such as billing, receivables and collection, cash handling, inventory control, expenditures and financial monitoring and reporting to ensure proper control over revenues and expenses.

Develop, monitor and adjust systems to ensure CUHA meets budget targets including monitoring fee structures based on actual costs, monitoring procurements and payables, ensuring collections on receivables, overseeing employee discount program, advising on minimizing operational expenses, working closely with supervisors and section chiefs to align to budget allocations.

Providing leadership in hospital administration, initiating and executing projects, collaborating with college faculty and staff, university offices and external organizations, develop systems as needed to support efficient hospital operations, computerized records systems, and participate in facilities oversight and planning.

Managing approximately 7 supervisors and 25 staff within Client Services, Materials Warehouse, and Medical Records including identifying, communicating and managing performance expectations, ensuring staff are trained and stay abreast of current technology or information systems.

Ensure protocols are in place to meet hospital, college and University compliance policies and procedures.

This position also has a secondary reporting relationship to the Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration and must work closely and effectively with Directors, Managers and staff in the Accounting Service Center, Budget Office, Facilities Administration, Human Resources, and Information Technology.


Bachelor’s degree in Business or related medical or public health field with a minimum of 7 to 10 years of supervisory/leadership and financial management experience, including cost accounting and financial analysis and reporting, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Proven experience as a supervisor in an operational setting prioritizing and managing daily 24/7 workflows, resolving problem issues, and responding to ad hoc requests in a timely manner. Must have highly developed accounting, analytical and reporting skills with demonstrated advanced knowledge of spreadsheets and databases – particularly Excel, Access and Brio as well as with generating reports from complex institutional financial data applications (i.e. Brio, Oracle, PeopleSoft). Ability to analyze large amounts of complex data, deliver succinct reports, and consult with executives to guide decision making and lead executive support. Advanced knowledge of cost accounting principles, financial analysis and methodologies required. Proven ability to use reasoning skills and sound judgment in the establishment of operating policies and practices and the identification and investigation of anomalies and trends in operating and financial activities. Must be able to plan and prioritize to meet deadlines effectively under pressure, use judgment in accomplishing tasks that are urgent or of a sensitive or confidential nature; coordinate multiple work activities with minimal direct supervision, and have experience or knowledge of project management techniques and tools. Must demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly and concisely in verbal and written formats, and possess exemplary skills related to customer service, research, negotiation, and administration. Supervisory experience required, with proven ability to delegate appropriate responsibilities and authority, manage performance, deliver constructive feedback, and motivate a diverse team to deliver excellent service and support to clients, medical staff, and CUHA and college leadership. Foster communications with colleagues, faculty and clients in a diplomatic, approachable, mutually respectful and customer-driven environment.

An MBA and additional years of senior leadership experience or a CPA or other financial certificate program strongly preferred.

Background check may be required.

No relocation assistance is provided for this position. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

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