Finance Specialist II - Band E
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
Faculty, students, and staff of Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) discover, integrate, disseminate, and apply knowledge about food & energy systems, the life sciences, the environmental sciences, and economic & community vitality as a basis for sustainable improvement in the lives of people throughout New York, the nation, and the world. From the university’s only accredited undergraduate business program to innovative research in communication, development sociology, landscape architecture, the biological sciences, and other fields, CALS offers a broad spectrum of programs that extend past the traditional definition of an agricultural school. And yet, with outstanding initiatives in the food, animal, and plant sciences as well as in a broad scope of biological sciences, CALS clearly illustrates the urgency and relevance of agricultural research to creating a world that can nourish and support its inhabitants. Because of this portfolio of diverse expertise and resources, CALS is regarded as the best college of its kind in the nation, if not the world.
Reporting to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Budget Director, the incumbent will be a part of the college’s Budget Group in the Office of Finance and Administration located in Ithaca, NY. The major responsibilities of this position are outlined as follows:
: Administrative oversight of over 950+ endowments with an approximate book value of $239.5 million. The major responsibilities include distributing investment income payout, reconciling the Endowment Tracking System (ETS) database, auditing endowments to ensure spending is in compliance with the donors’ restrictions, managing investments for the Dean’s office and partnering with departments to identify investment opportunities, annual budget planning with department managers, working with CALS IT to improve and develop the ETS database.
: Assist in the development of the annual CALS Trustees Budget, develop training materials and participate in training department personnel, reviewing departmental budget input for accuracy and helping to resolve any issues that may arise, coordinate the Budget Narrative process , gather feedback from departments on the budgeting cycle and meet with department managers to develop professorial endowment funding plans.
: Perform general account analysis and transaction review, ensure that deficits in non-core accounts are cleared by year-end, proactively review state funded accounts to identify problem areas before fiscal year-end, produce the annual Provost Report and complete various adhoc financial analyses throughout the year.
This position will also develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all tasks that fall within the position’s scope. Additionally, this position will assist the Budget Director with various special projects.
Associate’s degree; technical/vocational school degree or equivalent; more than 2+ years or equivalent of experience.
The successful candidate must be personable, flexible, possess excellent organizational skills and take pride in their work.
Ability to promote cooperation and collaboration among internal and cross-functional team members.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Must be able to work independently and as part of a team while meeting tight deadlines.
Ability to help establish realistic goals and deliver work on schedule.
Must be comfortable working in a fast paced environment where change is the norm.
Bachelor's degree with a financial concentration
Experience with software applications; Microsoft Suite of products, Tableau
Knowledge of Kuali Financial Systems and related Dashboard Reporting.
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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College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Cornell University, located in Ithaca, New York, is an inclusive, dynamic, and innovative Ivy League university and New York's land-grant institution. Its staff, faculty, and students impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas and best practices to further the university's mission of teaching, research, and outreach.
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