The College of Veterinary Medicine is an international leader in veterinary scholarship and education with a team of dedicated, customer-service oriented faculty and staff who advance the College's mission to create, disseminate and implement scientific knowledge to improve the health and well-being of animals and people. Our values include collaboration across the University and beyond, responsible management of all of our human and financial capital, and creating an environment that supports communication and respect. We embrace diversity in its many forms and consider it foundation of our strengths as an institution.
Under the supervision of the Assistant Director, as a member of the Budget & Planning team, this position will support the college in the areas of financial planning and analysis in alignment with the College's long and short term strategic goals. This position will assist in the areas of budget development, account monitoring and reconciliation, and financial reporting, including management of CVM's internal and external financial commitments. This position is a great opportunity for a candidate who would like to learn and grow in an environment that values team, employee well-being and problem solving in support of our instruction, research and public service mission.
Primary responsibilities include:
Prepare routine summaries of complex financial activity such as budget summaries, trend analyses and forecasting.
Monitor and reconcile College and departmental commitment activity from various funding sources, including College and University limited-term commitments and funding agreements.
Provide ad hoc financial reports and charts as required.
Process various financial transactions including budget adjustments, transfers of funds, salary expense transfers and others to assist with maintaining the College's chart of accounts.
Support planning efforts around the annual operating budget plan, including assistance to administrative and academic departments in interpreting college policies, procedures and strategic goals, and preparing planning documents and entering data into the College's planning system.
Support continuous improvement efforts to increase the College's ability to retrieve timely and accurate financial analyses through the use of available reporting tools in a way that effectively saves time and effort.
The ideal candidate must possess the ability to understand the relationships between financial resources, human resources and programmatic goals as well as the ability to incisively identify financial errors or irregularities through a combination of thoughtful skepticism and intimate knowledge of college accounts and their activity. The ability to independently analyze financial data and report results to various stakeholders in a clear and concise manner is a must. The candidate will be curious, have a growth mindset and enjoys working with complex financial and organizational data to produce insights that assist College leadership with making decisions consistent with strategic priorities.
Associates Degree with an accounting, finance or business/public administration focus and two or more years of relevant experience.
Excellent customer service skills and the ability to manage interpersonal relationships in a respectful and collegial manner, contributing to a collaborative team environment, including responding to communications in a timely, clear, concise and professional manner.
Knowledge of basic accounting principles with excellent financial reconciliation skills and ability to identify mistakes or errors in analyses.
Demonstrated proficiency using Excel to perform sophisticated tasks, including the ability to develop complex formulas, logical statements and pivot tables to accomplish ad hoc and routine reporting requirements.
Ability to structure and analyze financial data with minimal oversight and to collaborate with fellow team members in the review and presentation of financial data and information.
Ability to work quickly and steadily while under pressure in a dynamic environment with evolving demands, requiring regular re-evaluation of priorities.
Flexibility in re-evaluating priorities while maintaining a positive, problem solving, and results-oriented demeanor.
High level organizational and problem solving skills, including attention to detail and follow-through, are critical.
Bachelor's Degree with an accounting, finance or business/public administration focus and at least 2 or more years of relevant experience.
Prior financial experience in a higher education setting, including familiarity with the unique aspects of higher education and/or public accounting.
Proficiency in the use of data transformation, reporting and/or business intelligence tools such as OBIEE, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Power BI for Excel, Tableau, or some other related tool.
Demonstrated ability to lead efforts that add value to an organization by providing greater and easier access to financial or other data analyses that assist in answering common questions and inform financial decisions.
Prior experience using Cornell administrative systems, such as Kuali and Workday.
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