What is Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine and what is the CVM Accounting Service Center?
Located in Ithaca, N.Y., Cornell University is a bold, innovative, inclusive and dynamic teaching and research university where staff, faculty, and students alike are challenged to make an enduring contribution to the betterment of humanity. Cornell University is one of the largest and most diverse institutions in the Ivy League. We are a community of 22,000 students and more than 10,000 faculty and staff members representing more than 80 countries and hundreds of disciplines--global cultures, backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and ideas. The College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University is recognized internationally as a leader in public health, biomedical research, animal medicine, and veterinary medical education. Ranked consistently as one of the best veterinary colleges in the nation, the College's strength is due to its strategic breadth of focus areas and its depth of expertise in each of those areas; the achievements of its faculty, staff, alumni, and students; and its commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.
We are currently accepting applications for a Director of the Accounting Service Center (ASC), an exceptional opportunity to be at the forefront of developing new, imaginative and innovative solutions to financial management, strategic planning, and other management challenges presented by the intricacies of our College's large and complex service units.
We are seeking a Director of the ASC who will lead, organize and implement all financial accounting services in collaboration with the departments of the College of Veterinary Medicine through the College ASC, with 18 staff members. The Director oversees the planning and execution of operational and financial activities of a current expense budget of $177M, including: procurement, capital asset management, and oversight of CVM and University information systems used by and in support of the ASC.
What you will do:
As Director of the ASC, you will be on the forefront and committed to improving agile business decision by examining data and incorporating a variety of business intelligence tools and real-time display methods. You will forecast and examine operating results of the Center and support collaborative investigations of negative variances or audit reports. Serving as the leader of the ASC team, you will also provide and promote mentoring and constructive coaching to the rest of an engaged and dedicated staff.
Additionally, you will:
Direct initiatives to redesign and evaluate financial accounting, standards, operating policies and procedures and related processes as necessary to incorporate new University policies or assure that compliance with existing College and University policies and processes is achieved.
Oversee all ASC operations, ensuring the utmost highest levels of customer service, compliance, accounting practices and procedures, organizational efficiencies in addressing both standard and uniquely, nuanced situations and requests requiring detailed research and non-standard responses.
Collaborate with departmental managers and chairs to manage, research and examine the processing and execution of accounting operations on behalf of CVM departments including providing regular review, consultation and sophisticated reporting services.
Lastly, this is a big job but you won't have to go it alone! You will partner and maintain effective relationships across the College and University including the University Division of Financial Affairs, CVM Human Resources, Office of Budget, and Computing Services, especially when it comes to solving and strategizing solutions to particularly complex matters.
What you will be:
You will be a probing, innovative, forward thinking and collaborative leader who thrives on evaluating and improving the status quo in a complex academic and enterprise driven organization. You will be the type of person who sees a complicated situation as an opportunity for yourself and others to grow rather than an impossible challenge. Ideally, you will have spent time working in a fast paced, high energy, agile environment where you have gained extensive accounting and financial service and management experience.
Additionally, you will have:
A Bachelor's degree or other four-year training program in business administration, finance, organizational development, or related field with at least 10 years of related accounting and/or financial management experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Proven experience in program needs assessment, dispute resolution, mediation, organizational development and project management with the ability and initiative to proactively respond to the daily work in progress while simultaneously moving along critical projects.
Demonstrated experience leading a large group of direct reports through establishment of new business practices, evaluation metrics and the development of new performance standards, including project management.
Experience in strategic financial planning, cost accounting, budgeting, forecasting, creation, validation and use of business intelligence data in fast paced, high volume business or university setting to constantly improve operational and financial performance.
Ability and commitment to effectively develop and lead a team of financial professionals expected to provide exemplary service to the units they support, while complying with all appropriate policies and regulations.
Lastly, it goes without saying that communication skills are paramount. It is essential that the Director and entire ASC team effectively communicates and provides impeccable service to a broad range of staff, administrators and faculty.
If you have all those things, great! We have a few more things that we would prefer you to have, but it's ok if you don't.
Masters degree, CPA or other financial certificate programs
Experience with Big Data, AI or Machine Learning.
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