CCE of Albany County Lead Finance Manager - Voorheesville, NY
Location: New York State, New York
Internal Number: WDR-00032741
The Greater Capital Shared Business Network (GC-SBN) Finance Lead provides customer-focused leadership and support for the financial operations of eight independent CCE Associations (with about 200 staff) in the Capital Region.
This is a unique position which provides support, oversight, and training to local CCE Associations who are ultimately responsible for their own finances with oversight by Cornell University. Training and support can be wide-ranging. Examples include providing system updates, troubleshooting, teaching basic skills on how to use and leverage financial systems and spreadsheets; how to read and understand financial reports; and how to understand and comply with funder requirements, financial compliance policies and principles, and importantly, Cornell standards. The GC-SBN Finance Lead regularly reviews and audits financial systems and alerts local Executive Directors and local finance staff to any red-flags or other issues, while offering proactive support and solutions for the same. The GC-SBN Finance Lead partners closely with Executive Directors, local finance staff, and others as needed. This position successfully navigates competing priorities while also building and maintaining tactful, collaborative relationships and can sometimes be "hands-on" with no task too big or too small to tackle. The GC-SBN Finance Lead may also provide interim coverage of local finance needs during vacancies or other times of need.
The GC-SBN Finance Lead works as part of regional three-person SBN team which also includes an IT and HR Lead who serve as the primary points of contact for Association support in these areas and are supervised by the Executive Director of CCE of Albany County. Leads also operate within an active statewide SBN network of peers (other SBN Leads) with guidance and oversight from Cornell University.
This position works out of CCE of Albany County's Voorheesville, NY office, and travels throughout the GC-SBN region including Albany, Columbia/Greene, Fulton/Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, and Washington counties as needed.
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All applications must be received on-line by August 24, 2022. Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.
Bachelor's degree in finance, accounting or related field. An Associate's degree in finance, accounting, or related field plus two years transferrable program/function experience may substitute for a Bachelor's degree.
Experience relevant to the role of the position including budget preparation and management, accounts receivable/payable tracking, expense/revenue tracking, cash flow tracking, reconciliation, reporting, compliance, and grants/contracts management.
Help to ensure a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment.
Ability to meet regular travel requirements associated with this position. A valid NYS driver's license and ability to drive and driving record acceptable for agency insurance coverage are required.
Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
High-level skills in spreadsheet (Microsoft Excel), accounting software, word processing (Microsoft Word), and internet, cloud-based software. Demonstrated ability to perform advanced spreadsheet and database functions including creating, manipulating, reporting and maintaining electronic spreadsheets and databases.
Knowledge of financial operations as well as grant/proposal procedures. Thorough knowledge of, and experience with, accounting policies, practices, procedures and systems.
Ability to provide training and training materials using various techniques and technologies.
Ability to work well both in a team setting and independently, and to initiate, organize, and implement established goals.
Judgment, discretion, and confidentiality are critical to this position.
Must be able to communicate effectively; analyze information received; know your audience; anticipate outcomes.
Work Environment: In addition to the Working Conditions; the work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions. This position works in a typical office environment.
Previous work with fund-based accounting and/or non-profit accounting.
Experience in training or team leadership.
Knowledge of FASB (Financial Accounting Standards Board) and GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) Standards.
Position Responsibilities & Essential Functions
Direction - 35%
Establish best practice standards for finance functions throughout the SBN and actively contribute to the development of state-wide finance best practices.
Develop training programs to enhance the financial knowledge and expertise at the Association level and for Executive Directors and local boards of directors as requested.
Lead the development of standardized local and regional financial processes & procedures, including but not limited to; month-end / year-end requirements and finance staffing back-up plans.
Participate with CCE Administration in the development of Financial Operations Resource Manual (FORM) Code policy and procedures.
Establish a finance communications plan within the SBN.
Establish a framework for providing SBN-wide finance related training and skills development on an ongoing and regular basis.
Responsible for assessing finance trainings based on needs within the region and local Associations or as directed by CCE Administration to promote consistency throughout the SBNs.
Develop and lead the regional implementation of finance related systems, processes and communications.
Management - 30%
Provide leadership in the support of finance systems (i.e. Acumatica, FIDO, Invoice System, Business System Launch Pad,) to ensure effective utilization that will result in: data integrity, compliance in finance procedures, interpretation and support for the effective, efficient finance functions, and understanding and consistent implementation of established Finance policies, procedures, and best practices.
Ensure finance staff within the region are prepared for meeting regional/statewide deadlines.
Lead and facilitate adherence to regional and state-wide record retention and confidentially standards.
Provide timely advice and consultation to Executive Directors on a broad range of finance issues including budget and projections.
Responsible for the oversight of month-end and year-end financial requirements within the region.
Provide individual coaching and informal performance feedback to Association finance staff.
Work closely with local finance staff to ensure transactions are coded properly and consistently according to FORM Code, FASB, GAAP, and best practices.
Ensure Association leadership and managers are aware of local, regional and state-wide finance expectations.
Evaluate financial processes for efficiency, consistency, cost savings and conflict of interest compliance.
Communicate finance performance issues within an Association with Executive Director and work closely with Executive Director to resolve any issues.
Work as a team with finance staff within the SBN region to identify and resolve finance related issues and identify and develop solutions that yield increased efficiencies and accounting effectiveness.
Consult regularly with Association leadership to ensure they understand and can integrate finance strategy and processes into their operations.
Coordination/Operation - 30%
Serve as initial advisor to Association finance staff in routine matters; including FORM Code interpretation and work with CCE Administration to assist in complex matters.
Work closely with local finance staff and Executive Directors for preparation of financial reports, documentation and explanations for Board meetings.
Implement new finance related technologies as requested by CCE Admin, the GC-SBN Leadership, or Cornell University.
Responsible for organizing and implementing finance trainings based on needs within the region and local Associations or as directed by CCE Administration to promote consistency throughout the SBNs.
Conduct trainings with new finance staff and develop skills of local finance staff.
Attend regional and statewide meetings, trainings, and conferences.
Provide CCE Administration with reports as requested.
Participate in all CCE Administration/SBN Finance Lead conference calls and other meetings.
Facilitate conversations on implementing regional changes; attend Board meetings when necessary.
Provide coordination of audits and/or compliance reviews as needed.
Support Associations during financial software updates.
Provide direct support to Associations and SBNs with assigned finance contract services agreements.
Provide local finance responsibilities on an interim basis as needed.
Professional Improvement - 5%
In cooperation with Supervisor and/or Executive Director, jointly develop and pursue a professional development plan as a means to increase competencies relative to position accountabilities and to address changes and Association priorities.
Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension and perform other duties as assigned.
Health and Safety - Applied to all duties and functions
Support the Association to maintain a safe working environment.
Be familiar with and strive to follow any applicable federal, state, local regulations, Association health and safety policy/procedure/requirement and standard.
Act proactively to prevent accidents/injuries and communicate hazards to supervisors when identified.
EEO/EPO and Policy - Applied to all duties and functions
Appreciate and embrace diversity in all interactions with clientele, staff, volunteers and the public.
Assist the Cornell Cooperative Extension system in reaching out to diverse audiences.
Aware of, and adheres to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Albany County policies, procedures and Cornell Cooperative Extension Skills for Success.
Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely and accurate manner.
This is a full time, exempt position. Compensation paid at the rate of $72,000 annually. Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:
Paid time off: 21 Vacation days, 14 Holidays, 3 Personal days and 12 Sick days annually
NYS Health Insurance Program (including free Dental Insurance)
NYS Retirement (NYSERS)
Long-Term Disability Insurance
Total Care Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Voluntary Tax Deferred Annuity Plan
Voluntary Flexible Spending Accounts
Voluntary Group Universal Life Insurance
Voluntary Personal Accidental Insurance
Voluntary Legal Plan Insurance
Voluntary Long-Term Care Insurance
Voluntary Auto and Homeowner's Insurance
Voluntary Pet Insurance
Voluntary New York's College Savings Program
ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions
No relocation or VISA Sponsorship available.
For additional questions please contact Jim McNaughton, Association Lead Human Resources Manager, e-mail email@example.com or phone (518) 765-3503.
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