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The School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University has an immediate opening for a Manager Finance I - Finance Manager position in the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability in the Extension/Outreach Division, which is a research, extended education, and technical assistance program of a national and regional scope that provides research, information and training on disability and the workplace.
This position supports the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability (YTI) leadership team with finance, grant and contract management functions. YTI advances opportunities for individuals with disabilities on a state, domestic and global front across all facets of life through their education, research, and technical assistance. This mid-size unit is self-supporting through federal, state, foundation and fee-for-service contracts (annual operating budget of $10 million).
The primary role of the position is to serve as the point of contact for developing, establishing and monitoring the annual budget, providing budgets for individual project and contract proposals, developing financial projections and strategies, and providing oversight of the fiscal accounting for gifts, endowments, and sponsored funds. In collaboration with YTI Academic Director, Executive Director, and project directors/PIs and project managers, provide financial leadership, recommendations, and guidance on development and implementation of financial management strategies, unit-level policies and procedures for short- and long-range fiscal, budgetary, operational, and salary planning, including staff allocations. This position will review and implement reporting requirements for grants and contracts; support PIs with information about data security and human subjects' protocols and related record keeping. The individual will work closely with the ILR Sponsored Research Office (SRO) on a regular basis, and primary responsibility for interface with OSP and SFS will be with ILR's Manager of Sponsored Research.
The position provides financial and administrative services to YTI, including internal management of grants and labor allocations, and being familiar with pre- and post-award management; planning the annual budget for YTI; analysis and reporting; internal control practices; maintenance of YTI's Salesforce domain; purchasing; financial oversight of revenue-generating activities; compliance and stewardship of resources for YTI, and supervises account rep support staff in daily operations. In addition to strong technical skills in finance and financial systems, the position is expected to understand business and financial issues and obtain data to create reports and projections to inform management of financial performance, trends, or anomalies. Outstanding customer service orientation and problem solving skills are instrumental.
Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, business administration or related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Three to five years of finance or accounting experience.
A minimum of three years prior experience with sponsored project proposal preparation, submission, and administration.
Expertise with Microsoft Office Suite applications: Excel, Word, and Outlook including a high level of proficiency in creating new and updating existing reports and charts using Excel.
Advanced proficiency with computer applications for financial management and reporting, such as the Kuali Financial System (KFS) and Salesforce.
Extensive experience with financial forecasting and budget scenario building.
Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
Must have excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with geographically dispersed and diverse clientele.
Possess the ability to take initiative and handle ongoing activities while exercising sound judgment and logic to anticipate and solve problems independently that may be urgent, sensitive or confidential in nature, paying close attention to detail.
Proven ability to successfully balance conflicting priorities, and make decisions from a range of choices while adhering to proper policies and procedures.
Strong attention to detail and compliance and policy issues; analytical, organizational and prioritization skills are essential.
Ability to work quickly and effectively under pressure and tight deadlines, where change in process and procedures is the norm.
Prior supervisory experience.
Successful completion of the Research Administration Certification Program or similar training will be required within a reasonable period of time (generally within 12 months).
MBA or MS in Accounting or related field.
Five to ten years of related experience with higher education financial and grants/contracts management including: program compliance, restricted data security and human subjects compliance, monitoring accounts, both grants and contracts, developing budgets, forecasting, grant administration, in-depth knowledge of University fiscal policies and procedures.
Knowledge of working with NYS awards, grant making foundations and/or federal funding sponsors (such as DHHS (NIH), NSF, SSA, and USDOL, Ford Foundation, etc.).
Ability to use the institutions record/data keeping systems, OBIEE Analytics, Kuali Financial Systems (KFS), OSP Portal as well as explore analyses of current systems and recommendations for maximizing performance.
Professional and/or personal experience in disability or related fields, in corporate or collegiate environment that would provide insight into the needs of people with disabilities including attending workshops or seminars, or enabling understanding of accommodation and accessibility in the workplace.
No relocation assistance or visa sponsorship provided for this position.
When applying please upload both resume and cover letter describing your qualifications and why this position resonates with you.
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