Finance Assistant (Accounts Representative V), Cornell Bowers College of Computing and Information Science

Cornell NYC Tech

United States

October 10, 2021


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The Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science is a community of people committed to tackling some of the world's biggest challenges by working together across multiple colleges and two Cornell campuses. Bowers CIS is home to the three academic departments that power the information economy: Computer Science, Information Science, Statistics, and Data Science. It also shares faculty with Cornell Tech, and is a partner in the department of Computational Biology. The college is known for bold new ideas expressed in innovative software, groundbreaking textbooks, inspiring curricula, imaginative high-impact research and scholarship, and entrepreneurial and commercial engagement. The synergies among faculty, researchers and students make CIS more than the sum of its parts. Bowers CIS is responding to tremendous growth in student interest by continuing to increase faculty by an additional 33% in the next five years, as well as increasing staff infrastructure. Design is starting on a new building to accommodate this growth, providing space for innovative research and teaching initiatives.

The Bowers CIS annual operating budget and faculty funding includes: $76M central/dept budget, $15M annual sponsored expenditures, and $4M faculty gifts and discretionary funds. The CIS Director of Finance and Budget is responsible for the college budget and reporting on all funds, ensuring consistent accounting practices and accounting and financial management training across the college. The accounts representative V lead position manages college and department financial activities, under the supervision of the Bowers CIS Director of Finance and Budget.

Reporting to the Bowers CIS Director of Finance and Budget, the accounts representative lead position manages college and department financial activities. We are seeking a professional, who thrives in change, with demonstrated expertise in accounting and finance to create and maintain spreadsheets/databases, analyze financial data and create ad hoc reports, and proactively develop best practices. The successful candidate will be an effective communicator with proven success in problem solving and researching issues, as well as developing strategies to respond.

As a member of the college finance team, the successful candidate will be part of a team leading change and implementing best practices in an organization with growth and change in its DNA. In partnership with the finance team, this role will:

  • Interpret, inform, and apply university policies, procedures and practices, as well as address complex matters to meet strategic and operational objectives across the college departments and central offices
  • Maintain audit compliance, ensuring that internal controls are developed, monitored and maintained in partnership with the college fiscal team
  • Serve as an organizing member of the Bowers CIS Finance Group, as well as college and university ad hoc committees.
  • Required Qualifications:

  • Associate's degree and 4 to 6 years of relevant work experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Accounting experience and/or formal coursework in accounting applications is required.
  • Must be able to compile, analyze, and report on complex data.
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a team-based, fast-paced environment; maintain confidentiality
  • Able to work quickly & effectively under pressure, use judgement in accomplishing tasks, balance conflicting priorities, and make decisions from a range of choices.
  • Must be comfortable working in an environment where change in process/procedures is the norm.
  • Proceed alone on regular tasks, consulting with supervisor on questionable situations.
  • Must be able to work independently while supporting the efforts of the overall team
  • Must be able and willing to enhance personal knowledge, skills and abilities as needed
  • Excellent communication (oral/written), organization, attention to detail. Demonstrated success in prioritizing & managing multiple projects of varying complexity & urgency
  • Proficiency with computer applications - MS Excel, MS Word, MS Access; FileMaker, etc.
  • Successful completion of the University Administrative Systems online training including, Workday, Kuali, OBIEE Answers or similar training will be required within a reasonable period of time (generally within 3 months)
  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree preferred
  • Experience managing and interpreting business policies.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in reporting and extracting information from data warehouse systems.
  • What we offer:

  • The opportunity to work with a dynamic group of people in a high-growth organization where employee development is promoted.
  • Flexible hybrid work model
  • A broad set of competitive benefits under the Endowed program, including educational opportunities, access to virtual wellness programs, health care options, 3 weeks of paid vacation, 13 paid holidays, and superior retirement contributions. https: //
  • This position is not available for relocation assistance or VISA sponsorship.

    University Job Title:

    Accounts Rep V

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    Contact Name:

    Teather Maricle

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