Finance Specialist II - School of Applied and Engineering Physics

Cornell NYC Tech

United States

February 11, 2022


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Who we are:

Cornell's College of Engineering (COE) has a long and storied history of distinction, creativity and impact. The departments of mechanic arts (now mechanical engineering) and civil engineering date to the University's founding. The College established the nation's first electrical engineering department in 1889 and awarded the nation's first doctorates in both electrical and industrial engineering. Its legacy continues to this day, as Cornell Engineering brings together the best minds from across disciplines to invent disruptive technologies and discover novel solutions to complex and challenging problems. It is a global leader in research, teaching, and advancing diversity in the field. COE is also a key collaborator across the rich interdisciplinary landscape at Cornell University, playing a role in all of the university's Radical Collaborations to address society's most challenging problems. The college enrolls a diverse and talented student body that includes 3,200+ undergraduate students and 2100+ graduate students, and has over 46,600 living alumni around the globe. COE is home to a diverse, collaborative, talented and dedicated 200+ tenured and tenure-track faculty, plus research faculty and professors of practice who work each day to change the world. Faculty span 10 departments, schools and programs with a footprint in both Ithaca and New York City.

The School of Applied and Engineering Physics (AEP) is a unique engineering department. Its undergraduate program was designed to bridge the gap between basic sciences and practical engineering. Its research and graduate program is one of the earliest Applied Physics programs in the country for interdisciplinary research. AEP is a world leader in quantum materials, electron microscopy, biomedical imaging, ultrafast lasers, and X-ray science. Research in AEP has resulted in scientific and technological breakthroughs, including significant commercial successes. AEP is well positioned for major investment and expansions in quantum information science and technology, biotechnology, and energy research, three priority areas of the engineering college that address the most pressing global challenges facing our society. We have a robust and complex research program with some of the highest research expenditures in the college.

What you will do (Essential Duties):

The Financial Specialist supports the Director of Administration providing comprehensive financial/administrative services, financial management and leadership in sponsored and gift funds management; planning and budgeting; analysis and reporting; financial accounting; compliance and stewardship of resources. This will include:

  • Develop complex financial analyses and forecasts for director/chair, director of administration and college administration in support of short and long range unit initiatives.

  • Apply expertise in interpreting and applying University policies, procedures and practices to address complex matters to meet strategic and operational objectives.

  • Ensure that internal controls are developed, monitored and maintained. Participate in and coordinate various aspects of the annual budget process.

  • Serve in the Lead Finance role acting as the local expert for faculty, staff, graduate students and researchers on financial matters.

  • Participate in Lead Finance group within College of Engineering to share expertise, develop best practices and communicate new knowledge back to AEP staff.

  • Share expertise, develop best practices and communicate new knowledge

  • This position is full-time and is located in Ithaca, New York. This position is expected to work on the Ithaca campus as well as perform a portion of the work remotely under current conditions.

    What we need from you (Requirements):

  • Associate's degree in accounting, finance or business with a finance focus

  • At least 2-4 years of experience in financial planning and budget development, analysis and reporting, financial management, and supervision.

  • 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.

  • Demonstrated experience using reasoning skills and sound judgment in the identification and investigation of complexities, trends and variances.

  • Ability to independently plan and prioritize responsibilities to meet competing deadlines while working under pressure.

  • Highly developed accounting, analytical and reporting skills, which includes demonstrated experience utilizing spreadsheets and databases (Excel, Access, FileMaker), as well as complex data applications (budget, financial, student, human resources) and delivery systems (Brio, or similar data query tools.)

  • Why you'll love working for us (Benefits)

    We hope you appreciate great benefits. Cornell receives national recognition, as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives.

  • Our benefits program includes comprehensive health care options, access to wellness programs, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, and generous retirement contributions.

  • Our leave provisions include three weeks of vacation and 13 holidays: e.g., an end-of-year winter break, from December 25th through January 1st.

  • Cornell's impressive educational benefits include tuition-free Extramural Study and Employee Degree Program, Tuition Aid for external education, and Cornell Children's Tuition Assistance program.

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  • Relocation assistance and visa sponsorship are not available with this position.

    University Job Title:

    Finance Specialist II

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    Contact Name:

    Renee Lobdell

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  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.

  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.

  • Unique applicable skills.

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