The Sponsored Financial Services (SFS) unit provides post-award financial administration of approved sponsored grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements on behalf of Cornell University.
Responsible for a team of up to seven people facilitating Cornell's world class faculty-led research by providing post award financial administration of sponsored funds, overseeing an aggregate portfolio of $400M in activity/year.Supervise the team's oversight of financial transactions on sponsored accounts, ensuring compliance with specific financial terms and conditions outlined in award documents as well as conformity with Federal Uniform Guidance (2CFR200) and University policies.Review team members' specific areas of performance in the creation of invoices, line of credit draws and financial reports as specified by each sponsor, and analysis of award expenses for allowability, allocability and necessity.Responsible for disseminating policy and procedural changes to team members in this dynamic, fast-changing arena.Provide training as needed to team members as well as the wider University.Provide leadership and advice to academic unit personnel and principal investigators with respect to their management of the financial aspects of their awards, particularly relative to compliance issues.Work closely with the Office of Sponsored Program's Grant and Contract Officers in order to ensure financial accuracy and compliance with sponsor requirements.Be available to a wide range of federal, state, university, corporate and non-profit sponsors with financial inquiries/concerns.Represent SFS on relevant committees across campus.Suggest both policy and procedural changes that would be beneficial in the management of sponsored funds, improving efficiencies and reducing risk to the University.Personally manage a share of funding sources on a day-to-day basis as a component of this position.
Bachelor's Degree is required, preferably in business with an accounting/finance major, with at least 3 – 5 years of experience directly related to accounting activities in a complex organization or department, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Proficiency in PC systems (Excel, Word, Query and Analysis Tools, etc.) required.
Demonstrated leadership skills in employment history through a growing career path; will have had supervisory responsibilities; and a team building, inclusive, approach to performance management.
Persuasive rather than confrontational, the candidate will have excellent communication skills to display to a wide array of constituents, which may include senior management, faculty, departmental staff, grant and contract officers and outside sponsors.
A research approach to problem resolution, together with strong analytical skills, is expected to become a foundation for team development.
Ability to resolve issues in a timely manner.
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail will also be required.Must be able to prioritize and manage multiple tasks of varying complexity and urgency.
MBA, CPA, Financial Management Certificate, or any other certification or post graduate studies will be an enhancement to the minimum educational qualifications described above.
Prior work experience with some similarity to grant and contract accounting/administration will be given preference.
More than two years of supervisory experience will be preferred.
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