As part of a team of accounting and financial professionals operating in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, the Senior Accountant is a key member of the central accounting team, ensuring university financial reports are completed accurately within required timeframes and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). The Senior Accountant is required to maintain strong relationships across all units within the Division of Financial Affairs (DFA), and Cornell University units responsible for capital projects, capital asset accounting and debt related activity (including Weill Cornell Medicine and Cornell Tech). This position will oversee accounting for large capital projects with multiple funding streams including tax-exempt and taxable debt issuances.
Additional responsibilities include: preparing financial statement footnotes and adjusting journal entries, providing detailed explanations of variances, completing complex financial reconciliations, and writing position papers on appropriate accounting treatment for University debt. This position will serve as the subject matter expert for campus units on policy, process and generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) related to plant and debt accounting practices.
The Senior Accountant must be able to compile, analyze, and report on complex financial data verbally and in writing. The individual should have excellent interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate and work with a broad range of constituents. The Senior Accountant must demonstrate attention to detail, organization and prioritization skills; as well as, be able to work quickly and effectively under pressure, using judgment in accomplishing tasks that are urgent or of a sensitive or confidential nature. He/she will have to balance conflicting priorities, and make decisions from a wide range of choices.
The position requires strong knowledge of GAAP, excellent technical skills in finance and financial systems and demonstrated ability to apply advanced Microsoft Excel and query writing skills to precisely analyze and present data.
The person in this position will be expected to work additional hours outside standard university operating hours including nights and weekends as business needs require.
Employees are required to attend staff development training. Employees will participate in performance evaluations including dialogues, 360 degree surveys, assessments, etc.
Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance or related field with three to five years of accounting or finance experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Fundamental accounting experience including working knowledge of GAAP. Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Excel. Experience with data query tools is essential.
Strong analytical, written/oral communication, and interpersonal skills.
Ability to use sound judgment, problem-solving, and decision-making in accomplishing tasks. Demonstrated experience effectively working independently as well as collaboratively as part of a team. Experience building and maintaining effective working relationships.
Experience developing and delivering presentations and training.
Ability to be adaptable and flexible while responding to deadlines on assignments and workflow fluctuations. Ability to take initiative and set priorities to manage multiple, competing demands. Ability to maintain confidentiality related to sensitive university transactions
Familiarity with Kuali Financial System, data query tools used by Cornell (Brio, OBIEE), experience working with accounting in higher education or other not-for-profit organizations strongly preferred.
Experience working in finance sector with debt financing cycle and/or accounting for large capital projects with diverse funding streams is highly desirable.
MBA, CMA, CPA preferred.
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