What is the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and the Cornell University Hospital for Animals?
Cornell University, located in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York State, is a center for discovery, academic leadership, and service. The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is recognized internationally as a leader in animal medicine, public health, biomedical research, and veterinary medical education. Ranked as one of the top veterinary colleges in the nation by US News & World Report, the College excels in providing education and advanced training that prepare veterinarians and scientists to serve society in critical roles in clinical and diagnostic veterinary medicine, public health, scientific inquiry, and public policy.
Cornell University Hospital for Animals is a core clinical training, research and patient care unit within the College of Veterinary Medicine, composed of six diverse world-class veterinary clinical units providing primary and specialty care in their area of focus. Our core teaching hospital has more than 23 services led by board-certified veterinary specialists that are nationally and internationally renowned, providing advanced diagnostic and therapeutic care to dogs, cats, horses, farm animals and exotic pets including 24/7 emergency care. In addition, our Ambulatory and Production Medicine Service provides veterinary care to more than 54,000 animals per year on regional farms. If that's not enough, our reach includes our Wildlife Clinic in Ithaca, a brand new stand-alone Small Animal Community Practice, and our Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists, which provides specialty equine surgical services to metropolitan New York City! The veterinarians in these units are supported by 170 non-academic CUHA staff providing world-class care to over 80,000 animals and generating approximately $25 million in revenue annually.
As you can see, the scope of CVM and CUHA is quite vast. As impressive as these figures are though, we know that we can reach even greater levels of success through the effective utilization of financial data. This is where you come into play.
What you will do:
As the Director of Business and Enterprise Performance, you will play a mission critical role in the areas of finance, operations and business data analysis and use. This role reports into the Associate Dean of Hospital Operations and the Assistant Dean of Finance and Administration for the College. You will serve as a key pillar in the hospital leadership team and leverage your expertise in the key functional areas of this role to develop and guide strategic hospital initiatives. So, you may be wondering what exactly this means...
We're happy to break it down for you! From a financial standpoint you are going to need to provide oversight and management as needed of all the things that you might expect – budgets, cost accounting, costing, forecasting, analysis of financial strategies, closings, fiscal reporting, compliance, purchasing, inventory, etc. However, you're not going to stop there!
You will also lead the team managing the non-clinical operational aspects of the hospital. You will need to know our day-to-day operations forward and backward in order to ensure that we are running a cost-effective operation while providing the world-class care that is ingrained in our culture. This means working in close collaboration with clinical leadership and CVM Information Systems, Facilities, and Human Resources to assess staff needs, ensure process and policy compliance, improve workflow, drive technology improvements and manage procurement efforts to drive continuous efficiency and quality of our hospital operations.
The third prong of this position lies in data analytics. CUHA is at an exciting period of time in its evolution, where we are in the process of fully implementing an enterprise-wide practice management software product and data warehouse (ezyVet) which will provide us with a plethora of rich data and business intelligence opportunities. It goes without saying that data-driven decision making is the only way to go. Therefore, we are counting on you to advise on the KPI's to track, and the analysis tools and real-time display methods needed to improve agile business decision making. We'd like data that can forecast and analyze operating results of the practices and, as necessary, support collaborative investigations of negative variances or audit reports.
Lastly, as this shouldn't be a surprise – the hospital runs 24/7/365. Our faculty, staff and students are committed to the care of our veterinary patients at all times. You might, as they do, be needed to work outside normal business hours including holidays, evenings and weekends.
What you will be:
You will be a nimble, candid, forward thinking leader who thrives on using financial data and analytics to consistently drive and improve business decisions. You will be the type of person who yearns to put their DNA onto their work and truly leave their mark. This opportunity will allow you to work on cutting edge technology and really push the boundaries in order to offer creative solutions. Ideally, you will have spent time working in a fast paced, high energy, agile environment where you thrived on tackling unexpected and competing challenges and inspiring success. Additionally, you will have:
An MBA, CPA or other relevant advanced degree with 5-7 years' experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Proven leadership experience where you have inspired and motivated accountable, diverse teams, lead culture change and influenced decision making in an inclusive manner.
Experience in strategic financial planning, cost accounting, budgeting, forecasting, creation, validation and use of business intelligence data in fast paced, high volume business or university setting to constantly improve enterprise operational and financial performance.
Since this is a business after all, you will have demonstrated success in operational oversight of fees and costing, discount and incentive programs, receivables and collection, cash handling, and advising on proper control over revenues and expenses.
Solid consulting/business analysis skills.You will be able to stay current with profession trends, listen carefully to key stakeholders, gather requirements, and translate their needs into a concrete action plans in administrative and financial areas.
Lastly, it goes without saying that communication and employee engagement skills are paramount. You will be working with all different levels of the organization and should enjoy explaining complex financial and administrative concepts to both technical and non-technical people with large independent scopes of responsibility.
If you have all those things, great! We have a few more things we would prefer you to have, but it's ok if you don't:
Strong working knowledge of university budgeting and accounting policies and practices
Experience with Big Data, AI or Machine Learning
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