The Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management (AEM) is a large and diverse school within the SC Johnson College of Business. It is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate School of Business (AACSB), the international accrediting body for business programs. It includes 47 professorial academics, four incoming professorial academics; 11 non-professorial academics, one incoming non-professorial academic that are internationally known scholars with training in the fields of applied economics and management science. The Dyson community also includes 700 undergraduates, 230 undergraduate minors, 100 graduate students, and 38 members of the professional and support staff. AEM is integrally involved in major research and extension outreach programs.
The Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI), housed in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell University, is a long-term research program focused on solving problems of poverty, malnutrition, and rural development in India. TCI was established with a generous gift from the Tata Trust to conduct multidisciplinary research, and to facilitate research grants and fellowships to prominent student and professional researchers at Cornell, in India, and across the globe. The TCI team works alongside partner institutions in India and globally to address the agriculture-nutrition nexus. In December 2015, TCI launched its Technical Assistance and Research for Indian Nutrition and Agriculture (TARINA) program, which was founded under a $13.4 million dollar research grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The program aims to tackle the complex problem of malnutrition in India by promoting a more diversified and nutrition-sensitive food system. With this funding, TCI is scaling up its work on agricultural pathways for improving nutrition outcomes to enhance the availability and affordability of nutrient-rich foods for the rural poor.
Under the general direction of the Director of the Tata-Cornell Institute and in partnership with fellow TCI team members, the Accounts Representative for TCI will provide financial accounting support for the TCI Program and TARINA (Technical Assistance and Research for Indian Nutrition and Agriculture) grant project. Incumbent will be fully engaged, collaborative, and respectful as a contributing member of the TCI team, striving to create and maintain a collegial, supportive, and service-minded environment. As a highly engaged member of the TCI team, and in collaboration with the Director of TCI and fellow team members, incumbent will process TCI financial documents (including IWANTDOCs, contracts, contract amendments, travel reimbursements, purchasing, and invoicing) and will act as a unit expert in research administration, ensuring that account activities are recorded properly and in accordance with established policies and regulations for assigned accounts. The Accounts Rep will assist in award account management and reconciliation activities on TCI sponsored awards. The individual will create, update, and monitor spending budget plans for TCI accounts; engage in cross-functional trainings and job shadowing; effectively provide backup and support to team members as may be necessary to meet departmental demands and deadlines; remain current in Cornell University policies and procedures related to finance and research administration; and participate in trainings through the Division of Financial Affairs (DFA), Sponsored Financial Services (SFS), Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)
Formal training beyond a HS diploma of 1 to 2 years, 2 years of college coursework, or an Associates Degree; more than 4 years and less than 6 years of professional work experience.
Cornell Accounting experience is required. Must be able to understand and accurately apply account numbers, object codes, rules, and policies to transactions and understand impact on financial statements.
Must be able to compile, analyze, and report on complex financial data verbally and in writing.
Must have previous experience in research administration.
Excellent customer service skills and demonstrated ability to communicate and work with a broad range of constituents.
Attention to detail, organization skills, and prioritization skills required.
Able to work quickly and effectively under pressure, using judgment in accomplishing tasks that are urgent or of a sensitive or confidential nature; balance conflicting priorities, and make decisions from a range of choices.
Demonstrates accountability in all work responsibilities.
Must be comfortable working and contributing in an environment where change in process/procedures is the norm.
Must be able to work both independently and in team environments – both in leading and individual contributor roles – using judgment to escalate matters to management as necessary to resolve.
Must be willing and able to enhance personal knowledge, skills, and abilities to grow and excel in the field.
Demonstrates a high level of proficiency with MS Excel, and intermediate experience with other standard MS Office software programs such as Word, Outlook, and Access.
Bachelor's degree preferred.
2 – 4 years' concentrated experience in a financial office setting, preferably in a higher education setting.
Expertise in Workday, Kuali Financial Systems (KFS), OBIEE dashboards, and OBIEE Answers.
Familiarity with Cornell University or other higher education environment.
Experience with MS Excel and Access, or other database creation and maintenance.
Experience with grant writing, pre-proposal submission, and post-award financial management.
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