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Job No. 145610

  • Job Title:
  • Finance & HR Associate
  • Employer:
  • Cornell University
  • Location:
  • Ithaca , NY
  • Posting Date:
  • 12-Jan-2022
  • Description:
  • Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.



    Effective January 1, 2022, all new Cornell hires, regardless of role and work location, must be fully vaccinated and present proof of an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccination or have a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption. Failure to demonstrate compliance with this requirement prior to the first day of work will result in the delay of employment with Cornell and may result in the offer of employment being rescinded.



    The College of Architecture, Art, and Planning is home to almost 800 students, 100 visiting and full-time faculty dedicated to the study of the art and science of the built environment, and about 60 staff members. A small and vital college in one of the nation’s foremost research universities, Cornell AAP has educated many of the most influential theorists and practitioners in the country. We are committed to the belief that architecture, art, and planning are simultaneously intellectual and material practices, and that leadership in cultural production demands both expertise in a specific discipline and wide knowledge in the liberal arts.

    Cornell’s Ithaca campus is the physical and academic center for Cornell AAP, but given the global nature of our interests, the college has extended its reach to include permanent programs in the historic center of Rome and in what was traditionally known as lower Manhattan's financial district area in New York City. The departments offer additional extensive opportunities for international study across the globe. In Ithaca, the college spans five buildings, including Milstein Hall, historic Sibley Hall, an 8,000-square-foot digital and analog shop facility and the Fine Arts Library in Rand Hall, Tjaden Hall, and the landmarked Foundry building.


    The Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP) Finance & HR Support Center (support center) provides overall budget and financial management, human resources management, financial transaction, reporting, and sponsored program support to three academic departments, the Cornell in Rome and AAP New York City academic programs, and the administrative offices of the College.

    The Finance & HR Associate will provide a range of accounting, purchasing, and financial support for the College. They will process transaction activities such as procurement, e-shop, e-docs, deposits, bursar billings, and travel. They will audit I Want Docs to ensure they are accurate and complete prior to submission. The Associate must understand the University’s procurement policies and be able to understand and accurately apply account numbers to transactions and understand the impact on financial statements.

    This position will manage all hourly student and temporary employment transactions in Workday and is responsible for biweekly payroll functions and Workday Time Tracking training and troubleshooting.

    The Associate will process, track, and report on all visiting faculty and staff human resource transactions for the departments of City and Regional Planning and Art. They will work with visiting faculty and staff to complete necessary HR paperwork and with the Department Managers to ensure timely HR support and reporting.

    The Finance and HR Associate will research and resolve transactional, HR, and payroll inquiries and is responsible for interpreting and advising on an array of university policies and procedures; escalating complex cases as appropriate. They work closely with central University administrative departments, support center colleagues, and department managers to ensure compliance and consistency along with accurate use of financial and HR systems.

    As part of the support center, they participate regularly in re-engineering efforts to improve service delivery.

    Required Qualifications:

    Associate Degree with at least 2 -4 years relevant financial and/or HR experiences, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Must have excellent customer service skills and demonstrated ability to communicate with a broad range of people. Attention to detail and organizational skills are critical. Able to work quickly, effectively, under pressure, and in an independent manner. Exercise good judgment in accomplishing tasks that are urgent or of a sensitive or confidential nature; balance conflicting priorities and make decision from a range of choices. Must be comfortable working in an environment where change in processes/procedures is the norm. Experience and ability to effectively use computer applications, such as Microsoft Office produces and Outlook calendar system. Ability to function effectively in an open group setting, sharing information and striving towards common goals.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    Bachelors in Accounting preferred. Experience with Cornell policies and procedures in the areas of purchasing, accounting, payroll, human resources, and accounts payable preferred. Knowledge of Cornell on-line systems preferred: KFS, Workday, Concur, Peoplesoft Student Financials, and Web Financials.

    This position is located on the Ithaca campus with a hybrid remote work schedule. The hybrid remote schedule is subject to change to accommodate business needs.

    There are no relocation funds and no visa sponsorship for this position.



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