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Cornell University, a nationally ranked Ivy League institution, is looking for aGift Accountantto join theAlumni Affairs & Development divisionin the appealing city of Ithaca, NY. The Gift Accountant acts as a subject matter expert onalldonation related reconciliations andgift account related questions with Alumni Affairs and Development (AAD), providing counsel and leading through resolution.
Reporting directly to the Associate Director of Gift Administration, within the Advancement Services team, the Gift Accountant serves to oversee and ensure that payment gift data is accurate and complete between the PeopleSoft Contributor Relations (CR) and Kuali Financial Systems (KFS) by performing reconciliations and financial analytics. Ensures that CR and KFS gift related accounts are set up with the appropriately and must understand internal and financial reporting impacts within AAD and DFA reporting.
The Gift Accountant will work collaboratively with other Advancement Service sub-teams, Office of Trust, Estates and Gift Planning, andthe Division of Financial Affairs' (DFA)'s General Accounting department. All responsibilities will include compliance with GAAP, CASE and IRS guidelines, industry best practices, and university policies and procedures including University Policy 3.1 - Accepting University Gifts, as well as working in alignment with DFA procedures.
Cornell providesexceptionalbenefits that include professional development, wellness programs,health careoptions, generous paid leave provisions, 12 holidays, employee education options, a retirement program, and Children's Tuition Assistance.Cornell receives national recognition, as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives.
Associate's degree and 2 to 4 years relevant experience, or the equivalent.
Strong experience with finance and/or accounting principles.
Knowledge of GAAP.
Demonstrated ability to reconcile complex sets of data between multiple systems.
Strong research skills, ability to troubleshoot variances and detect root cause issues.
Attention to detail and high level of accuracy.
Strong critical thinking skills.
Ability to work independently,build a new framework without a predefined roadmap, take a business challengesand create a solution.
Strong ability to collaborate with and partner with colleagues across the University in various divisions.
Effective communication skills.
Proven ability to analyze data and understand processes flow impact on data set.
Strong technology acumen.
Ability to work, at an advanced level, with Microsoft Excel, databases, financial systems (Kuali), contributor relations system (PeopleSoft) and auxiliary Advancement systems (GPS, donation payment platforms).
Experience in Cornell finance and knowledge of Cornell financial related systems.
Familiarity with Cornell's financial policies, practices and systems, Alumni Affairs and Development workflow, processes, and contribution and reporting systems, CASE standards and IRS guidelines.
Anatural inclination to research and problem solve through to resolution.
-Typically lifts less than 10 lbs
-Limited exposure to hazards
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