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Quality Assurance Analyst




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.


Cornell University, a nationally ranked Ivy League institution, is looking for a Quality Assurance Analyst to join the Alumni Affairs & Development division in Ithaca, NY.

Reporting directly to the Director of Finance and Facilities, Alumni Affairs and Development (AAD), the Quality Assurance Analyst will be responsible for overseeing the accuracy and completeness of financial transactions for AAD departments which have material financial transaction cycles. This includes the Advancement Services unit which follows CASE, IRS, and University guidelines for recording gift and pledge activity – approximately 180K transactions per year with annual fundraising goals of over $700M. We are seeking an individual who will work both collaboratively and independently to develop a complete quality assurance (QA) process and internal controls framework that will mitigate risk and enhance financial accuracy. This position will make recommendations and assist in building new QA processes that will include independent review of inputs and outputs, establishing and documenting QA procedures, maintaining QA reports, and reporting quality issues to relevant managers.

Key Responsibilities

  • Establishing, implementing, and maintaining quality assurance and internal controls that ensure data integrity and financial accuracy.
  • Analyzing financial transactions to ensure accuracy, completeness, compliance, efficiency, and controls.
  • Synthesizing, summarizing, and reporting large amounts of data from multiple sources in a meaningful, narrative format.
  • Identifying processes being utilized that may have a negative impact in the accuracy and completeness of reporting and/or compliance.
  • Proposing new process and reporting solutions to maximize overall quality and efficiency.
  • Partnering closely with AAD and University partners to ensure the implementation, documentation, and continual maintenance of an effective unit-level internal control framework for all material business processes and financial transaction cycles.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years relevant experience.
  • Strong knowledge of finance and/or accounting principles.
  • Demonstrated ability to audit and troubleshoot the work of others;
  • Experience in finance and knowledge of financial related systems,
  • Attention to detail and high level of accuracy;
  • Strong critical thinking skills;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Ability to build a new framework without a predefined roadmap,
  • Ability to take a business challenge and create a solution,
  • Strong research and documentation skills,
  • Strong ability to collaborate with colleagues;
  • Effective communication skills;
  • Proven ability to analyze data and understand processes and procedures.
  • Strong technology acumen.
  • Ability to work, at an advanced level, with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and powerpoint), databases, report writing software, general ledger, and auxiliary Advancement systems (GPS, donation payment platforms).


Rewards and Benefits

Cornell receives national recognition, as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives. Benefits include:

  • Comprehensive health care options
  • Access to wellness programs
  • Employee discounts with local and national retail brands
  • Generous retirement contributions
  • Leave provisions including three weeks of vacation and 12 holidays
  • Impressive educational benefits including tuition-free Extramural Study and Employee Degree Program, Tuition Aid for external education, and Cornell Children’s Tuition Assistance program
  • Learn more about benefit opportunities


This position is based in Ithaca, NY with hybrid work arrangements.

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University Job Title:

Finance Specialist III

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Pay Range:

$72,231.00 – $83,945.00

Remote Option Availability:

Hybrid Remote



Contact Name:

Laura Clark


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