OUR ORGANIZATION Working from a sincere interest in issues of social justice, William Boyce Thompson founded the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) in 1924, believing that basic plant research could lead to real societal benefit. Over the almost 100 years since its founding, BTI has evolved to become a premier life sciences research institution, with scientists conducting investigations into fundamental plant and life sciences research with the goals of increasing food security, improving environmental sustainability in agriculture and making basic discoveries that will enhance human health. BTI, located in Ithaca, New York on the Cornell University campus, employs 150 staff, with scientists from over 40 countries around the world, and has twice been named as one of the Best Companies in New York State.
Position Summary Responsible for managing the Institute’s entire accounts payable process to support the organization in optimizing its financial systems. Demonstrates the ability to maintain and enhance vendor relationships. Coordinates and records proper payments for BTI’s business activities. Performs General Ledger accounting duties independently. Assists with service billings and procurement, within proper internal control parameters. Assists in streamlining and improving the accounts payable process. Ensures compliance with federal, state, and local financial requirements.
Essential Job Functions
Performs validation and reconciliation of invoices and check requests, and entry into accounting software
Processes electronic payments and prepares and distributes checks
Performs travel and employee expense reimbursement activities and accounting
Performs oversight and accounting for employee credit card usage.
Assists with the reconciliation of Institute supplied credit cards.
Assists with management of vendor and supplier relationships
Performs maintenance of vendor files and records, ensuring compliance with company policies and government regulations
Differentiates between Independent Contractors and employees for payments purposes
Prepares and issues annual 1099s and summary form 1096
General Ledger and Other
Participates in the monthly general ledger close with attention to time scheduling of tasks and coordination with team members as necessary
Prepares various monthly balance sheet account reconciliations and proposes appropriate adjustments to general ledger balances
Assists with the monthly billing of core facilities’ services to internal and external parties.
Performs fixed assets accounting
Assists with general procurement duties, within proper internal control parameters
Prepares and reviews annual forms 1042-S
Assists with A-133 audits and other audits as required
Other duties as assigned.
Skills and Qualifications:
High school diploma or equivalent. Associates degree preferred.
Understanding of basic principles of accounting and finance
Excellent time management skills and attention to detail
Proficiency with Microsoft Office and business systems
An Associates degree
Strong accounting skills
3 years experience in accounts payable and/or accounting functions
Experience with accounting software and online platforms
Experience with organizational budgeting
Supervisory Responsibilities: No supervisory responsibilities.
Communication Skills: The position requires proficiency with email and Microsoft Office. Effective written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills required. Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of the organization.
Travel: Travel is generally not required.
Physical Demands and Working Conditions: The work is conducted in an office setting. The work is sedentary with extended periods of sitting. Some walking, standing, bending, and carrying or lifting of small items. Generally, no adverse environmental conditions are present.
This job description does not list all the duties of the job. You may be asked to perform other duties. BTI has the right to revise this job description at any time. The job description is not a contract for employment.
To prevent the infection and spread of COVID-19, and as an integral part of its public health and safety measures, BTI requires that all successful applicants shall be required to show proof of full vaccination by an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine before beginning employment, unless an exemption from this policy has been granted as an accommodation or otherwise. Applicants believing, they need an accommodation of this policy because of a disability, sincerely-held religious belief, or otherwise should inform Human Resources after an offer of employment is extended; please do not include any medical, genetic, or religious information on your application materials.
The Boyce Thompson Institute provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type in regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. If you require an accommodation for a disability in order to complete an employment application or to participate in the recruiting process, you are encouraged to send a request for assistance to email@example.com. BTI prides itself on family-friendly policies and is committed to helping its staff achieve career success with an appropriate work-life balance.
Working from a sincere interest in issues of social justice, William Boyce Thompson founded The Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) in 1924, believing that basic plant research could lead to real societal benefit. BTI’s 15 faculty-run laboratories and greenhouse facilities are staffed by more than 110 researchers from over 40 countries. The research out of these laboratories has the potential to improve important food crops, to demystify plant and human immune systems, and to reveal alternative, sustainable sources of energy. Along with its research, BTI prioritizes environmental stewardship, and outreach to teachers, students, and community members.BTI is an independent, non-profit institution affiliated with Cornell University and located on its Ithaca campus, near the College of Veterinary Medicine on Tower Road