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Accounts Payable Associate

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Local Title: Accounts Payable Associate
Budget Title: Staff Assistant
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Categories: Administrative, Finance



Are you looking to take your career to new heights with a leader in healthcare? SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is one of the nation's leading metropolitan medical centers. As the only academic medical center in Brooklyn, we serve a large population that is among the most diverse in the world. We are also highly-ranked by Castle Connolly Medical, a healthcare rating company for consumers, among the top 5 leading U.S. medical schools for training doctors.

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Job Description:

The Department of Finance at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is seeking a full-time Staff Assistant / Accounts Payable Associate.

The Staff Assistant supports in the coordination of the agency's accounting activities to ensure the timely and accurate vendor and employee expense payments adhering to the New York State Law. This individual will work closely with various departments and the staff associates to improve and expedite the payment process.

Provide strategic financial/accounting support to assist the with the Accounts Payable functions. Work with all necessary parties in the preparation of management reporting and presentations. Assist with ensuring that the reports accurately reflect the financial position of the division. 

Additionally, the successful candidate will: 

  • Perform all duties associated with vendor accounts, i.e. review all invoices for appropriate documentation i.e. receiving, valid purchase order/contract, encumbrance, approval and coding prior to processing the invoices within the New York State guidelines.
  • Manage vendors in the accounts Payable database.
  • Communicate with vendor and end user to ensure required information is available for prompt payment processing.
  • Process employee reimbursements in accordance with established State's policies and procedures.
  • Scan, maintain and retrieve electronic voucher files, as directed.
  • Reconcile vendor statements, research and settle vendor discrepancies and billing issues.
  • Ensure all internal controls policies and procedures are adhered to.
  • Facilitate the payment of invoices using various financial systems.
  • Provide excellent customer service to both internal and external customers.
  • Interact with various office administrators and purchasing staff, as well as SUNY Administration and representatives from the Office of the State Comptroller.
  • Keep abreast of the rules and regulations of the New York State Law.
  • Participate in continuous process improvement efforts to support current and future systems enhancements.
  • Manage Lawson interface with State University system (SUNY).
  • Assist with other projects and duties as assigned by management.
Required Qualifications:
  • Associate's Degree. 
  • 3+ years of experience in accounts payable or comparable experience preferably working in a healthcare or university environment.
  • Ability to work in a team environment and communicate effectively within all levels of the organization.
  • Strong professional phone and email skills.
  • Eye for detail and accuracy is imperative.
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask.
  • Strong interpersonal and analytical skills.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience with Lawson/Oracle or a large ERP system.
  • Be able to perform various special projects and analysis as requested by management.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel & Pivot tables, Experience with Microsoft  Suite.
  • Strong computer skills and ability to learn the internal systems.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting or related field is preferred.
  • Knowledge of New York State Finance Law is preferred.

Work Schedule:

Monday to Friday; 9:00am to 5:00pm (Full-Time)

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Salary Range:

Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Executive Order:

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation.  If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction, and all other protected classes under federal or state laws.

Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please contact Human Resources at


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