The Manager of Accounting is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day accounting, reporting, and reconciliations which includes areas within general accounting, fund/grant accounting, government programs, accounts payable, accounts receivable, fund development, and treasury management. The Manager will also assist with month-end close, financial planning, budgeting, fund management and overall financial operations.
The Manager of Accounting is responsible for providing hands-on leadership to the Finance/Accounting team, identifying opportunities to improve efficiency and profitability, and supporting senior leadership in financial decisions. Specific duties and responsibilities may fluctuate between positions based upon actual assignment and responsibility rotation.
-Performs accounting functions for all financial statement accounts, including preparation and/or review of all journal entries, GL reconciliations and account analysis. Specific accounting functions include:
-General Accounting and Fund/Grant Accounting
-Month end close, including oversight of close checklist to ensure compliance with deadlines.
-Treasury management (all banking and insurance)
-Financial operations activities related to purchasing, accounts payable, and asset management.
-Assists with the coordination of the timely and accurate preparation of monthly financial statements, quarterly and annual budgeting/forecasting, required filings, and other financial reporting and analysis as needed.
-Assists with preparation of external audit schedules including but not limited to contributions/ pledges, net assets, endowments, and core financial statement accounts.
-Assists the coordination of the data collection and preparation of the required financial reporting schedules for the annual not-for-profit tax returns (990s, 5500s, all other Agency Audits).
-Serve as financial partner with Fund Development team to identify and implement financial efficiencies with gift processing systems (currently Blackbaud Raisers Edge, Omatic, papersave) for auto-entry banking solutions and reporting.
-Collaborate with Fund Development team on all financial activity, data analytics, reporting and metrics within gift processing.
-Develops, implements, and enforces accounting controls, internal policies and procedures to ensure accurate financial reporting. Develops new workflows and efficiencies as needed.
-Models financial stewardship in decision making and encourages others to be financial stewards.
-Ensure operation performance measurements and productivity levels of direct reports are met. Interviews and trains new employees, takes disciplinary action when appropriate, conducts conflict resolution, and performs annual performance reviews for all direct reports.
-Serves as a resource on technical matters relating to financial statements by keeping up to date with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and UPMIFA.
-Acts as Subject Matter Expert (SME) as Finance/Accounting partner with all Food depository teams, including critical IT projects such as Procurement/Accounts Payable system build, Expense Reimbursement system, and new capital projects.
Special projects, as assigned.
-Bachelor's degree in Accounting required; CPA preferred.
-5-7 years not for profit accounting experience required.
-Experience in financial reporting, variance analysis and budgeting/forecasting.
-Working knowledge of accounts payable, general ledger, payroll, and budgeting.
-Ability to communicate, both orally and in writing, complex technical issues in a clear, concise matter, to individuals with little or no technical background.
-Proficiency in MS Office- Word, Excel, Access, Outlook
-Experience with accounting software and/or databases.
-Ability to take initiative by identifying problems, conceptualizing resolutions, and implementing change.
-Attention to detail and the ability to prioritize and manage projects to ensure all deadlines are met is essential.
-Ability to work independently and meet deadlines in a fast-paced team environment with minimum supervision; Ability to work efficiently and accurately with details and fluctuating work volumes.
-Normal office environment; exposure to warehouse environment
-Interacts with all GCFD staff, member agencies, third party auditors and vendors
Health, dental and vision insurance coverage
Employer paid life and disability insurance
Employee Assistance Program
403(b) retirement plan
Paid time off
Free onsite fitness classes
Healthy, affordable onsite dining
The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago’s food bank, believes a healthy community starts with food. We are at the center of a network of more than 700 partner organizations and programs – food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, mobile distributions and other partners – working to bring food, dignity and hope to our neighbors across Chicago and Cook County. The Food Depository addresses the root causes of hunger with job training, advocacy and other innovative solutions. We are a proud member of Feeding America – the national network of food banks. By working to help those most in need go from hungry to hopeful, we truly become a Greater Chicago. Learn more at chicagosfoodbank.org