Senior Staff Accountant

Posted on: November 11, 2019 |

Who We Want

Chicago International Charter School (CICS) is currently searching for a stellar Senior Accountant. We are looking for someone who is highly motivated, organized, and has a passion for working with cutting-edge technology and an affinity for financial numbers.

We want someone who:

Exudes the mission. The bottom line for us is to make an everlasting impact on students and our educational community. Being accountable and practicing good stewardship of funds allow us to create a network that benefits students and ultimately the world.

Passionate about the accounting details. Every single cent counts toward our students, which fuels your desire to pore over financial documents to ensure everything seamlessly balances out.

Embraces fluidity and uncertainty as opportunity. Our Accounting team is growing rapidly, which requires an eagerness and excitement for embracing the challenges and achieving excellence by using savvy critical and analytical thinking skills. And, you see paths where paths do not already exist.

It is likely that the right candidate has approximately 3-5 years of experience in an accounting role with similar responsibilities as those listed below. If this sounds like you, continue reading to learn more about this role and our organization.

What You’ll Do

The Senior Accountant works with the Accounting Manager to execute the monthly close process in a timely and accurate manner. This role will primarily be responsible for account reconciliations, journal entries, financial reporting, and other projects as assigned. However, this portfolio of responsibilities may evolve over time based on our ever-changing needs. Specific responsibilities include but may not be limited to:

-Month-End Closing
-Prepares journal entries, including prepaid accruals, allocations, amortizations, and reclassifications and other tasks for month-end, quarter-end, or year-end financial close
-Performs routine account reconciliations for general ledger accounts
-Partners with team members and school campuses to resolve discrepancies
-Oversees credit card/expense reports classification and allocations
-Participates in intercompany transactions and reconciliations related to all entities
-Cash Maintenance
-Supports the cash management function by preparing bank reconciliations
-Reviews and posts journal entries related to cash activities
-Financial Reporting/Other Collaborative Projects
-Develops and maintains timely and accurate financial statements and reports that are appropriate for the end users and in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)
-Suggests and implements improvements to ensure adequate internal controls and efficient processes while enhancing the way the organization views or disseminates information

What You Bring

Key Competencies

Collaborates and communicates with others – You have a proven record of building trust with internal and external stakeholders. You can handle a large volume of communications (primarily virtual/email), translate complex content to key decision-makers and stakeholders, and write/speak efficiently.
Autonomously manages ambiguous situations – You thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment, and are able to strategically prioritize time and competing initiatives, focusing on those that will have the greatest impact on students. Autonomy does not mean that you act as a lone wolf but it does mean that you seek to exercise your leadership to problem solve as much as possible while decreasing your dependency on others to problem solve for you.
Accounting expertise with detail orientation – Accounting is your area of expertise; you know it very well and others rely on you for your expertise in this area. Furthermore, you are painstakingly meticulous and restlessly ensure that critical documents and statements are 100 percent accurate.


-Knowledge of GAAP accounting required
-Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration or related field OR Bachelor’s degree in other area acceptable if coupled with multiple years of experience in an accounting function
-At least 2 years’ experience in an accounting/finance function (e.g., accountant, senior accountant, financial analyst, or budget analyst) at a small- to medium-sized organization (i.e., approximately 100 – 500 employees)
-Experience at an organization with subsidiaries and intercompany transactions preferred
-Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite along with Abila MIP, Sage Intacct, and Fixed Assets Software (FAS) preferred
CPA certification preferred

Who We Are

The mission of the Chicago International Charter School (CICS) is to be a vibrant network of unique Chicago charter schools that prepares students to thrive in college and life and empowers educators to innovate and lead. We strive to be a hub of excellence and innovation in Chicago education where every student flourishes, every school meets the unique needs of its students and community, and every success catalyzes citywide improvement.

CICS is entering an exciting time, embarking on the implementation of a new strategic plan. Joining our organization at this critical point in our history is an opportunity to be a part of leading CICS in a new direction.

We will continue to partner with high-performing school operators, but we will sharpen our focus on innovation, recruiting talented education entrepreneurs and supporting their efforts to innovate inside our schools and classrooms—ultimately, better serving Chicago’s students and their families.

Our plan is to develop CICS into a consistently high-performing network of academically rigorous, pedagogically diverse, forward-thinking schools that prepare every student for success in college or career – and the Senior Staff Accountant will play a critical role in meeting that ambitious plan.

What We Value

Our values keep us honest and help us determine the best course of action to meet our mission and vision.

We are determined optimists. We believe quality of our schools must match the boundless potential of our students. We are uncompromising on quality and equity, fueled by the urgency to improve, and grounded in the belief that anything is possible if we keep striving.

We are driven to make the world better for students. Our core purpose is to improve our world through education. All decisions are made through the lens of what is best for students. We have the courage to make tough calls that benefit students in the long term and a deep commitment to our work.

We nurture new ideas. We give brave approaches the space to take root and the support to flourish. We are driven by data, embrace constant iteration, and have the curiosity to learn alongside our students so we can constantly improve.

We get stuff done. We believe in hard work and humility. We’re focused on delivering results and we always maintain high expectations—for our students and ourselves.

We are powered by people and partnership. We value our partners and our relationships. We maintain trust through transparency, direct communication, and integrity.

We work together with compassion and without ego because we know the best solutions are forged collectively.

We prioritize diversity and authenticity. Diversity and authenticity are non-negotiable in education.

We bring our whole selves to work and school, tackle questions of race and equity, listen, and tap into the power of our differences individually and as a network.

What We Offer

We offer a competitive compensation package, including: salary commensurate with experience; paid-time off; a benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurance; a flexible spending account option; commuter benefits; disability as well as life insurance. The salary for this role starts at $55,000; ultimately, any offers we make will be commensurate with experience as stated above. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside dedicated colleagues committed to providing high-quality, innovative educational options for families across Chicago.

Key Relationships

Reports to the Accounting Manager
Interacts with the CICS network team, external vendors, as well as our school operators and their relevant senior members.

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Our Commitment to Diversity and Equity

We are profoundly committed to ensuring that our schools serve as models of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Not only is it the right thing to do – it’s also the most effective way to advance racial and social justice. Because we live, learn and work in a diverse city and a diverse world, we value and expect cross-cultural competence and the continuous self-reflection and self-awareness it demands. Through our policies, practices, and attitudes, we cultivate a culture that prepares senior and students to respect, embrace, and champion diversity, equity, and inclusion within our schools and beyond them.

Chicago International Charter School provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.