Did you know there’s a planet in our galaxy where it rains glass? Or that light bounces around inside the Sun for 175,000 years before shooting off into space? That’s okay if you don’t – we have a team of staffers who do! But if you think science and space is freaking awesome, and you’re passionate about bringing your financial expertise to support STEM, community outreach, education, and working in a welcoming environment, this might be the place for you!
The Adler Planetarium is seeking an Accounting Manager to join our dynamic team located on Chicago's Museum Campus.
This individual will be responsible for, among other things:
Overseeing the monthly closing process, analyzing general ledger accounts, and reviewing journal entries
Preparing monthly internal financial statements for staff and finance committee of the board of directors
Coordinating annual financial and single audits, including preparation and review of PBCs
Oversight, review, and final approval of bi-weekly payroll
Supervising the Senior Accountant/Analyst, Staff Accountant and Accounting Specialist
Managing accounting for federal grants and temporary/permanently restricted funds
Preparing and submitting the Adler's indirect cost rate application
Ad hoc financial reporting to private funders, and other departments
Providing assistance to the Controller and CFO on annual budget work, and on special projects as needed
This individual will also be an integral member of an anticipated general ledger/reporting/budgeting system conversion
We are looking for a self-starter who takes initiative, enjoys solving standard problems and performing detail-oriented tasks. This person has the ability to juggle several projects while still maintaining accuracy and meeting deadlines. They are comfortable in a smaller, nonprofit environment where their support is needed for a variety of functions. They are organized and able to work independently. This person is service-minded and looking for ways to exceed expectations.
Five years of experience, including experience in public accounting
Bachelor’s degree in Accounting
A minimum of two years’ experience supervising accounting staff
Prior experience preparing financial statements, overseeing financial close and audit, working with general ledgers, preparing and reviewing journal entries, reconciling and analyzing accounts is essential
Prior experience with processing and reviewing payroll with a 3rd party payroll provider
Intermediate to advanced proficiency working in Microsoft Excel and accounting software packages
CPA strongly preferred
Experience using Great Plains, FRX, or Management Reporter software
Experience using ADP Workforce Now for payroll and reports
Prior nonprofit experience, including accounting and reporting for federal grants
Prior experience with a system conversion
We are a small team who takes pride in supporting a unique group of creative, intelligent, diverse, sometimes demanding, but always the best employees in the galaxy. We develop and maintain accounting systems, policies and procedures to meet internal and external financial requirements.
The Adler Planetarium is dedicated to complying with its obligations as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Our recruiting and hiring procedures are free of discrimination based on race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, covered veteran status, including disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, and Armed Forces service medal veterans or any protected group status as defined by law.
The Adler Planetarium—America’s First Planetarium—was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler. As a recognized leader in public engagement, the Adler Planetarium’s scientists, historians and educators inspire the next generation of explorers. The Adler is home to three full size theaters, extensive interactive exhibitions, and a significant collection of antique scientific instruments... and print materials. In addition, the Adler boasts the lakeside Doane Observatory, one of the only research-active, public urban observatories, and the only place in Chicago where the public can see planets, stars, and galaxies up-close and in person.