Be part of our mission. The Archdiocese of Chicago (“the Archdiocese”), the third largest Catholic Archdiocese in the United States, serves more than 2.2 million Catholics in 347 parishes in Cook and Lake Counties. The Archdiocese's 217 elementary and secondary schools comprise the largest U.S. private school system, and have garnered more U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Awards than any system of any type. The Archdiocese, pastored by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, has more than 15,000 employees.
Basic Functions The Accounting Support Specialist has the lead responsibility for supporting customers by designing, deploying and maintaining accounting practices and reporting of results for the Parishes of the Archdiocese. The position will also be responsible to assess, research, design, deploy and evaluate effective training curriculum and materials for appropriate audiences. This will involve supporting Best Practices for all Parishes and building working relationships with all customers. The Accounting Support Specialist is an experienced accountant with strong customer focus. This position reports to the Parish Reporting and Support Manager.
Roles and Responsibilities:
Ensure financial performance information from Parishes is robust, timely and accurate.
Supports the Annual Report process and assists Finance in their consolidation of Annual Reports.
Assist Parishes with all inquiries and requests.
Create and update standard reports that can be used by Parishes for their own reporting and analysis of results.
Plan and create materials for preparation of annual Parish Budget Process.
Assemble large amounts of information into meaningful reports with analysis and metrics.
Apply benchmarks to Parish results and identify areas of improvement and implement.
Develop and maintain a documented system of Parish accounting policies and procedures.
Provide internal audit options for Parishes, including options for third-party reviews or other internal or self-evaluations.
Identify and develop specific training plans for individuals, Parishes and Archdiocesan wide reporting initiatives.
Assist in the design, development and maintenance of the Parish Support Tracking System and Call Center.
Provide a high level of customer support to parishes by responding timely and accurately and assist in designing and integrating a workflow for other departments to respond to parishes in a more efficient manner.
Bachelor Degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics or Business Administration and 5+ years of progressively responsible experience in accounting and reporting
Strong initiative and ability to manage multiple projects as well as strong follow through skills.
Ability to complete projects timely and accurately.
Detail oriented with strong organizational and analytical skills.
Communication and strong customer relationship skills.
Ability to work well with others in a fast paced, dynamic team environment.
Develop automated applications and coordinate information requirements to increase productivity.
Undertake such other duties and tasks as may lie within the scope of this post to ensure the effective delivery and development of the service.
Working knowledge of accounting and GAAP.
Knowledge and proficiency with QuickBooks is required.
Advanced knowledge and proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite with emphasis on Excel and PowerPoint.
Not for Profit experience desired
Must demonstrate understanding, support and respect for Catholic Church teaching, mission and values. Hiring consideration may be given to candidates who are Catholic
Internal Number: 6044
About Archdiocese of Chicago
The Archdiocese of Chicago is one of the largest Catholic dioceses in the United States with 2.2 million Catholics. The Archdiocese is divided into six vicariates, 31 deaneries and 351 parishes. There are approximately 230 schools, and numerous ministries and programs serving the people of Cook and Lake Counties in Northeastern Illinois. This local church is pastored by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich.