The Chicago Botanic Garden is one of the world's great botanic gardens and living museums, known for its stunning collection of landscapes and horticultural displays, as well as for its plant conservation science and education programs. Our mission—to cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life—inspires more than one million people a year who visit and tens of thousands more whom we reach through our outreach programs in urban agriculture, horticulture therapy, and citizen science. At a mere 46 years young, the Garden is one of only 17 public gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums. Its 27 display gardens and four natural areas cover 385 acres and are uniquely sited on nine islands. The permanent plant collections contain almost 2.8 million plants, representing more than 13,000 taxa. The Garden has 51,000 members—one of the largest memberships of any U.S. botanic garden. Its Lenhardt Library contains 150,000 volumes, including one of the nation’s best collections of rare horticultural and botanical books. The Garden is one of two cultural institutions within the Forest Preserves of Cook County. It is an independent 501(c)(3) organization with an annual operating budget of nearly $40 million and is in the final stages of a $125 million capital and endowment campaign. It has received a 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator for five years in a row.
To maintain the day-to-day accounting functions of the Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG) and assist in reporting financial information while maintaining or improving internal accounting controls and efficiency.
Duties and Responsibilities:
In this role, you will be responsible for the following:
Monitor and maintain the general ledger, including cash receipts, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and cash disbursements journals.
Recommend to the controller policies and procedures to ensure the accuracy of accounting records while maintaining or improving internal controls and efficiency of staff.
Advise the controller on unusual and significant transactions. Review daily reports and prepare the monthly close. Analyze monthly departmental and Garden-wide financial reports. for deviation from budget and emerging trends. Assist the controller in the preparation of reports to management and the Board.
Respond in a timely manner to departmental inquires related to accounting and financial reporting issues.
Assist in the preparation of reports to monitor status of grants, projects, restricted contributions, and contracts, including compliance with financial requirements. Provide accounting information to other departments as requested.
Assist in the preparation and file in a timely manner tax returns required by federal and state authorities.
Assist in all aspects of financial reporting, training, and special projects as assigned.
Oversight of multiple priorities while meeting strict deadlines.
Maintain effective communication with internal and external customers.
KEY GARDEN COMPENTENCIES/BEHAVIORS DESIRED
Communicates in a manner that gains the trust and support of others at all levels.
Works effectively with others despite differences of opinion and style; builds alliances.
Has a tolerance for opposing points of view.
Strives for collaboration. Works cooperatively, as a positive contributor to the team.
Demonstrates a positive attitude and shows kindness in all workplace interactions.
Makes decisions appropriate for level of responsibility.
Can effectively adapt to change; can shift gears comfortably; is flexible, and embraces change with a “can-do” attitude.
Is self-aware; knows personal strengths and weaknesses; seeks feedback and is open to negative feedback as an opportunity for improvement.
Is cool under pressure; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; is not knocked off balance by the unexpected; is a settling influence during a crisis.
Recognizes problems, constructively identifies and articulates solutions.
Follows safety guidelines to ensure a safe working environment and consistently demonstrates safe work behaviors.
Is welcoming of new hires.
Our ideal candidate will have the following:
Bachelor’s degree in accounting—CPA and/or MBA a plus
Minimum of three years of accounting experience; not-for-profit accounting experience a plus
Knowledge of accounting and reporting software (e.g. Financial Edge), as well as Microsoft Office products, not limited to Excel