The Chicago Zoological Society is a leading conservation organization and has an exciting, fast-paced work environment and a family friendly atmosphere. We are very customer focused, as we host over 2 million guests to Brookfield Zoo each year. We are committed to conservation in the broadest sense, and we take PRIDE in every aspect of our operation. Employees are committed to our important conservation mission. Our dedicated staff has a true sense of purpose and a strong commitment to animals and conservation.
The Senior Accountant contributes to the success of the Chicago Zoological Society by managing the day-to-day operational and programmatic grants of the organization, which contributes to a sustainable future for the Society.
The primary duties and responsibilities:
Responsible for day-to-day management of the Society’s operational and programmatic grants.
Assist in the development of grant budgets prior to submission to the funding agency and coordinate budget amendments.
Work with the grant management team to ensure expenditures are appropriate to charge against grants, reconcile any inconsistencies, and assure spending meets donor requirements and deadlines.
Review all Independent Contractor Agreements associated with state, federal, and private grants to ensure relevant information pertaining to grants are contained in the agreement.
On a monthly basis, compare actual expenditures against grant budgets and collaborate with team members on grant projections and reforecasting efforts.
Maintain proficiency in the reimbursement systems of various agencies and grantors and submit reimbursement requests as needed.
Track deadlines and submit financial reports to granting agencies as required.
Responsible for the annual development, preparation and submission of the Chicago Zoological Society Grant Indirect Cost Rate Proposal to the U.S. Department of the Interior, including answering questions and submission of additional support as requested by the agency.
Responsible for the annual preparation of the Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards, preparing and providing to the auditors all related grant audit schedules and supporting documentation.
Responsible for interpretation and application of the Uniform Guidance, including developing procedures, as it relates to the Society’s federal grants. Responsible for ensuring all transactions posted to the general ledger are in compliance with the U.S. Office of Management and Budget Compliance Supplement.
Manage the tracking of fixed assets, project costs, and associated use of related funding sources.
Ensure proper recording of new purchases, asset disposals, and depreciation.
Create fixed asset journal entries.
Investigate the potential obsolescence of fixed assets.
Responsible for planning and collecting data to determine costs of programs as required and conduct analysis and reporting of costs.
Participate in the monthly, quarterly and annual closing process.
Perform complex accounting functions, including journal entries relating to fixed assets, accruals, prepaids, allocations, and other adjusting entries.
Perform complex account reconciliations.
Analyze financial records, including financial statements and other financial reports to assess accuracy.
Prepare regular management reports and analyses at the direction of the Vice President, Finance/Controller or for the Senior Vice President, Finance.
Support the successful management and completion of the annual external financial audit.
Prepare audit schedules.
Coordinate activity with auditors and Society staff as necessary.
Perform other accounting, financial, or administrative tasks as may be required from time to time, often on a short notice, for the Vice President, Finance/Controller or for the Senior Vice President, Finance. Other related duties as assigned.
Position requirements include the following:
Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance required.
Three years’ relevant experience at a comparable level and with similar scope of responsibilities.
Experience with automated accounting and budgeting systems.
Solid financial and analytical skills.
Strong organizational, follow-up and follow-through skills.
Attention to detail, accuracy, completeness and ability to meeting critical deadlines.
Ability to maintain confidentiality of privileged information.
Highly proficient in Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel.
Ability to maintain confidentiality of privileged information. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to work effectively under pressure and juggle multiple priorities. Must be able to deal effectively and tactfully with all levels of staff. Strong communications skills, including verbal, written, and listening skills; requires an articulate, well-spoken individual, capable of effectively representing the organization to various audiences. English fluency required at a working professional proficiency. Excellent interpersonal skills. Certified Public Accountant certification a plus. Multilingual ability, Spanish fluency a plus.
The preferred qualifications include: Three years of public accounting experience preferred.
High integrity; strong work ethic. Cultural competency; experience and/or ability to work and interact effectively with a diverse, multicultural audience. Valid driver’s license required.
The Chicago Zoological Society has a wide variety of exciting employment opportunities available. If you are interested in working for a world-class organization that is dedicated to conservation, then Brookfield Zoo is the place for you.
The Chicago Zoological Society employs almost 450 full-time employees and, for the busy summer season, hires 1,000-1,200 seasonal workers. A talented staff and wide variety of skills, backgrounds, and talents are required to operate the zoo every day of the year. We have a wide variety of positions available. In addition to our animal care staff, we also have professional, administrative, scientific, executive, technical, trades, clerical, restaurant, merchandising, groundskeeping, and service positions to name just a few.
You can also find more information on our website about how to apply for a job at the zoo, employee benefits, CZS University Classes for employees, and the Society's commitment to diversity and inclusion. If you have questions, check the Frequently Asked Questions page.
The Chicago Zoological Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, g...ender, age, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability that does not preclude performance of essential job duties, or any other status protected by law. The Society supports and promotes workforce diversity and strives to foster a work environment of respect and inclusiveness where the contributions of all workers are valued and recognized.
The institution serves an ethnically and financially diverse audience and is committed to responding to the needs of its guests and providing them with tools and information to encourage more environmentally friendly actions and lifestyles.
The Society promotes a participative management approach and is a highly team-oriented organization. A high degree of cooperation in projects and programs is evident, and employees from all levels and departments of the organization are involved.