The Conservation Foundation, a nonprofit based in Naperville, Illinois, is looking for an organized and driven Accountant/Business Manager to join our growing team. The Accountant/Business Manager will handle day-to-day accounting, finance and office management. Excellent organizational and communication skills are important qualifications for this position, as well as good customer/vendor relations. The ideal candidate for this position is a skilled multi-tasker, is reliable and is committed to consistently meeting deadlines. We’re an energetic group and are looking for a passionate individual to join our organization.
This is a full time position that reports directly to our President/CEO and is based out of our headquarters at the McDonald Farm in Naperville, Illinois. Duties include financial and business management tasks like processing payroll, tracking income and expenses, managing and paying vendors, ordering office equipment and supplies, managing human resources, insurance and other employee benefits, attending and helping to coordinate meetings of our Board of Trustees and managing a regular review of our finances with the Finance Committee of the Board.
Perform daily, monthly, quarterly and annual accounting activities including accounts payable and receivable, reconciliations of bank and credit card accounts, coordination and completion of annual audit and reports, and preparing/reviewing financial reports and support as necessary.
Maintain general ledger accounts in accordance with US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
Analyze and report on financial status including income statement variances, communicating financial results to management, budget preparation, forecasts and analysis.
Maintain and follow systems and internal control procedures and initiate corrective actions as needed.
Oversee taxes and abide by federal and state regulations (sales tax, annual 990 report, annual filings).
Process payroll for all employees with third-party payroll service.
Track investments, maturity dates, and manage accounts as directed by the Board and/or Finance Committee.
Maintain insurance policies; manage and communicate with insurance agents and staff regarding policies.
Administer 401(k) employee retirement program.
Manage Human Resources and coordinate with third-party Human Resources Professional to remain compliant with all applicable state and federal HR laws.
Process new employee paperwork; track employee paid time off balances.
Maintain financial office files in an orderly fashion.
Manage office equipment purchases and lease contracts, vendors, and day-to-day office needs that may arise.
Attend Board and Finance Committee meetings; take and distribute committee minutes, prepare committee agenda and packets for distribution.
Coordinate board committee meetings and agenda items with President/CEO.
Coordinate regular review of financial items with Treasurer and Finance committee members.
Perform other related duties as assigned.
Education Requirements: Bachelor's Degree in Accounting or Finance; CPA preferred but not required
Required Experience: Minimum five years previous accounting experience with demonstrated knowledge of financial reporting, budget management, day-to-day accounting and office management. Non-profit experience preferred, but not required.
Advanced skills using QuickBooks, Microsoft Excel and Office
Extensive knowledge of US GAAP
Excellent organizational, problem-solving, project management and communication skills
Additional experience in working with external financial statement audits a plus
Strong analytical ability
Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and make deadlines
Comfort in making Board presentations on a regular basis
Demonstrates good judgment; strong interpersonal skills; ability to handle multiple tasks; self-motivated
Persistence, sense-of-humor and entrepreneurial spirit welcomed
Connection to and passionate interest in the mission of The Conservation Foundation desired
About The Conservation Foundation
The Conservation Foundation is a private nonprofit conservation organization seeking to improve the health of our communities by preserving and restoring open space and natural lands, protecting rivers and watersheds and promoting stewardship of the environment in northeastern Illinois. We work primarily in the counties of Kane, DuPage, Kendall and Will and our work is made possible by the support of more than 5,000 members and donors. Our headquarters is located at the McDonald Farm, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville, Illinois and we also have a program office at the Dickson-Murst Farm, 2550 Dickson Road, Montgomery, Illinois.