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Manager of Accounting

Who We Want

Chicago International Charter School (CICS) is searching for our next Manager of Accounting. We are looking for someone who is a seasoned nonprofit accountant. This person understands financial numbers and is a stickler for accuracy and timelines.

We want someone who:

  • sweats the mission. The bottom line for us is not profit but impact on students and our educational community. Using funds wisely allows us to create a network that benefits students and the world.
  • is painstakingly meticulous with the details. Each and every cent matters for our students, which fuels your desire to pore over financial documents, triple check them, and ensure everything checks out.
  • exhibits deep expertise in nonprofit accounting. Beyond understanding that accounting and nonprofit accounting are not one and the same, you can act as our thought leader and lead our nonprofit accounting function with a high bar of excellence because you have done it before.

If this sounds like you, continue reading to learn more about this role and our organization.

 

What You’ll Do

The Manager of Accounting works in the Finance department and is primarily responsible for ensuring that the network office’s Accounting team is executing the monthly close process in a timely and error-free manner. In addition, the Manager of Accounting will work with the Director of Finance to support CICS school management organizations (SMOs) and campuses with the reconciliation of their books. Similarly, the Manager of Accounting will work with the Director of Finance to manage the audit process for the network office. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Lead the Accounting Function (70%)

  • Oversee the execution of entire accounting process for the CICS network office, including month-end close and monthly financial reporting
  • Oversee payment processing of invoices for network office’s purchased goods and contracted services
  • Ensuring that proper allocations are expensed to the network’s various grants and funds
  • In conjunction with the Director of Development, allocating for restricted grants and corresponding expenses, including filing grant expenditure reports
  • In conjunction with Director of Facilities, accounting for non-capitalized and capitalized facility expenses, including projects funded by public bonds
  • Manage, support, and develop a team of two accounting team members

Steward the Audit Process Across the Organization (30%)

  • Prepare all schedules for audits and ensure CICS’ books are accurately prepared prior to audit commencement
  • Help coordinate audit with SMO partners, ensuring their compliance and coordination with audit schedule, audit requirements and auditor’s findings
  • Ensure audit is performed accurately and on time, per government regulations and bond covenants

 

What You Bring

  • ​​​​Bachelor’s degree in a related field required
  • At least 3 years of accounting work experience
  • Master’s degree, CPA – Certified, or CPA – Candidate preferred
  • Familiarity with software program Sage INTACCT preferred
  • At least one year of managing at least one direct report

 

Characteristics

 

  • Commitment - You are passionate about the boundless potential of our students and providing high quality education options for all; your decisions are consistently made through the lens of what is best for students.
  • Service orientation - You are committed to providing high-level service to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Drive toward results - You anticipate and work to overcome challenges, persevere, and meet goals. You have a track record of success in accounting, particularly with audits.
  • Creativity - You have experience solving complicated and multi-faceted problems and generating a variety of innovative, effective solutions, and you value differing opinions and seek out dissenting perspectives to strengthen those solutions.

 

Skills & Competencies

  • Cultivating relationships and partnerships - You have a proven record of building trust and achieving shared goals with internal and external stakeholders including direct reports, colleagues, and vendors. You can balance competing interests and priorities.
  • Excellent communication skills - You can translate complex content to key decision-makers and stakeholders who do not have the same level of expertise with the content as you do.
  • Comfortable setting your own path - You thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment, and are able to strategically prioritize time and competing initiatives, focusing on those that will have the greatest impact on students. You seek out and participate in opportunities to develop professionally so that you are constantly learning more about our organization, the broader education landscape within and outside of Chicago, and accounting best practices at nonprofits.
  • Technical & Content Expertise - You know nonprofit accounting inside and out. You know what a successful accounting function looks like in practice at a successful nonprofit organization. And, you are a meticulous accounting practitioner with an insatiable desire to achieve accuracy.

 

Who We Are

The mission of the Chicago International Charter School (CICS) is to be a vibrant network of unique Chicago charter schools that prepares students to thrive in college and life and empowers educators to innovate and lead. We strive to be a hub of excellence and innovation in Chicago education where every student flourishes, every school meets the unique needs of its students and community, and every success catalyzes citywide improvement.


CICS is entering an exciting time, embarking on the implementation of a new strategic plan. Joining our organization at this critical point in our history is an opportunity to be a part of leading CICS in a new direction.

We will continue to partner with high-performing school operators, but we will sharpen our focus on innovation, recruiting talented education entrepreneurs and supporting their efforts to innovate inside our schools and classrooms—ultimately, better serving Chicago’s students and their families.

Our plan is to develop CICS into a consistently high-performing network of academically rigorous, pedagogically diverse, forward-thinking schools that prepare every student for success in college or career – and the Manager of Accounting will play a critical role in meeting that ambitious plan.

 

What We Value

Our values keep us honest and help us determine the best course of action to meet our mission and vision.

  • We are determined optimists. We believe quality of our schools must match the boundless potential of our students. We are uncompromising on quality and equity, fueled by the urgency to improve, and grounded in the belief that anything is possible if we keep striving.
  • We are driven to make the world better for students. Our core purpose is to improve our world through education. All decisions are made through the lens of what is best for students. We have the courage to make tough calls that benefit students in the long term and a deep commitment to our work.
  • We nurture new ideas. We give brave approaches the space to take root and the support to flourish. We are driven by data, embrace constant iteration, and have the curiosity to learn alongside our students so we can constantly improve.
  • We get stuff done. We believe in hard work and humility. We’re focused on delivering results and we always maintain high expectations—for our students and ourselves.
  • We are powered by people and partnership. We value our partners and our relationships. We maintain trust through transparency, direct communication, and integrity. We work together with compassion and without ego because we know the best solutions are forged collectively.
  • We prioritize diversity and authenticity. Diversity and authenticity are non-negotiable in education. We bring our whole selves to work and school, tackle questions of race and equity, listen, and tap into the power of our differences individually and as a network.

 

What We Offer

We offer a competitive compensation package, including: salary commensurate with experience; paid-time off; a benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurance; a flexible spending account option; commuter benefits; disability as well as life insurance.  In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside dedicated colleagues committed to providing high-quality, innovative educational options for families across Chicago. 

 

Key Relationships

  • Reports to the Chief Financial Officer
  • Interacts with the CICS network team, school operators, and financial partners (e.g., auditors, bankers).
  • Manages two staff accountants.

 

Apply right here, right now!

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. If you have any questions, please let us know at careers@chicagointl.org.

 

Our Commitment to Diversity and Equity

We are profoundly committed to ensuring that our schools serve as models of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Not only is it the right thing to do – it’s also the most effective way to advance racial and social justice. Because we live, learn and work in a diverse city and a diverse world, we value and expect cross-cultural competence and the continuous self-reflection and self-awareness it demands. Through our policies, practices, and attitudes, we cultivate a culture that prepares staff and students to respect, embrace, and champion diversity, equity, and inclusion within our schools and beyond them.

Chicago International Charter School provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

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