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Staff Accountant
Location Chicago
Job Code 379
# of Openings 1
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About Chicago Public Media
Chicago Public Media is one of the largest and most respected public media organizations in the country.  With an unparalleled reputation for creativity and innovation across all platforms, Chicago Public Media provides substantive news and insights, thoughtful conversation and meaningful connections to its diverse audiences throughout the Chicago area, as well as nationally and globally.
 
Chicago Public Media engages with its listeners and users across multiple platforms, including broadcast radio, digital streaming, and mobile apps.  Its flagship station, WBEZ-Chicago (91.5 FM) is Chicagoland’s premier media hub for high-quality, fact-based journalism and engaging, entertaining audio programs and podcasts.  WBEZ Chicago delivers a weekly listening audience of over 550,000, and broadcasts throughout Chicago and the surrounding region. WBEZ’s website, wbez.org, and its newly launched mobile app allows listeners to fully control their experience through its groundbreaking rePlayer functionality and on-demand platform. WBEZ’s sister service, Vocalo Radio (91.1 FM, vocalo.org), targets a multicultural audience through an urban alternative format.  
 
The organization has a legacy of innovative program development having launched such iconic shows as This American Life, Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me…, and the ground-breaking podcast Serial.  Chicago Public Media is in the midst of a transformation from a broadcast radio service to a digital on-demand news and entertainment hub.  With a tradition of journalistic excellence and innovation, and financial stability, CPM is poised for growth.
 
About the Job
The Staff Accountant assists the Accounting Manager in the preparation and maintenance of CPM’s financial records and transactions.
  • Prepare and post monthly journal entries for review, providing support for transactions.
  • Analyze and prepare balance sheet reconciliations.
  • Prepare bank reconciliations.
  • Maintain fixed asset records and prepare and post journal entries for depreciation expense, assets placed in service and disposals.
  • Month-end amortization of prepaid expenses.
  • Month-end revenue reconciliations and classifications.
  • Monthly commission calculations and accrual entries.
  • Liaison with Corporate Sponsorship tea, including monthly invoices, applying payments, review of aging and ad hoc requests.
  • Assist in the preparation of financial reports such as financial statements, variance analysis, and interim grant financial reporting. 
  • Assist in work-paper preparation for annual audit, tax filings and state and federal annual reporting.
  • Other responsibilities include but are not limited to participation in special projects or ad hoc analyses as assigned.
Skills and Qualities We Are Looking For
  • Undergraduate degree in Accounting.
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel (pivot tables, vlookups, etc.)
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Intellectual curiosity, initiative, and strong work ethic.
  • Positive team player who can collaborate with other teams throughout the organization.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to assess accuracy and data integrity.
  • Managing multiple priorities in a dynamic environment.
  • You're a problem solver and are able to answer accounting and financial questions by researching and interpreting data.
  • You are able to quickly learn and adapt to new software and digital workflows.
  • Ability to keep information confidential.

Candidates who will rise to the top will have:

  • Minimum 2 solid years accounting experience at a non-profit organization.
  • CPA or CPA candidate.
  • Public accounting experience preferred.
Working at Chicago Public Media
Chicago Public Media cares deeply about our employees as we know attracting, nurturing and developing talent is key to our success and enhancing our impact.  Our culture is one where collaboration, ideas, and innovation are encouraged.  We value colleagues who will enhance our culture by bringing new ideas, diverse experiences and talents to our dynamic workplace.
 
Chicago Public Media’s dedication to promoting diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion is reflective across our brands, WBEZ 91.5 FM and Vocalo 91.1 FM, in our staff and in our work.  We are fully focused on equality of opportunity and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin and all other fascinating characteristics that make us different.
 
At Chicago Public Media we believe dedication to a great workplace includes supporting our employees and their families. As a result, we provide a broad and generous benefits package for you at hire and in the years to come.  Our benefits include:
  • 6 weeks fully paid family leave
  • 12 weeks paid maternity leave
  • High quality Medical, Dental, and Vision plans at an affordable cost
  • A  403(b)retirement plan with a company match
  • Generous paid time off, including starting with 3 weeks’ vacation and 4 personal days
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