Program Manager, Student and Future CPA Initiatives

The Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS) is looking for an energetic and passionate individual with a strong desire to implement programs and opportunities aimed at increasing the pipeline of future Certified Public Accountants (CPAs). You will manage scholarships, events, and outreach efforts that recruit college students to join the Illinois CPA Society, encourage students and professionals to pursue their CPA credential, and support them on their journey to become CPAs. You will be responsible for college educator relationships and engagement strategies. You will manage a Specialist who focuses on student and diversity outreach and support. You would be part of a team that supports the pipeline of future CPAs including a manager who focuses on fundraising for our programs and another manager who leads our initiatives to increase diversity in the CPA profession. To find out more about the Society and programs for future CPAs, visit our website at

Why work for the Illinois CPA Society?

The organization offers a flexible and supportive work environment committed to developing and fostering its employee’s professional growth. We have a casual dress code and offer a hybrid work schedule with the option to work remotely two or three days a week. Our office is conveniently located close to Union Station in Chicago. We work a 35 hour a week schedule, with half-day Fridays during the summer. We offer an excellent benefits package at a reasonable cost or sometimes free, to all qualified employees including health, dental, vision, short and long-term disability insurance (free), life insurance at three times the employees’ yearly compensation (free), and an employee assistance program. Additional options for disability plans, tax-free options for commuting and parking costs, flex spending accounts for medical or dependent care, voluntary life insurance, and long-term care insurance are also offered. We provide a 401(k) plan with a company contribution up to 8% of your salary including the services of a financial advisor for free. This position receives paid vacation, paid sick days, paid holidays, as well as floating holidays. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage college student outreach and engagement strategies designed to recruit student members and help people prepare for and pass the CPA exam. Provide direction to enhance outreach strategies, messaging, presentations, and materials. Manage strategy and content for monthly student e-newsletter.
  • Evaluate existing programs/strategies designed to influence the decision to become a CPA. Create and implement new programming and/or resources as necessary.
  • Monitor developments and information related to the application process, administration, and structure of the CPA exam. Ensure our CPA exam resources are relevant and accurate. Manage relationships with related organizations.
  • Oversee the Student Ambassador Program. 
  • Oversee the Jumpstart to Accounting Program including program goals, content, speakers, implementation, and reporting outcomes.
  • Oversee the Virtual Career Fair. Develop a plan to engage employers and job seekers. Manage vendor and employer relationships, booth sales, materials, and event implementation.
  • Form relationships and manage initiatives with college accounting educators to encourage and support their students to become CPAs. Provide them with resources, a quarterly newsletter, and an annual meeting.
  • Manage the Student/Future CPA yearlong sponsorship program (CPA Exam Awards, Academic Scholarships, and Laptop Scholarships). Oversee sponsor relationships, agreements, and revenue. Ensure sponsor benefits are fulfilled. Serve as primary staff rep on the selection committees. Schedule meetings, prepare agendas and supporting materials, and manage the selection processes. Evaluate program effectiveness. 
  • Collect and report on the number of new CPA candidates and how many passed the exam and are certified. 
  • Together with the Specialist, collaborate with the Marketing team to develop and implement promotional messages and resources for web pages, emails, social media, flyers, presentations, contests, and giveaways. 
  • Together with the Endowment’s Development Manager, prepare student testimonials for fundraising initiatives.
  • Administer budget.

Demonstrated Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience providing the required skills and knowledge for successful performance would be qualifying.  Qualifications would be equivalent to: 

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • More than six years of membership association, nonprofit or credentialing related professional experience is preferred.
  • Experience with managing projects, training events, scholarship programs, volunteers, and staff.
  • Experience with college student outreach and career assistance.
  • Experience with navigating credentialling or related processes is preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal, presentation, and communications skills – conversational and business professional.
  • Innovative, strategic, and efficient. 
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Travel required, mostly in Illinois (estimated 5-10%). Has a valid driver’s license.