Staff Accountant
Chicago, IL Accounting
Job Type


The Chicago Sun-Times is the hardest-working paper in America, covering the stories and issues that matter most to Chicagoans with depth, integrity, and grit. The newsroom has earned eight Pulitzer Prizes for its hard-hitting investigative reporting, in-depth political coverage, insightful sports analysis, entertainment reviews, and cultural commentary. An industry-leading innovator in local news, it has been recognized nationally for expanding digital and multimedia reporting platforms alongside its indomitable newspaper, the oldest continuously published daily in the city.

In January 2022, the Sun-Times merged with public radio station WBEZ with a shared mission to strengthen local journalism in Chicago. Under the banner of Chicago Public Media, Chicago Sun-Times Media, Inc. (CSTM) is now part of one of the largest nonprofit news organizations in the nation. This merger reinforces our commitment to serving Chicagoans with the news that matters most -– fact-based, unbiased journalism that is deeply connected to Chicago communities.

The Opportunity

 We are looking for an enthusiastic Staff Accountant with excellent attention to detail to join our Accounting and Finance team. The Staff Accountant will prepare and maintain financial records to track the organization’s assets, liabilities, profit and loss, and other related financial activities. 


  • Perform general accounting and other related duties for the organization
  • Assist in completion of monthly financial statement close process
  • Prepare and record daily, monthly, quarterly, and annual journal entries
  • Prepare monthly balance sheets, income statements, and statements of cash flow
  • Prepare bank and balance sheet account reconciliations
  • Assist with the preparation and maintenance of the annual consolidated and individual departmental budgets
  • Prepare budget-to-actual reports, perform variance analysis and report significant issues to management
  • Prepare monthly reconciliation of bank accounts and other general ledger accounts
  • Provide external accounting firm with assistance; gather necessary account information and documents to perform annual audit and tax return
  • Provide administrative support to management as requested

 COVID-19 Requirement: CSTM requires all staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination upon hire. 


• Bachelor’s degree in accounting

• Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles

• Experience using ERP financial systems

• Ability to research FASB codification preferred

• Ability to troubleshoot and research solutions to problems

• Ability to manage projects in a fast-paced environment

• Demonstrated budgeting, time management and organizational skills

• Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills

 What We Offer

  • Competitive salary and benefits package
  • Opportunity to work within a collaborative team culture
  • A hybrid work schedule: 2 days in the office, 3 days remote
  • Opportunity to be part of an iconic brand!

The information contained in this job description is not intended to create any contractual or other legal commitment. CSTM may change the content or format of this job at any time at its sole and exclusive discretion without notice.  This role does not offer sponsorship employment benefits.  

CSTM does not discriminate in its employment decisions based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, citizenship or national origin, veteran status, or on any other basis which would violate any applicable federal, state, or local law.