Accountant
Job Type
Full-time
Description

For over 50 years, Legal Aid Chicago has provided free civil legal assistance to people living in poverty in metropolitan Chicago. Each year our attorneys, volunteers, and staff help resolve civil legal problems, including domestic violence, consumer fraud, and unfair evictions. Legal Aid Chicago was founded on the philosophy that all individuals are entitled to quality civil legal representation, regardless of their income. We work to ensure that poverty is not an impediment to justice by dismantling the legal barriers that perpetuate inequality. Legal Aid Chicago staff live our mission through our core values of equity, excellence, inclusion, kindness, and respect.


Position: Under direct supervision of the Comptroller, the Accountant will perform accounting duties, which may include: Accounts payable processing, bank reconciliations, journal entry preparation, general ledger accounting and analysis, and monthly close activities. Responsibilities will also include grant billings and reconciliations, and the maintenance of grant records.


Responsibilities

Accounting and Reporting

  • Prepare monthly journal entries as assigned. Analyze corresponding balance sheet and expense accounts monthly to ensure accuracy. Prepare reconciliations as assigned.
  • Reconcile all bank statements to the general ledger monthly. Investigate and resolve any differences.
  • Act as the backup to the accounts payable accountant as needed.
  • Maintain fixed asset depreciation schedule.
  • Prepare assigned audit schedules and assist in responding to auditor requests. 
  • Perform other accounting or analysis duties as assigned by the Comptroller or CFO.

Grants Management

  • Track financial reporting deadlines for assigned grants.
  • Prepare grant billings. Ensure accurate financial reporting to grantor.
  • Prepare journal entries to allocate expenses to appropriate grants on the general ledger and to record associated revenue.
  • Prepare monthly reconciliations of grant ledger activity; enter adjusting journal entries as needed.
  • Maintain organized documentation for assigned grants on shared drive.

Salary: Commensurate with experience. Legal Aid Chicago offers a comprehensive benefits package, including low-cost employer-paid health plan options, employer-provided group life and long-term disability insurance, fitness center access, generous paid time off, and much more 


Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree required. 
  • General ledger account knowledge, month-end close, and reconciliation experience is required. Grant management experience is a plus.
  • Ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, and process transactions accurately. 
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills. 
  • Self-motivated and also able to work well as part of a team toward common objectives. 
  • Ability to handle confidential information in a professional manner. 
  • High level of integrity and dependability, with a results-orientated focus.
  • At least two years’ work experience in Accounting. 
  • Prior experience working in a non-profit organization is a plus, as is prior system experience with Blackbaud Financial Edge accounting software.
  • Proficient in MS Office products; solid knowledge of Word and Excel is required.


Resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for two professional references are required to apply.  



  

Legal Aid Chicago is firmly committed to creating a diverse workplace and is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and therefore does not discriminate on the basis of creed, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age religion, marital or parental status, alienage, disability, political affiliation or belief, military or military discharge status, or ex-offender status. Applicants who have experiences with our client communities are encouraged to apply.