Staff Accountant (Hybrid)
WFH Flexible Chicago, IL Finance Department
Job Type

Want to use your accounting expertise to serve an organization that helps local governments build thriving communities? The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) is recruiting a Staff Accountant to play a key support role in the day-to-day financial transactions and preparing monthly financial reports. This new position will be the fourth member of our finance team, and we are excited to build capacity for this department to better serve our staff of 65 and more than 22,000 members. 

The Staff Accountant will have flexibility with GFOA’s hybrid work environment, but preference is for the Staff Accountant to be in the Chicago office 2-3 days a week on average. GFOA offers a generous benefits package, including retirement match program, health insurance, dental, and vision. Our organization is committed to fostering a culture of learning, collaboration, and trust. GFOA values the strength diversity of all kinds brings to the workplace. GFOA is an equal opportunity employer.

Established in 1906, GFOA is dedicated to advancing excellence in state and local government financial management to help build thriving communities. Our 22,000+ members across the United States and Canada rely upon GFOA to provide timely information, practical educational opportunities, high-quality publications, and current best practices. 


General Accounting and Reporting

  • Perform cash reconciliation on a daily basis 
  • Assist with timely completion of day-to-day activities of accounts payable, expense reports, credit card transactions, cash disbursements, invoicing/billing and collections
  • Reconcile and post day-to-day transactions from membership database
  • With Accounting Manager, maintain the general ledger and other accounting records necessary to prepare the monthly financial statements
  • Prepare monthly journal entries
  • Monthly balance sheet and other reconciliations
  • Assist with preparation of monthly financial reports

Audit and Tax Compliance

  • Assist with preparation of annual Forms 1099 and 1096 reports
  • Assist with preparation of quarterly sales tax return
  • Assist with preparation of Forms 990 and 990-T
  • Assist with preparation of audit schedules, annual financial statements and footnotes

The ideal candidate will have a record of successful financial roles within an organization. As an effective team member, the Staff Accountant will bring a record of success in building relationships and communicating to a variety of constituents. Because the Finance team is small, but mighty, the Staff Accountant will also be willing to wear multiple hats and assist with other duties as assigned.

An undergraduate degree in accounting and 2-3 years of relevant experience is desired. Previous experience in not-for-profit or association environment is preferred, however, candidates with a variety of experiences are encouraged to apply. 

  • The Staff Accountant will possess the following attributes and competencies:
  • Ability to establish credibility with staff and membership
  • Embodies member service mindset
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills
  • Excellent collaboration skills
  • Proficiency with financial reporting systems
  • Ability to take initiative, set priorities, efficiently and effectively organize work to meet deadlines, and manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to work well and communicate with all staff levels of the association
  • Aptitude for honing organizational systems and processes