Position: Staff Accountant

Department: Accounting | Location: Chicago, IL

Position Description

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the USA and has an opening for a Staff Accountant at our national headquarters in the heart of Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.

The Staff Accountant will maintain financial records and reports and ensure compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).  This is an upwardly mobile position.

The BPO Elks is one of the oldest and largest fraternal organizations in the country and has more than three-quarters of a million members, both men and women, spread across almost 2,000 communities all over the country.

Founded in 1868, the BPO Elks is committed to the ideals of charity and patriotism. Each year, the organization gives more than $80 million in cash and $350 million in goods and services to the nation's youth, veterans, disadvantaged, disabled, and groups that support patriotic and civic programs. Over the course of its 152-year history, the BPO Elks has disbursed more than $3.6 billion in this fashion.

Come be a part of the Elks’ quiet network of good deeds!

Primary responsibilities:

  • Assists the Controller and Senior Accounting Manager with the day to day, monthly and year-end operations of the Accounting Department including budget review, preparation, and analysis.
  • Maintains general ledger including: 
    • Account analysis
    • Reconciliation of balance sheet accounts.
    • Prepares journal entries.
    • Prepaids reporting and maintenance of related schedule
    • Fixed asset reporting and maintenance of related schedules
    • Prepares monthly and year-end accruals
    • Benefits reporting and allocation
    • Records changes in investments.
    • Performs bank reconciliations monthly.
  • Accounts receivable functions including:
    • Generating reports in Solupay and manipulating data.
    • Importing prorated dues report from the membership system. Manipulating the data.
    • Records journal entries to report revenue to each entity and state dues payable. Tracks payments.
    • Per Capita billing
    • Intercompany billing
  • Interface with auditors to ensure a timely year-end.
  • Assists with preparing schedules, etc.
  • Prepare reports which require extensive analysis and judgment in preparation.
  • Initiate actions based on reports prepared and/or problems identified.
  • Participate in/lead improvement activities including researching software and making recommendations.
  • Distribute monthly financial statements including monthly balance sheets, income statements, budget comparisons, and related documents.
  • Resolve complex questions and account issues.
  • Prepare state sales tax returns when applicable and determines account distribution for voucher.
  • Documenting Procedures
  • Records Retention


Requirements and qualifications:

  • Must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field plus 2 years of related experience or a Master’s degree in accounting or a CPA.
  • Strong knowledge of Excel and of Microsoft Office environment.
  • Knowledge of GAAP.
  • Familiarity with mail merges.
  • Familiarity with importing and exporting data.
  • Strong math and accounting skills.
  • Must have a general knowledge of office administrative procedures, and knowledge of use and operation of standard office equipment.
  • Good phone skills; organized; sets priorities; meets deadlines; able to multi-task; carefully proofs own work.
  • Must have a high level of interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations.
  • Work requires attention to detail in composing and proofing materials, establishing priorities, and meeting deadlines.
  • Must be able to work individually as well as participate in teams.
  • Consistently demonstrate the ability to take the initiative to make decisions/choices without direct supervision.
  • Interest in the nonprofit sector.
  • Ability to travel on occasion.       

This is not an attempt to list all the essential functions of this position. It is recognized that job duties may change over time based on the Elks’ needs.

Compensation is based on experience. (Mid-$40,000 to Lower $50,000)

Interested candidates should upload a resume and cover letter. Accepted file formats are: .doc, .docx, .rtf, and .pdf.  The application process includes completing pre-employment tests. Please allow approximately 30 minutes of time when applying.

No phone calls, please. 

Equal Opportunity Employer

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