The Staff Accountant is responsible for general accounting, financial analysis and account reconciliation duties for the Institute. Assists in the preparation of internal and external financial reporting and supports the Institute’s annual financial statement and other audits and tax preparation processes.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Prepares and analyzes the Institute’s financial records, including generating monthly and quarterly journal entries and account reconciliations related to various general ledger account areas, including prepaid expenses, fixed assets, revenues and general assets and liabilities of the Institute.
Maintains subsystem records and reconcile to general ledger for fixed assets.
Completes financial analyses on various accounts; reconciles variances and communicates findings to the Accounting Manager.
Assists Accounting Manager in accounting technical research as needed.
Provides assistance for the year-end audit and annual Form 990 preparation as directed.
Assists in survey preparation, grant reporting, and other external reporting as needed.
Bachelor degree required in Accounting or Business or 2-4 years Accounting experience.
CPA or CPA track strongly preferred.
Strong Excel knowledge, including Pivot tables, Vlookup and other spreadsheet functionality.
Must be detail-oriented, self-motivated, and organized with effective communication skills.
The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.
About The Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago is a world-renowned art museum housing one of the largest permanent collections in the United States. It is encyclopedic in nature with strong holdings across all media, all traditions and all ages. The Art Institute is particularly recognized for its extraordinary Impressionist, Modern, Contemporary and American collections, among other aspects of its holdings. In addition to housing its permanent collection, it typically stages 35-40 special exhibitions a year. In 2014, it was named by Trip Advisor travelers as the number one museum in the world, a remarkable recognition that speaks not only to the quality of the collection but to the entirety of the visitor experience.
The Art Institute welcomes between 1,400,000 and 1,800,000 visitors a year and has a membership of 100,000. The museum has an annual operating budget of approximately $110 million.
Founded in 1879, the Art Institute grew with the success of Chicago and quickly attained world class stature given the strength of its collection. The Art Institute has expanded several times in its history, most recently and notably with the opening in 2009 of the 264,000 square foot Modern Wing desi...gned by internationally acclaimed architect Renzo Piano. The addition has been critically important to the museum as it not only provided much needed gallery space, but also allowed the Art Institute to reorganize its galleries to present the collection in a more logical and accessible fashion. The new addition also includes one of the largest education facilities at any museum and this center has allowed the Art Institute to expand its already impressive array of offerings.