The Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM), a non-profit educational consortium in downtown Chicago seeks a Director of Finance and Accounting. The Director reports to the President.
The Director of Finance and Accounting has responsibility for all financial and accounting processes, annual audit, tax compliance, and insurance. The Director manages all aspects of rented facilities, insurance programs, employee benefits, vendor relationships, budgets, accounting and audit, billing, investments, and payroll. The Director participates with the senior staff as an active member of ACM’s management team, providing strategic direction to all ACM programs and activities, along with recommendations regarding opportunities for innovation and improvement.
Under new ACM presidential leadership, the organization is in the midst of strategic planning to build on its success and create the next generation of programs. The Director of Finance and Accounting will be integral to the daily operation of the ACM along with the opportunity to be involved in the development of new programs, partnerships, and initiatives.
This is a full-time, exempt position in Chicago, IL. Salary dependent on experience. The ACM offers an excellent benefits package and a flexible, stimulating environment.
Start date: September 17, 2018, or sooner
Application deadline: Applications will be reviewed beginning August 9, 2018 on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
If you would like to be considered as a candidate for this position, please send:
a letter explaining your interest in the position, the qualifications you would bring, and how you would contribute to ACM goals for this position;
a professional resume;
available start date;
salary requirements; and
a list of references, including contact details (who would be contacted only with prior permission).
Please submit materials electronically as attachments, in MS Word or PDF format, to email@example.com using the subject “Director of Finance and Accounting.”
The Associated Colleges of the Midwest is an equal employment opportunity employer. ACM does not discriminate in the operation of its educational programs, activities, or employment with regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by law.
ACM member colleges: Beloit College, Carleton College, Coe College, Colorado College, Cornell College, Grinnell College, Knox College, Lake Forest College, Lawrence University, Luther College, Macalester College, Monmouth College, Ripon College, and St. Olaf College.
ACM is a consortium of 14 private liberal arts colleges in five states. The member colleges launched ACM in 1958 with three main purposes to support the members through joint action:
To advance the interests and to contribute to the educational effectiveness of the member colleges of the organization;
To develop and assist the member colleges in improving the efficiency of their operations both administrative and cultural; and
To assist the member colleges in developing additional sources of revenue.
Through ACM, faculty, staff, and students at member colleges participate in collaborative programs and activities focused on academic excellence and professional development. ACM aims to strengthen its member colleges as leaders and exemplars in liberal arts education through significant, innovative, and sustainable collaborations.
A minimum of 6-10 years of increasingly responsible experience in financial/accounting and operation management.
Demonstrated skills in all accounting and finance functions, including budgeting, forecasts, cash management, AP/AR, financial reporting, expense and transaction reporting, account reconciliation, tax and compliance reporting, vendor management, payroll, etc.
High level of accuracy and consistent use of good judgement and best practices in financial management.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences, including Board members, college staff, ACM staff, faculty, parents, and students.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Abila MIP (or a similar accounting system), and the ability to learn custom systems.
Ability to multitask and work in a fast-paced environment in an efficient, professional way.
Must be detailed oriented, have a hands-on management style, and work well in a small office.
Ability to travel to off-site meetings in Chicago and on ACM campuses, as needed.
Ability to work after hours as necessary.
A valid driver’s license and the ability to operate a motor vehicle.
CPA and/or MBA, or interest in obtaining.
Experience with a not-for-profit or educational organization
About Associated Colleges of the Midwest
The Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) are 14 academically excellent, independent liberal arts colleges located in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Colorado.