Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Feb 23, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Concordia University Chicago (CUC) invites applications for the full-time, exempt position of Accountant. This position applies principles of accounting to analyze financial information, reconcile transactions, prepare journal entries, prepare audit worksheets, assess and maintain internal controls, and perform other duties as assigned by the Controller. This position reports to the Controller and is located in River Forest, IL.


  • Record journal entries accurately and timely and with adequate supporting documentation, and/or review recorded entries for accuracy; Review and adjust recurring entries as necessary
  • Compile and analyze financial information to prepare journal entries on a monthly basis and at fiscal year-end for monthly/year end closing purposes
  • Analyze financial information for variances, completeness and accuracy, including review of monthly financial reports for significant variances
  • Answer questions of managers, directors and other employees regarding financial reports; Research and record any needed corrections on a timely basis
  • Monitor General Ledger accounts that receive transactions from other modules/departments, and communicate regularly with those departments regarding any discrepancies or anomalies that feed through, especially: Student Business Services (A/R), Accounts Payable, Payroll, and Development (gifts)
  • Assist in the monitoring and releasing of restricted funds as assigned
  • Prepare and maintain documentation of all assigned work processes
  • Monitor US DOE or other governmental accounting compliance requirements
  • Assist the Controller in preparation and accounting for month-end, quarter-end, and year-end accounting closes
  • Assist other staff members and external auditors during the annual audit cycle by answering questions, locating information, balancing accounts, preparing financial summaries/reports and performing other duties as required. Update Annual Audit Worksheets on a monthly basis as required

Skill Sets: 

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret financial reports such as: expense accounts, bank statements, journal entries, balance sheets, income statements, and general ledger spread sheets
  • Ability to write reports and business correspondence
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from external auditors and other Finance Department staff members
  • Mathematical skills including the ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, proportions and percentages and the ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry to practical situations
  • Reasoning skills including the ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists; Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form
  • Thorough knowledge of current accounting and auditing practices and regulations
  • Good communication (verbal and written), organization and time management skills
  • Must be detail oriented and have the ability to meet deadlines.
  • Proficiency in Excel is essential
  • Knowledge of fund accounting, not-for-profit accounting, and/or higher education accounting is desirable
  • Ability to work independently on assigned tasks, as well as in coordination with other staff members and departments as needed

Education Requirements:

Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting required

Compensation and Benefits:

Starting range is dependent upon individual qualifications and experience. Concordia health, disability and retirement plan enrollment is available to full-time employees and their eligible dependents. Tuition benefits are also available for employees and their qualified dependents.

Application Information:

Interested individuals should include a cover letter, resume and references with their online application.

Concordia does not discriminate in the employment of individuals on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, sex or age.  As an institution of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, however, and to the extent allowed by law, Concordia University reserves the right to give preference in employment based upon religious affiliation. 

Concordia University Chicago does not generally sponsor for employment visas except for positions that oversee, teach or support our international programs.

About Concordia University Chicago:

Concordia University Chicago is a liberal arts-based Christian university founded in the Lutheran tradition. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, College of Graduate Studies, and College of Innovative and Professional Programs, Concordia-Chicago offers more than 160 areas of study in small classes taught by professors who are passionate about teaching and student success. All undergraduate and graduate degrees are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Concordia University Chicago has been recognized as a College of Distinction since 2010, and in 2013 was named to the U.S. President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fifth time. For the sixth consecutive year, combined undergraduate and graduate enrollment has exceeded more than 5,000 students. Concordia University Chicago is located in River Forest, 10 miles west of downtown Chicago. Learn more at

Steadfast in Jesus Christ as revealed in the Holy Scriptures, Concordia University Chicago promotes academic rigor in its liberal arts and professional programs; grounds students in objective truth, integrity, and excellence; and practices faithfulness to the Confessional teachings of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, as it forms students for vocations in church, family, and the world.

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