LEARN Charter School Network (LEARN) opened its doors as a charter school in 2001 with the mission to provide children with the academic foundation and ambition to earn a college degree. Our commitment to providing underserved communities with a high-quality, college prep elementary education is unwavering. LEARN currently serves over 4,000 students (90%, of which, are low-income and 90% minority) across 10 campuses in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.
LEARN is seeking an experienced, detail-oriented self-starter with problem solving skills and a team attitude to join our organization as Senior Accountant. This individual will report to the Director of Accounting and Finance and will play a critical role in processing all transactional accounting information. As a member of a rapidly expanding organization, this position promises to be fast-paced and full of opportunity to implement new and impactful initiatives.
Prepare month-end account reconciliations for assigned balance sheet and income statement accounts. Research and resolve any discrepancies.
Prepare monthly bank reconciliations for all operating and investment accounts.
Prepare month-end reconciliations for revenues from local, state and federal funding entities. (Specifically per pupil, food service and Title funding).
Coordinate with the Development team to perform monthly reconciliations for donor contributions.
Assist the Director of Accounting and Finance in the month-end close process including preparation of journal entries for payroll, monthly accruals and fixed asset detail for LEARN Charter and entities. Ensure accuracy of transactions.
Reconcile the Quarterly Form 941 to the General Ledger.
Assist Director with audit preparation and preparation of IRS Form 990.
Assist Director in updating accounting policies, procedures and chart of accounts to reflect the changing requirements of the organization and workflow process improvements.
Complete ad-hoc projects and other functional areas as needed (back-up support for Accounts Payable and Payroll).
Compile, complete and submit regulatory reporting to local, state and federal agencies.
Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or other Business major, required.
Minimum of 3 years of professional experience in accounting.
Familiarity with generally accepted accounting principles and a firm understanding of accounting concepts. Knowledge of non-profit accounting standards, preferred.
Demonstrated proficiency with spreadsheets, computer applications such as Word, Excel and accounting systems, a must. Experience with Blackbaud’s Financial Edge preferred, but not required.
Strong mathematical, analytical and technical skills.
Ability to effectively work in both onsite and remote environments, independently staying on task and maintaining strong lines of communication with the Director and other key team members.
Strong organizational abilities with close attention to detail and precision.
Able to communicate status and issues effectively orally and in writing. Ability to keep information confidential.
Strong customer service focus, with an ability to interact congenially and effectively with a diverse network of employees, customers and vendors.
Mission & Culture Fit – Believes that all students can achieve college success and exhibits an unwavering determination to do whatever it takes to help LEARN students achieve their goals.
Entrepreneurial – Exudes a self-starter mentality and workstyle. Independently owns departmental work streams and projects and takes initiative to solve organizational issues proactively.
Collaboration – Initiates, builds, and manages cohesive partnerships and professional relationships both internally and externally.
Problem Solver – Able to identify problems, collect and analyze data, establish facts and draw conclusions. Catches errors and proactively seeks out and identifies problems. Develops and implements recommendations for resolutions in adherence with all applicable compliance related rules and regulations.
Organization & Project Management – Keeps track of upcoming, ongoing, and past work product. Quickly adjusts to shifting priorities and deadlines and can juggle multiple and varied projects simultaneously. Develops realistic action plans and utilizes team effectively to achieve department goals.
Data Analysis & Analytical Thinking – Ability to build and create data, analyze statistics, identify trends and make balanced, objective recommendations in a proactive manner to achieve maximum results.
About LEARN Charter School Network
Founded in 2001, LEARN Charter School Network is a network of college prep public elementary schools creating measurable, transformational change in the lives of students from underinvested neighborhoods. The mission of LEARN is to provide our scholars with the academic foundation and ambition to earn a college degree. We are fulfilling that mission every day by outperforming district schools in every key metric including more than double the number of college graduates compared with district, state and national averages.
We educate 4,000 PK-8th grade students across 10 campuses in Chicago and Lake County, IL. We serve a majority minority, low-income student population (98% and 86%, respectively). In addition, LEARN has developed a highly effective program to serve both military and civilian families at Naval Station, Great Lakes in Waukegan, IL. LEARN’s success in serving the unique needs of military families has led to its national expansion to Washington D.C. effective fall 2021.