Staff Accountant

Are you interested in working for a mission-driven organization? Do you have a passion for the Natural Environment? One of Chicago’s regional leaders in conservation is hiring a Director of Accounting. This position offers a hybrid work model.

The Organization

Since 1963, Openlands has protected the natural and open spaces of northeastern Illinois and the surrounding region to ensure cleaner air and water, protect natural habitats and wildlife, and help balance and enrich our lives.

Openlands’ vision for the region is a landscape that includes a vast network of land and water trails, tree-lined streets, and intimate public gardens within easy reach of every city dweller. It also includes parks and preserves big enough to provide natural habitat and to give visitors a sense of the vast prairies, woodlands, and wetlands that were here before the cities. In sum, Openlands believes that protected open space is critical for the quality of life of our region.

The Position- Hybrid

The Staff Accountant performs a variety of general accounting duties relating to daily operations and the month-end closing. This position maintains, analyzes, and reconciles various accounts and records. This position reports to the Director of Accounting and is an exempt position. Our organization is working with a hybrid work environment with at least two days a week working remotely.

Essential Functions:

  • Manage online accounts payable platform including coding entries, integrating bank disbursements, and importing activity to the general ledger.
  • Import daily cash receipts, update general ledger for investment activity, reconcile bank statements
  • Update and review general ledger account analysis
  • Reconcile donor database to general ledger, update and reconcile cash flow spreadsheet to operating accounts
  • Record and reconcile budget amendments in Fund EZ accounting software
  • Prepare accounts receivable invoices
  • Other duties as assigned

Job Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, 1 – 3 years of experience
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work as part of team
  • Ability to be flexible to in responding to financial tasks and assignments as they emerge
  • Proficient in use of Microsoft Excel, experience with Fund EZ accounting software a plus


Salary range is $50,000 – 60,000. Benefits include health, life, and disability coverage, a 403(b)-retirement plan, paid holidays, and vacation time.

To Apply:

This position is open until filled. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter explaining why your skills and experience would complement this position to JobApps@Openlands.org. Please include “Staff Accountant” in the subject line.

Please note that applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Work Environment:

This position offers a hybrid work schedule with a combination of remote and works in our downtown Chicago office which is ADA accessible. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, and scanners. The employee is regularly required to talk, hear, see, and communicate effectively via computer. This role requires manual labor- standing, bending, crouching, lifting. Smoke- and drug-free environment

Openlands is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ qualified individuals based on individual merit. Openlands does not discriminate against any individual with respect to the terms and conditions of employment based on that individual’s race, sex, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, housing status, or any other non-merit factor protected under state, local or federal laws.

Equal Employment Opportunity applies to all personnel actions such as recruiting, hiring, compensation, benefits, promotions, training, transfer, termination, and opportunities for training. Openlands is committed to a fair and equitable workplace where everyone is a respected and valued member of the team.