Senior Accountant

For ten years in a row, our library has received a five-star rating, highest of Library Journal’s national public library ratings.  We are the busiest single-building public library in the United States, with over one million visitors and 2.1 million checkouts during 2017. 
We strive to add value in our customers’ lives by:
  • partnering with them to develop skills they need to succeed in all stages of their lives;
  • helping local businesses and community agencies thrive;
  • inspiring understanding by creating occasions for the exchange of ideas, cultural experiences and discovery; and
  • offering opportunities in Arlington Heights for gathering, learning, contemplating, creating, and finding inspiration.
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Arlington Heights is the largest community along Chicago’s northwest suburban corridor, located 25 miles from downtown Chicago.  The Metra Union Pacific Northwest train station is located just two blocks from the library, convenient for our employees who live in the city or anywhere along the Northwest line.
With a village library structure, our executive director reports to an independent, elected board of library trustees.  The Village of Arlington Heights collects and transfers to us semi-annual property tax assessments, which are the primary revenue source and for which our trustees approve an annual budget.  The Village also manages all investments, government reporting and filings, and health insurance plans.

Our budgeted revenue for 2018 is $14.6M.  The library has no debt.  Our team includes 249 employees and 230 volunteers.
Primary duties and responsibilities:
  • Prepare and analyze financial and payroll transactions, reports and statements.  Serve as lead on finance team to coordinate and supervise daily services and activities.
  • Manage monthly and year-end closing and resulting financial reporting.
  • Recommend process improvements and efficiencies for workflows. Maintain procedures for internal controls (accounts payable, accounts receivable, purchasing and cash), prepaid expenses and capital assets.
  • Assist in annual budget preparation and financial audit.
  • Oversee time and attendance system, monitor for accuracy and work with vendor for corrections and upgrades.
  • Assist department managers by providing reports and analysis of financial data.
  • Review and oversee responsibilities for day-to-day accounting activities.
  • Successful candidates will embrace Our Culture.
Requirements & Skills: 
  • Three to five years of general accounting experience.
  • Experience in a government/public agency is helpful.
  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Generally Accepted Auditing standards.
  • Excellent Excel skills and understanding of general ledger systems.
Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Associate's degree in accounting with relevant additional work experience.
Hours and Scheduling: 
This is an exempt, full-time position, 37.5 hours per week.
Salary and Benefits: 
Starting annual salary range:  $47,800 to $57,000 depending on qualifications
Benefits include health insurance, 4 weeks of vacation plus personal and sick time, 12 paid holidays, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) pension plan and availability of 457/Roth savings plans.
To be considered for this opportunity, candidates must submit by August 19, 2018:
  • A letter of interest describing how your qualifications and experience meet those required for the position.
  • Resume
Only electronic submissions will be considered.
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