Position Description

Director of Accounting
Location Chicago, Navy Pier
Job Code 320
# of Openings 1
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About Chicago Public Media

Chicago Public Media (www.chicagopublicmedia.org) is one of the largest and most respected public media organizations in the country.  With an unparalleled reputation for creativity and innovation across all platforms, Chicago Public Media provides substantive news and insights, thoughtful conversation and meaningful connections to its diverse audiences throughout the Chicago area, as well as nationally and globally.    


Chicago Public Media engages with its listeners and users across multiple platforms, including broadcast radio, digital streaming, and mobile apps.  Its flagship station, WBEZ-Chicago (91.5 FM), delivers a weekly listening audience of over 550,000, and broadcasts throughout Chicago and the surrounding region.  WBEZ’s website, wbez.org, is a top-performing website, serving 1.2 million monthly audio streams.  WBEZ’s sister service, called Vocalo (91.1 FM, vocalo.org), targets a Millennial, multicultural audience through an urban alternative format that public radio has not traditionally served.  Chicago Public Media also produces three programs that are distributed nationally, the award-winning This American LifeSound Opinions, and Wait, Wait,....Don’t Tell Me, produced in partnership with NPR.


With a tradition of journalistic excellence and innovation, and financial stability, Chicago Public Media is poised to gain market share in a region where private-sector print and broadcast news competitors are facing significant business challenges.  Chicago Public Media is recognized for the breadth and depth of its local reporting, ranging from breaking news coverage to innovative storytelling and enterprise reporting, and through partnerships with NPR, American Public Media and PRX.  Throughout the years, the organization has won numerous awards for its journalistic excellence. 

With a strong membership base and consistent funding from a diverse group of corporate, philanthropic, individual and institutional sources, Chicago Public Media has a solid financial base from which to grow. Today, Chicago Public Media attracts nearly 88,000 members who support the organization. Membership represents approximately half of CPM’s total revenues and is the single largest source of funding. 


Job Summary:

The Director of Accounting reports to the VP of Finance and directs the accounting activities of Chicago Public Media, Inc. (CPM), including financial statement preparation, reporting, and analysis of operations.  The Director of Accounting will manage a team of five accounting professionals.


Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Leads and manages the organization’s accounting function and performance.
  • Consistently analyzes and communicates financial data and present reports in an accurate and timely manner.  Directs the preparation of all financial reports, including income statements, balance sheets, audited financials, tax returns and reports for government regulatory agencies.
  • Works with members of CPM’s senior team to understand accounting implication of new business areas including researching accounting guidance and preparing accounting memos on proper treatment.
  • Continually reviews, recommends and implements accounting procedures to ensure appropriate accuracy, timeliness, internal financial controls and operational efficiencies.  Provides recommendations for enhancements and changes.
  • Supervises, trains, and provides leadership to accounting team.  Ensures that all staff members are highly competent in all accounting systems, processes and procedures.
  • Completes quarterly compliance reporting to banking institutions. Prepares and monitors covenant calculations.  Assists with presentations of financial reports to board, committees and senior management.
  • Participates on the following Board committees: Audit Committee and Finance Committee. 


Education Required:

Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting; CPA required.


Experience and Skills Required:

  • Ten plus years accounting experience including significant experience and knowledge in nonprofit accounting, including management of unrestricted and restricted funds, and tax areas. 
  • Ten plus years managing accounting functions and leading a team.
  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
  • Knowledge of various accounting software packages; Experience leading the transition of General Ledger and Reporting Systems. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, interpersonal, presentation and management skills.
  • Excellent analytical ability with extreme attention to timeliness, accuracy and detail.
  • Ability to foster and work in a cooperative, team-oriented work environment.
  • Ability to handle complex assignments with minimal supervision; ability to work in fast-paced environment.


The essential functions described above are not all-inclusive and may change periodically to meet the needs of Chicago Public Media (CPM).  The information contained in this job description is not intended to create any contractual or other legal commitment.  Chicago Public Media may change the content or format of this job at any time in its sole and exclusive discretion without notice.


At Chicago Public Media, we are looking for people who are curious about the world and have an excitement for the mission of independent, nonprofit journalism. If it sounds like you would be a good fit for our team, apply today. 


Chicago Public Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer, an Affirmative Action Employer and actively seeks talented people from all backgrounds, orientations and walks of life.


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