Position Description

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

To nourish the public conversation by telling the stories that matter—stories that provoke thought, entertain, capture emotion and inspire action.


Chicago Public Media Mission Statement


Who is Chicago Public Media?

Chicago Public Media is one of the largest, most decorated, aggressively creative, and journalistically ambitious public radio organizations in the nation. We are home to WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR news station, celebrating our 75th year anniversary broadcasting at 91.5 FM, and Vocalo Radio, Chicago’s Urban Alternative music station at 91.1 FM. We are the birthplace of such celebrated programs as This American Life, Wait,Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, Sound Opinions, Curious City and most recently, a growing portfolio of podcasts that include Serial, the “Making” series, including Making Obama and Making Oprah, and The Trouble with Shannon Cason. WBEZ’s award-winning newsroom is growing in order to tackle the stories that matter most to our community.  As an essential source of news and context, we are a powerful connector among lines of difference.

An opportunity to make an impact

At Chicago Public Media, we believe independent journalism is essential to a well-functioning democracy and access to fact-based, objective news and information a right of every citizen.  We serve the public interest by creating diverse, compelling content that informs, inspires and enriches.  We connect diverse audiences and help them make a difference in our communities, our region and our world.  If you are inspired by our mission and want to belong to an organization that inspires you, supports you, and challenges you, we encourage you to apply.


Job Summary:


The Director of Accounting reports to the VP of Finance / Chief Financial Officer 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.
  • Previous audit experience is desirable. 
  • 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.



Working at Chicago Public Media

We at Chicago Public Media care deeply about our employees as we know attracting, nurturing and growing talent is key to our success and enhancing our impact.  Our culture is one where collaboration, ideas, and innovation are encouraged.  We value colleagues who will enhance our culture by bringing new ideas, diverse experiences and talents to our dynamic workplace.


Chicago Public Media’s dedication to promoting diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion is reflective across our brands, WBEZ 91.5 FM and Vocalo 91.1 FM, in our staff and in our work.  We are fully focused on equality of opportunity and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin and all other fascinating characteristics that make us different.


At Chicago Public Media we believe dedication to a great workplace includes supporting our employees and their families. As a result, we provide a broad and generous benefits package for you at hire and in the years to come.  Our benefits including:


  •  6 weeks fully paid family leave
  •  12 weeks paid maternity leave
  •  High quality Medical, Dental, and Vision plans at an affordable cost
  •  A  403(b)retirement plan with a company match
  •  Generous paid time off, including starting with 3 weeks’ vacation and 4 personal days
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