Maintain the day-to-day accounting functions of the Chicago Botanic Garden and assist in reporting financial information while maintaining or improving internal accounting controls and efficiency.
The Chicago Botanic Garden is one of the world's great botanic gardens and living museums, known for its stunning collection of landscapes and horticultural displays as well as for its plant conservation science and education programs. Our mission: We cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life. The Garden inspires more than one million people a year who visit, and tens of thousands more whom we reach through our outreach programs in urban agriculture, horticulture therapy, and citizen science.
At a mere 46 years old, the Garden is one of only 17 public gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums. Its 27 display gardens and four natural areas cover 385 acres and are uniquely sited on nine islands. The permanent plant collections contain almost 2.8 million plants representing more than 13,000 taxa. The Garden has 51,000 members—one of the largest memberships of any U.S. botanic garden. Its Lenhardt Library contains 150,000 volumes, including one of the nation’s best collections of rare horticultural and botanical books.
The Garden is one of two cultural institutions within the Forest Preserves of Cook County. It is an independent 501(c)(3) organization with an annual operating budget of nearly $40 million and is in the final stages of a $125 million capital and endowment campaign. It has received a 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator for five years in a row. For more information on the Chicago Botanic Garden, please visit chicagobotanic.org.
Duties and Responsibilities:
In this role, you will be responsible for the following:
Monitor and maintain the general ledger, including cash receipts, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and cash disbursements journals.
Recommend policies and procedures to the controller in order to ensure the accuracy of accounting records while maintaining or improving internal controls and efficiency of staff.
Advise controller of unusual and significant transactions. Review daily reports and prepare the monthly close. Analyze monthly departmental and Garden-wide financial reports for deviation from budget and emerging trends. Assist controller in the preparation of reports to management and board.
Respond in a timely manner to departmental inquiries related to accounting and financial reporting issues.
Assist in the preparation of reports to monitor status of grants, projects, restricted contributions and contracts, including compliance with financial requirements. Provide accounting information to other departments as requested.
Assist in the preparation and file tax returns required by federal and state authoritiesin a timely manner.
Assist in all aspects of financial reporting, training, and special projects as assigned.
Oversee multiple priorities while meeting strict deadlines.
Maintain effective communication with internal and external customers.
KEY GARDEN COMPENTENCIES/BEHAVIORS DESIRED
Communicates in a manner that gains the trust and support of others at all levels.
Works effectively with others despite differences of opinion and style; builds alliances.
Has a tolerance for opposing points of view.
Strives for collaboration. Works cooperatively, as a positive contributor to the team.
Demonstrates a positive attitude and shows kindness in all workplace interactions.
Makes decisions appropriate for level of responsibility.
Can effectively adapt to change; can shift gears comfortably; is flexible, and embraces change with a “can-do” attitude.
Is self-aware; knows personal strengths and weaknesses; seeks feedback and is open to negative feedback as an opportunity for improvement.
Is cool under pressure; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; is not knocked off balance by the unexpected; is a settling influence during a crisis.
Recognizes problems, constructively identifies and articulates solutions.
Follows safety guidelines to ensure a safe working environment and consistently demonstrates safe work behaviors.
Bachelor’s degree in accounting; C.P.A. and/or M.B.A. a plus.
Minimum of three years of accounting experience; nonprofit accounting experience a plus.
Knowledge of accounting and reporting software (e.g. Financial Edge) as well as Office products, not limited to Excel.
Internal Number: 676
About Chicago Botanic Garden
Mission and History
We cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life.
The Chicago Botanic Garden opened more than 40 years ago as a beautiful place to visit, and it has matured into one of the world's great living museums and conservation science centers. Every year, more than one million people visit the Garden's 27 gardens and four natural areas, uniquely situated on 385 acres on and around nine islands, with six miles of lake shoreline. The Garden also has a renowned Bonsai Collection.
The Chicago Botanic Garden has 50,000 members—one of the largest memberships of any U.S. botanic garden. People of all ages, interests, and abilities participate in programs, take classes, and stroll the grounds year-round. Within the nine laboratories of the Garden's Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center, scientists and graduate students conduct a wide array of plant research. The Garden is one of only 17 public gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums. Its Lenhardt Library contains 150,000 volumes—including one of the nation's best collections of rare botanical books.
The Chicago Botanic Garden traces its origins back t...o the Chicago Horticultural Society, founded in 1890. Using the motto Urbs in Horto, meaning "city in a garden," the Society hosted nationally recognized flower and horticultural shows; its third was the World's Columbian Exposition Chrysanthemum Show, held in conjunction with the world's fair held in October 1893.
After a period of inactivity, the Chicago Horticultural Society was restarted in 1943. In 1962, its modern history began when the Society agreed to help create and manage a new public garden. With the groundbreaking for the Chicago Botanic Garden in 1965 and its opening in 1972, the Society created a permanent site on which to carry out its mission. The Garden today is an example of a successful public-private partnership. It is owned by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County and operated by the Chicago Horticultural Society.
From its founding, the Garden has hired leading architects, beginning with John O. Simonds and Geoffrey Rausch, who created the master plan. Edward Larabee Barnes designed the Education Center in 1976, known today as the Regenstein Center. The Japanese Garden, Sansho-En, was designed by Dr. Koichi Kawana in 1975 and dedicated in 1982 (today it is the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden). Dedicated in 1991, the English Walled Garden was designed by British landscape designer John Brookes. The Plant Science Center, which opened in 2009, was the work of designer/architect Booth Hansen. Throughout its existence, the Chicago Botanic Garden has developed gardens and educational facilities with a meticulous eye toward its original mission.