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Beyond Hunger is harnessing the power of communities to end hunger. An award-winning direct service agency, we serve residents of 13 zip codes including the west side of Chicago and surrounding suburbs. Last year we provided critical food assistance and programming to 43,000 individuals. Our energetic and fulfilling work environment is resourced by a cash budget of $2.5M, an accounting department of 1.5 FTE, over 1300 active volunteers—and possibly you. This position will be the inaugural accounting role for this storied organization.  

We are seeking someone as passionate as we are about ending hunger, who is mission-driven, results-oriented, and a team player with attention to detail.

POSITION TITLE: Senior Accountant
REPORTS TO: Director of Operations


Major Responsibilities:


  • Establish, maintain, and enforce the agency’s financial policies and accounting internal control procedures. Make recommendations for policy changes and process improvements.
  • Analyze and maintain accounting records to ensure accuracy, completeness and conformance to standards defined within the department and according to GAAP, including restricted revenue.
  • Prepare financial statements and reports for independent auditors during annual financial audit and act as primary liaison for audit.
  • Reconcile bank accounts monthly.
  • Responsible for payroll analysis and reporting: coordinate input of payroll data into accounting system.
  • Review and post all transactions to corresponding GL accounts in accounting system.
  • Prepare and analyze monthly financial statements and present them to the treasurer and finance committee.
  • Remain current on legal and regulatory changes which may affect the financial operations of the agency, including changes in local, state, and federal regulations.
  • Responsible for filing of all government tax and regulatory reporting.
  • Act as advisor to senior management on all matters relating to agency finances including budgeting, cash flow, strategic initiatives, and program development.


  • Manage the process of developing the agency’s annual budget, including drafting prospective programmatic budgets with program managers.
  • Provide and explain monthly budget versus actual reports for program managers, including restricted grant finances. 
  • Assist with the preparation of budgets for grants, review budget proposals, and prepare necessary supporting documentation and justification. Work closely with the development team to ensure fiscal compliance with grant reporting requirements.

Essential Functions

  • Knowledgeable of principals of accounting especially as they relate to non-profit entities.
  • Ability and comfort using various computer programs, including web applications and ability to input, use and extract information and reports from accounting software.
  • Ability to create and maintain sound and accurate administrative and financial records and reports.
  • Analysis and planning skills to provide reports in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Personal interactions with staff, donors, and vendor contacts on the telephone, via e-mail, and in person that display sensitivity and poise.
  • Written communications that are accurate, concise, and clear.
  • Ability and demonstrated desire to complete records, financial reports, and other projects in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Available for Board meetings as requested.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Accounting major preferred
  • Three to five years’ accounting experience
  • Written, analytic, and interpersonal communication experience in a professional work environment
  • Computer/database accounting software knowledge, ABILA MIP preferred
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and collaboration skills in a team setting
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively engage diverse perspectives and experiences in work product and in organizational interactions 

Desirable Qualifications

  • Non-profit experience
  • CPA
  • Budget experience
  • Demonstrated ability to produce auditable financial statements
  • Ability to work under pressure and with a wide variety of people

To be successful as a member of the Beyond Hunger Team, you will:

  • Commitment to vision and mission of Beyond Hunger as an anti-racist social services organization.
  • Cultural responsiveness and alignment with our values and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Strong relationship building skills, high ethical standards, discretion, respectfulness, and tact.
  • Enthusiastically contribute to a positive working culture at the agency.
  • Engage with coworkers and stakeholders through effective and honest communication.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to collaboration across the organization.

Environment and Benefits

Learning Benefits: Beyond Hunger highly values and partially funds staff professional development

Paid Time Off: 15 vacation days (after 6 months), 5 sick days, plus 12 paid holidays per year--some holidays are flexible

Health Care and Retirement: Health, Dental and Simple IRA

Multi-level work area: administrative offices/workspace not fully accessible to the mobility impaired

Workplace is a smoke- and drug-free environment

**All employees must show proof of being fully vaccinated against Covid-19 which includes recommended CDC booster.

Equal opportunity employer seeking to build a more equitable and inclusive world


To apply: send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to


Beyond Hunger’s Core Values:

•  Respect: We will adopt positive and asset-based orientations and practices.

•  Equity: Racial inequities drive hunger and must be addressed within and by our organization. By recognizing layered racial, social, and economic inequities we will enhance access to nutritious food for disproportionally affected people.

•  Accountability: We are committed to continual improvement. We recognize that learning is constant and must be prioritized. Therefore, we will persist in assessing the impact of our work and implementing best practices while focusing on core strengths.

•  Community: We deepen the impact of our work by building an inclusive community—solving hunger in partnership with volunteers, donors, residents, and, importantly, individuals who understand our impact because they personally have been affected by it.