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Employer:  Environmental Law & Policy Center.
Categories:  Finance/Accounting
Job Type:  Full Time
Experience Required:  4-5 years
State/Province:  IL - Illinois
City:  Chicago
Salary:  non-disclosed
Job Description: 

The Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC), the Midwest’s leading environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, seeks to hire a full time Accountant in its downtown Chicago headquarters.

ELPC is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, and among the nation’s leaders. We develop and lead successful strategic environmental advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural heritage. We are public interest environmental entrepreneurs who engage in creative business deal making with diverse interests to put into practice our belief that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. ELPC’s multidisciplinary staff of 46 talented public interest attorneys, environmental business specialists, policy advocates and communications specialists brings a strong and effective combination of skills to solve environmental problems and improve the quality of life in our communities. ELPC’s headquarters is in Chicago with additional offices and professional staff in Columbus, OH, Des Moines, IA, Jamestown, ND, Madison, WI, St. Paul, MN, Sioux Falls, SD, and Washington D.C.  ELPC has an annual budget of $6.5 million and started in 1993.  See

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Accountant will have hands on responsibility for all aspects of maintaining the organization’s accounting system.  Specific duties include accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger entries, bank reconciliations, payroll reconciliations and cash management.  The Accountant will prepare monthly financial statements and working papers for the annual audit.  The Accountant reports to and works closely with the Deputy Director, who serves as chief financial officer.  Develop new procedures and internal controls.  Work closely with the other operations and financial management staff as well as with members of the development team.  Additional operations,  human resource, and financial analysis duties, as well as special projects, will also be assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS: Five years of accounting experience, preferably in the nonprofit sector, and a working understanding of all aspects of nonprofit accounting.   Ability to work independently with attention to detail and good judgment are essential.  Proficiency in Excel and modern accounting software such as Accufund.  An inspired and demonstrated commitment to public interest environmental advocacy and the ability to work productively as a member of a team of skilled professionals is required.

SALARY:  Commensurate with experience and with ELPC’s salary structure that is competitive with other major public interest environmental organizations. Excellent benefits provided.

APPLICATION: To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume and references  No phone calls please. The Environmental Law and Policy Center is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff.


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