Position Description

Staff Accountant
Location Chicago
Job Code 520
# of Openings 1
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About Chicago Public Media

Chicago Public Media is home to WBEZ , Chicago’s NPR news source and one of the largest and most respected public media stations in the country, as well as urban alternative music station, Vocalo . The organization serves the community with fact-based, objective news and information. WBEZ’s award-winning journalists ask tough questions, dig deep for answers and expose truths that spark change and foster understanding. In addition to its local and national news programming, WBEZ Chicago is home to a growing portfolio of popular podcasts, including the “Making” series of Making Beyoncé, Making Obama and Making Oprah; an investigative podcast series, Motive; 16 Shots: A podcast about the fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald; Nerdette; and Curious City. WBEZ Chicago has a legacy of innovation as the birthplace of nationally acclaimed programs such as This American Life and Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me! and the ground-breaking podcast, Serial.

Chicago Public Media has recently acquired the Chicago Sun-Times, one of the Chicago’s two major daily newspapers and among the most storied dailies in the nation.  With the Chicago Sun-Times and WBEZ, Chicago Public Media is now home to one of the largest teams of journalists of any local news organization in the nation. Under the banner of Chicago Public Media, WBEZ and the Chicago Sun-Times will reach more than 2 million people a week in the Chicago area across broadcast, print, and digital channels. Backed by a significant philanthropic commitment, Chicago Public Media plans to substantially increase its investment in local journalism by hiring additional reporters, producers and newsroom personnel in the months and years ahead. 


The Opportunity

The Staff Accountant assists the Accounting Manager in the preparation and maintenance of CPM’s financial records and transactions.


General Responsibilities

  • Prepare and post monthly journal entries for review, providing support for transactions.
  • Analyze and prepare balance sheet reconciliations.
  • Maintain fixed asset records and prepare and post journal entries for depreciation expense, assets placed in service and disposals.
  • Month-end amortization of prepaid expenses.
  • Month-end revenue reconciliations and classifications.
  • Monthly commission calculations and accrual entries.
  • Liaison with Corporate Sponsorship team, including monthly invoices, review of aging and ad hoc requests.
  • Assist in the preparation of financial reports such as financial statements, variance analysis, and interim grant financial reporting.
  • Assist in work-paper preparation for annual audit, tax filings and state and federal annual reporting.
  • Other responsibilities include but are not limited to participation in grant reports, special projects and ad hoc analyses as assigned.



  • Undergraduate degree in Accounting.
  • Minimum 2 solid years accounting experience, non-profit a plus.
  • CPA or CPA candidate a plus.
  • Public accounting experience preferred.
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Intellectual curiosity, initiative, and strong work ethic.
  • Positive team player who can collaborate with the finance team and other teams throughout the organization.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to assess accuracy and data integrity.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities in a dynamic environment.
  • Ability to answer accounting and financial questions by researching and interpreting data.
  • Ability to quickly learn and adapt to new IT systems.
  • Ability to keep information confidential.


Working at Chicago Public Media

At Chicago Public Media, we care deeply about our employees as we know attracting, developing, 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 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, experience, 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 include:

 6 weeks fully paid family 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.

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.

Chicago Public Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we actively seek and welcome people from all backgrounds, orientations, and life experiences to join our team.

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