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About Employment at ACM

The Associated Colleges of the Midwest is an equal employment opportunity employer. ACM does not discriminate in the operation of its educational programs, activities, or employment with regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by law.

ACM member colleges: Beloit College, Carleton College, Coe College, Colorado College, Cornell College, Grinnell College, Knox College, Lake Forest College, Lawrence University, Luther College, Macalester College, Monmouth College, Ripon College, and St. Olaf College.

ACM is a consortium of 14 private liberal arts colleges in five states. The member colleges launched ACM in 1958 with three main purposes to support the members through joint action:

  • To advance the interests and to contribute to the educational effectiveness of the member colleges of the organization;
  • To develop and assist the member colleges in improving the efficiency of their operations both administrative and cultural; and
  • To assist the member colleges in developing additional sources of revenue.

Through ACM, faculty, staff, and students at member colleges participate in collaborative programs and activities focused on academic excellence and professional development. ACM aims to strengthen its member colleges as leaders and exemplars in liberal arts education through significant, innovative, and sustainable collaborations.

Opportunities in the ACM office

Staff Accountant

The Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM), a non-profit educational consortium of 14 residential liberal arts colleges across five states, seeks a Staff Accountant to assist in daily finance and accounting operations. Located in downtown Chicago, the ACM enriches residential liberal arts education and strengthens members through collaboration.

Description of Position

The overall purpose of this position is to support the day-to-day finance operations including accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and employee benefits for the ACM office. Reporting to the Vice President for Finance, Administration, and Planning (VPFAP) the Staff Accountant will work closely with all levels of staff, not only to educate them regarding finance and accounting procedures but also explore how the finance department can help support them in their operations. In addition, the Staff Accountant will partner with the VPFAP and Staff Accountant leadership to help turn data into information and insight by analyzing trends and providing ongoing analysis.

General Responsibilities

  • AP, AR, payroll, benefit administration
  • Support most aspects of accounting management (billing, tax forms, reporting, etc.)
  • Assist in the formulation of internal controls and policies to comply with laws and established best practices
  • Assist in the preparation of financial statements in compliance with official guidelines and requirements
  • Manage journal entries, invoices, and other financial activities and reconcile accounts for the monthly or annual closing
  • Assist in the preparation of budgets or forecasts
  • Participate in preparation for the annual audit
  • Help develop reports for management or regulatory bodies
  • Review accounting information to identify and resolve inaccuracies or imbalances
  • Utilize accounting system to facilitate processes and maintain records
  • Maintain chart of accounts
  • Reconcile bank statements
  • Reconcile petty cash
  • Prepare daily cash analysis, reconciling book to bank
  • Prepare check requests
  • Reconcile and prepare credit card bills
  • Perform account analysis
  • Reconcile specified balance sheet accounts each month
  • Responsible for some tax documents
  • Sort and distribute incoming mail
  • Interpret data, analyze results using statistical techniques and provide ongoing reports
  • Help develop and implement databases, data collection systems, data analytics and other strategies that optimize statistical efficiency and quality
  • Acquire data from primary or secondary data sources and maintain databases/data systems
  • Identify, analyze, and interpret trends or patterns in complex data sets
  • Work with management to prioritize business and information needs
  • Locate and define new process improvement opportunities


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or business administration OR equivalent business experience with 3-5 years of progressively responsible experience in a finance department
  • High degree of computer of literacy in ERP systems like MIP/SAGE
  • Proficient in Microsoft office products, especially Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Ability to collaborate productively with colleagues in a small office
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize, analyze, and disseminate significant amounts of information with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Adept at queries, report writing and presenting findings

Additional Information

This is a full-time, exempt position. Salary dependent on experience in the $45,000-$55,000 range. The ACM offers a competitive benefits package and a flexible, stimulating environment.

Start date: September or October 2020

Application deadline: Accepted until the position is filled.

Application Instructions

If you would like to be considered as a candidate for this position, please send:

  • a letter explaining your interest in the position, the qualifications you would bring, and how you would contribute to ACM goals for this position;
  • a professional resume;
  • available start date;
  • salary requirements; and
  • a list of references, including contact details (who would be contacted only with prior permission). 

Materials should be submitted electronically as attachments, in MS Word or PDF format, to using the subject “Staff Accountant.” 

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