Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras (CYSO) announces an immediate opening for a part time Staff Accountant.
CYSO’s mission is to inspire and cultivate personal excellence through music. We offer a continuum of programs that serve young musicians 6-18 years old through on-site ensembles, neighborhood programming, and concerts serving Chicago Public Schools students and the wider Chicagoland community. Each season, we serve 800 young musicians in weekly rehearsals and another 8,500 students and families through community programming.
CYSO is investing in the future of music and the next generation of leaders. As an organization, we foster a culture of excellence and professionalism among staff. Our team values compassion, collaboration, and an on-going desire to continue to learn as individuals and as an organization. The CYSO staff is passionate about music, young people, education, and equity.
The Staff Accountant position will support the Director of Finance in performing general ledger bookkeeping accounts receivable and accounts payable activities, and other monthly accounting functions. The position may be also be involved in performing office management activities as needed.
Primary duties include:
Prepare invoices for student tuition and other earned income accounts;
Manage tuition A/R accounts and payment plans;
Communicate with clients by phone and email regarding A/R accounts;
Record cash and A/R receipts in accounting system;
Update accounting system client database;
Process checks and cash as received and prepare bank deposits;
Process monthly A/P and credit card expenses, in accounting system;
Assisting in preparation of financial statements, and financial items for grant
Assisting with office technology equipment purchasing, upgrades and setup;
Other assigned activities related to not-for-profit accounting, human resources and administration.
QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS
The Staff Accountant should have the following preferred education and skills:
Bachelor’s degree in accounting;
Related employment experience, with not for profit accounting experience preferred;
Experience with accounting systems, FundEZ preferred;
Experience with Microsoft 365, including Windows Office applications and other business software;
Effective oral and written communication, including phone skills;
Analytic and problem solving skills;
Strong attention to detail;
Human resources experience;
Knowledge of IT and computer systems;
Filing and general office organization skills;
Ability to work at a computer for an extended length of time;
Ability to move boxes up to 25 lbs.
Additional Salary Information: This is a part time position for 30 hours per week - $17 - $20 per hour, based on experience. Benefits include up to 5 PTO days per year.
About Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras
Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras’ mission is to inspire and cultivate personal excellence through music.
CYSO has provided music education through orchestral programs and performance opportunities of the
highest caliber since 1946. CYSO is investing in the future of music and the next generation of leaders.
We currently serve more than 650 students ages 6-18 in on-site ensembles including four full orchestras, three
string orchestras, jazz orchestra, multiple steel orchestras, and enrichment opportunities including chamber
music, masterclasses, and music composition. CYSO musicians learn from Chicago’s most respected
professional musicians, perform in the world’s great concert halls, and gain the self-confidence and discipline
necessary for a successful future.
CYSO Community Engagement Programs will support instrumental music training and music access for
approximately 8,500 young people during the 2018-2019 season. We work with students in underserved
neighborhoods through our Ambassadors Program, present free community and education concerts, and
partner with institutions including Chicago Public Schools and The People’s Music School.
CYSO alumni go on to play... in the world’s finest orchestras and ensembles, and are also found working as
teachers, community leaders, doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and business professionals. Whether or not a
graduate continues musical studies after their time in CYSO, students leave with a strong sense of discipline,
increased self-confidence, and a deep appreciation for music and the arts.
As an organization, CYSO fosters a culture of excellence and professionalism among its staff. Staff members
value compassion, collegiality, and an on-going desire to continue learning. The CYSO staff is passionate about music, youth, and education.