Employment: AIDS Foundation of Chicago

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Chicago,  IL
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AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) mobilizes communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV or chronic conditions. We envision a world in which people living with HIV or chronic conditions will thrive, and there will be no new HIV cases. Our work focuses on advancing health equity, preventing new cases of HIV, serving as a collaboration and knowledge center, being a bold voice for change and strengthening our organizational excellence.

We are seeking an individual to serve as our Controller. The Controller is responsible for oversight of all finance, accounting and reporting activities, including the preparation of financial reports and forecasts for future business growth with a focus on the Center for Housing and Health’s operations.

Principle functions and responsibilities of this position include the following:

  • Provide leadership and support to the accounting department;
  • Assist the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with fiscal and regulatory management of the organization; ensure financial operations comply with federal and state laws;
  • Be the lead for fiscal management of the Flexible Housing Pool (FHP) and other earned income ventures;
  • Work with FHP staff in the development of financial models to support the preparation of financial forecasts;
  • Prepare cash flow reports;
  • Assist the CFO in overseeing cash flow management;
  • Review monthly financial statements, track and analyze performance against budget;
  • Ensures that reported results comply with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP);
  • Monitor departmental budgets; conduct quarterly expenditure review meetings with  department leads;
  • Conduct quarterly reviews of accounting worksheets to ensure accurate reporting and coding of revenue and expense;
  • Conduct analysis of financial risks and benefits for new business opportunities and due diligence requests;
  • Performs various General Ledger activities including journal entries, adjustments, and revenue entries related to operations;
  • Participate in the annual budget process; work with the CFO, the Accounting team, and Department heads to prepare and present operating plan/budget for Board approval;
  • Assess Finance and Grants department processes and propose, develop and implement quality assurance processes; conduct ongoing quality assurance reviews;
  • Identify and implement opportunities for streamlining processes;
  • Assist with annual Single Audits;
  • Prepare for and participate in fiscal site visits conducted by Funders;
  • Review fixed asset and investment schedules;
  • Assist with Treasury functions and managing bank relationships;
  • Attend Board finance committee and full board meetings; be finance lead at Center for Housing and Health board meetings;
  • Maintain knowledge of organizational procedures, federal and state regulations, and accounting standards;
  • Support CFO with Departmental strategic planning and execution;
  • Lead the development and achievement of team goals and related strategic plan items.


  • Assist the Chief Financial Officer on other department-related matters as needed;
  • Assist with agency-wide activities as directed, including Annual Meeting, AIDS Run & Walk, and others;
  • Maintain and update job knowledge by participating in training and educational opportunities, reading professional publications, and participating in professional organizations;
  • Protect organization's value and manage risk by keeping information confidential;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in this class. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assignment of duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position.


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business or related field AND 4 or more years of not-for-profit accounting experience

PLUS 3 years’ experience using intermediate to advanced-level Microsoft Office Excel

PLUS Demonstrated proficiency with accounting software

Preferred Qualifications

CPA or Master’s Degree in Accounting or Finance AND 5 or more years of not-for-profit accounting experience.

4 or more years’ experience using Advanced-level Microsoft Office Excel

Experience with Blackbaud’s Financial Edge fund accounting software


 Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to develop and maintain professional, trusting, and positive working relationships with managers, supervisors, staff, co-workers, partner agencies, and vendors. 

Strong attention to detail skill and able to provide efficient, quality service to both internal and external customers.

Knowledge of financial software suite packages used to manage organizational finance, grant and accounting data. This includes the ability to run reports, create and input budgets, and create ad-hoc queries.

Ability to use various Microsoft Office applications, specifically Excel in order to perform job duties such as creating spreadsheets and responding to e-mail.

In addition, strong budget forecasting skills and the ability to establish and execute budgets by understating budgets needs.

Please reference position FINCON 400

Decisions and criteria governing the employment relationship with all employees at AIDS Foundation Chicago are made in a non-discriminatory manner, without regard to race, ethnicity, creed, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, citizenship status, military service and/or marital status, order of protection status, handicap, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), or any other factor determined to be unlawful by federal, state, or local statutes.


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