Staff Accountant – National

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Reports to: Martrice Caldwell, Director of Accounting – National

Start Date: July/August 2017
Location: Chicago, IL
Position Filled By: July/August 2017

About OneGoal


In 1970, 6% of students from low-income communities completed college. Today, that number is a mere 9%. Anchored in this belief, we have one goal: college graduation. Period. At OneGoal, we believe we must move the needle on this most critical challenge facing our nation especially given it is solvable. We believe all students have what it takes to earn a college degree, and should have a real opportunity to fulfill their potential. Our Staff Accountant will join a national movement changing the trajectory for our country’s most underserved youth during a unique window in time:

  • By 2017, OneGoal will serve more than 9,300 students (“OneGoal Fellows”) in 180 schools in six states across our country.
  • OneGoal’s teacher-led, in-school, three-year college access and success model is reversing the odds. While nationwide, only 9% of kids in low-income communities graduate from college, 82% of OneGoal Fellows enroll in college and 78% are persisting or have graduated from college.
  • Since 2013, OneGoal has grown in staff size by an average of 50% and with over 100 staff members, is embarking on “Phase III” of our growth stage, anticipating additional growth to new regions.

The Person


You believe – and your work has demonstrated your belief – that all students can earn a college degree and the life that comes with it. The Staff Accountant is a member of the Finance and Operations team, which is charged with building and managing the systems, processes and policies necessary to become a scalable, sustainable, and enduring organization over the next five years.

As the Staff Accountant, your mission is to maintain the day-to-day accounting of the organization. Your primary responsibilities will include:

  • Ensuring the month-end close process is timely and accurate:
    • Manage Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable
    • Prepare monthly journal entries
    • Prepare monthly reconciliations
    • Prepare and distribute regional/national team financial statements
    • Streamline close process to less than 15 days
    • Assist with year-end activities
    • Upon selection of ERP, work with finance team on development of new operating procedures
    • Evolve month-end close process to reflect new ERP
  • Learning and executing the payroll process so that all employees are paid accurately and on time:
    • Transition the payroll process from the Human Assets team to the Finance team and integrate IT into the monthly accounting processes
    • Facilitate the transition of expense reimbursements from ChasePay to Payroll

Though the Staff Accountant is likely to see himself/herself/themselves in the following examples, these are not requirements. These examples are designed to help you determine if this opportunity aligns with your own passion and purpose.


You are detail oriented.

  • You believe in getting things right and being as accurate as possible.
  • You adhere to deadlines and reliably deliver on schedule.
  • You are a strong planner and are constantly assessing your priorities to lead and manage diverse projects, competing deadlines, and unexpected requests.


You communicate well.

  • You let others speak and seek to understand their viewpoints while also speaking and writing clearly to get your point across.
  • You maintain high standards of communication in all forms of communication. You ask questions when things aren’t clear.


You are highly organized and you adapt to change well.

  • You understand the ebbs and flows of our work, and your ability to prioritize helps you maintain work-life balance.
  • You understand that the needs of the organization and needs of our team will change as we grow and you are excited to pivot as our organizational priorities shift.



  • Bachelor’s Degree (Required)
  • Accounting or Finance Degree (Highly Preferred)
  • Experience in non-profit/education field and knowledge of fund accounting (Preferred)
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to turn data into insights and anticipate questions and problems
  • Ability to work independently with good time management skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Track record of achieving ambitious results

Our Team


Guided by a clear set of core values and beliefs, you will join an impressive group of more than 100 OneGoal staff across the country who believe in the untapped potential within students. The OneGoal team challenges themselves and others to regularly ask, “Is there a better way?”


The Tangible Good


We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package which provides individual professional development funds, retirement matching, generous paid vacation time and sick time off, a culture that supports sustainable work habits, and an Annual Staff Retreat.


You Believe in People and are Committed to Equity and Inclusion.


You believe in an inclusive and culturally competent society and the essence of our commitment to diversity and inclusion. We believe that in order to create the change we seek, each person we hire brings a remarkable and diverse set of experiences, skills and characteristics that individually and collectively, will contribute to the radical change needed to move us towards a more equitable and just nation.




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OneGoal is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood.