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Entry-level Staff Accountant

About Us: The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago is the largest and most interactive science museum in the Western Hemisphere. Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) exposes guests of all ages to awe-inspiring exhibitions that spark curiosity and bring science to life. MSI’s mission – to inspire the inventive genius in everyone – is realized through its world-class exhibitions and engaging guest experiences. The Museum of Science and Industry provides programs and experiences that deepen the engagement of students and teachers in science and science-related disciplines, with a vision to inspire and motivate our children to achieve their full potential in the fields of science, technology, engineering and medicine.

 

We offer a creative, collaborative, and innovative environment for our employees. Our employees get great perks such as: benefits starting day one of your employment, free admission to MSI for family and friends, free admission to other museums, free parking in MSI’s garage and more! If you are equally passionate about our vision and want to be surrounded by a team of dynamic, smart and innovative people, the Museum of Science and Industry is the right place for you!

 

The JobThis is an extraordinary opportunity for an accounting or finance major who is ready for a rewarding and challenging start to their career. You will receive hands-on training from two CPAs on staff, including Big 4 public accounting background. Join the MSI team to learn and develop into a strong accountant while building additional business skills that will lay the foundation for a successful career.

This position is responsible for a variety of basic accounting functions. Duties include creating journal entries, reconciling general ledger accounts, preparing audit and tax work papers, and conducting financial analysis. Key components of this role include fixed assets recordkeeping, accounting for the Museum’s retail/vending activities, and preparing & filing sales/use tax returns.

Responsibilities:

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Preparing and entering journal entries into accounting system (Intacct)
  • Reconciling bank accounts monthly
  • Preparing audit and tax work papers/analyses
  • Preparing and filing tax returns with designated taxing authorities
  • Using various software applications and third-party reports to assemble, manipulate, format and reconcile data to properly record revenue, commissions, royalties, and sales/use tax in accordance with contracts and laws/regulations.
  • Administer all fixed asset accounting, including adding and disposing of capital assets, depreciation, and maintaining the fixed asset ledger
  • Administer the interface between employee expense reporting software (Concur) and the accounting system, including account reconciliations
  • Perform special projects and conduct finance/accounting research & analyses as needed

Qualifications:

  • Candidates must have an undergraduate or graduate degree in Accounting or Finance from a four-year college or university.
  • Must be CPA-exam eligible.
  • Available to begin full-time employment on January 6, 2020.
  • Previous accounting-related work experience or internship(s) preferred but not required.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.
  • Demonstrated passion for learning and growing in a corporate accounting environment.
  • Excel and Word experience.

The Museum of Science and Industry is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, which includes providing equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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