(Glencoe, IL) The Chicago Botanic Garden, also known as “the Garden”, is a world-class botanical garden located in Glencoe, Illinois, just a short distance from downtown Chicago. The Garden is one of the world’s great botanic gardens and living museums, known for its stunning collection of landscapes and horticultural displays as well as for its plant conservation, science, and education programs. Each year, the Garden has 61,000 members and more than one million visitors experience its beauty.
Reporting directly to the Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration/CFO, the Controller will play a crucial role in overseeing and managing the financial operations of the organization.  Grant experience is a crucial aspect of the Controller role due to the significant impact grants have on the organization's operations and programs. 
The Garden is an independent 501(c)(3) organization with an annual operating budget of more than $60 million, and has 260 full time employees, hundreds of part time employees and more than 600 volunteers.  The Gardens manages 26 federal grants, 14 federal contracts, and six (6) state and local grants. The Garden also manages as many as seven (7) dozen grants from foundations, corporations, and private donors.
This is an excellent opportunity to join the team at the Chicago Botanic Garden and contribute to the important mission of cultivating the power of plants to sustain and enrich life and make a meaningful impact on plant conservation, education, and environmental stewardship.
  • Oversee a team of 6.5 full -time equivalent employees responsible for accounting, reporting, and financial planning processes, including annual audits, grant management and compliance, internal controls, policies and procedures, procurement, budgeting, forecasting, endowment, and payroll.
  • Direct and supervise the Associate Directors of Financial and Grant Accounting and the Senior Payroll Manager.
  • Consistently analyze financial data and monitor financial performance.  
  • Develop and prepare the operating budget and financial forecasts, including compliance reporting.  
  • Manage and ensure compliance with dozens of government, corporate, and foundation grants, including reporting requirements and funding regulations.
  • Develop and implement effective financial policies and procedures, including revenue recognition and not-for-profit tax reporting.
  • Utilize strong analytical and problem-solving skills to interpret financial data strategically and provide insights for decision-making.
  • Anticipate organizational needs; actively work to solve problems and identify organizational risks.  
  • Ideally, 10 years of progressive accounting and finance experience.
  • Experience in a complex nonprofit organization that has multiple revenue streams.
  • At least three years of grants management experience, including compliance and reporting of government, corporate, and foundation grants; strong knowledge of OMB Uniform Guidance for federal government grants; federal funding award administration; indirect cost recovery procedures; and restricted contribution guidelines and regulations.
  • Proficiency in revenue recognition under ASC 606 for exchange transactions and ASU 2018-08 for conditional and unconditional grants and contributions.
  • Knowledge of not-for-profit tax reporting requirements, including endowment.
  • Exhibit personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to the Garden’s mission.
  • Excellent analytic, organizational, and problem-solving skills that allow for strategic data interpretation versus simple reporting.
  • Effectively works with others despite differences of opinion and style, demonstrates the ability to lead multiple teams and functions in a collaborative manner.  
The Garden recently completed a comprehensive compensation and classification study that is currently undergoing implementation.  The salary range for this position is competitive and commensurate with the experience and skills required for the role.  The Garden supports a hybrid (two remote days/week) remote work environment, however, more onsite attendance may be required during the initial onboarding period, as well as staff training.  The Garden also offers a competitive benefit package including paid time off, retirement investment plan and health, dental, vision and life insurance, as well as many other ancillary benefits.  
Apply online with your resume, cover letter, and contact information for five professional references to the attention of Heidi Voorhees, President GovHRUSA and Sarah Schillerstrom, Senior Vice-President, GovHRUSA. Applicants will be reviewed as they are received, and the position is open until filled. Questions may be directed to the consultants at tel: 847-380-3240.
The Chicago Botanic Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, or basis of disability, or any other federal, state, or local protected class. In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, the Chicago Botanic Garden does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its programs or activities, including in employment or admissions.

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Posted: 2023-08-10

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