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1185 Sheridan Road, Glencoe, IL 60022847.835.0724


North Shore Congregation Israel (NSCI), a reform synagogue located on the shores of Lake Michigan, is one of Chicago’s largest and most vibrant congregations. NSCI is approaching its centennial celebration in 2020. Even with 100 years of history, NSCI maintains a forward-thinking approach to Jewish life and engagement. This mindset translates to its operations and management. As such, NSCI is seeking a seasoned Controller who can bring fresh perspective to our financial management and build on the professional practices established by our longstanding Controller who is retiring in early 2019.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage all aspects of accounting, including billing, accounts receivable/payable, revenue recognition, cash management, payroll and financial statements preparation.
  • Manage accounting of Restricted Funds and Endowments. Distribute income and expenses to Unrestricted and Restricted funds and other special funds/net asset accounts.
  • Maintain and assess synagogue’s financial control procedures ensuring accuracy of financial records and appropriate compliance procedures.
  • Evaluate existing financial systems. Formulate and execute a plan to eliminate inefficiencies and establish more effective practices.
  • Monitor and analyze monthly operating results against budget. Develop financial and membership reports that give staff and board members the tools to track trends and variances.
  • Manage the annual budget process in partnership with senior staff and board treasurer.
  • Ensure bank reconciliations and debt payments are made on a timely basis.
  • Liaison with the board treasurer and the chair people of the Budget and Finance Committee, Endowment Trust Committee and Investment Management Committee.
  • Serve as primary interface with external auditors ensuring that all schedules, reconciliations, and statements are prepared timely for execution of annual financial review.
  • Regular interface with congregants on accounts receivables utilizing new CRM system.
  • Maintain professional, service-focused demeanor in interactions with members, staff, board, and vendors.
  • Partner with IT vendor to improve business intelligence.
  • Administer all employee benefit programs offered by the synagogue.


Minimum Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in accounting/finance required. CPA preferred.
  • 7+ years of progressively responsible experience for a medium to large sized company or division of a large corporation
  • Working knowledge of a 501(c)(3) structure and operations.
  • Experience in partnering with an executive team.
  • Experience with CRM systems, expertise with QuickBooks, MS Office Suite.
  • Knowledge of fund accounting and best practices pertaining to restricted funds and endowments.
  • Experience preparing materials for and overseeing annual financial reviews by outside auditors.
  • Effective communicator with ability to interact with individuals at all levels.
  • Excellent analytic skills; strong, proactive problem-solving skills.
  • Independent thinker and self-motivated; requires minimal supervision.
  • Strong attention to detail.


Reports to: Executive Director

Job type: Full-time

Salary: Commensurate with experience, includes benefits

To apply: Send resume to

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