Accounting Associate

The Organization

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras’ mission is to inspire and cultivate personal excellence through music. CYSO has provided music education through orchestral programs and performance opportunities of the highest caliber since 1946. CYSO is investing in the future of music and the next generation of leaders.

We currently serve more than 650 students ages 6-18 in on-site ensembles including four full orchestras, three string orchestras, jazz orchestra, multiple steel orchestras, and enrichment opportunities including chamber music, masterclasses, and music composition. CYSO musicians learn from Chicago’s most respected professional musicians, perform in the world’s great concert halls, and gain the self-confidence and discipline necessary for a successful future.

CYSO Community Engagement Programs will support instrumental music training and music access for approximately 8,500 young people during the 2018-2019 season. We work with students in underserved neighborhoods through our Ambassadors Program, present free community and education concerts, and partner with institutions including Chicago Public Schools and The People’s Music School.

CYSO alumni go on to play in the world’s finest orchestras and ensembles, and are also found working as teachers, community leaders, doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and business professionals. Whether or not a graduate continues musical studies after their time in CYSO, students leave with a strong sense of discipline, increased self-confidence, and a deep appreciation for music and the arts.

As an organization, CYSO fosters a culture of excellence and professionalism among its staff. Staff members value compassion, collegiality, and an on-going desire to continue learning. The CYSO staff is passionate about music, youth, and education.


Duties and Responsibilities

The Accounting Associate position will support the Director of Finance in performing general bookkeeping, accounts receivable and accounts payable activities. The position may be also be involved in general office management activities as needed.

Primary duties include:

● Prepare tuition invoices for student and other income accounts;

● Manage tuition A/R payment plans;

● Communicate with clients by phone or email regarding their accounts;

● Record cash and A/R receipts in accounting system;

● Update accounting system client database;

● Handle cash and checks received and prepare bank deposits;

● Enter A/P credit card expenses in accounting system;

Other assigned activities related to not-for-profit administration. The position is a part-time regular position that is budgeted for 10-15 hours per week. 

Skills & Qualifications: 

The Accounting Assistant should have the following education and skills:

● Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree in accounting, or currently seeking a Bachelor’s degree through an accredited college or university;

● Related employment or intern experience;

● Strong attention to detail;

● Organization skills;

● Analytic and problem solving skills;

● Effective oral and written communication, including phone skills;

● Experience with Windows Office applications and other business software;

● Ability to work at a computer for an extended length of time. 

To Apply: 

Applicants should forward a resume and cover letter to ​ Applications will be accepted until August 31st, 2018 or until the position is filled. CYSO is an equal opportunity employer

Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Martha Nolin
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