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Spertus Institute is an accredited institution of higher Jewish education that provides rich and relevant learning opportunities, rooted in Jewish wisdom and culture, and open to all. From our base in Chicago, we serve students and participants worldwide with graduate, certificate, and public programs that build community leadership and engage individuals in exploration of Jewish life. As Spertus approaches its centennial, this is a time of exciting opportunity and growth for the Institute.

Position Overview

The Controller’s primary role is the oversight of the Institute’s financial performance. The Controller will oversee the Finance staff and is responsible for the management of the budget process, audit and tax preparation, compliance, and daily accounting functions. The Controller will also support the Institute’s Human Resources department with various responsibilities related to payroll and benefits. 

Position is onsite in Chicago and reports to the President/CEO. 

Oversight of the Institute’s financial performance

  • Monitor monthly and year-to-date financial results as compared to budget
  • Prepare financial statements including Statement of Activity, Statement of Financial Position, and Statement of Cash Flows for operating and debt service activities
  • Prepare forecasts and long-term projections
  • Oversee student financial aid filings

Cash management

  • Manage cash position and cash flow for all cash and investment accounts
  • Initiate wire transfers
  • Develop and maintain cash flow projections
  • Ensure adequate internal controls over cash and deposits

Organizational risk management

  • Review contracts and agreements
  • Ensure sufficient insurance coverages for the Institute


Supervise Finance staff

  • Oversee the Institute’s budgeting process
  • Establish timelines and budgeting process to meet reporting needs to the Finance Committee
  • Coordinate the annual budgeting process with management
  • Input the final Board approved budget in the financial system

Manage annual audit and tax preparation process

  • Prepare work papers prior to the audit
  • Be the main contact person to the audit firm
  • Resolve audit issues
  • Review draft audited financial statement and footnotes for accuracy
  • Be the main contact person for the tax preparations

Ensure Institute’s compliance

  • State and federal tax authorities including the IRS and Department of Revenue
  • Bank and debt agreements, including preparation of required reporting documents
  • Federal compliance requirements for student financial aid
  • Assist in the preparation of all annual and quarterly tax filings Accounting function
  • Record daily and monthly journal entries
  • Perform monthly closings and related reconciliations

Human Resources Support

  • Prepare and process payroll
  • Management of unemployment claims and COBRA
  • Assist with benefits enrollment and oversight of select HR functions


  • Prepare reports to the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago as required
  • Assist other departments as it relates to financial reporting
  • Maintain updated accounting manual for current operating policies and procedures
  • Prepare other analysis as requested

Key Qualifications

  • Minimum of seven years of accounting experience and five years of supervisory experience
  • BS degree in accounting or finance, CPA, or MBA preferred
  • Nonprofit experience preferred
  • Proficient with Excel
  • Knowledge of federal fund A-133 reporting preferred


  • Salary Range: $85,000-$105,000
  • Attractive Benefit Package includes vacation and paid sick leave, medical and dental insurance, retirement savings, employee assistance program, early Friday closures, and Jewish and secular holidays

Start Date

  • Position will be available as early as January 3, 2022.


Submit a cover letter and resume to with the word Controller in the subject line.


Applications will be reviewed as they are received.


Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership is a nondenominational institution of higher Jewish education, proudly based in Chicago and increasingly serving students around the world. Its offerings include graduate degree programs in Jewish Studies, Jewish Education, and Jewish Professional Studies, as well as a range of sophisticated professional and public programming.

Founded in 1924 as Chicago’s College of Jewish Studies, Spertus Institute today offers dynamic learning opportunities, rooted in Jewish wisdom and culture and open to all. These opportunities enable personal growth, train future leaders, and engage individuals in exploration of Jewish life. Spertus Institute is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It is guided by core principles that inform its operations and programming. Mission and Core Principles >

For Spertus, this is a time of exciting opportunity and growth. Tied to a new Strategic Plan, we are building our standing as a leading center for thoughtful and relevant applied Jewish learning, with programs that address current and emerging needs. About to enter our second century as an academic institute with renewed vigor and vision, we are expanding the Spertus team to achieve ambitious academic and global expansion goals.

What is it like to work at Spertus? Here is what our staff has to say.

In our most recent employee survey, 9 out of 10 employees agreed that:

  • Their work contributes to the organization’s mission, strategy, and goals.
  • They have what they need to be successful in their roles.
  • They are comfortable asking for help from others on their team.
  • They have confidence in the leadership of the organization.
  • Spertus demonstrates care and concern for its employees.

If this is what you would like to be saying about your workplace, Spertus just might be the place for you.

Spertus Institute provides equal opportunity in all employment practices to all qualified employees and applicants without regard to race, ancestry, color, religion, gender, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, marital status, military status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, or any other category protected by federal, state, and local laws. This policy applies to all aspects of the employment relationship, including recruitment, hiring, compensation, promotion, transfer, disciplinary action, layoff, return from layoff, training, and social and recreational programs. All such employment decisions will be made without unlawfully discriminating on any prohibited basis.