Financial Accounting Manager, Lake Forest, IL

First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest (FPC) is seeking a full-time Financial Accounting Manager. This position reports to the Director of Business Operations and is responsible for finance, accounting and reporting activities.

The Financial Accounting Manager will lead all day-to-day finance operations including functional responsibility over accounting, accounts payable, payroll, fund raising activities, administration of endowment portfolio investments and grants administration. The Financial Accounting Manager shall ensure that FPC has the necessary systems, policies and procedures in place to support an effective financial accounting program and that it will annually receive clean audits.

The Financial Accounting Manager will work closely with Church pastoral staff, administration team members and volunteer leaders, not only to educate them regarding finance and accounting procedures, but also to explore how the finance and accounting function can support the operations of the Church, including but not limited to the affiliated Pre-School and Rummage Sale.

A candidate should have a comprehensive understanding of Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint; and standardized accounting software systems, such as QuickBooks or ACS Technologies’ Church Management Software, financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting and investment management/accounting. The candidate should exhibit a collaborative work style that is proactive, accessible, and able to interact openly with others.


  1. Manage all finance and accounting operations
  2. Coordinate preparation of the budget, financial forecasts and report variances
  3. Process payroll within ACS Technologies Software
  4. Prepare and publish timely monthly financial statements and other financial reports


  • Produces monthly and annual financial statements, trend reports, and key metric information
  • Oversees day-to-day financial operations; manages the development of and implementation of financial policies, procedures, internal controls and systems, assuring conformance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Oversees and reviews journal voucher preparation and reconciliations.
  • Coordinates development of operating and capital budgets with program committees and the Director of Business Operations; develops financial accountability systems and forecasts to monitor budgets.
  • Manages and coordinates the annual audit, in coordination with the Director of Business Operations.
  • Prepares periodic grant reports in compliance with grantors.
  • Maintains current knowledge of the priorities facing each Church Committee and/or Program and works toward finding efficiencies within Church operations; uses information to assist Church Committee leader ship in decision making.
  • Evaluates financial systems and procedures and determines effectiveness in accomplishing the Church’s mission and objectives; makes recommendations to the Director of Business Operations for changes and improvements in allocation of resources.
  • Understands, applies and explains Church financial and administrative policies and procedures to managers, staff and committees.
  • Attends Finance & Investment Committee meetings and serves on other teams as required.
  • Perform work on weekends and evenings as needed to meet applicable deadlines.
  • Other duties as assigned.

RELATIONSHIPS AND ACCOUNTABILITY The Financial Accounting Manager is accountable to the Director of Business Operations. It is expected the Financial Accounting Manager will work as a member of the overall staff team toward the effective and faithful ministry of the Church.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, CPA license or equivalent experience desired
  • Three to five years of progressive accounting experience
  • Knowledge of Fund accounting desirable
  • Must be flexible, interested in learning, willing to be hands-on, and a self-starter who enjoys accounting.
  • The Financial Accounting Manager will interact with Church vendors, including banks, investment managers, service providers and local city personnel. Additionally, the Financial Accounting Manager should have a strong “customer centric” personality when interacting with Church members/donors. Because the Financial Accounting Manager will have access to member personal financial information, the ability to handle confidential information with discretion and a high degree of professionalism is paramount.
  • Advanced Excel skills and familiarity with accounting software systems and reporting (ACS Technologies Church Management Software experience a plus)
  • Non-profit experience preferred

For additional information, or to be considered for this position, please contact:

John J. McNicholas
McNicholas & Associates
Executive Search Consulting
Chicago/Lake Forest, IL
847-293-6171 (direct)