Staff Accountant – National

Reports to: Martrice Caldwell, Director of Accounting, National

Start date: January/February 2019

Location: Chicago, IL  

Position Filled By: January/February 2019

About OneGoal


Only 22% of students from low-income communities earn a college degree, compared to 67% of their peers from high income areas. At OneGoal, we believe that all students – not just those with the best grades or the most resources – have the ability and deserve the opportunity to earn a college degree. What’s more, we have developed a solution that works, and we believe this problem is solvable within our lifetime.

We are looking for individuals who will join OneGoal during this unique window in time:

  • In just 10 years, OneGoal has grown from 32 students in one city to some 12,000 students in six regions.
  • OneGoal’s teacher-led,  in-school, three-year college access and success model is game-changing. While nationwide, only 22% of kids in low-income communities graduate from college, 82% of OneGoal Fellows (students) enroll in college and 78% are persisting or have graduated from college.
  • Over the next five years we have set our sights on unprecedented goals: first to attain a 60% postsecondary graduation rate among Fellows; second, to grow to support more than 25,000 students directly; and third, to develop new delivery models to dramatically grow our reach.

The Person


You believe – and your work has demonstrated your belief – that all students can earn a college degree and the life that comes with it. The Staff Accountant is a member of the Finance and Operations  team, which is charged with building and managing the systems, processes and policies necessary to become a scalable, sustainable, and enduring organization over the next five years.

As the Staff Accountant, your mission is to maintain the day-to-day accounting of the organization.  Your primary responsibilities will include:

  • Ensuring the month-end close process is timely and accurate: (95%)
    • Manage Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable
    • Prepare monthly journal entries
    • Prepare monthly reconciliations
    • Assist with year-end activities
    • Assist with any audits
    • Manage and improve efficiency of all accounting processes
    • Other duties as assigned
  • Executing the payroll process so that all employees are paid accurately and on time (5%)

Though the Staff Accountant is likely to see himself/herself/themselves in the following examples, these are not requirements. These examples are designed to help you determine if this opportunity aligns with your own passion and purpose.   


You are detail oriented.

  • You believe in getting things right and being as accurate as possible.
  • You adhere to deadlines and reliably deliver on schedule.
  • You are a strong planner and are constantly assessing your priorities to lead and manage diverse projects, competing deadlines, and unexpected requests.


You communicate well.

  • You let others speak and seek to understand their viewpoints while also speaking and writing clearly to get your point across.  
  • You maintain high standards of communication in all forms of communication.  You ask questions when things aren’t clear.


You are highly organized and you adapt to change well.

  • You understand the ebbs and flows of our work, and your ability to prioritize helps you maintain work-life balance.
  • You understand that the needs of the organization and needs of our team will change as we grow and you are excited to pivot as our organizational priorities shift.


You value working collaboratively and innovatively.

  • You constantly strive to learn from and share learnings with your teammates, no matter your current knowledge or experience.
  • You know when and how to engage other key stakeholders that have the insight and positional authority to help you and others overcome obstacles and seize viable beneficial opportunities in a timely way.
  • You do not operate as a blind executor of pre-existing practices; instead, you thoughtfully evaluate the OneGoal program and identify ways to elevate our program’s effectiveness.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance (Required)
  • 1-3 years of accounting, finance and/or month-end close experience
  • Experience in non-profit/education field and knowledge of fund accounting (Preferred)
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to turn data into insights and anticipate questions and problems
  • Ability to work independently with good time management skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Track record of achieving ambitious results

Our Team


Guided by a clear set of core values and beliefs, you will join an impressive group of more than 150 OneGoal staff across the country who believe in the untapped potential within students. The OneGoal team challenges themselves and others to regularly ask, “Is there a better way?”


The Tangible Good


We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package* which includes medical, dental, vision, short-term disability, life insurance, retirement matching, paid parental leave, and more. We also offer a generous paid time off policy, including 20 paid vacation days, 10 holidays and 6 sick days.

*OneGoal reserves the right to change benefits at anytime according to business need.  


You Believe in People and are Committed to Equity and Inclusion.


You believe in an inclusive and culturally competent society and the essence of our commitment to diversity and inclusion. We believe that in order to create the change we seek, each person we hire brings a remarkable and diverse set of experiences, skills and characteristics that individually and collectively, will contribute to the radical change needed to move us towards a more equitable and just nation.




Apply by following the link below to submit an online application, which includes attaching an updated resume and cover letter explaining your passion and alignment to this position.

OneGoal is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood.