Finance Manager

Office Location: Due to COVID-19 protocols, this position will be hybrid, working both in the downtown Chicago office as well as remotely, engaging with staff and stakeholders through virtual platforms. This position is not eligible for relocation.

Reports to: Managing Director of Finance and Operations

Schedule: Full-time

Mikva Challenge is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to develop youth to be empowered, informed, and active citizens and community members who will promote a just and equitable society.  We do this by engaging youth in Action Civics, an authentic and transformative learning process built on youth voice and youth expertise. Youth in Mikva’s programming experience unique civic learning opportunities in political campaigns, public policy advocacy, government internships, and youth activism programs. Our approaches include direct youth work, teacher support, and liaising with civic leaders and institutions. We believe strongly in the potential of youth and are committed to youth power and voice.

Mikva Challenge evaluations show the lasting impact of its programs.

82% of students reported an increase in their civic knowledge.

77% of students developed their sense of civic agency and increased their future commitment to civic action.

83% of students took on new civic leadership.

79% of students reported gains in their socio-emotional skills — many of which have direct academic outcomes.

About the Position

Mikva is looking to expand our team as we grow our impact nationally. Our newly created Finance Manager position will provide accounting support by ensuring the daily finance and accounting functions are completed accurately and timely in accordance with policies and procedures. The Finance Manager should also be a strategic thinker who can help develop, manage and implement effective financial systems for an organization that has been growing at a steady rate. The ideal candidate will have  progressive experience in financial management of non-profit accounting systems.

Core Responsibilities

  • Monthly and yearly closing process including preparing various journal entries, updating schedules and account analysis
  • Manage accounts receivables
  • Reconcile monthly revenue process in collaboration with the Finance and Development teams
  • Manage the annual audit process to include preparation of schedules or reports
  • Assist department leads with the planning and preparation of  the annual budget
  • Perform monthly budget vs actual analysis
  • Prepare and submit grant requirements
  • Prepare financial data for tax and grant purposes
  • Perform ad hoc financial analysis and modeling
  • Assist with the preparation of quarterly board materials
  • Serve as back-up to the Assistant Director of Finance
  • Other duties as assigned



Bachelor’s degree in accounting or equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Minimum three to five years of accounting experience required.
  • The ideal candidate will have more than 3 years of broad-based financial and administrative management experience.
  • Previous not for profit work experience preferred.


  • Proficient in not for profit financial management
  • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Experience with Accufund, QuickBooks, MIP, Raiser’s Edge or other accounting systems
  • Advanced Excel skills and familiarity with MS Office Suite and Google Workspace
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to organize, multi-task, and prioritize
  • Outstanding project management skills
  • A track record of being a resourceful and creative self-starter in tackling challenges, and of questioning conventional wisdom

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $50,000 – $64,000 annually commensurate with experience. We offer a competitive benefits package to include paid time off, medical, dental, vision, 401K, disability and life insurance.

How to Apply

Please email a resume and cover letter to with “Finance Manager” in the subject line. Please, no phone calls. Review of applications will begin immediately.

Equity Statement

Mikva Challenge is an equal opportunity employer and we highly value diversity in our workplace. Mikva Challenge provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, political affiliation, marital status, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.

Applicants from historically underrepresented and/or marginalized communities, including people of color, are strongly encouraged to apply.