Job Opportunity: Financial Administrator (Part-Time)

The Financial Administrator (FA) is in charge of managing financial-related tasks for the Chicago Recovery Alliance (CRA). The FA performs budget and payroll transactions, maintains separate accounts such as discretionary and grant funding, prepares invoices and vouches for reimbursement by grant funds, monitors grant expenditures, manages daily accounting through QuickBooks, and maintains accurate financial records for tax-related purposes. The FA must follow company policies to process payments, approve money transfers, keep financial statements, review reimbursements, and approve purchase order requisitions. Additionally, the FA prepares financial reports, and collaborates with members of the CRA team as needed.

The FA must work well independently and have excellent problem solving skills. To help oversee budget requirements, the FA must have advanced bookkeeping knowledge, experience reconciling accounting records, considerable experience with managing and administering grant funds, and a proven record of identifying and correcting accounting discrepancies. The FA needs to be able to work well under pressure and respond nimbly to shifting financial circumstances.

The FA monitors economic policy changes, uses company resources efficiently, and assists the Executive Director and Board of Directors in preparing annual financial strategic plans. Each quarter the FA prepares financial reports for review by the Board of Directors and CRA staff. In addition, the FA assists the leadership team in preparing for annual program and fiscal audits and manages CRA’s interactions with external auditors and accounting agencies.

The FA reports to the Executive Director and is expected to work approximately 25 hours per week. A mixture of working on-site and off-site is negotiable.

The FA must have substantial experience working in the field of harm reduction.

A bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, administration, or a related field is required for this position. The FA must be proficient in the use of QuickBooks and have experience with strategic financial planning tools, systems, and processes. Experience with federal, State of Illinois, and/or City of Chicago grant funding mechanisms is preferred.

Salary & Benefits Package
CRA offers a comprehensive package including competitive pay and benefits to attract and retain the best talent in order to further CRA’s mission. Salary and benefits are competitive and contingent upon qualifications and experience.

About the Chicago Recovery Alliance
CRA’s work entails building one-on-one relationships with individuals affected by HIV and drug use and providing them with a wide array of options for achieving any positive change as they define it for themselves. CRA is an organization for those interested in directly serving, supporting, educating and advocating with others for reducing drug related harm.

Nearly all our work is performed from our mobile outreach vans. We have less than 10 full time staff, numerous volunteers, and an annual operating budget of approximately one million dollars and increasing every year. Funding is a mixture of state and city grants, foundation grants, fee-for-service, and donations. 

Application Process
Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to CRA’s Interim Executive Director, Greg Scott ( The cover letter should include a description of background, qualifications, specific examples that illustrate requisite skills, and a description of the candidate’s experience with harm reduction.

Chicago Recovery Alliance is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, genetic information or any other legally protected status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local EEO laws.

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