Staff Accountant

Administrative · Urbana, Illinois
Department Administrative
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation $40,000 - $50,000 commensurate with experience

STAFF ACCOUNTANT – Work with a purpose as part of a team empowering people to change their lives.

Join a team dedicated to helping every person—participants, volunteers, donors, and staff—realize the fullness of who it is God created us to be as we fight poverty with dignity.


About Salt & Light

We are a non-denominational Christian nonprofit not affiliated with any one church, rather, working with many different individuals, churches, businesses, and organizations in fulfilling our mission and vision.


Our doors first opened January 2004 in Champaign, IL as we began handing out food and clothing to local families. Very quickly we became the largest “emergency food program” in Champaign County, and a leader in the community for providing access to basic resources. In addition to the weekly assistance provided through the food pantry and clothing closet, we partnered with area churches and businesses in large events designed to help families with school supplies in the fall, meals at Thanksgiving, and gifts at Christmas.


We later added financial education classes and a computer lab, both of which represented not just the addition of new programs but signaled the desire to move away from just providing things, to offering opportunities for people to grow. 


After wrestling with the theologies and ideologies found in the book When Helping Hurts, we felt led to design a more developmental approach to meeting basic needs. Our new model created opportunities for individuals to acquire the resources they needed through use of the skills, gifts, and abilities God had given them. Instead of being handed a preselected bag of groceries, our participants now shopped with store credit they earned through volunteering. The grocery and thrift stores we now operate are open to the entire community and generate revenue to support the store credit participants earn in addition to our other programs and services.


About the Position

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Staff Accountant (SA) helps to fulfill our mission by overseeing all finance, accounting and reporting activities. The SA will be involved in supporting presentations to the board and will work closely with the senior leadership team.


The SA will lead all day-to-day finance operations of a budget of $2.9 million, establishing and executing an integrated strategy for the accounting operations of the organization, to include the production of periodic financial reports, maintenance of an adequate system of accounting records, and a comprehensive set of controls and budgets designed to mitigate risk, enhance the accuracy of the company's reported financial results, and ensure that reported results comply with generally accepted accounting principles.


The Benefits

  • Starting Salary of $40,000 - $50,000 commensurate with experience
  • Health Insurance with significant employer contribution
  • (18) days of paid time off and (8) paid holidays
  • Pre-tax supplemental insurance and 401k options


About the Area

Salt & Light is presently located in Champaign and Urbana, Illinois with locations at either end of the twin city. Our thriving micro-urban community offers the world-class cultural events and Big Ten athletics of the University of Illinois, an excellent live music and culinary scene, and a cost of living (and commute!) that’s a fraction of that of Chicago or the suburbs. Champaign is a short drive to Indianapolis, Chicago and St. Louis, and boasts an efficient airport to easily get anywhere you want to go. At the same time, both of our locations are in low-income residential areas wrestling with a lot of the same economic and social issues you find when faced with an inequity of opportunity.


Why You Should Apply

  • You want to be a part of something bigger than yourself
  • You want to make a difference in the lives of others and the community you are a part of
  • Significant opportunities for both personal and professional growth
  • Healthy, flexible, and relationally focused work environment
  • God is calling you to this kind of work

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  • Location
    Urbana, Illinois
  • Department
    Administrative
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Mid-level
  • Compensation
    $40,000 - $50,000 commensurate with experience