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InterVarsity Press

Staff Accountant

InterVarsity Press
Westmont , Illinois, United States

Date Posted: 05/22/2013
Categories: Accounting
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:



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InterVarsity Press is a medium-size Christian book publisher, located in the western suburbs of Chicago.  With 85 employees, we handle every part of the book publishing process, including warehousing and shipping, with the exception of printing our books.    


FRAMEWORK:                                 Purpose of InterVarsity Press


As an extension of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA,

InterVarsity Press serves those in the university, the church and the world,

By publishing resources that equip and encourage people

To follow Jesus as Savior and Lord in all of life.


JOB TITLE:              Staff Accountant


Supervised by:          Accounting Manager

Supervises:               None

Status:                        Full-time, Exempt





To advance the purpose of InterVarsity Press, this position will serve customers and staff by maintaining inventory and other records according to generally accepted accounting procedures.





Ensure prompt and accurate entry of  inventory transactions by:

  • Calculating and verifying the proper entry of unit costs for inventory items
  • Preparing monthly cost of goods sold and work in process entries
  • Reconciling detailed subsidiary records to the general ledger on a monthly basis
  • Coordinating periodic reviews of inventory reserve adequacy
  • Maintaining the chart of accounts for new book titles
  • Coordinating the annual Physical inventory and reconciliation to the General Ledger


Maintain integrity of general ledger components by:

  • Coordinating the month-end close, with responsibilities for recurring journal entries, cash reconciliation, balance sheet review, and monthly financial reporting.
  • Preparing selected year end workpapers for audit review, and acting as a key contact with our external auditors


Facilitate accurate revenue recognition by:

  • Accounting for off-site book sales at conferences and conventions, including inventory reconciliation, sales tax returns, and point-of-sale transactions
  • Income processing backup for daily mail receipts, including credit card processing, receipts batching, and related cash deposit


Create and maintain accurate Fixed Asset records by:

  • Capitalizing Fixed Asset purchases according to established policy and procedure
  • Calculating and preparing Journal entries to record monthly depreciation expense
  • Calculating and preparing Journal entries to record gain or loss on Fixed Asset disposals as needed


Contribute to the effectiveness of the Accounting Team by:

  • Working in partnership within the team and other teams as needed
  • Cross-training in other accounting functions, such as receivables, payables, and book royalty administration
  • Performing office and clerical functions to support own work and work of the team
  • Assisting with other functions within the team as necessary





  • Annually affirm InterVarsity’s Statement of Faith as a maturing disciple of Jesus Christ
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Accounting/Business concentration preferred
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Excel, working knowledge of Microsoft Access
  • Knowledge of mainframe applications (especially Oracle) is a plus
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Ability to work independently without close supervision
  • Ability to deal with financial information in a confidential manner
  • Ability to organize and pay attention to detail
  • Ability to work under pressure of deadlines
  • Ability to attend Urbana Student Missions Conference every three years, Dec. 26-Jan.1, and National Staff Conference every three years (the year after Urbana), approximately Jan. 3-8


Intervarsity Press

430 Plaza Drive

Westmont, IL  60559


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