Grants Accountant


Prairie State Legal Services is a not for profit civil legal aid organization that has served northern and central Illinois for more than 40 years, maintains 11 office locations, and has a staff of nearly 200 employees. PSLS is supported by a diverse group of foundations, corporations, individuals, and government agencies that provide a stable foundation for our organization to seek equal access to justice for our most vulnerable communities. We are fortunate that this support is growing, and are therefore seeking to add a second Grants Accountant to our finance department. The Grants Accountant will report to the Finance Director and will assist in the financial aspects of grant development and reporting along with support for all accounting functions.


Among other duties as assigned, the Grants Accountant will:

  • Be responsible for setting up and implementing processes to manage, track, and report the staff time and cost allocation to Prairie State grants and offices
  • Identify the specific requirements of grants which require data collection, tracking, and reporting
  • Work with the grants department to understand and document the unique features of grants which require special reporting
  • Interact with attorneys in the field offices to understand how they are setting up their time recording/reporting for grant and office purposes
  • Work with the grants department to determine the budget and reporting requirements of any new and existing grants
  • Analyze grants to ascertain if the budgets are accurate for the work we are expected to perform
  • Prepare projections at key time periods in specific grants to ensure fulfilling the grant criteria/obligations
  • Train new staff on grant reporting protocols as related to financial aspects of the grants
  • Work with Finance Director, Fiscal Manager, and other Grants Accountant to develop a streamlined process for transferring financial grant data to accounting software
  • Participate in the annual audit as needed
  • Provide back-up on other accounting functions, such as payroll, procurement, accounts payable and receivable, and benefits administration.

Salary and Benefits

The Grants Accountant position is a full-time position at 37.5 hours per week. PSLS offers a salary competitive with similar organizations. The salary scale for this position starts at $50,000 per year for candidates who meet the minimum qualifications, and increases with each year of relevant experience. PSLS is committed to providing an excellent, comprehensive benefits package to its full-time employees that includes:

  • Health insurance, including the opportunity to qualify for a wellness credit
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • 403b retirement plan including employer contributions
  • Extensive training and education program
  • PTO that starts at 3+ weeks/year and increases with additional years worked at PSLS
  • Paid sick leave
  • 6 weeks of paid parental leave after one year of employment
  • 12 paid holidays


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting with 2-3 years of relevant experience required
  • Strong computer competency is essential, including the ability to use Access and the Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel
  • Familiarity with database software and proven track record of creating and modifying software to produce results
  • Excellent analytical skills and sound understanding of accounting principles
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a high level of organization, time management, and to meet deadlines consistently
  • Strong oral/written communication
  • Strong interpersonal skills ability to work effectively as a team member
  • Experience in working with state and federal grants and the financial controls related to such grants preferred
  • Some travel is necessary; valid driver’s license and/or reliable transportation is required
  • We will give preference to candidates who have experience providing services to low-income individuals

Application Details

Please indicate “Grants Accountant” in the subject line and email a letter explaining your interest and experience, resume, and three references, to [email protected]  Resumes accepted until position is filled.

Prairie State Legal Services is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive working environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We recruit, employ, pay, and promote qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender, gender identity, expression, or presentation, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or any other legally protected status.


Posted on

June 13, 2022