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Accountant-Special Projects

Who is ELS?

Equity LifeStyle Properties (NYSE: ELS) is the foremost operator of Manufactured Home Communities, RV Resorts and Campgrounds in North America. Our appealing properties, located in the most desirable regions of the country, offer a variety of homes and camping options to meet a wide range of customers' needs. ELS has a strong national presence with more than 400 communities and resorts in 32 states and British Columbia and a team of more than 4000 employees.

An established yet established business, we have visionary goals and look for people who align with this view and have a hunger to succeed. In return, we are committed to developing a culture that is significant, engaging and rewarding. We are in search of the outright best talent in the market for our roles – confirmed self-starters, standout colleagues and creative thinkers - as these individuals will help to craft and lead our future.

ELS needs a Property Accountant to join our team in Chicago.

What are we looking for in an Accountant?

We are seeking a strategic and inquisitive Accountant with strong technical skills to work on the Property Accounting team in our Chicago home office. In this role, you will develop, maintain and recommend procedures and policies to improve the efficiency, accuracy and completion of financial reports and reconciliations.

What makes this job unusual?

We are looking for an accountant with a lot of intellectual curiosity and who loves to understand the why behind our processes and come up with possible solutions. This accountant has strong accounting skills, but is also passionate about getting involved in special projects.

Nuts and bolts.

In addition to special projects, you will be responsible for a portfolio of properties and their financials, which includes reviewing of property financial statements, recording of journal entries, accounting reconciliations and analysis of variances compared to forecast/budget/prior year.

Here's what else you'll be doing:

  • You reconcile complex bank accounts daily and balance sheet accounts on a monthly basis.
  • This is key: you propose recommendations for changes and improvements to accounting policies/procedures by evaluating system processes across the organization. Then, you assist with special projects by finding opportunities for improvement in processes and procedures.
  • You also lead projects to streamline and improve monthly close process, including software implementation/software integration projects.
  • Your review of property operating statements will lead you to analyze variances to budget/forecast/prior year.
  • As you review ledger details analyze transactions and record adjusting entries where necessary.
  • Examine and upload various subsystems into the general ledger.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to prepare quarterly and annual schedules, which support financial statements used for public reporting.
  • You capture records for internal and external audit.
  • Working as part of a team, when you have time and a colleague is overwhelmed, you jump in to assist.
  • As a partner to the business, you communicate daily with property managers.


Your skills include:

  • You have a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. CPA is a plus.
  • You have at least two years of accounting experience.
  • You are a strong critical thinker who is personable and persuasive in your style with exceptional verbal and written style.
  • You have proven analytical skills.
  • You are detail and deadline oriented; organized with strong time management skills.
  • You have excellent computer literacy in MS Office suite of products.

What do you get from us?

In return for your excellent skills and abilities, we provide a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental and vision plans; a generous 401k employer match; and paid vacations, holidays, and sick time.

We welcome and thank all applicants. EOE

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