We are an ambitious team based in Chicago, focused on delivering eTextbooks more simply and affordably. Most of us at RedShelf were students not long ago and have experience with both paper and digital textbooks. This has allowed us to look critically at how software can be used to create eTextbooks that help students study, learn, and ultimately achieve their academic goals!We provide digital content from the world’s leading academic publishers, consumer trade publishers, self-publishers and a variety of other content creators. Our close partnerships with publishers and college bookstores have positioned RedShelf to bring affordable digital course materials to students and professors like you across the country.Our BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) technology is accessible on any web-browser based device with no requirement to use a dedicated reader or download an application. With familiar tools such as bookmarking, highlighting, and note-taking, our eTextbook software allows students to study and learn like they would with paper. Our software also allows for digital advances, such as keyword search, dictionary look-up, and 24/7 access from nearly any device.


Job Summary:  

RedShelf is a higher-ed tech startup based in Chicago, IL. Our mission is to help the learning community transition from print to digital course materials.

Over the past five years, RedShelf experienced 400% YOY growth and we’re looking to expand its Finance team with this newly created position. We’re looking to add a talented and passionate Controller who will report directly to the Chief Financial Officer. Partnering with the executive team, the Controller will identify areas of improvement, review accounting, and finance practices and drive change actives cross the organization.

Perks of the Gig (aka Benefits):

  • Be part of a passionate team positively impacting the education industry
  • Own a piece of the company; competitive compensations packages which typically include company stock options
  • Attend annual "RedShelf Retreats" to strengthen team bonding
  • Frequent onsite and offsite events; holiday parties, halo tournaments, intramural sports (soccer, baseball, beach volleyball, etc.), happy hours, volunteer work, etc.
  • Unique growth opportunities; ability to have an impact on multiple parts of the business and grow with the company

Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Improve and lead the accounting close and reporting process while ensuring records are maintained in accordance with accounting principles
  • Participate in developing budgets and forecasting operational analysis
  • Work with the management team to provide vision and leadership relating to accounting best practices
  • Perform monthly analysis of general ledger account variances, reconcile changes and report findings to management
  • Implement process improvements and establish departmental key performance indicators while promoting efficiencies
  • Identify potential issues or financial risks, and provide recommendations on how to resolve
  • Develop and maintain accounting policies and procedures; including safety, security, and privacy of financial information
  • Ability to take initiative, develop and identify areas of opportunity and propose solutions
  • Proven ability to maintain confidentiality and manage sensitive data and information
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with stakeholders; employees, executive board, customers, and vendors
  • Achieve high performance goals and meet deadlines in a fast-paced highly dynamic environment
  • Perform other duties as assigned by manager


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Finance/Accounting or related field - CPA Certification or MBA preferred
  • 5-10 years of progressive experience in an accounting or financial roles
  • Experience managing employees; ability to make hiring decisions, develop and coach direct reports, and evaluating performance accordingly
  • Financial modeling skills, data mining, extraction and validation testing
  • Commitment to meet financial reporting deadlines
  • Strong self-directed organizational skills and ability to manage time effectively
  • Strong analytical and business acumen
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to interface with C-Level executives
  • Proficiency in accounting and ERP systems: QuickBooks, Xero, NetSuite, etc.
  • Proficiency in all MS Office applications, including advanced Excel skills

Other Desirable Skills/Experience:

  • Knowledge and appreciation of the advances in higher educational software, course materials, and digital publishing
  • Background and/or experience in educational technology and/or publishing
  • Comfort and/or experience in a startup environment

**Check out some of our favorite team moments to get a better idea of the people of RedShelf! http://blog.redshelf.com/new-blog/redshelfs-best-of-2015 **

EEO Statement:
RedShelf is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Women, people of color, individuals with a disability, veterans, and others who would enrich the diversity of RedShelf are encouraged to apply.

Company Reviews

"I've been working at RedShelf for nearly 3.5 years. In that time I have been exposed to opportunities, projects and conversations most young professionals can only dream for. RedShelf is a fast-paced, learn-on-the-go atmosphere. You have the opportunity to work alongside bright minds in a collaborative environment that caters to individuals' professional growth."
Gordon Elson
Sales & Customer Care Director
at RedShelf
"My colleagues at RedShelf are some of the smartest, most personable, and highly motivated individuals I've had the pleasure of collaborating with! The fun and vibrant team culture first drew me to the company and makes it both exciting and enjoyable to go to work each day. The last thing I'll say is each person on the team has the amazing opportunity to make real impact, both in the development of her or his individual role and on the company as a whole."
Briana Haguewood
Publisher Relations Manager
at RedShelf
"Working at a startup like RedShelf is as demanding as it is rewarding. We’re building products that end up in the hands of students and professors across the nation. Being a part of something that big in such an established industry is really exciting.”
Drew Bollinger
Front-end Software Engineer
at RedShelf
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Why work with us
RedShelf is a digital textbook distributor and provider working with over 500 college bookstores and 2000 content creators to spur digital adoption on campuses world-wide. With a team of 45, we have established a very unique company culture that shines in everything we do. From our "all hands on deck" approach for sales meetings to our unique 1:1 meetings with our developing staff, we find that communication is key in keeping our culture. Our ambitious team enjoys the environment of RedShelf where they can learn, grow and work towards purposeful contribution and individual success.
Perks & Benefits
Passionate team impacting the education industry
Competitive compensation packages including company stock options
Annual RedShelf Retreats
Onsite and offsite events; happy hours, intramural sports, volunteering, office bags tournaments
Growth opportunities, impact our business and grow professioinally as quickly as the company has
Medical, Dental, & Vision Insurance

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