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Status: Exempt, Full-time

Pay Rate: Commensurate with experience.

Reports to: Chief Financial Officer

Locations: Encinitas, CA; Riverside, CA; Nashville, TN


The Controller position is responsible for the accounting operations of the Bancorp and Bank, including:

  • Ownership of an appropriate system of accounting records.
  • Production of periodic financial reports compliant with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
  • Performance of controls designed to mitigate risk.
  • Compliance with state and federal banking regulations.
  • Coordinating with internal and external auditors during audits.
  • Supervision and development of accounting staff.

Financial Accounting/Financial Reporting:

  • Ensure the accurate and timely preparation and review of financial statements and Board reports in accordance with GAAP; includes review of underlying support for completeness and accuracy.
  • Prepare the regulatory call reports and FRY reports, and maintain regulatory capital ratios.
  • Ensure all balance sheet accounts have been reconciled and proper documentation is maintained; follow-up on any outstanding suspense items.
  • Oversee daily operations of the accounting department including but not limited to the
  • preparation or review of general ledger entries for cash management, investment securities, CECL, lease accounting, payroll, fixed-asset depreciation, prepaid and accrued expenses, Bancorp consolidation, and equity transactions.
  • Lead the monthly financial close including timely recording of journal entries, reconciliations, and preparation of financial statements.
  • Maintain cash management of borrowings, pledging, and collateral, including federal reserve and FHLB accounts.
  • Work with outsourced tax preparers on the tax provision and return
  • Comply with local, state, and federal government reporting requirements for 1099 and other tax filings.
  • Author technical memos on new transactions and stay abreast of new accounting pronouncements and regulatory accounting changes.
  • Maintain a documented system of accounting policies and procedures including appropriate internal controls over financial reporting.
  • Coordinate with external audit and ensure delivery of audit requests.
  • Collaborate with other members of the finance department to complete the annual budget process and monthly updates.
  • Work with other departments to improve efficiency and standardize processes to enhance functions in the accounting department. 

Supervisor Responsibilities:

  • Provide adequate oversight of direct reports to ensure their success in accomplishing their objectives and goals.
  • Assist in the development, training, and education of direct reports.
  • Critically review journal entries and transactions.
  • Responsible for managing the accounting staff’s completion of monthly and quarterly close activities through effective delegation, monitoring and review.


  • Bachelor's degree in accounting or finance.
  • Minimum of 6 years of relevant work experience, including community bank and public accounting experience.
  • Minimum of 3 years of supervisory experience including developing junior staff and managing staff workload.
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license is required.
  • Requires broad knowledge of accounting principles and practices within the financial services industry including a strong technical knowledge of U.S. GAAP.
  • Bank regulatory reporting experience required.
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft applications, primarily Excel. Experience with Fiserv is highly desirable.
  • Must have strong quantitative and verbal/written communication skills.
  • Must have the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously to meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience researching and documenting the accounting treatment of issues.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and strategic-thinking skills with a forward-looking focus.

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