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Controller, Watsonville, CA

Organization: Salud Para La Gente
Category: Accounting/Finance
Location: Watsonville, CA
Date Job Posted: June 3, 2021
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TITLE Controller


Salud Para La Gente (SALUD) provides high quality, comprehensive and cost-effective healthcare to underserved low-income communities in the Monterey Bay area, including Santa Cruz County and North Monterey County. We began in Watsonville 1978 as a storefront "free clinic," and with the ever growing need for health services, in 1992 became a federally qualified community health center (FQHC). Today we are a primary health care network with 11 clinic sites, over 400 employees, and continue to provide high quality services to patients of all ages.

SALUD offers a competitive salary and benefits package and a collaborative culture that values excellence, achievement, innovation and compassion.

We are seeking a dynamic, organized and detail-oriented CONTROLLER. This individual will be an experienced Finance Manager who has successfully managed all key finance functions of a complex organization (Community Health Center or other non-profit a plus) with multiple revenue sources, and who has strong supervisory experience.

This position supports the organization's mission, vision, and values through excellence and competence, collaboration, innovation, respect, commitment to our community, and accountability and ownership.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Prepares, develops, and maintains internal financial documents.
  2. Supervises ongoing fiscal office operations, to include: Payroll, accounts payable. accounts receivable, purchasing, taxes, and related bookkeeping and accounting functions.
  3. Consults with the Chief Financial Officer in the formulation of policies and procedures, and assumes responsibility for the implementation of the same.
  4. Regularly reviews federal, state, and local procedures, policies, and regulation requirements regarding financial record keeping and reporting, implementing procedural changes as necessary to ensure timely compliance.
  5. Prepares monthly financial reports for the CFO, which indicates by cost center monthly expenses to date, year-to-date expenses, as well as current and forecasted budget status.
  6. Develops and maintains computer and manual systems for fiscal functions, ensuring timely and accurate reporting.
  7. Under the direction of the Chief Financial Officer prepares, performs, monitors and analyzes budgetary and purchasing processes, providing reports, analysis, and revisions as necessary.
  8. Develops and maintains a centralized purchasing system, including requisitions, purchase orders, inventory, and tracking systems.
  9. Works jointly with the Chief Financial Officer and department managers to prepare monthly periodic invoices and quarterly reports in accordance to grant/funding requirements.
  10. Responsible for supervision, training, and evaluation of staff and ensures that their activities/functions contribute to the timely, effective, and efficient utilization of agency resources.
  11. Tracks accounts receivable including MediCal, EAPC, Medicare, other insurances, private pay, and other clinic-related receivables.
  12. Develops and maintains internal fiscal controls to meet all contractual and legal requirements; reviewing documents to ensure accuracy and timeliness.
  13. Coordinates periodic audits required by funding agencies, providing requested information, reconciling differences, and modifying procedure as required. Coordinates and implements recommendations from management findings incurred by audits.
  14. Has primary responsibility for coordination of the agency’s annual financials auditand its timely completion.
  15. Regularly monitors agency cash flow, loan patterns, and investigates processes as appropriate.
  16. Participates in special analysis and studies.
  17. In conjuction with the CFO, prepares annual agency budgets and monitors agencies performance.
  18. Communicates effectively by using welcoming words, proper tone of voice, appropriate body language, eye contact and smiling in all interactions. Listen skillfully and display a willingness and ability to acknowledge patient and co-workers’ needs, expectations and values through the use of reflective listening and empathy conveyance. Respond to co-worker and patient needs in ways that are helpful and beyond expectation.
  19. Performs other duties as assigned.


Knowledge of: The principles and practices of accounting, bookkeeping, purchasing, fund accounting and multiple budget management; fiscal record keeping and auditing procedures and reporting requirements, especially governmental; financial control techniques; supervisory principles and practices; financial computer systems.

Ability to: Comprehend and interpret complex regulations and guidelines; plan, direct, evaluate, and improve fiscal office operations; perform job duties accurately, effectively, and in a timely manner, communicate effectively and respectfully with people from different racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds and lifestyles, demonstrating a knowledge and sensitivity to their needs; maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with agency staff, clients, other community agencies, revenue sources, and the public.



  • B.A. degree in accounting or related field required;
  • Management experience required
  • CPA license preferred
  • Experience working with Workers’ Compensation billing
  • Experience working with the following state programs and rules a plus:
    • MediCal
    • MediCare
    • Child Health Disability Prevention (CHDP)
    • Family Pact
    • Healthy Families
    • Cancer Detection Program (CDP)
  • Bilingual Spanish/English preferred
  • Five (5) years experience with progressively increasing responsibility in accounting and computerized systems, preferably in a non-profit corporation


  • Standing, walking, sitting, typing, reaching, bending, moving and/or lifting up to 50 pounds.


Competitive salary and benefit package. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, and life insurances, Voluntary Long Term Disability, 401(k), PTO and Holiday pay.

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