Laguna Playhouse

Laguna Beach, CA

Reports To: General Manager
Oversees: Accounting Assistant
Position Type: Full time, regular, exempt
Salary: Commensurate with experience

Laguna Playhouse, a nationally acclaimed, professional theatre located steps away from the Pacific Ocean in the charming arts colony of Laguna Beach, CA seeks a full-time Controller. Reporting to the General Manager, the Controller will be responsible for oversight of all finance, accounting and reporting activities and assisting the General Manager with employee benefits and HR administration. The Controller will lead all day to day finance operations of a $5M budget including functional responsibility over accounting, accounts payable, payroll, budgeting, planning, forecasting, analyzing and reporting. S/he will ensure that the organization has the systems and procedures in place to support effective financial activities and conduct flawless audits. The Controller will work closely with department managers and their staff, not only to educate them regarding finance and accounting procedures but also to explore how the finance functions can support program operations.


This is an extraordinary opportunity for a mature leader with five to seven years of accounting and finance experience, ideally beginning in accounting and audit, followed by experience in preparing, analyzing, and reporting financial information to management.

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance is required; CPA and/or MBA preferred
  2. Solid understanding of GAAP standards and regulatory requirements, internal controls and full cycle of accounting; experience with nonprofit accounting a plus
  3. Public Accounting experience is preferred
  4. Advanced knowledge of accounting software; MAS90 experience preferred
  5. Payroll processing experience is required
  6. Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  7. Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and unwavering commitment to our mission; a proactive, hands-on strategic thinker who will own, in partnership with the General Manager, the responsibility of the finance department
  8. Solid experience coordinating audit activities and managing reports, budget development and analysis, accounts payable, general ledger, payroll and other related accounting and finance functions
  9. Ability to translate complex financial concepts to individuals at all levels
  10. Self-starter and ability to work independently with limited supervision
  11. Keen analytic, organization, and problem solving skills that support and enable sound decision making
  12. Recognized success in developing and monitoring systems to manage both internal operations and programmatic work that involve high levels of collaboration, particularly with department managers and other senior leadership
  13. Demonstrable experience in creating and driving the analytic framework for planning, reporting and managing organizational change; ability to anticipate the infrastructure and systems needs in a complex, nonprofit theatre

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A complete application includes a cover letter detailing your interest, a resume, and salary history.
Please email your application to:
Please use the following subject line: Controller, Laguna Playhouse <Last name, first name>

Cover letters should be addressed to:
Louisa Balch
General Manager
Laguna Playhouse


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