Director of Finance & Compliance

Job Overview:

The mission of Accion serving Southern California, with headquarters in San Diego, as a non-profit organization is to create economic opportunity for primarily low-to-moderate income start-up and existing business owners who lack access to traditional credit.  Through business loans ranging from $300 to $100,000 and support services, Accion strengthens the roots of emerging entrepreneurs and helps them to thrive in their communities, creating social and economic change. Visit for more information.


The Director of Finance & Compliance position at Accion serving Southern California reports to the CFO of the organization.  This integral management team member assesses internal controls and maintains compliance across the organization, including finance, lending, grants & pension management. This position also analyzes processes between departments to increase stability, efficiency & procedures to maximize benefits to the organization, as well as supporting capacity for daily departmental activities.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Supervise Controller in management of Subsidiary Ledger Loan Portfolio including Loan Disbursements ensuring & assisting with all loan fund levels and monthly/quarterly reports are following lending, finance and funding source covenants.
  • Review all Journal Entries & cash deposits for accounting treatment and supporting documentation including designation of restrictions on contributions in accordance to GAAP.
  • Prepare monthly internal reports including, Statement of Financial Position and Statement of Activities and Comparison to Budget for internal management use.
  • Prepare quarterly report package for Finance Committee and Board of Directors, including the Quarterly Statement of Activities with Budget Variance and Analytical Review, Statement of Financial Position, Loan Portfolio Reporting and various trend analyses.
  • Participate in annual budget process including assumptions and report quarterly financials to the CFO
  • Prepare annual financial statements and footnotes for audit.
  • Prepare CDFI and other grant proposal budgets including assumptions and portfolio projections as requested by CFO.
  • Monitor operating fund balances and review with CFO to initiate necessary transfers between accounts. Maintain subsidiary ledger of all cash accounts.
  • Manage all bank account records including signature cards, debit cards and access.
  • Management and execution of all federal, state, city & other grant reporting, billing, cost allocation plans and other governmental informational reports.
  • Work with CFO on compliance with Federal, State & Local government regulations internal processes & procedures documenting program compliance.
  • Preparation and review of monthly loan production log with key statistics and Key Performance Indicators.
  • Prepare statistical and financial grant reports as required by various funding sources as well as strategic financial planning and projections.
  • Supervision and review of time reporting as required for micro testing and grant billing/ reporting while also reviewing related job cost allocation entries.
  • Manage submission of California Department of Corporations Annual Report (CFL 812) and other governmental informational reports, maintaining monthly loan production log.
  • Train and Supervise Controller and two accounting staff on new processes and reporting as required.


Requires knowledge of Sage Accounting for Nonprofits and Excel, or similar programs.

CPA highly desired.

Requires BS/BA degree in accounting or financial management and 10+ years of progressive experience, preferred.

Fund accounting or audit of federal grants and job cost allocation reporting required.

Prior auditing experience highly desired.

Excellent computer skills required.

Ability to identify, measure and analyze financial information.

Experience working in a lending/finance environment, preferred.

Demonstrated Leadership and supervision skills.

Experience administering benefits.


Considerations:  Must have ability to work some irregular hours and must have own transportation.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly is required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear.  The employee occasionally is required to stand; walk; and reach with hands and arms.

Work Environment:

Work is generally performed in an office setting with a moderate noise level.


Accion is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How to Apply:

Please submit resume and cover letter to Chief Financial Officer Javier Islas at