Assistant Controller - Bakersfield


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For over 35 years, CNS has provided post-acute medical treatment, rehabilitation and disease management, and offers residential, inpatient, outpatient and assisted living programs. Locations include Bakersfield, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dallas.

Our facilities have been honored many times by the prestigious Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF International) for excellence in therapeutic programs, staff education, patient treatment, and leadership. We also conduct research on brain injury and recovery, with a dedicated, in-house team of Ph.D. researchers who collaborate with major U.S. universities. Please see our moving corporate video, "The Story of Centre for Neuro Skills" at

Centre for Neuro Skills (CNS) helps people with brain injury find hope, independence and a meaningful life - and you can play a key role in that journey as an Assistant Controller.

As the Assistant Controller, you will assist with the supervision and coordination of all functions of the Accounting Department and the maintenance and processing of all financial transactions for the Company and its affiliated holdings.  As you assist the Controller with the successful performance of all accounting operations, including accounts receivable, accounts payable, budgeting, debt covenant, billing, payroll, general ledger, collections and other accounting services, you will support the rehabilitation process of CNS patients.  By participating in the hiring, training, evaluation, and supervision of department employees, you will be a vital part of our exceptional team.   

Successful maintenance of this position requires a high level of accuracy in terms of reports and systems, an ability to be flexible and adaptable to needs of administration, and capability of supervising a productive department.

CNS offers a competitive salary and benefits, including paid time off, extended sick leave, health/dental/life insurance, paid holidays, 401(k), etc.


Assists Controller with the successful performance of all accounting operations, including accounts receivable, accounts payable, budgeting, debt covenant, billing, payroll, general ledger, collections and other accounting services. Assists with standardizing procedures and initiates policy and procedural changes. Ensures records, files, and reports are maintained in accordance with CNS standards.

Prepares monthly and annual financial statements as directed by Controller or VP Finance for use in financial administration of all facilities and reporting to third parties.

Participates in the coordination and preparation of work papers for the annual review engagement by an independent accounting firm of the company’s year-end financial statements and audit of the company’s pension plan.

Assists with the review and evaluation of patient accounts receivable as it relates to complex collection issues.

Reviews and approves purchases made for the clinic and residential operations that are of high dollar value, over $4,000 and up to $25,000. Assures all purchases/expenditures are properly authorized and, if applicable, billed to the appropriate patients.

Prepare internal biweekly, monthly and quarterly reports as requested by Controller or VP Finance for distribution to Company management.

Works with the Controller to manage company cash reserves. Participates in investment decisions and monitoring return on investments. Acts to safeguard the company’s cash reserves.

Computes and files special reports required by government agencies as relates to these areas.

Assist in the preparation of the annual budget.

As directed by Controller or VP Finance, computes and files special reports required by government agencies as relates to these areas.

Reviews and participates as needed in job performance evaluations for accounting staff in a timely manner.

Assists Controller in conducting monthly staff meetings as needed to inform staff of changes in policies and procedures as well as identify and address any internal or external issues.

Meets regularly with Controller and Senior Accountant to discuss and inform of on-going financial issues related to reporting, collecting, billing and other accounting department issues.

Interviews and assists with hiring new Accounting Department employees and acquires temporary help when necessary in coordination with the Human Resources Department. Requires ability to communicate with potential employees and staff and ability to make decisions when hiring, conducting performance evaluations, disciplining, and resolving disagreements.

Conducts internal review of accounting procedures and assesses internal controls procedures. Performs audits as needed. Informs Controller and/or VP Finance of findings.

Assists with management of the accounting system data processing software.

Maintains professional and ethical relationships with staff, patients, patient families, insurance adjusters, attorneys and other visitors.

Attends staff meetings, in-services, and all scheduled shifts.

Comprehends and follows instructions:

  1. Maintain attention and concentration for necessary periods.
  2. Apply common sense understanding and carry out instructions (written, oral or diagrammatic).
  3. Adapt to situations requiring the precise attainment of set limits, tolerances or standards.

Performs simple and repetitive tasks:

  1. Ask simple questions or request assistance when needed.
  2. Perform routine, concrete, organized activities.
  3. Remember locations and work procedures.
  4. Make decisions based on simple sensory data.

Maintains work pace appropriate to given work load:

  1. Perform activities on schedule, maintain regular attendance, and be punctual within specified tolerance.
  2. Complete normal workday and/or week, perform at a consistent pace without excessive rest periods.

Performs complex or varied tasks:

  1. Synthesize, coordinate and analyze data.
  2. Perform job requiring precise attainment of set limits, tolerances or standards.

Relates to other people beyond giving and receiving instructions:

  1. Can get along with co-workers or peers without exhibiting behavioral extremes.
  2. Maintain open door policy to encourage active, empathetic listening
  3. Perform work activities requiring negotiating, instructing, supervising, persuading or speaking with others
  4. Respond appropriately to criticism from a supervisor and/or other staff member(s)

 Effectively influences people on a consistent basis:

  1. Convince or redirect others.
  2.  Understand the meaning of words and use them effectively.
  3.  Interact appropriately with people which includes the provision of appropriate internal and external customer service.

Makes generalizations, evaluations or decisions without immediate supervision:

  1. Recognize potential hazards and observe appropriate precautions.
  2. Understand and remember detailed instructions.
  3. Make independent decisions or judgments based on sensory data or known guidelines.

Accepts and carries out responsibility for direction, control and planning:

  1. Set realistic goals or make plans independently of others.
  2. Negotiate, instruct or supervise people.
  3. Respond appropriately to changes in the work setting.

Performs other duties as assigned.


Performs on-call duties as needed.

Conducts patient evaluations when needed.

Transports patients as needed requiring transferring and driving abilities.

Performs other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance, or Accounting is required.

An advanced degree, CPA license and/or comparable certificate is preferred. 

Minimum of 2 years of experience in corporate accounting along with staff management responsibilities required; some experience in health care or rehabilitation management preferred.

PC-based computer skills in word processing, spreadsheet and accounting software are required.