Controller in Corte Madera, CA at Nelson

Date Posted: 4/6/2021

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Job Number: 2156598

Controller at Book Passage
Corte Madera, CA
Our client, Book Passage (, is a successful independent book store and a Marin County cultural icon that's been in business for over 35 years. It operates two stores-in Corte Madera and the SF Ferry Building-and also does a thriving e-commerce business. Book Passage is known for being much more than a book seller: they host author events, book clubs, writers' conferences, literary lunches, language classes, and children's reading programs. By diversifying their offerings, Book Passage has enjoyed continued success despite competition from behemoth booksellers.

Book Passage is hiring a Controller to oversee all aspects of the company's finances and day-to-day accounting. The Controller will be responsible financial reporting, month-end close, making journal entries, cash flow management, GL and bank reconciliations, among other activities. He/she will also take on HR duties including overseeing healthcare benefits and employee vacation tracking. The Controller will supervise an AP Accountant and work closely with the owner, Head Buyer, and Logistics Manager.

This is a great opportunity to join a mission-driven company and a kind, down-to-earth team who are bound by their passion for the literary world and for making positive contributions to the local community.


  • Ensure timely and accurate financial reporting
  • Manage month end close process, including reconciliations
  • Prepare and track annual budget
  • Post journal entries in QBs
  • Manage cash flow and ensure adequate reserves for future payments
  • Serve as liaison for tax CPA
  • Process payroll
  • Prepare and file sales tax
  • Oversee workers' comp audits
  • HR: manage benefits provider and serve as employee point of contact for benefits information
  • Track employee vacation
  • Ad hoc projects as they arise

  • 7+ years of accounting experience with at least 2+ years in a leadership role
  • Strong knowledge of GAAP
  • Proficient in QuickBooks
  • Experience with inventory accounting (preferred)
  • Passionate about the literary world (preferred)
  • Lives within 20 minutes commute from Corte Madera
Controller at Book Passage
Corte Madera, CA

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