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Careers at Gateway Bank

A message from President James Christensen

Thanks for your interest in working with Gateway Bank. Our bank has been consistently growing year over year, and we’re excited to continue expanding our team. Beyond simply fitting a job description, we’re looking for people who share our deeper purpose and core values.

Since 2007, Gateway has been the only community bank in Mesa, AZ. We focus on serving our neighbors in the Phoenix metro area and bringing the nostalgic banking experience into modern times.

Banking used to be different. We all had a personal banker who knew us by name, would pick up the phone to answer our questions quickly, and stay by our side through thick and thin. This experience is rare today, but we strive to keep it alive at Gateway Bank.

Learn more about our company and open positions below. If you’re interested in applying, please send us your resume and cover letter using the form. We look forward to getting to know you.


James Christensen
President of Gateway Bank

Our purpose and core values

Gateway Bank’s purpose is to serve the community.

We foster community inside and outside our walls by building a family-like environment for our staff, serving local businesses, and partnering with local organizations to give back.

Our values

Gateway Bank treats everyone like family. Whether you’re an employee, customer, or community member, you’ll get the same genuine care and attention from our team.

While the big banks have put their staff and customers on the defense, our community can rest assured that we always have your best interests in mind. We’re dedicated to being a trusted partner and always doing the right thing.

Personal service
Although Gateway was founded in the desert, our approach is a bit more Midwestern. We pride ourselves on providing a unique customer experience, where we focus on relationships over transactions and personalized service over commoditized banking.

Being proactive
Gateway’s customers rely on us to be their partner — a consultative guide who thinks one step ahead, responds quickly, and actively improves their financial situation. We take the same approach with our team, going above and beyond to help one another and support each other’s success.

Open Positions

Chief Credit Officer / Executive Vice President


If you’re seeking a leadership position at a stable, close-knit bank where you can make a positive impact on your customers, colleagues, and community you’ve come to the right place. Gateway Bank, the only community bank in Mesa, Arizona, is looking for a Chief Credit Officer/Executive Vice President (CCO/EVP) who will work closely with teams throughout the bank, committees, Board of Directors, and regulators to help local business owners and community members get the funding they need to reach their goals.

As CCO/EVP, you will be a senior executive who leads all aspects of credit management, including portfolio origination, collection, regulatory compliance, and credit policy. You will also be responsible for adhering to bank policies and procedures, as well as managing all aspects of the bank’s loan functions and Business Development team.

Gateway is a 5-star community bank with a small, yet mighty team that takes care of our customers and each other. We value relationships, honesty, generosity, loyalty, and responsiveness — and we’re looking for someone who appreciates the same.

Think you might be a good fit? Learn more below, and apply so we can get to know you.


  • Oversee and ensure overall quality of the bank’s loan portfolio and that credit is in compliance with Federal and State banking laws and regulations.
  • Assist commercial lenders in the structure and approval of large and complex loans and deposit relationships, with emphasis on the total banking relationship.
  • Recommend the level of the Allowance for Credit Losses based on quarterly inputs to the CECL model.
  • Prepare credit presentations and underwrite all types of commercial loans through existing loan policy guidelines.
  • Approve credit commitments under own authority, or refer to Executive Loan Committee for approval.
  • Be a contributing member of the Executive Loan Committee.
  • Direct the implementation of programs to achieve desired bank objectives.
  • Perform supervisory duties of Loan Administration and Loan Department staff.
  • Directs the bank’s lending activities where indicated by Credit Policy.
  • Keep informed and up to date on trends and developments with the financial lending industry.
  • Continuously appraise the bank’s underwriting policies and practices; recommend modifications as required by changing market conditions; monitor regulatory changes; and implement policy changes.
  • Enhance the overall lending operation efficiency within the bank by introducing new techniques and utilizing past experience and industry contacts.
  • Create and nurture positive working relationships with lending clients, corporate and individual business owners/managers, attorneys, accountants, and other professionals.
  • Manage the activity and sale of any Real Estate Owned (REO) assets of the bank, and serve as the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) officer.
  • Participate in the annual planning process for the Lending Division and bank.
  • Facilitate or participate in sales meetings and other training meetings as required.

Desired education and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • At least 10 years of commercial lending/credit officer experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • MBA or CPA preferred
  • Candidates with previous banking and management experience will be given priority

Gateway Bank offers a competitive salary (commensurate with experience) and a full range of benefits, including:

  • 401K with employer matching
  • Annual raises
  • Medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance
  • HSA/FSA account with employer contributions
  • Long-term disability and AD&D coverage
  • Paid time off for personal use and volunteering
  • Wellness resources
  • Internal mentorship program
  • And more

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    Please upload your cover letter and resume. PDF file format accepted.

    By checking this box you understand this is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, Management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change (e.g., emergencies, changes, in personnel, workloads, rush jobs, or technical development). You confirm you have read the Job Description, and certify that you can perform all of the essential functions without a significant risk to health and safety of others or yourself that cannot be eliminated by reasonable accommodations.

    Gateway Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type. Equal employment opportunities are offered to all applicants regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.