Feb 13, 2020

Nutrition Manager, Child Nutrition Program (Immediate Opening)

  • IDEA Public Schools
  • Weslaco, TX, USA
Full-time Executive Leadership

Job Description

Position at IDEA Public Schools

About IDEA Public Schools

At IDEA Public Schools, we believe in college for ALL and we are committed to ensuring that all our students graduate from college. IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States sending 100% of our students to college. 50% of our students graduate from college in 6 years - that's 8 times the national rate for students in our communities!

IDEA was founded in 2000 as a single school with 150 students in the Rio Grande Valley. When interest exceeded building capacity, to meet the demands, IDEA's co-founders committed to serving more students in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and beyond. We now serve nearly 53,000 students across Texas and Louisiana. By 2022, IDEA will serve 100,000 students. Be on the lookout for IDEA schools opening near you-with continued growth in our current regions and new launches in Houston (2020), Permian Basin (2020), and Tampa Bay (2021)!

When you choose to work at IDEA, you are part of our IDEA Team and Family. You will work alongside team members who set and reach ambitious goals every day, are excited to continue to grow with IDEA, and work relentlessly to make college for all a reality.

To learn more about IDEA, check out this video .

Role Mission: The CNP Nutrition Manager is responsible for supporting the CNP Director of Nutrition in achieving nutritional excellence at every school within the IDEA school district . This role is directly responsible for ensuring nutrition compliance of the menu offering s in accordance with federal and state agencies as well as establishing and developing relations among key stakeholders, educations service centers, and related cooperatives . The CNP Nutrition Manager will lead efforts in the development and analysis of healthy school menus that maximize nutrition and student acceptability across multiple states and regions . In addition, the CNP Nutrition Manager will be responsible for designing and maintaining proper compliance on food production records and ensu r ing proper menu substitutions across the district . Further, this role will directly manage food cost and the USDA commodities entitlement , creatively managing the regional ity of menu s , to ensur e entitlement monies are depleted by the last day of school. This position will also play a crucial role in the district's local wellness initiative, Health Kids Here , which aims to establish IDEA as the healthiest school district in the nation.

100% of programmed schools in operation have SBP, NSLP, and CACFP program applications submitted to the state, all campus menus communicated, and campus staff trained on new recipes by FDOS.
  • Leads efforts to ensure menu is compliant, accurate and complete for : nutrient analysis, food production records, menu substitutions, cost analysis, and CN labels.
  • Designs and leads trainings in the areas of: School Nutrition for Food Service Specialists , Food Production Records, and Menu Substitutions .
  • Coordinates with vendors to ensure all food and non-food orders are forecasted and delivered on time with minimal substitutions.
  • Provides on-site support during peak times of the year, including beginning of year (BOY) , Audits, National School Lunch Week, and National School Breakfast Week .

2. District meets the 80% breakfast participation, 85% lunch participation, 20% (40% SoLa ) supper participation goal by LDOS.
  • Develops trainings on participation initiatives and best practices for campus CNP managers throughout the academic year.
  • Monitors the weekly CNP dashboard to identify campuses with opportunities to increase student participation.
  • Holds campus CNP managers accountable for participation activities that drive goal achievement.
  • Develops standardized deliverables that campus CNP managers can use to drive meal participationincludingparent, community , and school leadership and staff communication.

3. Zero findings in external and internal follow-up audit(s) with 100% of food production records completed by June 30.
  • Lead s the design , implementation , and training of food production records and ensure compliance.
  • Cascades to CNP headquarters and campus teams the changes in state guidelines and compliance
  • Ensures all nutrition and menu-related items are continuously up to date (CN labels, specification sheets, components, subgroups, recipes, FPRs) and available to all in CNP.
  • Support campuses in all nutrition-related audit tasks and deliverables.

4. Increase Healthy Eating Index ( HEI ) score of TX menu by 5 points by LDOS .
  • Improve s the nutritional content of macronutrients and micronutrients for all menus: NSBP, NSLP, CACFP
  • Assist s in p rocur ing the highest quality ingredients with local and national brokers and vendors .
  • Collaborate with Healthy Kids Here stakeholders to standardize nutrition education messaging across IDEA.

5. F ully integrat e commodity entitlement in the menu and ensure monies are maximized per unit dollar and depleted by LDOS.
  • Establish policy and procedures to fully integrate USDA commodities in the school menus.
  • Design and implement a plan of action forallocating commodities funds for the year in each region.
  • Attend conferences and build rapport with keydecision and policy makers.
  • Analyze commodities processedandunit cost to maximize entitlement allocations.
  • Coordinate with the Nutrition teamto deplete commodity monies by the last day of school.
6. We look for Team and Family who embody the followingvaluesand characteristics:
  • Believes and is committed to our missionand being an agent of change: that all students are capable of getting to and through college
  • Has demonstrated effectiveoutcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them
  • Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly
  • Works with urgency and purpose to drive student outcomes
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change
  • Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization
  • Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationshipsin order toachieve outcomes
  • We believe in education asa professionand hold ourselves to high level of conduct, professionalism and behaviors as models for our colleagues and students.

Supervisory Responsibilities :
  • Directly manages the CNP Nutrition Super v isor
  • Indirectly manages campus-based staff

Education /Experience
  • Bachelor's degree in dietetics, nutrition science , food management, culinary science, or similar required. Master's degree preferred.
  • Registered Dietitian, preferred

Licenses or Certifications:
  • Certified in Food Service Sanitation
  • Certified Food Service Manager, preferred
  • Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, preferred

Experience :
  • 3-5 years of experience menu planning , PrimeroEdge Software preferred
  • 3-5 years of experience in school nutrition or equivalent
  • 3-5 years of experience working for a school district

Knowledge & Skills:
  • Knowledge of local, state, and national policy for school meal programs (i.e. National Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program, and Child and Adult Care Food Program, and the Community Eligibility Provision.
  • Business awareness with working knowledge of methods, materials, equipment, and processes used in food management.
  • Knowledge of safety, security and sanitation procedures and their implementation in food operations
  • Strong computer literacy, with proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Strong mathematical skills and the ability to understand and interpret data (charts, graphs, etc.).
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent oral, written, and presentation skills.Bilingual communication preferred.
  • Demonstrates strong problem solving, adaptability and flexibility skills.
  • Can work independently with little direction while seeking feedback from peers regularly.
  • Can handle stress well to meet time sensitive deliverables.
  • Able to work prolonged and irregular hours especially in the months leading to our first day of school with an expectation to travel approximately 30% of the work week.

Salaries for this role typically fall between $54,000 and $67,500, commensurate with relevant qualifications and experience. This role is also eligible for a performance bonus based on individual and organizational goal attainment.

IDEA Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the organization's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact IDEA Human Resources at (956) 377-8000.

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