Feb 13, 2020

Special Diets Manager, Child Nutrition Program (Immediate Opening)

  • IDEA Public Schools
  • San Antonio, 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 .

About San Antonio

San Antonio is the nation's 7 th largest city and boasts the highest rate of population growth across the U.S. As the San Antonio region continues to grow rapidly, IDEA is committed to increasing our community presence to provide the best experience for all families and children.

In May 2019, we welcomed our region's first graduating seniors. We believe through the hard work of our passionate IDEA Team & Family; college acceptance and matriculation can be realized. Currently, 1 in 6 San Antonio students' graduate college ready. Changing this statistic for the better is part of the promise IDEA makes to current and incoming students.

Join our IDEA San Antonio family as we are poised to serve 29,000 students at 37 local schools by 2022.

Role Mission: The CNP Special Diets Manager plays a key role in the processing, creating and implementa tion of all meal accommodations and menu changes for students with Special Dietary needs . The Special Diets Manager serves as an integral member of the Child Nutrition Program (CNP) and Nutrition Team by develop ing special diet menus for IDEA students who are unable to eat items on the menu due to dietary restriction(s) and/or a disability supported by a medical statement signed by a state-licensed medical authority. This person is a Registered Dietitian with experience in meal planning and a clear understanding of medical nutrition therapy as it relates to food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances . Th is person will be the primary contact for all special diet-related transactions, including outside communication with physicians, parents, school administration and staff. S/he is responsible for creating special diet menus, procuring special diet foods, training C NP staff on food safety and cross contamination and conducting surveys.


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.
  • Utilize and update IDEA Special Diet tracking tool to ensure special diets are completed within 3 weeks of receipt .
  • Ensure Special Diet menu s are compliant, accurate and complete with nutrient analysis, recipe yields, pricing, order /inventory guide and food production records.
  • Ensure all CNP campus staff , Health Aides and other campus administration, teachers and staff, as applicable, have complete Special diet-related trainings such as: food safety, special diet cycle menus, carbohydrate counting, food ordering , offer vs serve, and the special diet process .
  • Ensure all special diet foods are procured, menus are completed within 3 weeks of receipt, and CMs execute with safety and excellence.

District meets the 80% breakfast participation, 85% lunch participation, 20% (40% SoLa ) supper participation goal by LDOS.
  • Develop special diet menus that are appealing to students and encourage participation.
  • D evelop trainings that broaden CNP cafeteria staff's general knowledge of special diets with the goal of improving communication and empathy with parents of students with special dietary needs.
  • Monitor the weekly CNP dashboard to identify campuses with opportunities to increase student participation , especially among students with special dietary needs .

Zero findings in external andinternal follow-up audit(s) with 100% of food production records completed by June 30.
  • Cascade to CNP headquarters and campus teams the changes in state guidelines and compliance, especially related to special diets.
  • Keep all nutrition and menu-related items for Special Dietsup to date (CN labels, components, subgroups, recipes, FPRs) and available to all in CNP team.
  • Support campuses in all nutrition related audit tasks and deliverables.

100% of programmed schools in operation with special diet foods procured, menus developed and food ready by FDOS.
  • Ensures that by the first day of school the following is completed: Regional menus for the top 8 allergens are created, all special diet foods are procured for each region, all special diet trainings are completed by CNP campus staff .
  • Evaluates previous year(s) BOY execution as it relates to special diets. Identifies opportunities for improvement and develops strategies for continued success.
  • Builds upon BOY execution to develop tools (special diet tracker, Quick Start guides, Playbooks, etc ) to drive results in terms of successful replication of processes.

District meets gold status score of 45 on the HKH Checklist by Oct. 31 st and maintains through LDOS.
  • Collaborates with CNP Nutrition Manager and HKH Program Manager to develop initiatives in partnership with an interdisciplinary team composed of staff and community members. Support efforts aimed at increasing student access to healthy and nutritious foods.
  • Engage and educate our IDEA Team and Family including team members, parents, and students on health, wellness and nutrition.
  • Support efforts to develop cafeteria staff to achieve gold status in the HKH Checklist assessment.
  • Assists with the HKH promotion for specific schools within the region.

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.
Competencies (if applicable):
  • Mission Focus - focuses on IDEA's core purpose of getting all students into college
  • Record of Results - holds high expectations for self and others to achieve and surpass intended goals
  • Managing Others to Deliver Results - leads team to achieve measurable and ambitious results
  • Problem Solving - able to synthesize, analyze, and prioritize data and opportunities to develop strategies for achieving quantifiable goals
  • Coaching & Developing - develops team through formal and informal methods; makes professional development a top priority
  • Communication - effectively conveys information using a variety of channels and techniques
  • Continuous Improvement - proactively identifies opportunities to improve and consistently reflects on past actions to guide future decisions

  • Education: Degree in Nutrition, Culinary, Dietetics, Public Health, or related field. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist as delineated by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Graduate degree preferred.
  • Experience: Comprehensive knowledge and application of medical nutrition and diet therap y . Ability to communicate effectively in both written and verbal form to patients, public, medical staff, and physicians . Ability to organize tasks and function independently. Previous experience with project management is preferred. Minimum of one year of clinical nutrition or school nutrition experience preferred .
  • Licenses or Certifications (if applicable): Licensed Dietician as required by the State of Texas.

Knowledge and Skills:
  • Ability to implement policy and procedures and analyze and interpret data.
  • Ability to collect, analyze, and report departmental information.
  • Planning, organization and follow up skills, with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects sensitive to deadlines and changing environments.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, presentation experience.
  • Innovative problem solver with the ability to influence and create partnerships.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office software and statistical analysis software.
  • History of innovation and initiative.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanishispreferred.

  • S alaries for this role typically fall between $48,600 and $60,812, commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications. This role is also eligible for a performance bonus based on individual and organizational performance and 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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