Feb 11, 2019

Compliance Manager

  • Rocketship Public Schools
  • Redwood City, CA, USA
Full-time Operations and Facilities Education

Job Description

At Rocketship Public Schools, we believe in the infinite possibility of human potential. We believe that every student deserves the right to dream, to discover, and to develop their unique potential. And it is our responsibility and our privilege to unleash the potential inside every Rocketeer we serve. Our non-profit network of public elementary charter schools propels student achievement, develops exceptional educators, and partners with parents who enable high-quality public schools to thrive in their community.

The Position

As a complex national organization, Rocketship submits hundreds of required documents to authorizers, state governments, and other stakeholders every year, and meets many other assorted compliance requirements. While all teams across the organization are involved in ensuring we always fulfill these obligations, the Compliance Manager will take a leadership role in coordinating this across departments.

Essential Functions

Organization-wide Compliance

  • Refine and build out calendar of compliance requirements across departments and regions by evolving the structure of the calendar over time and partnering with various departments within Rocketship to research compliance requirements in current and potential new regions
  • Project manage completion of all requirements by partnering with teams to track their individual compliance-related work and directly project managing submission of authorizer requirements
  • Partner with Growth & Community Engagement and other regional team members to support requirements related to authorizer visits/audits

National School Lunch Program Compliance

  • Ensure our meal program remains compliant with all federal and state regulations
  • Own the contract bidding and creation processes for all regions, and resulting vendor relationships
  • Own the FRL application, and verification processes, and relationship with outsourced support partner
  • Coordinate preparations for meal audits, and serve as a main point of contact for audits
  • Partner with the School Operations team to create a vision for meal-related training, and to execute training delivery and tracking for Regional Directors of Operations, Business Operations Managers, Lead Servers, and others -- ensuring we’re “audit ready” year round
  • Partner with the Finance team as needed on their work around meal counts and reporting


Skills and Characteristics

  • Deep commitment to Rocketship’s mission, and desire to have an impact in an innovative and high-performing organization. Passion for unleashing potential in all students is a core part of our culture, and a critical value of successful “Rocketeers” across all roles!
  • Strong project management skills and ability to manage diverse stakeholders in a fast-paced environment
  • Well-honed attention to detail and strong organization skills
  • Interest in the topic of compliance
  • Ability to communicate effectively in person, via videoconference, and via email across multiple regions
  • Eye for setting up systems and processes that are user-friendly, especially for school employees
  • An innovative mindset -- not satisfied with the way things are but constantly thinking about how we can improve things
  • Strong listening skills, and an enjoyment of collaboration with teammates with diverse opinions and backgrounds

Educational Background and Work Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 3+ years of work experience in a role related to project management
  • An ideal candidate would have experience working in/with schools, and especially with school meal service compliance. In absence of this, an eagerness to dive right in and spend time in our schools to understand their operations would be critical.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and communicate with both adults and children. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally climb ladders. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to high.


Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent health and welfare benefits, 403b retirement plan, flexible spending account (FSA), and generous paid time off.

Rocketship Public Schools provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Rocketship Public Schools complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Rocketship Public Schools expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Rocketship Public Schools’ employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated. Click here for our Sexual Harassment Policy and here for our Title IX Policy.  For questions, concerns, or complaints, please contact Equity/Discrimination Title IX Compliance Officer, Email: [email protected] Address: 350 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 109, Redwood City, CA 94065. Phone: 877-806-0920 ext. 115.

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