Apr 15, 2019

Child Nutrition Manager

  • KIPP Texas
  • Houston, TX, USA
Full-time Operations and Facilities Product and Program Management Education

Job Description

JOB TITLE:  Child Nutrition Manager - Houston
For more than 15 years, KIPP Austin, KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth, KIPP Houston, and KIPP San Antonio have put thousands of KIPPsters on the path to and through college. Last year, we collectively educated over 25,000 students in more than 50 schools, covering a geographic area of over 400 miles. Our regions have a long history of informal collaboration, with teachers and staff members sharing ideas, curricula, professional development, facilities, finances, end-of-year field trips, and more. As of the 2018-2019 school year, all KIPP schools in Texas join forces as KIPP Texas Public Schools, a state-wide network of schools dedicated to supporting students to and through college!
The Opportunity
KIPP Texas is seeking an experienced Child Nutrition Manager to oversee the Child Nutrition program operations in our Houston schools. The Child Nutrition Regional Manager reports to the KIPP Texas Child Nutrition Director. This position oversees the work of the Child Nutrition team in Houston and actively collaborates on and supports our state-wide initiatives. The Child Nutrition Regional Manager is responsible for maintaining full compliance with all State and Federal regulations, managing a healthy FSMC relationship, handling the regional budget, maintaining accurate Child Nutrition data and records while upholding the highest professional customer service standards. 
The role is an ideal opportunity for a highly motivated, collaborative, results-driven and service minded leader with a passion for fighting to close the achievement gap in Texas.  
Key Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the Child Nutrition Director, the Child Nutrition Regional Managers in Austin, Dallas and San Antonio and others to provide input and strategic thinking for the structure, direction, and vision of the Child Nutrition program.
  • Develop and mentor the Child Nutrition key personnel to support them to implement the Child Nutrition vision and operate with excellence every day.
  • Through impact and influence, work closely with School Leaders and school-based operations leaders to maximize the potential of our Child Nutrition program.
  • Establish and collaborate with direct reports to establish department goals and objectives which align to the KIPP Texas Child Nutrition Mission and operational goals.
  • Manage annual personnel performance review process.

Operations oversight and performance

  • Ensure the day-to-day operations of serving breakfast, lunch and supper across Houston are executed reliably and with a high level of service.
  • Schedule and conduct site visits to facilitate communications and to inspect quality of services.
  • Implement operational process improvements and policies which support compliance, standardize and drive efficiencies, and improve the quality of food we serve and our service to both to internal clients and our children and families.  
  • Provide direct reports with leadership training, professional development opportunities, sharing of best practices, team building, standard policies, procedures, and best practices.
  • Monitor department KPIs and accountability systems to drive performance and measure success for program goals.
  • Support in introducing and training staff on new technologies which improve service, lowers costs, and drives efficiencies.
  • Ensures operations procedures for food production and service are efficient and effective.

Financial performance and oversight

  • Oversee the Houston Child Nutrition budget.
  • Track performance against budget on a monthly basis, and KPIs against targets weekly.
  • Maintain strong vendor relationships and manage contract and service agreements.
  • Ensures all invoicing from FSMC are accurate and sent in a timely manner.
  • Audits all counting and claiming activities for Houston’s Child Nutrition Program.
  • Submits Federal reimbursement information for Houston in a timely manner.

Skills and Qualifications
Experience and Background

  • 3+ years of professional work experience in a senior food and hospitality-related role leadership role.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience. 
  • Experience in school-based Child Nutrition a strong plus
  • Experience in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial, and fast-growing organization a strong plus
  • Must have demonstrated experience in leading, motivating, growing, and developing high performing teams which deliver results
  • Experience using data to problem solve
  • Must be able to adopt new technology quickly and be very proficient with Microsoft and other productivity tools (BlueJeans, Slack, Google Drive)

Personal Values and Leadership Style 

  • Unquestioned integrity, passion, and commitment to KIPP Texas’s mission, the families we serve, and the work
  • Unquestioned belief that all children will learn and that education is for all
  • Must be a team player, working both collaboratively and independently
  • Must be highly organized and resourceful
  • Must be able to drive results with a sense of urgency
  • Must be solutions oriented with a growth mindset
  • Must be able to make decisions with imperfect information
  • Must be a strong planner with the ability to be flexible when plans need to pivot and change
  • Must have a sense of humor and genuinely show appreciation

Compensation and Benefits
Salary is based on years of experience, degree of education, and level of expertise. A competitive benefits package is also offered.
KIPP is a non-profit network of 200 college-preparatory, public charter schools educating elementary, middle, and high school students. We believe that all students will learn and achieve at high levels if given the opportunity. Our mission is to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and character strengths they need to seize those opportunities. Great education transforms lives.
KIPP provides equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees.
As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.

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