Jul 21, 2021

CNP Finance Manager (Immediate Opening)

  • IDEA Public Schools
  • Weslaco, TX, USA
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 3 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 over 65,000 students across Texas and Louisiana. Be on the lookout for IDEA schools opening near you-with continued growth in our current regions an d new launches in Tampa Bay , FL (2021) , and Jacksonville, FL (2022) !

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 the Rio Grande Valley:

Since 2000, IDEA Public Schools has grown from a school of 150 students in Donna, TX, to the fastest- growing family of tuition-free, public charter schools in the United States. In the Rio Grande Valley, we are a nucleus of four counties (Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Willacy Counties) that work as one unit to support our children academically and holistically.

RGV is home to a population of just over 1.3 million residents. Children across the region truly benefit from IDEA's mission of college for all, as only 1 out of 17 students currently graduate college ready. Our mission holds true as we have over 5,000 IDEA alumni that currently attend, or have graduated from, 300 colleges and universities across the country.

Join our passionate team of changemakers in south Texas as we prepare to expand our home region to 55 schools, serving over 38,000 students in 2022.

Role Mission: TheCNP FinanceManageris the financial steward for department. In this capacity, they ensure that the Child Nutrition Program is financially stable, compliant and sustainable. Specifically, theCNP FinanceManageris responsible for achievingfinancialexcellence at every schoolcafeteria, with a emphasis in counting and claiming, meal applications,andmeal balance collections.Additionally, theCNP FinanceManagerleadscommunity eligibility provision andverification efforts throughout the district.

Completed financial audit for 25% of assigned campuses by June 30 th and assist with Corrective Action Plan, if needed.
  • Collaborates with CNP Assistant Director of Finance to improve on internal audit processes and preparation
  • Collaborates with CNP Assistant Director of Finance to create strategy for adhering to compliance guidelines as we expand to out of state markets
  • Attendmeetings and workshops held by regional or state agency that oversees our program
  • Review local, state, and federal compliance regularlywith a focus on implementing processes & procedures that will ensure all compliance
  • Support the CNP Assistant Director of Finance with internal planning when we are notified an administrative review (state audit) is taking place
  • Collaborate with internal or external stakeholders to ensure administrative review readiness throughout the year
  • Support the CNP Assistant Director of Finance with corrective actions plansas needed when internal or external agencies identify gaps or communicate findings after an audit

District meets 85% retention of CNP Staff by June 30th
  • Develop and deliver professional development training that bridges gaps in compliance or quality of service.
  • Lead the improvement of the cafeteria manager in training program and manager pipeline program
  • Review departmental job satisfaction survey results and develop strategy for continuous improvement
  • Develop departmental policies and procedures, with operational context, that align with the United States Department of Agriculture guidelines and the state agencies with oversight.
  • Conduct regular on-site assessments of cafeterias with a focus on identifying best practices and or gaps in food service operations.
  • Build a professional relationship with direct reports on a daily basis.

District meets 99% FARM applications collected and processed for new students by FDOS and returning students 30 operating days after FDOS
  • Creates strategies for process entrenchment to manage Free and Reduced Meal (FARM) application collection goal
  • Creates strategies and tools for data visibility, managing adult culture, and creating an escalation processregarding the meal application collection goal
  • Develops trainings on FARM application collection and processing,best practicesand policies for the district
  • Trains CNP finance supervisor, CNP regional supervisors, andcampus CNP staff on FARM application collection and processing, policies, trainings and best practices
  • Developspolicy and proceduresfor student eligibility determinations and communications to households
  • Trains CNP finance supervisor, CNP regional supervisors, and campus CNP staff on student eligibility determinations and communications with households
  • Ensures all campuses follow federal, state, and local policy and procedures for collection and processing of FARM applications.Ensures all campuses follow federal, state, and local policy and procedures for student eligibility determinations and communications
  • Develops trainings on verification process, best practices and policies for the district.Trains CNP finance supervisor, CNP regional supervisors, and campus CNP staff on verification process, policies, trainings and best practices

District meets budgeted participation for breakfast, lunch and supper by June 30.
  • Establishes financial target based on historical trend and develop projections given different financial scenarios
  • Communicates cost thresholds to functional teams and implements measures as to not have budget exceeded
  • Monitors cash on hand levels regularly and provides recommendations as to maintain thresholds
  • Monitors and refines our vendor payment process such that it is compliant, efficient and accurate
  • Contribute to developing professional development for participation initiatives and best practices for Cafeteria Managers throughout the year
  • Develop budget management tools that provide data visibility for decision making; develop escalation matrix given different scenarios

100% of programmed schools in point of sale system will have updated information: Student Data, Student eligibility, meal prices by FDO

  • Collaborates with Student Information Systems team to ensure student data is imported into POS system before FDOS
  • 100% ofState Direct Certification and matching imported inPrimeroEdge
  • Ensures POS is updated with current meal prices by FDOS
  • Ensures that 100% of CNP employeeshave receivedstudent eligibility training
  • Ensures that 100% of CNP employeeshave receivedmeal charge policy training
  • Ensures that 100% of CNP employees have received cash policy training

Supervisory Responsibilities:
  • Finance Supervisor
  • Indirectly supervises CNP campus managers with respect to departmental finance operations

  • 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: Bachelor's degree in accounting or finance or business administration
  • Experience: Threeyears of experienceinaccounting or finance, or audit related
  • Licenses/Certifications: not applicable

Knowledge and Skills:
Strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills . Computer literacy (i.e. Microsoft Office); Excel software experience required . Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines with a high degree of accuracy . Ability to follow verbal and written instructions . Strong attention to details. Strong mathematical and accounting skills. Strong analytical skills with ability of converting raw data into meaningful analysis and recommendations. Knowledge of fiscal control and budget management practices. Ability to develop, implement and monitorinternal controls to ensure financial accountability and program integrity . Ability to establish and implementbudgeting and financial management systems consistent with federal, state and local requirements Demonstrate flexibility, adaptability and be self-motivated. Excellent oral, written, and presentation skills. Business awareness and knowledge of management practices. Ability to work effectively with internal and external stakeholders.

  • Salaries for this role typically fall between $57,141 and $68,569, 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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