Role Mission: The CNP Director of Nutrition will oversee all aspects of the district Child Nutrition Program’s nutritional activities. The job functions include administrating, planning, implementing, and evaluating the program in order to meet the nutritional and educational needs of children, as they relate to the CNP. The school nutrition professional shall work cooperatively with campus leaders to promote and achieve a healthy school environment in accordance with the district wellness policy. Provide leadership and advocacy in the areas of nutrition and health at the district, state and federal level. The CNP Director of Nutrition will ensure a forward-thinking environment and data-driven advocacy that supports healthy food habits while maintaining program integrity and customer satisfaction.
Directly manages food cost and the USDA commodities entitlement to fully integrate in the menu and monies are depleted by annually by last day of school. Specifically, the CNP Director of Nutrition is responsible for achieving nutritional excellence at every school. Additionally, the CNP Director of Nutrition leads the CNP efforts for the district in the Healthy Kids Here initiative. Comply with federal, state, and local laws as well as board policy in food service area.
1. Works towards decreasing the population of students with a BMI at or above the 85th percentile by 5% Develops Healthy Kids Here initiatives in partnership with a cross-functional team composed of staff and community members. Leads efforts to increase student’s access to healthy and nutritious foods. Promotes initiatives that drive a healthy and active lifestyle for our students. Engage and educate our IDEA Team and Family including team members, parents, and students on health, wellness and nutrition.
2. Ensures the district meets a minimum nutrition scorecard of 50/40/10 using an A/B/C rating by LDOS. Develop menus that exceed established nutritional requirements for students and that produce appetizing meals that students enjoy eating. Develop and improve measuring tool (the nutrition scorecard) for use by the CNP Nutrition team to improve the nutritional content Improve and monitor the macronutrients and micronutrients in student’s meal intake on daily basis Review menu recipes ingredients departmental job satisfaction survey results and develop strategy for continuous improvement Coordinate menu committee to review menu recipes improvements and execute innovating improvements by an alignment to our Healthy Kids Here initiative
3. Ensure 100% of campuses meet the 80% breakfast participation, 85% lunch participation, and 10% snack or supper participation goal by last day of school Develop trainings on participation initiatives and best practices for campus CNP managers throughout the academic year Create process entrenchment and achieve results by managing data visibility, adult culture and escalation matrix that is consistent and timely. Implement course correction plans if targets are missed and to reverse any declining trends. Develop standardized deliverables that campus CNP managers can use to drive meal participation including: parent, community and staff communication.
4. Ensure the district menu meets an average food cost for each region for breakfast, lunch, snack, and supper. Negotiate with current vendors on an annual basis for best pricing that decreases district cost Identify potential vendors that can provide product or service as we expand to new regions Coordinate with the Nutrition team to remove or modify unpopular menu recipes to decrease food cost and increase student participation
5. Ensures 100% of schools are fully operational by the first day of school Leads IDEA’s school launch strategy by developing cross-functional frameworks that result in standardized and replicable processes, implementing these processes consistently and timely across the district, and creating the infrastructure to produce and disseminate best practices to campuses. Builds best-in-class cafeteria launch tools and mechanisms that generate measurable data for continuous improvement opportunities and meet IDEA’s organizational needs. Communicates expectations, develops professional development and integrates IDEA culture in partnership with campus and regional leaders to ensure an excellent parent, student and staff experience on the first day of school. Ensure menu is compliant, accurate and complete with nutrient analysis, recipe yields, menu pricing, order guide and schedule, special diets, and food production records. Ensure all CNP campus staff have complete nutrition trainings such as: meal programs offered in the district, commodities, order guides, order schedule, reading recipes, yield conversions, offer vs serve, food production records, special diet process, food and non-food orders, menu pattern per grades, and menu. Ensure all food and non-food orders are completed
6. Live values of IDEA Believes and is committed to our mission: that all students are capable of getting to and through college Is driven by outcomes 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 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 relationships in order to achieve outcomes Embodies IDEA’s core values
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
Bachelor’s degree in public health, nutrition, dietetics, business or related field. Licensed Dietician or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist required.
Special Knowledge/Skills: Ability to create menus, manage personnel, coordinate district functions, implement policy and procedures and interpret data. A proven record of managing others. Ability to collect, analyze, and report departmental information. Planning, organization and follow up skills, with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects and 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 menu planning applications. Have a working knowledge of HACCP. ServSafe Certification preferred. Bilingual in English and Spanish is preferred.
Experience: Five years’ experience in a leadership role. Experience with school nutrition is required.
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About IDEA Public Schools
IDEA Public Schools believes that each and every child can go to college. Since 2001, IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school with 150 students to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free, Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States.
IDEA boasts national rankings on The Washington Post and U.S. News & World Report’s top high schools lists. IDEA serves more than 45,000 college-bound students in 79 schools across four Texas regions and Southern Louisiana and is on-track to maintain its legacy of sending 100% of its graduates to college. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that thrives on the engagement of our alumni and community members as well as the financial support of individual donors, foundations, and friends of IDEA.