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Cafeteria Manager - IDEA University Prep (Immediate Opening)

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School Year: 2022-2023
Location: IDEA University Prep
Region: Southern Louisiana
Category: Operations
Job Type: Full-Time



Role Mission: The Cafeteria Manager leads the CNP team at the campus level on our mission in becoming one of the healthiest school districts in the nation.  They adhere to the food and nutrition standards set forth by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and relevant state agencies. They assign duties and tasks to the rest of the team so appropriate quantities of food are ordered, prepared, and served according to the school’s meal schedules.  Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to:  implementing IDEA’s Wellness Policy, monitoring the financial health of their cafeteria operation, following all state & local health food establishment codes, and coordinating with campus leaders in making College For All a reality.




Zero follow-up findings for the campus on internal counting and claiming audits by last day of school.

  • Direct the team to execute the approved menu 100% every day 
  • Ensure every student participating in the meal program takes a reimbursable meal 
  • Ensure all methods of counting and claiming are compliant
  • Observe that counting and claiming is happening at time of service
  • Check that all counts of student meals are accurate
  • Enter all counts correctly into internal trackers and PrimeroEdge


Campus meets 85% retention by June 30.

  • Recruit top notch FSS and FSS Sub candidates from the area
  • Hold weekly employee huddles; topics vary between operations and nutritional matters 
  • Review and submit employee’s timesheets every Tuesday so employees are paid accurately every 2 weeks 
  • Use the Staff Development Cycle to provide formal, timely and appropriate feedback on individual work performance and growth opportunities 
  • Development of Cafeteria Assistant Manager with goal of preparing them for potential promotion to Cafeteria Manager
  • Develop FSS with leadership potential into candidates for promotion


Campus meets budgeted participation for breakfast and lunch by the last day of school. 

  • Ensure each meal is delivered on time and serving lines are is ready and fully stocked for all meal periods 
  • Conduct and coordinate Breakfast in the Class audits with a target compliance accuracy of 100% 
  • Prepare all recipes as designed by HQ CNP and report recipe/menu errors and suggested enhancements to the Nutrition Team immediately 
  • Ensure all menu items are available to all students
  • Create a welcoming and friendly environment in cafeteria, kitchen and at each point of service
  • Execute recipes and follow food storage best practices to ensure items have desired taste and are served at proper temperatures
  • Follow best practices for presenting menus and promoting participation
  • Use campus parent functions (i.e. report card night,) to speak to parents about the advantages of participating in our meal program


Campus meets the IDEA Healthy Kids Here standard by Nov 1 and maintains through the last day of school. 

  • Refer to the HKH self-assessment checklist for recommendations and techniques 
  • Promote more consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables through food preparation & display 
  • Rotate milk to ensure freshest product is available to all students 
  • Decorate the serving line with signage that provides both color and nutritional information that will appeal to students 
  • Implement and maintain salad bar to College Prep students (where salad bars are approved)


Campus meets an average "A" rating on internal operations audits with no relevant follow up findings on external audits by June 30. 

  • Follow the designated menu every day; do not serve items outside our advertised menu 
  • Follow established policies & procedures for a food service operation as per the state guidelines 
  • Track changes in compliance and internal policies and implement as needed
  • Correct issues identified as non-compliant 
  • Reach out to HQ CNP as needed for guidance in matters of finance, nutrition, and operations 
  • Complete food production records daily


We look for Team and Family who embody the following values and characteristics: 

  • Believes and is committed to our mission and being an agent of change: that all students are capable of getting to and through college  
  • Has demonstrated effective 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 
  • 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 relationships in order to achieve outcomes 
  • We believe in education as a profession and hold ourselves to high level of conduct, professionalism and behaviors as models for our colleagues and students. 


Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Campus CNP Cafeteria Assistant Manager, Food Service Specialists and Substitutes



  • 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: High School diploma or equivalent
  • Experience: 2+ years in food service, restaurant, or hospitality industry, with 1+ in supervisory role over direct reports
  • Licenses or Certifications (if applicable): Local or state recognized food safety certification

Knowledge and Skills:

  • The ability to motivate, delegate, and lead a team to accomplish goals.
  • Knowledge of methods, materials, equipment, and processes used in food production and management.
  • Strong understanding of safety and sanitation practices involved with food production.
  • Has the ability to understand and interpret data (charts, graphs, etc.).
  • Can handle stress well to meet deadlines.
  • Effective organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills in English.
  • Computer literacy with understanding of Microsoft Office Suite (i.e. Excel).
  • Able to follows verbal and written direction and asks for clarification as needed.
  • Demonstrates problem solving, adaptability and flexibility.
  • Good mathematical skills and basic finance understanding.

 What We Offer



  • Salaries for this role typically fall between $19.19 and $23.98, commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications. This role is also eligible for a performance bonus based on team performance and goal attainment. 

Other Benefits:

We offer a comprehensive benefits plan, covering the majority of the employee premium for the base medical plan and subsidizing the majority of costs for a spouse/domestic partner and children. Other benefits include dental and vision plans, disability, life insurance, parenting benefits, flexible spending account options, generous vacation time, commuter benefits, referral bonuses, professional development, and a 403(b) plan. We also offer an inclusive environment where staff are encouraged to bring their whole selves to work every day. IDEA may offer a relocation stipend to defray the cost of moving for this role, if applicable.


 To Apply

Please submit your application online through Jobvite. It’s in your best interest to apply as soon as possible.


About IDEA Public Schools 


At IDEA Public Schools, we believe each and every child can go to college. Since 2000, 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 Public Schools boasts national rankings on The Washington Post and U.S. News & World Report’s top high schools lists. IDEA serves nearly 75,000 college-bound students in 137 schools across Texas, Southern Louisiana and Florida and is on-track to maintain its legacy of sending 100% of its graduates to college. Be on the lookout for IDEA schools opening near you—with new launches in Jacksonville, FL (2022). Cincinnati, OH (2022), and Arkansas (2023)!    


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. 



Updated December 3, 2020



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