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CNP Director of Compliance - (Immediate Opening)

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School Year: 2022-2023
Location: Headquarters-Rio Grande Valley
Region: Headquarters - Rio Grande Valley, TX
Category: Operations
Job Type: Full-Time



Role Mission: The CNP Director of Compliance ensures all regions in the district are aligned and properly executed on all matters of federal, state, and local regulations.  Director of Compliance is the subject matter expert in all knowledge these regulations and nuances of each region. Currently, the IDEA District spans across 12 regions and 4 states with 90 unique campuses in total.  The role leads the CNP compliance team that is responsible for executing all phases of CNP audit readiness, response and or corrective action communication and follow up. The role also leads organizational teams in strategic planning for short- and long-term success as it relates to maintaining compliant operations in all regions/states we have presence in.  Additional responsibilities include, but not limited to: regularly meet with internal and external stakeholders and auditors; preparing, reviewing, and archiving all documentation for internal/external audits; developing and or revising departmental standard operating procedures, stress testing corrective action plans.


Role Location: 

  • The CNP Director of Compliance can be remote, but should be willing to work in any region in Texas where IDEA is located.

What We Offer 



  • Salaries for people entering this role typically start between $82,090 and $100,971, commensurate with relevant qualifications and experience. This role is also eligible for a performance bonus based on individual and organizational 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. Some of the special benefits we offer at IDEA include: 

  • Paid Family Leave: Eligible staff may receive up to 8 weeks of paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child, based on their tenure with the organization and caregiver designation. 
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Staff members may apply for up to 50% of tuition paid toward a qualifying degree program, up to $5,250 maximum per year subject to manager discretion and budget availability. 
  • Employer-Paid Mental/Behavioral Health: 5 face-to-face counseling sessions within a year, unlimited 24/7 telephonic counseling, and other work-life services available at no cost. 
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Professional Development: We offer staff opportunities to engage in identity-based affinity space and leadership training covering a variety of topics such as culturally competent leadership, models of equity, mitigating bias, and more.   


Other benefits include dental and vision plans, disability, life insurance, parenting benefits, generous vacation time, referral bonuses, professional development, and a 403(b) plan. IDEA may offer a relocation allowance to defray the cost of moving for this role, if applicable. 



In this role, you will:

  • Collect, manage and analyze internal or external monitoring process to identify gaps and provide recommendations for course correction 
  • Oversee and approve the efforts in the creation and implementation of a department audit readiness resources that depicts all steps necessary for internal audit schedule, and external audit
  • Collect, manage, & analyze survey data to identify trends and patterns in menu performance and acceptability.
  • Prepare and present quarterly compliance report to Chief Operating Officer
  • Write and submit Corrective Action plans as appropriate to local, state and federal regulatory agencies 
  • Meet and/or delegate with functional departments to provide status updates of past, current or upcoming audits and ensure next steps are being met by respective deadline 
  • Glean and cascade information and/or changes in respective state and federal guidelines internally to appropriate department or senior leadership 
  • Collaborate and approve mechanisms to stress test internal process and procedures to ensure they meet local, state, and federal guidelines 
  • Lead CNP in successful new state/region program launch with review of all necessary documentation, updates as necessary, and coordination between campus leadership and CNP leadership so there is open communication and transparency 
  • Approve revisions for standard operating procedures and trainings to ensure they are relevant and current 
  • Review departmental job satisfaction survey results and develop strategy for continuous improvement
  • Cascade new region launch plans for a successful first day of school
  • Oversee breakfast, lunch and supper application submission through respective state entities
  • Provide support for campuses in all compliance related tasks and deliverables.
  • Work with both HQ and campus teams to demonstrate continuous improvement in the areas of program compliance, pilots, projects, initiatives, and priorities. 
  • Seek Feedback as an essential part of our culture, and you must actively seek it, understand it, and determine how it can best be used to improve our program and the role itself.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong understanding of federal and state audit processes for internal, external, single audits and state audit reviews 
  • Strong computer literacy is required with a hyper focus on the Microsoft Office Suite. 
  • Strong understanding of budget creation to ensure that programs are cost effective, funds are managed prudently, and expenses follow federal, state, and local guidelines. 
  • Strong time management and able to meet deadlines with a high degree of accuracy. 
  • Excellent analytical skills and ability to interpret complex documents and policies. 
  • Demonstrate flexibility, adaptability and takes initiative in the spirit of continuous improvement. 
  • Business awareness and knowledge of management practices. 
  • Strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills with internal and external stakeholders 
  • Excellent oral, written, and presentation skills and able to internalize feedback. 
  • Strong character to implement policy & procedures. 
  • Ability to work irregular hours during peak times through the year. 
  • Ability to handle 20% travel within state and other states where IDEA Public Schools has presence.  
  • Demonstrate problem solving, adaptability and flexibility; can reprioritize workload due to inclement weather, schedule changes, and any other potential setback
  • Can work independently with little direction.


Required Experience:

  • Education: Bachelor Degree in Public Administration, or Finance or Business management. Masters of Public Administration, preferred 
  • Experience: a minimum of five (5) years of experience directly related to state and federal school nutrition programs such a USDA National School Lunch Program, National School Breakfast Program and the Child and Adult Care Food Program 


Individual Goals:

  • 100% of CNP internal scheduled audits completed by June 30th
  • Campus CNP staff received civil rights training by 30th operational day of school
  • Correction action plans completed by deadline for all external audits
  • Campus CNP staff received food safety manager certs and food handlers permits by 30th operational day of school
  • Program set up complete and approved in new regions by FDOS


Team Goals:

  • District meets student participation of 80% for breakfast, 80% for lunch, 15% for supper by last day of school
  • 85% of IDEA CNP full-time staff members employed during the 22-23 school year will be retained and return for the start of the 23-24 work calendar.
  • District health inspections average >=95% with no failed inspections by June 30th


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 a multi-state network of tuition-free, Pre-K-12 public charter schools.    


IDEA Public Schools boasts national rankings on The Washington Post and U.S. News & World Report’s top high schools lists. IDEA serves over 80,000 college-bound students in 143 schools across Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Ohio, and is on-track to maintain its legacy of sending 100% of its graduates to college.     


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. 


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 


At IDEA we recognize that racism, bias, and privilege exist in society. We are committed to an organizational culture that promotes awareness and inclusivity for our students and staff and supports their path to positively impact our broader society. We are committed to recognizing the impact of racism and privilege, and commit as an organization to have equitable practices, policies, and structures. Visit to learn about IDEA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Anti-Racist and Anti-Bias commitment. 


To Apply 


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