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Cafeteria Manager - IDEA Brownsville (Immediate Opening)

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School Year: 2023-2024
Location: IDEA Brownsville
Region: Lower Rio Grande Valley, TX
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.


What We Offer




  • Compensation for this role is set at an hourly rate ranging between $21.29 or 0 years of experience and $26.62


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 and professional development. IDEA may offer a relocation allowance to defray the cost of moving for this role, if applicable.


What You Bring -- Competencies:

  • 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 required, some college preferred 
  • Experience: 2+ years in school food service or restaurant related 
  • 1+ years having worked in a supervisory roll or leading a team 
  • Licenses or Certifications:  Valid Texas driver's license Valid Food Handler's card 


What You’ll Do – Accountabilities:


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 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


We look for Team and Family who embody the followingvaluesand characteristics: 

  • Believes and is committed to our missionand being an agent of change: that all studentsare capable of gettingto and through college  
  • Has demonstrated effectiveoutcomes 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 improvequickly
  • 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 relationshipsin order toachieve outcomes
  • We believe in education asa professionand hold ourselves to high level of conduct, professionalism and behaviors as models for our colleagues and students


About IDEA Public Schools 


At IDEA Public Schools, we believeeach and everychild 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 highschoolslists. 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 


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






Updated December 3, 2020



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