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CNP Nutrition Administrator - (Immediate Opening)

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School Year: 2023-2024
Location: Headquarters-Rio Grande Valley
Region: Headquarters - Rio Grande Valley, TX
Category: Operations
Job Type: Full-Time



 Role Mission: The CNP Nutrition Administrator is a key supporter of CNP Nutrition leadership and assists in the development of data and information processes that drive quality, variety, and compliance of IDEA’s 9 menu lines districtwide. The Nutrition Administrator serves as an integral member of the Child Nutrition Program (CNP) and Nutrition Team by assisting the CNP Nutrition Evaluator in the development and analysis of districtwide school menus and data spreadsheets that maximize nutritional content and cost effectiveness of meals, meal participation, consumption and waste, and compliance with state agencies to ensure that IDEA continues to be the healthiest school district in the nation.  This person is a technically savvy individual with a clear understanding of CNP’s nutritional and data goals across all 9 menu lines across 4 states. They will be responsible for conducting sophisticated consumption & waste studies and support the creation of data reporting, analytics, and visualization practices to drive menu decisions districtwide. Further, this role also engages in project management of ancillary CNP Nutrition team priorities & initiatives (Healthy Kids Here, Nutrition Education and Community Engagement opportunities, the CNP social media presence, and Nutrition Team priorities and initiatives), ensuring we continue to meet standards by federal, state, and local board policy. They are responsible for understanding department systems, business processes, reporting and analytics needs to accomplish goals and to assist in the development and execution of the data collection and reporting strategies to maximize nutritional content, participation efforts, and interorganizational collaboration across IDEA’s 90 campuses. 



The Nutrition Administrator must currently live in or be willing to relocate to Texas, with preference for one of our regions in Austin, El Paso, Houston, Permian Basin, Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio, or Tarrant County.


What We Offer 



  • Salaries for people entering this role typically fall between $61,605 and $71,154, commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications and in alignment with internal equity. This role is also eligible for a performance bonus based on 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.  


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. 


In this role, you will:


  • Execute evaluative data-focused initiatives such as but not limited to 1) collecting & analyzing stakeholder feedback, and 2) collecting and analyzing consumption and waste data.
  • Lead maintenance and innovation efforts of IDEA CNP Nutrition data reporting tools (survey reporting tool/tracker, consumption and waste data logs) to support effective database management and transparency for key stakeholders.
  • Support in the analysis of qualitative and quantitative data collected resulting in evaluative reports that assist Nutrition Team in making informed & strategic improvements to menus.
  • Directly manage CNP Nutrition team priorities & initiatives such as but not limited to 1) Healthy Kids Here; 2) Nutrition Education and Community Engagement Opportunities; 3) the CNP Social Media Program Marketing presence; and/or 4) ancillary logistics for CNP Nutrition.
  • Assist nutrition team leadership in designing, executing, and implementing IDEA’s internal nutritional standards with a focus on improvements beyond national, state, and local guidelines.
  • Support & the promote child nutrition program at campus, regional, district, and national level by participating in various seasonal tasks that include, but are not limited to, 1) executing at least 3 campus visits per semester; 2) assisting with nutrition-related internal audits; 3) attending food shows, and/or 4) presenting on data initiatives on internal and external stages (i.e., national conferences, team meetings/step-backs/summits).  


Required Experience and Certifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in nutrition, culinary, public health, public policy, data analytics, statistics, or related field. Graduate degree or other advanced degree in relevant field preferred.
  • Certified Food Service Sanitation preferred.
  • Certified Food Service Manager preferred.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office software.
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Excel preferred.
  • Experience working with large data sets and statistical software platforms (SAS,R, or similar) preferred.  
  • Previous experience with project management preferred.
  • Minimum of one year of school nutrition or food service experience preferred.
  • At least one year’s experience in a supervisory role preferred.


Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office software and menu planning applications preferred.
  • Working knowledge of local, state, and national policy for school meal programs (i.e., National Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program, and Child and Adult Care Food Program, and the Community Eligibility Provision, preferred.
  •        Ability to implement policy and procedures and analyze and interpret data.
  •        Ability to collect, analyze, and report stakeholder data and/or departmental information. 
  • Planning, organization, and follow-up skills, with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects 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.
  •        History of innovation and initiative.
  • Ability to travel up to 20% of the time during the busiest parts of the year.


Team Goals:

In this role, you will be responsible for supporting the team to reach the following ambitious goals:

  • Most current menu, recipes, and resources available 2 weeks prior to FDOS. 
  • Participate in 2 internal nutrition education events by LDOS contributing to 20 HKH checklist items completed district wide. 
  • Execute 3 campus visits per semester to promote nutrition initiatives by LDOS. 
  • Ensure 90% of campuses meet their HKH survey goal by June 30th.
  • Collect consumption & waste data from at least 50% of campuses by June 30th.

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. 


At IDEA the Staff Culture and Belonging Team uses our Core Values to promote human connection and a culture of integrity, respect, and belonging for all Team and Family members.  Learn more about our Commitment to Core Values here:  


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