Director of Finance and Procurement, Child Nutrition Program (Immediate Opening)

Position at IDEA Public Schools

Role Mission: The CNP (Child Nutrition Program) Director of Finance and Procurement is part of the finance team within the Child Nutrition Program and is primarily responsible for overseeing all areas and functions of our program's budget, procurement, and establish long-term and strategic planning objectives. This role collaborates with our Business Office directors in updating policies and procedures to reflect state and federal requirements for CNP in purchasing and procurement and work with state agencies in setting up the child nutrition program as an authorized school food authority in new states. Other responsibilities include, but not limited to: creating and monitoring the departmental budget as to meet financial targets, implement measures of control that allow us to replicate operations with success and remain compliant with state and federal guidelines, lead readiness efforts for internal & external audits, develops bid and contract management processes and procedures in collaboration with the Director of Business Enterprise Resource Information Systems and the CNP Procurement Manager, collaborate with senior leaders in strategic planning needed to sustain the growth of our program.


  • Zero findings in external and internal follow up audits with 100% food production records completed by June 30
    • Collaborate with the Assistant Director of Finance and Compliance to ensure food production record completion is being tracked and communicated to campus teams throughout the year
    • Attend meetings held by regional or state agency that oversees our program
    • Review local, state, and federal compliance regularly with a focus on implementing processes & procedures that will ensure all compliance
    • Lead internal responsiveness when we are notified of internal or external audits (also known as compliance reviews)
    • Coordinate efforts with departmental functional leaders as to process and procedures refinement with a focus on replicating successful operations in new and existing regions
    • Prepare corrective actions plans as needed when internal or external agencies identify gaps or communicate findings after an audit

  • District meets the 80% breakfast participation, 85% participation, 20% supper participation goal by the last day of school.
    • Collaborate with regional leaders to mentor and support Cafeteria Managers (CMs) on best practices, analysis and tracking mechanisms to ensure effective program participation
    • Develop trainings on participation initiatives and best practices for Cafeteria Managers throughout the year
    • Create process entrenchment and achieve results by managing data visibility, adult culture and escalation matrix that is consistent and timely.
    • Schedule budget to actual meetings departmental functional leaders to ensure financial targets are met while offering the most variety to our students that supports participating in the meal programs we offer
    • Implement course correction plans if targets are missed and to reverse any declining trends

  • Meet or exceed 85% Employee Retention.
    • Perform staffing model analysis periodically and communicate finds to other departmental functional leaders
    • Coordinate with IDEA's compensation team as to market or benchmarking analysis scheduled throughout the year all in an effort to ensure we are offering competitive hourly pay to our campus teams
    • Participate in the onboarding experience for CNP HQ and campus managers so they understand our tenets, mechanisms and resources that will help set them up for success in their role(s)
    • Review departmental job satisfaction survey results and develop strategies for continuous improvement across our headquarters and campus teams to drive higher staff retention
    • Write departmental policies and procedures, with operational context, that align to state and federal guidelines while adhering to IDEA organizational policy

  • Achieves financial excellence in CNP through direct management of 100% of campuses meet the campus fund balance goal by June 30.
    • Create, implement and monitor the CNP budget of over $50 million and present to senior leadership
    • Provides strategic and tactical leadership in the areas of revenue and expense management, budget tracking, commodity entitlement allocation and depletion, and procurement procedures
    • Collaborates with Regional Directors of Operations (RDOs) to mentor and support Assistant Principals of Operations (APOs) on best practices, analysis and tracking mechanisms to ensure effective monitoring of progress toward goals (PTGs) and driving results
    • Oversees the evaluation of contracts and vendor selection process to ensure federal, state and local compliance requirements are met
    • Entrench a mindset to document all policies and procedures in an effort to capture institutional knowledge

  • 100% of programmed schools in operation with CNP campus staff hired, state program applications approved, and food ready by the first day of school
    • Collaborates with CNP Operations to ensure 100% of programmed schools in operation with CNP campus staff hired
    • Leads the efforts to ensure state program applications are approved by first day of school
    • Collaborates with CNP Operations and CNP Nutrition to ensure food is ready 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

  • 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 can get 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 (if applicable)
    • Supervise and evaluate performance of the CNP finance team
    • Indirectly supervises CNP campus managers with respect to departmental finance operations

    Competencies (if applicable):
    • Mission Focus- focuses on IDEA's core purpose of getting all students to college
    • Record of Results - holds high expectations for self and others to achieve and surpass intended goals
    • Manage Others to Deliver Results-leverages relationships to build and reinforce IDEA's culture and invests others in big goals
    • 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: Bachelor Degree in accounting or finance or business management, MBA preferred
    • Experience: a minimum of five (5) year's experience in a leadership role that is/was directly related to financial management and or budget creation
    • Licenses or Certifications (if applicable): not applicable

    Knowledge and Skills:
    • Knowledge of local, state, and national policy of managing food service programs: National Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program, and Child and Adult Care Food Program, and the Community Eligibility Provision.
    • Knowledge of state audit processes for internal, external, single audits and state audit reviews
    • Strong mathematical and accounting skills with ability of converting raw data into meaningful analysis and recommendations
    • Strong computer literacy (i.e. Microsoft Office) is required with a high level understanding of Excel formulas
    • Ability to create and manage a program budget of over $50 million to ensure that programs are cost effective, that funds are managed prudently, and expenses follow federal, state, and local guidelines
    • Ability to comply with federal, state, and local laws as well as board policy in food service area
    • Ability to start our program in a new state as our own food service authority
    • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines with a high degree of accuracy
    • Ability to follow verbal and written instructions
    • Demonstrate flexibility, adaptability and be self-motivated
    • Business awareness and knowledge of management practices
    • Strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills
    • Excellent oral, written, and presentation skills
    • Ability to work effectively with internal and external stakeholders
    • Ability to directly personnel
    • Ability to create and implement policy & procedures
    • Ability to work irregular hours during peak times through the year
    • Ability to handle 20% travel throughout Texas and Louisiana; Florida and Ohio coming soon

    • Salaries for this role typically fall between $65,000 and $91,000 commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications. This role is also eligible for a performance bonus based on individual and organizational performance and goal attainment.


    IDEA Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the organization's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact IDEA Human Resources at (956) 377-8000.

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