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School Nutrition Program Coordinator, Food and Nutrition Services (FNS)

Company Boston Public Schools
Location Boston, MA
Update 8 Day ago
Boston Public Schools seeks a School Nutrition Program Coordinator, Food and Nutrition Services (FNS)

Reports to: Nutrition Manager


Currently BPS has 125 schools with two different food service delivery models. Forty six (46) schools have full service kitchens with a full time cafeteria manager and subordinate staff. The remaining schools and programs are satellite sites receiving meals from an outside vendor, contracted by BPS. The district serves approximately 23,500 breakfasts’ daily and 35,600 lunches. After school meals vary over the course of the year, but average between 7 -8,000 per day. During the summer months BPS serves roughly 22,000 combined meals in varying city sites. BPS has been approved for the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP); which enables the district to provide free meals to all Boston students.

General Program Description

The Boston Public Schools seeks a Program Coordinator, reporting to the Nutrition Manager, to manage and assist in the planning and execution of nutrition programs within the Food and Nutrition Services Department. The primary goal of the Child Nutrition Programs is to meet the nutritional needs of all children during school and non-school hours. Programs which achieve this goal are the National Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program, After School and Summer Meal Programs.

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) is a USDA reimbursement program aimed at increasing the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables consumed by elementary students (K-8) in schools.

FFVP provides funding for an additional serving of fruits and vegetables to be offered during the school day outside of the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. The School Nutrition Program Coordinator is responsible for all program grant applications; overseeing the administration, operation and budgeting for all awarded schools; as well as hiring and supervising the On-site Coordinator at each school.

For the 2016-17 school year, 49 Boston schools were awarded over $1M to serve over 20,000 students across the district.

Job Responsibilities:

The School Nutrition Program Coordinator will have primary responsibility for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (approximately 3/4 of time), and work on assignments related to the other Child Nutrition Programs as determined by the Nutrition Manager (for the remaining 1/4 of time). Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) responsibilities:
  • Implement program strategy, including evaluation and modification of program accounting and operations systems as needed.
  • Manage budget of more than $1M to ensure fiscal responsibility and program compliance, including reconciliation of expenses and income, processing invoices and tracking purchases.
  • Ensure program alignment with the Department of Food & Nutrition Services mission and goals.
  • Implement menu development, product procurement, weekly ordering and reconciliation
  • Recruit, train and supervise On-Site Coordinators as needed
  • Conduct site evaluations, including food safety and program compliance as well as determine equipment requirements
  • File monthly FFVP claims to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
  • Coordinate educational activities/events and provide educational resources to schools. Coordinate nutrition education services with program community partners and related school nutrition programs.

National School Breakfast, National School Lunch, After School and Summer Meal Program responsibilities :
  • Manage grant initiatives and funded projects
  • Support the After School and Summer Meal Programs
    • Manage special events promoting food and nutrition
      • National Farmer’s Market Week [August]
      • MA Harvest for Students Week [September]
      • National Farm to School Month [October]
      • Food Day [October]
      • National Nutrition Month [March]
      • Professional development opportunity for staff
      • Taste tests for Procurement Team
      • Promotions in cafeterias and satellite locations
  • Manage FNS strategic partnerships and community engagement opportunities, such as, the Project Bread Chef’s Initiative.
    • Align partnership goals with the vision and direction of FNS operational goals
    • Serve as a liaison to students/student groups interested in school food system; develop presentations and workshops to engage student in supporting positive changes to school food in Boston Public Schools (BPS)
    • Coordinate volunteer and intern opportunities that will support FNS goals
  • Coordinate logistics for student and community participation in FNS vendor taste tests and in cafeteria promotions.
  • Oversee administrative tasks related to FNS grant funded opportunities
    • Seek new grant opportunities to support the vision and direction of FNS, including but not limited to grants supporting the Farm to School Initiative
    • Oversee and maintain FNS communications through the FNS website
Required Competencies:

  • Managing Relationships. Responds and relates well to people in all positions; is seen as a team player and is cooperative; looks for common ground and solves problems for the common good.
  • Creativity. Generates new, unique, and practical ideas; makes connections among previously unrelated concepts; is unafraid to use unorthodox methods; is seen as original and value-added in brainstorming settings.
  • Drive for Results. Pursues work with energy, drive, and completes tasks, even in the face of resistance or setbacks; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.
  • Personal Learning and Development. Is personally committed to and actively works to continuously improve himself/herself; recognizes the need to change personal, interpersonal, and managerial behavior; actively seeks feedback.
  • Managing through Processes and Systems. Designs practices, processes, and procedures necessary to get things done; simplifies complex processes; gets the most from resources; creates systems that manage themselves.
  • Functional and Technical Skills. Possesses required functional and technical knowledge and skills for a high level of accomplishment; demonstrates active interest and ability to enhance and apply new functional skills.
  • Required Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in Food and Nutrition, Dietetics, Food Systems Management or related area from a four year accredited college or university.
    • Ability to manage and coordinate multiple projects and priorities
    • Experience working with school aged children and a passion for improving children's health and well-being, highly recommended.
    • Strong interest and knowledge about food, school food, food equity
    • Familiar with Boston neighborhoods and Boston Public Schools.
    • Ability to work collaboratively as well as independently, demonstrated ability to work with a range of stakeholders.
    • Strong communication skills; including writing and public speaking
    • Experience in training and supervising adults
    • Creative , sense of humor, persistent, detail oriented, strong organizational skills
    • Ability to prioritize competing demands
    • Successful experience working in a team-oriented environment
    • Mastery of Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Powerpoint, Word)
    • Perform other duties as assigned by manager or designee.
    • Current authorization to work in the United States - Candidates must have such authorization by their first day of employment
    Preferred Qualifications:
    • Registered and licensed Dietitian; Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Experience with fundraising and grant writing a plus
    • Food Safety Certification
    • Budget and accounting experience with software recommended

    Terms: Managerial Tier C, City of Boston residency required.

    Please refer to (under "Employee Benefits and Policies") for more information on salary and compensation. Salaries are listed by Unions and Grade/Step.

    The Boston Public Schools, in accordance with its nondiscrimination policies, does not discriminate in its programs, facilities, or employment or educational opportunities on the basis of race, color, age, criminal record (inquiries only), disability, homelessness, sex/gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, genetics or military status, and does not tolerate any form of retaliation, or bias-based intimidation, threat or harassment that demeans individuals’ dignity or interferes with their ability to learn or work.