The Noble Network of Charter Schools

Manager of Dining Operations

Network Support Chicago, Illinois


Be Noble. Be a Manager of Dining Services at Noble.

Noble is Chicago’s highest-performing and largest network of public charter high schools. Our 18 schools and 1,300 employees currently serve over 12,300 students, 98% of whom are minority, 89% low-income, and 83% first-generation college goers. The School Quality and Rating Policy scores for the Chicago Public Schools rated Noble campuses as ten of the top fifteen public high schools in the city. We believe our people are the most valuable asset in preparing our students to be successful in college and lead exemplary lives. For that reason, we are looking for the best talent in education.

Who We're Seeking

The Manager of Dining Operations is responsible for
supporting the food program for Noble’s 18 campuses and 12,000 students. In this position, the Manager partners with the Director of Dining Services and the Chief Operating Officer to ensure the successful delivery of over two million nutritious, filling, high quality, and visually appealing meals each year including 500,000 breakfasts, 1.5 million lunches, and thousands of suppers. The manager is also responsible for catering requests, vending operations, and support of the food program for Noble Day Care.

Noble’s objective is to have the best school food program in the country. Our students are our customers and this mindset is at the core of every decision we make and action we take as we drive our meal program to be the best-in-class. In partnership with the Director, the Manager is tasked with executing the strategic vision to achieve this goal. 

The Manager will do this primarily by providing best-in-class support of the day-to-day food service operations at our campuses. Additionally, the Manager will collect and analyze data to identify trends and opportunities to increase participation and further improve the dining experience for our students. Finally, this person will also ensure that our kitchens and dining rooms are clean, well-organized, and set up to effectively support the delivery of great food to our students every single day.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Manager of Dining Operations reports to the Director of Dining Services and will be expected to:

  • Take the actions necessary to ensure the timely delivery of outstanding meals every day to our 12,000 students.
  • Audit all meal programs during the course of the year based on state and internal policy.
  • Provide excellent customer service to all staff and students. 
  • Work closely with Chartwells and Aramark, our two food service providers, to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of food to our students every single day.
  • Routinely inspect our dining and kitchen facilities to ensure they are clean, well-organized, and outfitted in a way that supports the aspirational goals of the program.
  • Collect and analyze data to identify trends and opportunities to increase participation and further improve the dining experience for our students.
  • Support our state, local, and internal audits.
  • Coordinate and supervise all catering requests with campuses and food management company, some weekends and nights might be required. 
  • Serve as Noble’s liaison with the vending company and help troubleshoot any campus concerns. 
  • Support with entering, reconciling and auditing the monthly meal claim.
  • Identify and support existing grant opportunities and data collection to improve the dining experience.
Ideal Traits 

  • Kind, hard-working, accessible, humble, and creative
  • Craves self-improvement, personal growth, and learning new things
  • Cool under pressure
  • History of best-in-class results and achievement
  • Unwavering commitment to continuous improvement
  • Proven and undeniably impressive work ethic
  • Obsessive attention to quality
  • Willingness to “fail well” and use critical feedback to drive personal and professional development
  • Service-focused drive, based in good intentions, optimism, and self-awareness
Candidate Qualifications 
  • A Bachelor’s degree is highly preferred but not mandatory
  • Experience and proven success with supporting large and complex operations is mandatory
  • Proven and relevant experience with supporting a large food service program is preferred
  • School operations experience is highly preferred but not mandatory
  • A background in food services is highly preferred but not mandatory
  • A minimum of three years of professional experience is mandatory
  • Experience working with state and federal meal programs are mandatory
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills are mandatory 
  • Deep experience with the Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is mandatory
  • Comfort with data analysis to develop data-driven decisions is mandatory

Compensation & Benefits

In addition to a competitive salary, we strive to be the best place to work, and our employee benefits are thoughtfully designed to support us in this ambition. Our robust and ever-evolving set of benefits includes:  

  • Competitive health benefits and paid parental leave
  • Discounts to Noble Daycare, gym memberships, & bike-share services
  • Free financial planning services
  • Free 24/7 access to in-person counseling services
  • Leadership and career development programs including: Diverse Leaders Fellowship, Noble Fellowship, and Management Accelerator
Please be prepared to submit a resume, at least 5 references, and a short cover letter explaining why you would be an ideal fit for this position and Noble. Please direct inquiries about this role to:

Equal Opportunity Employer

At Noble, our mission is to be a catalyst for educational equity in the city of Chicago that empowers students with the scholarship, discipline, and honor necessary to succeed in college and lead exemplary lives. We know that we only fulfill this mission if we are the best place for a diverse mix of driven, reflective, and innovative educators to come, stay, and do their best work nurturing college-ready students. That is why Noble is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, making all employment decisions, including recruiting, hiring, training, and promoting without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status or any other characteristic or classification protected by law.

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