Job Description

Child Nutrition Program Compliance & Support Specialist

Department:Child Nutrition
Location:Phoenix, AZ

The Child Nutrition Program Compliance and Support Specialist will oversee additional projects in the area of Child Nutrition involving multi-step tasks that require significant expertise in relationship building and influence.  This person will be responsible for ensuring partner agencies from the education community and non-profit sector meet all regulations as set by the Food and Nutrition Administration Manager. The Specialist position will also focus on registering agencies to participate in other Child Nutrition Programs including Kids Cafe and Weekend Back-Packs.  The team member is responsible for the ongoing compliance of partner agencies to provide technical assistance of the regulations and compliance through the creation of various training tools in a variety of methods.

Responsibilities include:

  • Under limited direction, performs agency compliance according to USDA regulations.  Consults with management on non-compliant agencies and creates a corrective action plan for immediate implementation.
  • Implement program regulations at the agency partner level as stated by the USDA and Arizona Department of Education. 
  • Establish and maintain personal and regular communication with partner agencies in the school community, government and non-profit sector.
  • Conduct site visits and monitoring at our partner agency sites to ensure compliance and provide on-going training and technical assistance as required.  
  • Oversees site monitoring schedule and schedules site health and safety inspections by required due dates.
  • Communicate any regulatory program changes to partner agencies and ensure required changes are implemented and met.
  • Attends meetings as needed.  Recommends and implements changes to processes as needed. Balance compliance need with our customer service-oriented values.
  • Responsible for answering compliance questions from the field.  Researches questions regarding regulations and products.
  • Participates in Quality Improvement projects for the department including surveying, need assessments, internal audits and impact analysis.
  • Adheres to project plans and schedules including defining project objectives and specifications, identifying tasks, estimating time requirements, establishing deadlines, monitoring milestone completion, and providing timely reporting of issues that impact project progress, coordinating actions, and resolving conflicts.
  • Maintain a positive and professional relationship with agencies and the community.
  • Utilizing tools including CERES, complete reports, records, and any other documentation required by the Program or government agency.
  • Responsible for accurate data entry of requested number of product by partner agencies and corresponding number of product distributed to end user. 
  • Participate in meetings and provide in-service trainings prescribed by the department.
  • Create forms, databases and other tools as appropriate
  • Perform other related tasks or responsibilities assigned by the Food and Nutrition Administration Manager.


  • College or combination of experience and education
  • 5 years experience
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office applications
  • Proficiency with spreadsheets and database applications
  • Experience in creating training tools and administration forms
  • Preferred experience working with state and federal regulatory agencies
  • Experience developing and filing policy forms
  • Demonstrated history of establishing relationships 
  • Strong leadership, project management and relationship skills


  • Must possess valid Arizona Issued Drivers License
  • Must pass a standard background check  

Starting salary is $45,000/year. St. Mary’s offers a generous compensation package which includes medical, dental, vision, short-term and long-term disability, PTO, employer paid life insurance and more.

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