CACFP Compliance Specialist

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  • You want benefits. We support you with a minimum 50% childcare discount, immediate access to benefits, innovative health programs, 401(k) company match, and much more.
  • You want balance. We offer flexible schedules that work for you, no nights or weekends, the ability to bring your children to work with you, and paid time off.
  • You want opportunity. We invest in your future with ongoing training, tuition reimbursement, credential assistance, and our unique Master Teacher Program.
  • You want recognition. We provide a positive, fun workplace where employees are appreciated.

The CACFP/Federal Food Compliance Specialist will be responsible for all implementation and compliance related to the Child & Adult Food Care Program (CACFP)/Federal Food programs across their assigned area.  This position will provide guidance and expertise and knowledge to our field operators ensuring we are complaint with all USDA and state’s regulation guidelines.


Essential Functions:

  • Keep current on changes regarding governmental/state regulations, act as compliance subject matter expert in assigned states relating to the CACFP/Federal Food Program and advise, Dept. Director, Manager, DM’s, school management staff of these changes.  Ensure compliance with any other state mandated requirements.
  • Responsible for preparing, processing, managing annual Federal Food (CACFP) management plans and contracts. Maintain records related to CACFP claims and reimbursements according to state and company requirements.
  • Apply state CACFP regulations to standard training and deliver training to Directors/School management teams on paperwork and claim filing requirements relating to records maintenance and billing for the Federal Food (CACFP) Program.
  • Conduct training with District Managers, Directors and staff members on the health and safety requirements surrounding sanitary food handling, nutrition, monitor visits, civil rights and other CACFP required trainings.
  • Conduct required monitor visits and follow up at each assigned school to ensure compliance with CACFP/Federal Food state regulations.
  • Ensure billing statements meet guidelines and that CACFP/Federal Food reimbursements are received. Track amounts billed vs. amounts paid through established edit check/FFAST system. Communicate credits or debits to manager and appropriate accounting support staff. 
  • Audit and perform compliance edit checks on monthly paperwork prepared by the school for accuracy and completeness, including Enrollment and Income Eligibility Forms.
  • Uses financial analysis to extrapolate, evaluate, and manipulate claim data to create reporting for schools and District Managers and act on strategic options and opportunities.
  • Facilitate State, Governmental and internal company audits/administrative compliance reviews for site visits, meal counts, attendance, time and labor, menus, training, billing documentation and money distribution. 
  • Establish and maintain Corrective Action Plans for non-compliances found in all areas of the CACFP holding assigned schools accountable for program compliance.
  • Build positive rapport and partner with state CACFP representatives in each assigned state, as well as school staff and field mgt.
  • Attend state mandated CACFP trainings and workshops-in person and virtual.  Communicate new policies/changes to manager and ensure documentation is kept on file.


Minimum Job Qualifications:

  • High School diploma or equivalent is required. 
  • Bachelor’s Degree is preferred.
  • Experience working Early Childhood Education, Food Service, Nutrition, or a related field preferred.


Other Skills and Abilities Qualifications:

  • Excellent customer service skills with both internal and external customers.
  • Capable of working with frequent interruptions and changing priorities.
  • Effective communication skills, written, verbal and interpersonal.
  • Proficient time management, organizational skills, and ability to meet established deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision.
  • Ability to effectively mentor/train school leadership and ensure program implementation meets state and program requirements.
  • Familiarity with CACFP/Federal Food rules and regulations in each state.
  • Familiarity with CACFP audit and billing procedures.
  • Demonstrated ability to build sound working relationships with external business representatives.
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Proficient working knowledge of computer applications such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel, including the reviewing, formatting, and updating of spreadsheets.


Learning Care Group is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against an employee or applicant based on race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status or any other protected status under federal, state, or local law.