Chartwells K12's goal is to make sure students leave the cafeteria happier and healthier than they came in, by serving food kids love to eat and creating custom dining programs. With more than 16,000 associates in 4,300 schools, ranging from large public institutions to small charter and private schools, Chartwells K12 is built on decades of food, education and operational experience driven by top culinary, nutrition, wellness, and sustainability talent. For more information, visit



Job Summary


Working as an AREA DIRECTOR (previously titled "District Manager") you are responsible for managing the Chartwells K12 food service accounts throughout Northern New Jersey. You will manage and lead a team of Dining Service Directors. You will be responsible for managing client relations.  You will provide overall planning and direction to achieve operations and financial goals, align with all applicable regulations, maintain strong client relationships, and ensure we continuously support our community in our dynamic environment.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Monitors the overall financial performance of the accounts to ensure profitability
  • Ensures consistent and fair administration of personnel policies
  • Leads, manages, and encourages a number of Directors of Dining Services, and their teams, to provide outstanding service
  • Drives and develops self and team towards building positive relationships with client(s) and achieving critical metrics (profitability, safety, engagement, etc.) 
  • Participates in ongoing conversations with peers to share best practices, mitigate risks, champion diversity, and build community
  • Leads accounts in territory, ensuring decisions are weighed for risk/reward and short/long term implications 
  • Supports senior leadership in setting the cultural tone in district and region; meets regularly with team and partners to ensure full visibility, understanding, safety, and accountability
  • Serves as representative/brand ambassador of territory; attends client and community engagement events 
  • Collaborates with the Sales, Retention, and Finance teams on sales proforma and proposal development; participates in full sales and retention process
  • Collaborates with partners to support district needs and solves problems by thinking through all angles and downstream impacts 
  • Ensures compliance with regional, state, and local policies governing meal and retail programs, along with safety and QA requirements; conducts audits and offers solutions for improvement 
  • Champions development, performance evaluations, succession planning, and building single- and multi-unit management skills such as a full understanding of all roles within operation; support team with tools and systems
  • Owns financial results/P&L for districts in the territory, and works with leadership to ensure accuracy in reporting, forecasting, and budgeting 
  • Completes required reports on time as outlined by policy 


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or five + years of progressive experience in multi-unit food service
  • Strong background in a leadership role with exposure to contract/budget management, customer service, people development, food services, negotiations, etc.
  • Has a consistent track record, knowledge of growing a business, and proven business and financial proficiencies. 
  • Has the ability to think quickly, analytically, strategically, and accurately 
  • Shows expert client relationship, influencing, presentation, listening, and communication (written and verbal) skills 
  • Champions the inclusive approach, and is proactive, positive, professional, flexible, and resilient
  • Demonstrates initiative, ownership, multitasking, prioritization, and organization skills
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Suite
  • Working experience in K12 food service and knowledge of NSLP regulations
  • Traveling throughout the State of Rhode Island to provide management support to all K-12 School food service accounts.  This position will include a company vehicle.

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Qualified candidates must be able to perform the essential functions of this position satisfactorily with or without a reasonable accommodation. Disclaimer: this job post is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all essential responsibilities, skills, tasks, or requirements associated with this position. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the position posted, the Company reserves the right to modify or change the essential functions of the job based on business necessity. We will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with a criminal history (including relevant driving history), in a manner consistent with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance, the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, and the New York Fair Chance Act. We encourage applicants with a criminal history (and driving history) to apply.

Chartwells K-12 maintains a drug-free workplace.

Associates at Chartwells K-12 are offered many fantastic benefits.

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Life Insurance/ AD
  • Disability Insurance
  • Retirement Plan
  • Paid Time Off
  • Holiday Time Off (varies by site/state)
  • Associate Shopping Program
  • Health and Wellness Programs
  • Discount Marketplace
  • Identity Theft Protection
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)

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