Success Story of a Little Food Co-op in Southwest New Mexico (The Silver City Food Co-op History) by
520 N. Bullard Street Silver City, N.M. 88061 575-388-2343 Open Mon thru Sat 9am- 7pm * Sun 11am - 5pm
Serving on the Board of Directors
The Silver City Food Co-op needs skilled and attentive member-owners for effective board functioning. Thank you for considering being a part of the governing
body of our Co-op.
What is the Board of Directors?
The Board of Directors is the governing body of the Silver City Food Co-op, providing long-range visioning, ensuring the protection of the Co-op's assets, hiring and monitoring the general manager using policy governance, and ensuring that the purpose and mission of the Co-op are always considered in our decisions.
How are directors elected?
Co-op member-owners elect directors once a year, with this year's election scheduled for October 9-22, 2023.
How many board positions are open for the 2023 election?
Three positions are open this year for three-year terms.
How long do directors serve?
Directors usually serve a term of three years and may run for re-election. The length of terms is staggered to maintain experienced directors on the board at all times and to ensure adequate training to new directors. Please see our Board Members page.
Board director candidate requirements
-Candidates must be at least 18 years of age.
-Candidates must also be a Silver City Food Co-op member-owner, in good standing, for at least 90 days prior to the end of the voting period. NOTE: Household members who are not the member-owner who signed the share certificate are ineligible.
Qualities needed in board candidates
-Have or be willing to acquire email and internet access for communication purposes.
- Be able to attend monthly meetings and retreats.
- Team-oriented and reliable Co-op members with varying backgrounds who are ready to serve the Co-op.
-Experience with business, cooperative models, prior board work, human relations, food industry, finance, real estate, technology, or state law is helpful.
Other suggestions offered to potential
candidates for board director
-Attend one or more of the board's meet and greet sessions.
-Attend at least 2-3 board meetings prior to the election.
-Talk with current or past directors.
Responsibilities for directors
If elected, here are your responsibilities:
-Understanding and complying with the principles of policy governance and the role of policy while making decisions.
-Attending monthly board meetings where the official business of the board is conducted. -Attendance can be either online or in person.
-Joining board committees. Each director is expected to participate on two of the four standing board committees which meet on varying schedules. These committees are board and manager evaluation, finance, member connect, and elections.
-Participating in special meetings and trainings , such as executive sessions, member forums, the Co-op's annual membership meeting, and trainings set by the board.
-Attending one or two retreats held each year to build teamwork or work on a specific task related to the strategic plan.
-Speaking with one voice. We take our many points of view and come to consensus as a board before communicating with the community.
-Performing duties with confidentiality. During board tenure, directors agree to honor our Directors' Code of Conduct for sensitive issues and continue to honor confidentiality after leaving board service.
Standing Committee Charters
Board and Manager Evaluation Committee
Member Connect Committee Committee Charter
Candidate Statements and the election process
Each candidate will be asked to submit a candidate statement of up to 350 words explaining their qualifications and interest in joining the board. Candidates will also go through an interview process with elections committee members. Candidate statements, Q and As and photos will be publicized prior to the election to assist members with their vote selection.
When is the deadline for the Board director election?
Submission deadline for candidate statements is August 15, 2023. Board directors will review and recommend candidates who meet the requirements to the membership. Candidates who submit statements after the deadline date, or who do not get board recommendation, may be a write-in candidate on the ballot with a petition of 5% of the current active membership. Deadline for write-in candidates is September 10, 2023.
Board members are compensated with their choice of either a discount or gift card. Some other expenses are also reimbursed.
Become a board member
Joining the Board is an excellent opportunity to learn and practice good leadership and governance, serve your community, and to help steer the future of our cooperative. Contact our elections chair to get started.