Hampden Park Co-op is looking for two new board members interested in being a part of the changes emerging here – and we invite you to reflect upon your unique gifts.
Board of Directors Election Process
The application deadline is October 20, 2017. Completed applications may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or delivered to the back office at the co-op. Elections will be held during the general meeting and our election process also allows for candidate nominations from the floor. This year there are two director positions open in the election. Terms will run from October 2017 thru December 2020.
Board Member Responsibilities
The Hampden Park Co-op Board of Directors currently meets once a month for 2-3 hours. The Board also conducts an annual daylong retreat. Directors are expected to be familiar with all meeting materials and also check their e-mail every other business day to be involved with Board communication. Candidates should expect to put in at least 10 hours a month to fulfill the duties of a director. All directors on the Board have a fiduciary responsibility, which means they must work for the benefit of the co-op and all of its member-owners.
The Hampden Park Board of Directors use Policy Governance as the model for overseeing the co-op. Policy Governance is a detailed and comprehensive method used to structure and organize the board’s work of developing, monitoring and evaluating the goals and desired ends of the co-op. Hampden Park Co-op’s policies, or “ends statements,” are written statements of the board’s vision, values and perspectives which provide the guidelines for the co-op’s General Manager (GM), and establish the basis for the board’s evaluation of her performance. The use of Policy Governance helps ensure that the board does not involve itself in store operations. New Board members attend a daylong training through Cooperative Development Services that will provide you with a strong foundation to serve as a director.
You can compete an application, or read more about the role of board members in the Fall newsletter (pg 2) – both attached below.
Our Annual Meeting this year will be held on Sunday, October 29th, 2017 – Time & location to be announced.