What does the Board do?

The Board of Directors provides support and advice, and broad direction to the rest of the organization. It is the board’s responsibility to ensure that the co-op fulfills its mission statement by setting the overall policies, budgets, and objectives for the co-op, communicating with member-owners, and overseeing the General Manager when one is hired.

Board members are elected by both the member-owners and the standing board using a majority vote as outlined in our bylaws.  Elections are held once per year for vacant seats after the close of the previous fiscal year.

Board Qualifications

Board Candidates are member-owners in good standing with the Kitsap Community Food Co-op and not paid employees of the store. All board members have participated in an orientation process which includes attending at least one full board meeting, reading On Conflict and Consensus by CT Butler, and attending an orientation meeting.

Board Terms

The first term for new board members is three years. Board members may choose a subsequent term of one, two, or three years when they run for re-election. Board members should be able to commit 5+ hours per week on co-op related work. This may fluctuate as we get busy/slow through the year, or if also involved with other committees, and as we execute public events.

Board Requirements

  • Attend and participate in Study Sessions where the Board meets to plan and organize monthly tasks. These occur twice monthly.
  • Attend and participate in board meetings; currently these occur quarterly at the co-op office in Bremerton.
  • Facilitate, or co-facilitate, board meetings on a rotating basis which will include a separate planning meeting the week prior.
  • Attend board trainings and retreats.
  • Participate in most public events in some capacity
  • Read On Conflict and Consensus by CT Butler.  
  • Must have access to the web and email, and become familiar with the Google App Suite features that we use to share schedules and documents among board members

Board Compensation

Members of the board are not currently compensated.

Skills Sought:

  • Accounting
  • Finance/Fundraising
  • Real estate
  • Food production/agriculture
  • Grocery
  • Supply chain management
  • Not-for-profit/non-profit governance

Helpful Traits for Board Members

  • Ethical
  • Adaptable
  • Good Communicator
  • Resourceful
  • Visionary
  • Organized
  • Committed
  • Optimistic
  • Cooperative
  • Available

Board Application Process

  1. Read all the information on this page. Complete the online Board Candidate Application below.
  2. You will be contacted to confirm receipt of your packet.
  3. As part of the application you will need to submit a photo and information for a candidate statement (see guidelines below), which will be posted on our website.
  4. Candidates should make themselves available to member-owners via email during the election process.
  5. Candidates for the upcoming election must submit their application by 15 July 2017.
  6. At the Annual Meeting of Members  (date TBA), the newly elected board members will be announced. At the next regular board meeting, new board members are seated and the Executive Committee (President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Clerk) are chosen.
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Board Elections FAQ

How does the election take place?

The Kitsap Community Food Co-op now uses a majority vote ballot.

Here is the process:

  • Member-owners may submit their ballot online or by mail. They will vote for the number of candidates equal to the number of vacant board positions.
  • The elections committee will tally the ballots.
  • At the Annual Meeting of Members, newly elected board  members will be announced based on a majority of submitted ballots.
Who is eligible to run for election to the board?

Any member-owner in good standing is eligible.

Please contact us if you have questions about what a board member does, the elections process, or submitting your statement. Thanks for running for a board position with the Kitsap Community Food Co-op!

Board Candidate Application Form – Apply Now!

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