What is the Boards role?
The Board of Directors is the legal representative of the member/owners and, as such, is responsible for the overall wellbeing of Syracuse Real Food Co-op (SRFC). The Board exercises its authority through its relationship with the General Manager, whom it hires and monitors. All of the Board's expectations and requirements for the General Manager's performance are clearly stated in the Board's written policies. By verifying that the General Manager remains in compliance with the Board's policies, and by shaping and supporting the Co-op’s strategic plan, the Board works to achieve our Ends Policy: to be a “sustainable, thriving cooperative commerce in our local community centered on an excellent grocery store, built upon participation and ownership.”
What the Board does not do
The Board does not involve itself in operational details. We do not make decisions about what the Co-op stocks, the specifics of personnel issues, or the design of the store. We recognize that we are a rotating collection of laypersons, and so we delegate authority over operational matters to a qualified General Manager. The Board governs by declaring, through its policies, the results it wants the Co-op to achieve and the actions it wants the General Manager to avoid while achieving those results.
Syracuse Real Food Co-op is a New York cooperative corporation, operating a retail natural food grocery store on Kensington Road. For more than 40 years, SRFC has brought sustainably sourced, organically produced foods to Syracuse through a community-owned market. Today, we are proud to partner with over 70 New York State producers as well as a growing number of cooperative businesses. To view the Board's Policies and the Co-op's Bylaws, visit www.syracuserealfood.coop.
The Board seeks candidates with the following capabilities:
- Constructive and creative leadership skills to contribute sound reasoning and judgment to the Board governance process.
- Desire to develop visionary ideas through study, advisement and discussion. This includes an ability to work within a group setting: to speak up, listen well and be receptive to differing views.
- Interest in Board process and agreement to work within our Board’s chosen framework, including development and refinement of new and existing policies.
- Connection to member/owners; beyond a narrow demographic, an interest in the whole organization.
- Willingness to support Board decisions that are reached through democratic processes.
To seek appointment to the 2017 Board of Directors, you must
- be a member of SRFC in good standing,
- be willing to devote time to prepare for and attend Board meetings and events, and
- submit a Candidate Application and Certification of Compliance on or before Wednesday, January 18, 2017.
The personal statement plus the responses to the other questions must not exceed 500 words.
Our Board is comprised of nine directors serving staggered, three-year terms. Members may be elected to partial (one or two-year) terms in the event that a director plans to resign before the end of their term. The Board may also appoint members to fill vacancies; appointees serve until the following year’s election.
Annual Meeting and Election
Future candidates are expected to attend the Co-op's Annual Membership Meeting, during which they will be given time to address the members. The Annual Meeting will be held in the Fall of 2017. A final date and location will be announced later in 2017.
The voting period begins at the Annual Meeting, and continues in the store for 30 days thereafter. Please note that campaigning in the store is not permitted.
New Board members elected in 2016 and any appointees will be officially seated at the January 2017 Board meeting.
- 1/18/2017 Application Deadline