Seeking Nominations for Board Election

During the May 2016 General Membership Meeting, the South Philly Food Co-op will hold its annual Board of Directors Election. We are currently accepting nominations for candidates for that election.

Candidates must meet the following requirements to be placed on the ballot:

  • Member of a share-holding household for at least 8 months prior to election
  • At least 18 years of age
  • In good standing regarding equity payments (if you have a question about this, email to confirm equity payment status)
  • Prior attendance at ONE General Membership Meeting
  • Prior attendance at ONE Committee Meeting
  • Not associated with interests contrary to the general interests of the Co-op
  • Complete a nomination form which includes answering three questions (in no more than 250 words TOTAL for all three answers)

Nomination forms can be filled out online using this link.

All nomination forms must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm, Tuesday, March 15, 2016. You’ll receive email confirmation that your application was received within 24 hours of receipt.

Do you know someone else who would be a great addition to the Board of Directors? You can suggest them using the same form! Someone from the Leadership Committee will reach out to see if they’d be interested in running.

Board of Directors Job Description

Co-­op Mission

To open a member-­owned, cooperative grocery store that makes good food available at a fair price to all residents of South Philadelphia, while empowering the local community through sustainable practices, food­centric education, outreach, and community building.

Board Structure and Responsibilities

  • The South Philly Food Co­-op is governed by a Board of Directors that is elected by the Co­-op’s membership. The Board is directly accountable to the membership for the activities and accomplishments of the Co­op. Specifically, it is responsible for:
  • Interacting with owners to understand their needs, values, and visions for the South Philly Food Co-­op
  • Developing, monitoring, and revising a body of policies that will guide the organization to achieve outcomes that are consistent with our owners’ values and vision.
  • Ensuring, through consistent monitoring mechanisms, that the organization achieves the goals set by the Board and that the Board operates according to its established procedures.
  • Fiduciary accountability of our organization. Board members act as trustees of the Co­-op’s assets and exercise due diligence to oversee that the organization is well­-managed and that its financial situation remains sound.
  • All Directors are elected to represent the ownership as a whole and not the interest of a particular constituency.

Desired attributes

  • The most important attribute for Board service is commitment of time and energy to complete the Board’s work. It is vital that every director accepts the responsibility to contribute and honors that commitment.
  • Candidates may also have experience in Board leadership, community organizing, grocery/retail management, legal services, real estate and financial planning, though these are not required for Board eligibility.


Potential Board members should possess these qualifications:

  • Are involved and invested in the South Philadelphia community.
  • Understand and are dedicated to the Co­-op’s principles, values, mission and long­-term vision.
  • Understand the Board’s approach to governance and willingness to learn and embrace Policy Governance
  • Display discipline in participation through attendance, email and taking part in meetings, committee work, and ongoing training
  • Ability to assertively join in the debate of Board­-level issues, with no reluctance to express dissent.
  • Willingness to commit time to official external functions such as committee work and community and/or public events.
  • Willingness to stand behind the policies of the Board regardless of personal stance taken prior to the vote.
  • Bring complete honesty and personal integrity to the board, including un­conflicted loyalty to the interests of the membership as a whole.
  • Be aware of and follow the organization’s bylaws, mission, and policies.
  • Agree to support authority of the board’s decision on any matter, irrespective of the member’s personal position on the issue.

Without question, governing an organization is a serious commitment. Board members are expected to prepare for and actively participate in every monthly meeting, committee work between meetings, General Membership Meetings, other ownership events and occasional training sessions. The Board is a team, sharing responsibilities in a way to make its work a manageable part of members’ lives.

The time commitment as a Board member ranges from 5-­10 hours per month, and includes monthly meetings, committee work, emailing, three annual “working days,” and various events and ad hoc meetings as necessary.

Directors are elected for a two (2) year term that commences on July 1st and terminates on June 30th of the second year. Service is limited to three consecutive terms.

A 2-page PDF of the job description can be downloaded using this link.