Seeking Candidates for Board Election

During the May 2017 General Membership Meeting, the South Philly Food Co-op will hold its annual Board of Directors election. We are currently accepting applications for candidacy 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
  • Completed application of candidacy form which includes answering three open-ended questions (in no more than 250 words TOTAL for all three answers)

Candidacy application forms can be filled out online using this linkYou can also download a PDF version of the application and email or mail it in, per the instructions listed.

All applications must be submitted online or postmarked no later than Friday, March 10, 2017. 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 by emailing Board member Emily Wyner, who will reach out to see if they’d be interested in running.

Board of Directors Job Description

Co-­op Mission

Using food as a force for good—at our tables, in our community, and for our planet.

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 Co-op. Specifically, it is responsible for:

  • Developing, monitoring, and revising a body of policies that will guide the organization to achieve outcomes that are consistent with our beliefs and mission.
  • 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.

Term of Service

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

Eligibility, Desired Attributes & Qualifications

Eligibility (per the Bylaws)

To be qualified as a Director, the candidate must be at least 18 years of age, a member of a shareholding Household for at least eight months prior to the election of Directors, be in good standing at the time of the election, have attended at least one committee meeting and one General Membership meeting, not be the general manager of the Co-op, and not be associated with interests adverse to the Co-op, as determined by the Board.

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, or real estate and financial planning, though these are not required for Board eligibility.


Potential Board members should possess these qualifications:

  • Are invested in the South Philadelphia community
  • Understand and are dedicated to the Co-op’s principles, beliefs, and mission
  • Understand the Board’s approach to governance and possess a 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 committee work and official external functions such as community and/or public events
  • Willingness to stand behind the policies of the Board regardless of personal stance taken prior to the vote
  • Commitment to bring complete honesty and personal integrity to the board, including unconflicted loyalty to the interests of the membership as a whole and not the interest of a particular constituency
  • Awareness of and follow the organization’s bylaws, mission, and policies.

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, Board “working days,” other ownership events, and occasional training sessions or ad hoc meetings. Until store opening, Board members must serve on a committee in one of three areas: operations/governance, facilities, or the capital campaign. The Board is a team, sharing responsibilities in a way to make its work a manageable part of members’ lives. The Co-op is in an exciting though busy stage in its development; while the time commitment can vary for individual Board members, candidates for the Board of Directors should anticipate a minimum time commitment of 5-10 hours per month.

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