Call For Directors

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This spring, there will be room for six new Directors on our Board. The Board of Directors establishes Policies and procedures which direct our General Manager in her day to day management of the store. Service on the Board is enormously rewarding, frustrating, educational, challenging, interesting, deadly boring and fun. Desired qualifications include:

  • Business acumen

  • Communication skills

  • Management or board experience

  • Financial Literacy

  • Integrity

  • Strategic thinking experience

  • Teamwork, participating in group decisions

  • Knowledge of the Co-op’s business model

  • Knowledge of cooperative principles and values

  • Knowledge of the Davis Food Co-op

Historically, the Board has had a wide variety of Directors with a wide variety of experience. This has been one of the Board’s strengths. The Board represents our widely (wildly?) diverse membership. Directors have included small business owners, lawyers, teachers, graduate students, retired police officers, certified public accountants, auctioneers and homemakers, to name a few. The time commitment required of Board members is typically five to six hours per month, but can expand depending on the requirements of the Co-op.

The ongoing success of the Co-op depends on the willingness of owners to step up and take their turn on the Board of Directors. We urge you to make time to serve as a Director.

If you are considering becoming a Director because of personal visions of power, don’t bother. The Co-op uses a Policy Governance model of corporate governance, which leaves day to day management of the store in the hands of our hired managers. (Outgoing director Steve Reynolds has been advocating for house-made pate for nearly ten years to no avail.)

A candidate package will be available early in 2017 for interested potential directors. Please also consider contacting any current director for more information.

ImageDFC Managers relax with DFC Directors Faye Dixon and Karen Rich (top left and right) at the Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) conference in Western Massachusetts, June 2016.