Board Elections 2022

Owners get to vote and run for the Board! Nominations for our Board of Directors are now open, and if you are an owner at the Co-op, we invite you to apply for one of the open seats. By serving on the Board, you take part in helping shape what the Co-op cares about and how those goals are accomplished. Four (4) consumer-owner seats are open this year.

REQUIREMENTS                                   

We are looking for active Co-op members who are committed to Durham to represent our owners and help guide our future and influence. We want our board to be built by people who are passionate about sustainable food and willing to learn about business, financials, and cooperative grocery models. Candidates need to be able to make a 3-year commitment to the board, willing to sign a conflict of interest disclosure form, and attend at least one board meeting in order to run (view board meeting schedule HERE or contact the board at annualmeeting@durham.coop). Board responsibilities include attendance at regularly scheduled board meetings (the 2nd Wednesday of every month), service on committees as needed, and participation in occasional off-site retreats and store events. Average monthly time commitment ranges from 3 to 8 hours.

HOW TO APPLY

If you are interested in serving on the board, please complete the steps below.

If you have questions or would like to talk to a board member prior to applying, please feel free to reach out at annualmeeting@durham.coop.

1. Submit a Candidate Statement 

Email your full name and owner number, along with responses to the questions below to annualmeeting@durham.coop by Sunday, October 9th, 2022. Your response should be written in paragraph form, will be published as your Candidate Statement on the election ballot, and is your opportunity to share your story with the ownership. Please limit your response to 500 words max. 

· Why do you want to serve on the Durham Co-op Market Board of Directors? 

· What skills, experience or training do you bring to the Board? 

· What experience do you have with cooperatives, grocery stores, financing, construction or business operations? 

· What else would you like the Co-op members to know about you? 

2. Meet with the Board 

Learn more about serving on the board by attending a meeting or meeting with a board member. Select from the opportunities below prior to the Annual Owner Meeting on Sunday, November 6th. 

· Attend a board meeting. All meetings take place from 7-9pm. All board meetings are held online via Zoom. Please contact the board to obtain meeting details at annualmeeting@durham.coop. Upcoming board meetings are scheduled for: Wednesday, September 14th, and October 12th

· Meet with a board member in person or over Zoom. Contact annualmeeting@durham.coop to arrange a meeting with a current member. 

3. Attend the Annual Owner Meeting on Sunday, November 6th

Join us as we celebrate our successes from this past year and reflect on ways we can continue to improve. You will have a chance to introduce yourself to the Durham Co-op community, share about your interest in running for the board, and answer questions. Further details will be available soon. 

All applications and questions should be submitted to annualmeeting@durham.coop. The application deadline is October 9th, 2022.

4. If you would like to learn more about what it’s like to serve on the board, we encourage you to optionally attend a new board member training (for free):

Virtual CBL 101 – Foundations for Directors (September 17th)

Contact a board member for more information at annualmeeting@durham.coop.

OWNERS GET TO VOTE

Voting takes place from Sunday, October 23rd – Wednesday, November 9th, 2022. Owners will be notified with instructions on how to submit vote.