Rising Tide Co-op Board Application and Elections 2020

Any active Member-Owner of the Rising Tide Food Co-op, in good standing, may run for a seat on the Board of Directors. In order to be nominated as a candidate by the Board, you need to:

Fill out and submit this application by 11:59pm on October 11, 2020.

Attend the Board meeting, September 29, 5:30-7:30 pm if you have not already attended one in 2020. Please email us at board@risingtide.coop to let us know you plan to attend, and we will send you a link to the meeting via Zoom.

Participate in a candidate interview with the Board members, to be scheduled after receiving your application.

Bring suitable skills, experience, or other attributes that will allow you to contribute constructively to Board discussions.

Read the Rising Tide Board of Directors’ Code of Conduct (item C5 in the Policy Register). In submitting this application you are agreeing to adhere to all of its terms, should you be elected.

Familiarize yourself with the Board candidate packet, which includes a background on Policy Governance and important Board Candidate information.

Be prepared to introduce yourself on the Annual Meeting via Zoom on sunday October 18, 2020.

Please note that your responses will be posted publicly in the store as part of the elections process so that Member-Owners can make an informed choice as to who to vote for.

Thank you for your interest in serving on the Rising Tide Board of Directors!.


What Is The Board’s Role?

The Board of Directors is the governing body for the member-owners of Rising Tide. It is composed of nine member-owners of Rising Tide, elected by the member-owners. Terms for Directors are three years. The Board is responsible for ensuring organizational performance on behalf of all of Rising Tide’s member-owners.

This work includes developing clearly stated expectations through written policies; delegating responsibility for, and authority over, the achievement of stated objectives; and monitoring compliance with written policies. By devoting time to focus on the big-picture vision of Rising Tide, the Board will ensure that we adequately position our organization for the maximum benefit of our member-owners, as well as anticipate trends and values which may have a critical impact on our relevance and survival.

We work on strategic planning, financial oversight, member-owner engagement, and community outreach.

What The Board Does Not Do.

The Board does not involve itself in operational details.  We do not make decisions about what we stock, the specifics of personnel issues, or the color of our walls.  The Board governs by declaring, through its policies, the results it wants and the actions it wants the General Manager to avoid while achieving those results.

 A strong and successful co-operative depends on a highly functional and effective Board of Directors. In order to ensure that such a Board is in place, candidates for Board positions will be asked to attend an informal “Meet and Greet” informational session with other potential candidates and current Board members. Interviews between candidates and the Nominating Committee will occur as a part of the process. Candidates who fulfill all requirements as set forth by the Board and bylaws of the cooperative will be nominated by the Board as candidates for election/or appointment.

To learn more, please check out our Rising Tide Nomination Packet Plus.

Ready to join? Fill out the Application.

(The above link will take you to a Google document.)

Once completed, please return to board@risingtide.coop  by October 11.