Board of Directors Election FAQ

  1. What is the CEANYC Board of Directors
  2. Who makes up the Board of Directors?
  3. What are the major responsibilities of Board Directors?
  4. How are Board officer positions filled?
  5. How many Board meetings are there? When does the Board meet?
  6. How long are Board meetings?
  7. How many hours should I expect to spend on Board work?
  8. What will I learn and what skills will I gain from being on the Board?
  9. When do I vote?  How do I vote?

1. What is the CEANYC Board of Directors?

The CEANYC Board of Directors oversees the mission and long term health of the organization on behalf of the membership. The Board is assisted by an Advisory Committee of cooperative and solidarity economy elders at their discretion. They are also assisted by a team of volunteers and part-time staff as the organization seeks additional resources to grow to full-time staff. Nominees can expect to participate in a “working board” and cooperative culture to meet CEANYC’s mission to strengthen and expand New York City’s cooperative and solidarity economy.

Key Functions:

  • Manage and advise on organizational policy
  • Oversee and advise on financial planning
  • Select the staff coordinators of the organization
  • Address significant concerns of the members
  • Set priorities
  • Advise, approve, and contribute to plans and programs
  • Symbolically represent the organization in the community
  • Transfer knowledge and skills to new board members
  • Solicit advice or training where needed
  • Participate in organizational fundraising

2. Who makes up the Board of Directors?

Board members are members or staff of a CEANYC member organization or are individual members of CEANYC. We’re especially interested in individuals who can represent the interests of the following sectors: worker cooperatives, food cooperatives, community gardens, community-based social justice organizations, community development credit unions, community development loan funds, community land trusts, and housing cooperatives. The initial Board will include 6 individuals representing the sectors outlined above as well as 1-3 at large seats. If there are empty seats remaining the Board may appoint members to fill them at their discretion. Terms will be staggered and the elected Board will meet briefly to draw straws to determine terms of 1-2 years.

3. What are the major responsibilities of Board Directors?

All board members are expected to:

  • Attend board meetings, board retreats, and annual membership meetings
  • Prepare and review any relevant meeting information
  • Keep up with email on the board list
  • Work with any committees the Board creates
  • Ensure planning of membership meetings
  • Work on special projects
  • Draft communications
  • Engage with the CEANYC community
  • Support CEANYC fundraising
  • Oversee CEANYC management

4. How are Board officer positions filled?

The CEANYC Board will elect its own officers to form an Executive Committee comprised of President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary to be determined at the first non-public meeting.

5. How many Board meetings are there? When does the board meet?

Nominees should be available to meet monthly by phone or in person. Meeting times will be determined by the newly elected Board. The group may determine an annual retreat is necessary.

6. How long are Board meetings?

Nominees should expect monthly meetings to run 2-3 hours.

7. How many hours should I expect to spend on Board work?

Commitments vary according to roles and needs. Our best estimate at this stage is 1-3 hours per week.

8. What will I learn and what skills will I gain from being on the Board?

CEANYC is in its founding and launch period and it is an exciting time to serve on the Board. Those interested in learning about cooperative education programs, cooperative loan funds, cross-sectoral organizing, policy and advocacy, fundraising, and value chain creation will have the opportunity to do so alongside staff and volunteers. Board members will share their skills with one another and work cooperatively to solve challenging problems impacting our communities. Board members will also have the chance to learn more about regional and national cooperative and solidarity economy movements.

9. When do I vote?  How do I vote?

Nominations open February 18th and close March 28th and are accepted via our online form. Voting will take place at our launch party and inaugural membership gathering on April 18th.

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