Board of Directors Election FAQ

Cooperative Economics Alliance of New York City 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. What 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?
  10. What is the nominations process?

 

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 for staff and volunteers
  • 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

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 Board will include 7 individuals representing the sectors outlined above as well as 4 broader “solidarity economy” seats, two elected and two appointed.  If there are empty seats remaining the Board may appoint members to fill them at their discretion. Terms are 2 years and there are no term limits.

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

This is the full role description for more information.

How are Board officer positions filled?

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

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 Board also schedules an annual strategic retreat.

How long are Board meetings?

Meetings run 2 hours. Executive Committee members (4 members) meet monthly. All other board members meet quarterly.

How many hours should I expect to spend on board work?

CEANYC board members should expect to spend 8-10 hours per quarter fulfilling their board commitments, including quarterly board teleconference meetings, attending CEANYC events, and occasional fundraising or publicity support. CEANYC Core (Executive Committee) members should expect to spend 1 hour per week fulfilling their board commitments, including weekly 2 hour teleconference meetings, assisting with grant writing, and supporting CEANYC staff with communications and other work.

What will I learn and what skills will I gain from being on the board?

CEANYC is in its early stages as an organization 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. If you do not have prior Board experience, you will also receive training in what this role requires and have a chance to attend professional development events that will further develop your skills.

When do I vote?  How do I vote?

Nominations open March 12

Nominations close April 5

Candidates are announced and digital ballots are distributed via email April 12

Deadline to submit ballots online or in-person April 26 (at the annual meeting)

Election results are announced by April 30

 

2018 CEANYC Board of Directors Nominations

The Cooperative Economics Alliance of New York City seeks to elect 6 people who are excited and willing to work for a cooperative future to join our Board of Directors. Nominations open March 10 and must be submitted online via the form below by April 5th, 2018. Voting will be held online April 12-25 and votes may be submitted in-person at our annual meeting on April 26, 2018 at 39 Eldridge Street. Election results will be announced by April 30, 2018.

Candidates must be nominated by a CEANYC member organization and must be members, board, or staff of a CEANYC member organization or individual members of CEANYC.

In order to be elected, nominees must be affiliated with one or more of the following sectors (sectors lacking representation on CEANYC’s board will be prioritized):

  • Worker Cooperatives
  • Community Development Credit Unions
  • Limited Equity Housing Cooperatives
  • Community Gardens
  • Food Cooperatives
  • Cooperative Developer, Incubator, or Technical Assistance provider
  • Labor (beginning in 2019)
  • Community Land Trusts
  • Investment or financial cooperatives
  • Other forms collectives or enterprises such as barter networks, mutual aid projects such as those arising from climate change disasters, other values-aligned collectives
  • Leaders from social movements or neighborhoods and communities that are geographically or demographically underrepresented in CEANYC membership and/or board leadership.