Interested in being on the Wild Oats Board of Directors?
Wild Oats Market is cooperatively owned by our member-owners. Co-ops, such as Wild Oats, continue to play an important role in the local and national economy. One strength of cooperative ownership is that the members (customers!) have a role in governing the store by electing a board of directors to govern the store. The board serves both oversight and strategic planning roles in the mission of the co-op. We are looking for people who will bring constructive leadership skills and contribute sound judgment to the governance process.
The board is responsible for ensuring organizational performance on behalf of all member-owners and operates using the Policy Governance model, which allows boards to maintain accountability for organizational performance while focusing on providing leadership around our ‘big-picture’ mission. The board delegates all operational duties to one employee, the General Manager, and therefore does not take part in any of the day-to-day activities of Wild Oats Market. Instead, board members are involved in strategic planning, financial oversight, board perpetuation and member-owner outreach.
The board has nine members, elected for three-year staggered terms by their fellow member-owners in early November at the annual meeting. Directors must be member-owners of Wild Oats in good standing without a substantial conflict of interest resulting from an affiliation with any enterprise that is in competition with the co-op. In addition, directors must be US citizens (a requirement because of Wild Oats’ liquor license).
The board holds one regular meeting for two hours each month (usually on the third Monday), at which attendance is expected as outlined in our bylaws. Board members also serve on one of two standing committees (Board Development and Member Connection) and may also serve on an ad hoc committee. Time commitment will vary from month to month but at a minimum includes time to read through meeting materials and attend the monthly meeting. In addition, each year there is an all-day retreat held in Williamstown. The agenda of the retreat varies from year to year, but one constant is the establishment of goals and priorities for the next twelve months.
If you think you might be interested in serving on the Wild Oats board of directors, please contact Bill Gentry at firstname.lastname@example.org. The board is in the process of creating a pool of interested people from which we can draw after considering our present composition and upcoming work. Additional information, including details about the co-operative business model and the history and mission of Wild Oats, can be found on the Wild Oats website, www.wildoats.coop.