Join the Brattleboro Food Co-op Board of Directors

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What you get: you’ll have the opportunity to…

  • Receive ongoing professional development and opportunities to learn about how policy government works
  • Gain insight into the governance of a cooperative and a business you believe in
  • Develop leadership and problem solving skills
  • Contribute to the BFC and our community
  • Enjoy the intellectual stimulation of volunteering with a dynamic Board of Directors to support a vibrant community owned business

What Board members say about service:

  • “My Board service often makes me feel that what I know, and don’t know, is important, and a gift to be shared.”
  • “I’ve learned from the wisdom and experience of people I otherwise wouldn’t have had the opportunity to work with.”  
  • “I’ve learned how and when to ask for help in a professional context.”  
  • “Learning how to relate to the Board as a power structure and visionary entity has been immensely educational.”
  • “I’ve enjoyed using my prior business skills to help sustain the Co-op.” 

What we do:

We meet on the first Monday of each month from 5:15-8:30. Meetings focus on shareholder input, monitoring and strategic conversations. We evaluate three things: the work of the general manager, our own work, and the health of the organization.  Board committees meet monthly and report out to the full Board at each meeting. Meetings are via the cloud-based 

As a mission-driven co-operative, all of our work centers on providing:

  1. Reasonably priced food and products with an emphasis on healthy, locally grown, organic, and fairly traded goods
  2. A welcoming community marketplace
  3. A workplace community where cooperative values are modeled
  4. A regenerative business that has a net positive environmental impact
  5. A sustainable local economy
  6. Relevant information about food and related products, the environment, and the Cooperative Values and Principles
  7. Reasonable access to participation in the cooperative

What we look for in Board members:

  • Support for and curiosity about the Co-op, its shareholders, its mission, values and role in the community
  • Leadership skills which contribute to the Board’s ability to govern effectively
  • Willingness to operate collegially in a group decision-making environment, to share power in group process and to delegate areas of decision-making
    to others
  • Ability to speak up, listen to understand, ask a question that deepens discussion, indicates a sound alternative perspective, and/or receptiveness
    to differing views
  • Willingness to stand behind Board decisions publicly regardless of personal position
  • Honesty, ability and eagerness to exercise independent judgment, courage and good faith
  • A good sense of humor and patience with process
  • Ability or willingness to learn how to read financial reports
  • Awareness of our community’s diverse demographics and commitment to ensuring the Co-op is engaged with the broader Brattleboro community
  • Ability to get along with and welcome the culture of diverse groups
  • Comfort communicating orally and in writing

How Does the Board Fit Into the Co-op Structure?

There are 5 essential components of the Co-op’s structure and all are equally critical to our success: 

Board of Directors at the Coop

What’s expected of Board members:

  • Come to meetings prepared; be willing to commit at least 6 hours a month to Board service
  • Participate thoughtfully, responsibly and respectfully
  • Attend Annual Meeting 
  • Participate in committee work, Board Retreat and professional development
  • Represent the Board and engage with shareholders, shoppers and community members in supporting the BFC
  • Write articles for the BFC monthly digital newsletter, Food For Thought

Have questions or think you might have an interest in running for the Board?

  • peak to a Board member by contacting Board Administrator, Sarah Brennan by phone at 802-246-2820, by email at, or simply stop by the Customer Service Counter at the Co-op
  • Attend at least one Board meeting
  • Read about Policy Governance and the Code of Conduct
  • Complete the application by September 1st

Brattleboro Food Co-op

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