Board of Directors → Board Application for Nomination

Thank you for your interest in serving on the Berkshire Co-op Market Board of Directors.

The nine members of the Board of Directors have ultimate responsibility for the Co-op’s strategic direction and for supervision and support of the General Manager. At each year’s Annual Meeting, owners elect from a slate of candidates three individual owners to serve on the Board. Any Owner in good standing who is at least 18 years old and not in competition with, or affiliated with any enterprise that is in competition with, the Co-op may apply to be considered as a candidate.

Directors are typically elected to three-year terms. If a Board Member vacates a seat before a term concludes, a new Director may be elected to a partial term. Board Members may serve a maximum of three full terms, not including any partial term served.

In order to help you determine whether board service is of interest, we encourage you to learn about the Co-op, policy governance, and the cooperative business model by attending Board meetings, talking with current Directors, and reading the background materials, including the board’s policy manual, and our by-laws which can be found on the documents page of our website. This will help you identify the useful skills you have to contribute, evaluate the feasibility of the time commitment, and determine whether this will be meaningful and enjoyable for you.

If you decide you are interested in being considered for candidacy, please complete and submit the application form below by the deadline listed in the application timeline. Once we have your completed materials, we will invite you for an interview.

Should the board invite you to run for a Director position, you are required to submit a candidate statement and photograph for publication, and to make a short candidate speech during the Annual Meeting. We will provide information about these steps upon invitation.

2017 Application Timeline

  • Application Deadline
Monday, August 14
  • Candidate Applications Posted
Friday, September 1
  • Remote Voting Period
Friday, September 1 to Friday, September 22
  • Annual Meeting
Saturday, September 23
  • Results Announced
Monday, September 25

If you prefer, you can download the application packet and either mail it or bring it to the store as per the directions included therein.