Director Positions

Position: Board of Directors
Reports To: President, Other Directors of the Board
Location: 1925 W Thome Ave Chicago, IL


Organization Overview

As a grassroots community-owned startup business with a social mission to serve the far northside of Chicago, The Rogers Park Food Co-op is governed by unique Cooperative set of values and principles:

  • To Increase Community Access to Fresh Healthy, and Local Foods

  • To Support Local Farmers, Artisans, and Area Businesses

  • To Provide Clear Labeling and Full Product Disclosure

  • To Stock Items that are Sustainably Produced

  • To Serve as a Community Gathering-place

  • To Provide Community Health and Education Programs

  • To Strengthen Our Local Economy by Creating Good Jobs with Fair Wages

  • To Work in Tandem and Promote Local Area Businesses


Position Overview

The Board of Directors is the elected governing body of the RPFC. Directors are typically elected by, and represent the Ownership at large. Vacancies on The Board are filled by Appointment.

Terms for Directors range from less than one to three years as needed to ensure no more than three terms are scheduled to expire every year.

The Board is responsible for ensuring organizational performance on behalf of all of RPFC’s Owners (Community Shareholders). This work includes developing clearly stated expectations through written policies; delegating responsibility for, and authority over, the achievement of stated objectives; and monitoring compliance with written policies.

Food Cooperatives are dynamic businesses. As such, The Board of the RPFC should be both strategic in the short-term and visionary in the long-term with regards to the future of the cooperative and our community.


Board Focus

  • How can RPFC benefit and empower the community?

  • What is the significance of the cooperative economy?

  • How can RPFC  promote the transformation of society?

Position Responsibilities

Serve as a Community Leader and Ambassador of the RPFC, Attend Meetings and Events, Contribute to Constructive Discussions, Vote on Policies and Procedures, Take on Other Tasks When Necessary

Skills Required

  • Excellent Written and Verbal Communication

  • Proficiency in: Email, Google Docs / Microsoft Office

  • Nationbuilder our CMS (Preferred)  

  • Ability to improve daily operations and the ability to be flexible and responsive to Co-op needs. Able to incorporate input from multiple parties and recommend actions to support goals

  • Highly process oriented and has a history of implementing workflow and procedures.

  • Experience with project management.

  • Experience participating in cross functional teams.

  • Experience managing and reporting on many projects simultaneously

  • Strong leader; able to lead teams with varying degrees of expertise.

  • Problem solver; solutions oriented.

  • Self-starter; can lead and drive your team to meet company objectives. Ability to handle a rapid growing business unit.

  • Detail oriented.

  • Ability to remain calm under pressure and disagree constructively.

  • Team player.

  • Strong analytical skills and a pattern of fact-based decision making.


Estimated Workload: Meetings: First Four Thursdays of Each Month, 7:00-8:30pm

Virtual Office: Monthly Min. 10hr

Term: Next Election, March 2017


Owners and Community Leaders interested in learning more and running for an elected seat on the board may read the Board of Director Candidate Information Packet and accompanying Timeline. Completed applications may be emailed to [email protected].

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