Candidate Application

2016 Wedge Community Co-op Board of Directors

The deadline for submission is Sunday, June 26, 2016.

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The Nominations Committee would like information regarding your background and expertise; what you believe you can offer the Wedge Co-op; and what interests you about serving on the board.

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I. Candidate Leadership Qualities:

The Wedge Board of Directors needs people with commitment to the entire ownership of the co-op, not just specific issues. We realize that most people do not possess all of the characteristics of leadership that are listed below.

  • Able to share a vision, a purpose, an ideal
  • Empowers others and delegates authority
  • Is creative, imaginative, flexible
  • Respects multiple elements of diversity and diversity of thought
  • Displays candor and has the courage to challenge respectfully
  • Understands balance between bottom line and larger organizational purpose
  • Follows through on commitments
  • Able to maintain confidentiality when required
  • Able to work on a team
  • Able to think long term and see the big picture—not get bogged down in details

Please share what characteristics and strengths you would bring to the board.

II. Candidate Background Information:

Please provide information of all items below. Please do not write, "see resume" as an answer to the questions.

A. Current Occupation:

B. Education (include institution, specialization, and degrees earned):

C. Special Interests:

D. Skills and experience: Please rate your skills and/or experience in the following areas:

5 = extensive, 4 = moderate, 3 = some, 2 = little, 1 = no experience

  • Understanding co-op philosophy and movement
  • Financial analysis expertise
  • Managing business or organizational growth
  • Communications skills, written and oral
  • Grocery and/or natural food industry
  • Community groups
  • General management
  • Owner/public relations
  • Board-level decision-making experience
  • Management oversight and compensation
  • Strategic planning
  • Agricultural and food policy
  • Leadership, facilitation, and meeting management skills

E. Business and/or organizational experience: List and briefly describe any business and/or volunteer positions (including community groups) you have held.

III. Why are you interested in serving on the Wedge Co-op Board of Directors?

IV. Board and Organizational Dynamics:

A. If you could not agree with the majority on a decision, how would you conduct yourself?

B. What is your understanding of the Wedge Co-op as a cooperative?

C. How are you qualified to perform the duties of the board:

Hiring and evaluating co-op CEO:

Financial oversight:

Long-range strategic planning:

Recruitment of replacement directors:

V. Statement to the Owners

If you are nominated, your opportunity to address the owners will be in the form of a statement that will be published in the election issue of the Wedge Newsletter. This is important; it is what our owners will use to decide if you receive their support.

You have a maximum of 200 words to provide the following information.

  • Why do you believe owners should choose you to represent them?
  • In what areas should the Board be putting its attention in the next five years?
  • What else, if anything, would you like to share with the ownership?

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