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Position: Board Members at large, Secretary, and Treasurer
Type: board members / unpaid
Organization: FarmFolk CityFolk 
Location: Granville Island, Vancouver BC

About Us

FarmFolk CityFolk (FFCF) is a not-for-profit charitable organization working to cultivate local, sustainable food systems across BC. We develop, operate, and act as a catalyst for projects that support access to and production of local, sustainable food; support local growers and producers; provide access to and protection of farmland; and connect, educate, and celebrate with communities across BC. For 25 years FFCF has been a leader in local food and sustainable agriculture working with business, NGO partners, government, universities, and the public to achieve our mandate.

Position Summary

FarmFolk CityFolk is seeking to fill several positions on the board of directors, including directors at large, secretary, and treasurer to help lead the organization through the next phase of effectiveness and food systems transformation. This is our 25th anniversary, and we are at an exciting stage of looking ahead to the next 25 years. The Food Systems movement has changed, and our work is needed more than ever. Joining the board is an exciting opportunity to help lead BC’s oldest and largest sustainable food systems organization. We are building a governance rather than operational board, and are looking for folks with strategic vision, deep food systems knowledge, broad networks, and governance experience.

Responsibilities of all Board Members

  • Determine and commit to the vision, mission, and values of the organization

  • Select, support, and evaluate the Executive Director

  • Ensure effective fiscal management

  • Engage in strategic planning

  • Approve and monitor programs and services

  • Develop resources for the organization

  • Oversee risk management

  • Assist in the development and monitoring of all policies and legal requirements

  • Prepare for and actively participate in monthly board meetings (in person or by phone) and Annual General Meetings

  • Join Committees and Task Forces as appropriate

  • Participate in annual board self-evaluation

  • Be an ambassador for FarmFolk CityFolk in your network

  • Stay informed on local food systems issues and board governance best practices

  • Assist in the recruitment of new board members

Treasurer Additional Responsibilities

  • Chair the Finance Committee, including Executive Director and Bookkeeper

  • Present annual financial statements at the AGM

  • Provide quarterly financial reports to the Board of Directors

  • Act as signing authority for the organization

  • Develop and monitor financial control policies

  • Assist the Executive Director with annual budget process and cash flow monitoring

  • Must have CPA designation and experience working with registered Charities

Secretary Additional Responsibilities

  • Record and promptly distribute board meeting minutes, and identify and train an alternate when absent

  • Support the Board Chair with meeting procedures, including following by-laws and policies

  • Ensure annual society filings are complete (task is done by Office Manager)

  • Keep board files up to date and organized in google drive

  • Must be tech savvy and exceptionally organized

Desired Skills for all roles

  • Deep understanding of and ability to think critically about pressing food systems issues

  • Knowledge of board governance

  • Strategic thinking and communications skills, with the ability to work as a team

Time Commitment

  • Board terms are two years, though we invite longer commitments

  • Attend monthly board meetings (in person or via teleconference) with some communications between meetings

  • 4-6 hours/ month for directors at large, with additional time for FFCF events, and special projects such as strategic planning

  • An additional 2-6 hours per month for Secretary and Treasurer

To Apply

  • Please submit a letter of interest and CV to the Executive Director:
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  • Please include a brief CV or description of your work, as well as a brief statement of your interest in food systems and the work of FFCF.

  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled

  • An initial meeting will be set up with the board chair and ED, and you will be invited to attend one board meeting. After that meeting the board will discuss suitability and make offers to join at that time.

FFCF is an equal opportunity organization and encourages women, Indigenous people, people of colour, LGBTQ, and individuals from other diverse communities to apply.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Aug 21 2018    ID: 47739