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Invitation to join the Cedar Cottage Food Network’s Board of Directors

Position: Board Member
Type: board of directors / volunteer
Organization: Cedar Cottage Food Network Society
Location: Vancouver, BC

The CCFN is looking for individuals who are passionate about urban agriculture, food security, community-building and how all that intersects with social justice to sit on our board of directors! We're actively looking to increase the range and diversity of skills, perspectives, and experiences on our board.

Organizational Mandate: The Cedar Cottage Food Network Society (CCFN) is an independent, non-profit organization working towards a more sustainable and just food system at the neighbourhood level. We create space for Kensington-Cedar Cottage residents to take part in different levels of food systems by providing programming, tools, and opportunities for community connections.

Description of Positions:

  1. Chair — Primary board contact with Network Coordinator and the spokesperson for the organization to the public. Leads and liaises with board members. Expected to take an active role. Chairs board meetings: responsible for conduct of board meetings and of board members; sets and follows agendas; signing authority on legal and financial documents.

  2. Treasurer — Accounts for and reports on the funds, budget and expenditures of the organization; often a signing authority on financial documents. Assists Network Coordinator with fundraising and/or financial aspects of grant proposals.

  3. Members at Large — Skills in the areas of Marketing and Communications would be appreciated. Interest in the areas of community development, specifically food security and policy.

Prior experience on a non-profit board is not required but is preferred. Ideally we are seeking members who are living or working in Kensington-Cedar Cottage neighbourhoods. All candidates should be committed to social and environmental justice and anti-oppression perspective.

Interested candidates are invited to apply via the following process:

1. Review the CCFN Board Member Job Description (see below)

2. Complete the candidate Expression of Interest form (see attached) and describe the skills and experience you can bring to our team and submit along with your CV/resume to

3. The Board Recruitment Committee will schedule a Meet and Greet with you to learn more about the position.

If you would like to know more about the Cedar Cottage Food Network and the work of the Board of Directors prior to submitting an expression of interest, please send an email to , and we would be happy to schedule a meet and greet first.

Cedar Cottage Food Network Member of the Board of Directors
Job Description and Expectations:

Board of Directors Purpose: To advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assist developing and promoting the mission and values of the CCFN.

Major responsibilities*:

  • Organizational decision-making and development
  • Organization of the board of directors, officers, and committees. Ensure the Executive Board is filled with competent and passionate individuals to support CCFN and its committees
  • Formulation and oversight of policies and procedures
  • Fiduciary & financial management, including adoption and oversight of the annual budget
  • Hiring and supervision of the Network Coordinator
  • Coordinating personnel evaluations and supporting staff during hiring processes if required
  • Oversight of program planning and evaluation
  • Review of organizational and programmatic reports
  • Promotion of the organization

*Members of the board share these responsibilities while acting in the interest of Cedar Cottage Food Network. Each member is expected to make recommendations based on their experience and vantage point in the community. More specific tasks are taken on by the officer roles of chair, secretary and treasurer.

Length of term: Board terms are at least one year, renewable at the end of each term at the Annual General Meeting.

Meetings and time commitment:

  • The Board of Directors meets quarterly at the Trout Lake Community Centre
  • Committees of the board are formed on an ad hoc basis and meet as needed (average of 2-5 hrs/month, depending on Committee)

Expectations of board members:

  • Attend and participate in meetings on a regular basis, and special events as able
  • Be alert to community concerns that can be addressed by the CCFN
  • Help communicate and promote CCFN mission and programs to the community
  • Participate in strategic planning processes to review purposes, programs, priorities, funding needs, and targets of achievement
  • Ensure financial responsibility by approving the annual budget and overseeing adherence to it
  • Understand and uphold the policies and procedures of the CCFN

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Experience working or volunteering within the non-profit sector

  • Demonstrated commitment to social and food justice issues and anti-oppression analysis

  • Familiarity with the work of the CCFN

  • Prior non-profit management/board experience an asset, particularly board development and leadership experience and skills

  • Experience developing organizational policies, strategic planning, and human resource management

  • Experience, interest, and passion to support the development and implementation of fundraising strategies, activities and events to further CCFN's mandate

  • Knowledge of financial and fiduciary management

  • Accountable and reliable, able to work collaboratively in a virtual space/ environment

  • Excellent communication skills, event planning, promotions or marketing abilities, etc.

  • Ability to work collaboratively and have fun!


The above qualities with the addition of:

  • Experience with group facilitation, and chairing meetings.

  • Comfortable with communication tools such as non-violent communication and survivor centered approaches.


The above qualities with the addition of:

  • Experience with Fund Development in the non-profit sector

  • Financial background (preferably a combination of education and experience) and knowledge of accounting practices

  • Strong computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.)

Board of Directors Candidate Expression of Interest

Name: _____________________

Preferred Pronoun:___________

Email: _____________________

Phone: _____________________

Please provide a short answer to the following questions describing your experience and interest in joining the CCFN Board of Directors.

1. Briefly describe your background and interest in food systems and/or food justice?

2. Describe experience you have had working or volunteering with not-for-profit organizations. Have you previously held a board position?

3. What kind of time commitment are you willing/able to commit to your responsibilities as a Board member? (For example, how long do you envision holding this position, how much time do you have to offer each week, are you available for evening or weekend meetings/retreats, etc.?)


Please email your candidate expression of interest as soon as possible to as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

CCFN encourages applications from people with diverse walks of life. Please let us know if you require an accommodation during the recruitment process, or need this application information in another format.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Nov 24 2019    ID: 55250