To candidates for the Board of Directors - Mountain View Market Co+op

Thank you for your interest in being a candidate for the Board of Directors. This information will hopefully answer most of your questions and supply you with the necessary forms. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact the board at

What Is the Board's Role? The board of directors is the legal representative of the owners and is responsible for the overall well-being of the co-op. The board exercises its authority through its relationship with the general manager, whom it hires and monitors. All of the board's expectations and requirements for the GM's performance are stated in the board's written policies. The board ensures the co-op’s success by making sure that the GM remains in compliance with the board's policies.

What the Board Does Not Do The board does not involve itself in operational details. It does not make decisions about what the co-op stocks, its personnel (other than the GM), or the color of the walls. The board governs by declaring through its policies the results and the actions it wants the GM to avoid while achieving those results.

About MVM Co+op Mountain View Market Co+op is a New Mexico cooperative corporation, operating a retail natural food grocery store at 1300 El Paseo Road in Las Cruces.

To view the Board's policies and the Co+op's Bylaws click here.

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Desired qualifications

The Board seeks candidates with the following capabilities:

  • Constructive and creative leadership skills, sound reasoning, and judgment.

  • A desire to develop visionary ideas through study, advisement and discussion, including the ability to speak up, listen well, and be receptive to differing views.

  • Interest in board process, an agreement to work within the board’s chosen framework, including development and refinement of new and existing policies.

  • Connection to owners beyond a narrow demographic and an interest in the whole organization.

  • Willingness to publicly stand behind board decisions regardless of personal positions.

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mandatory qualifications

To qualify as a board candidate, you must be an owner in good standing and be willing to devote time to prepare for and attend board meetings and events. Candidates are requested to submit a photograph, a brief personal statement, and responses to the candidate questions that follow. The personal statement, plus the responses to the questions, must not total more than 500 words. Include name, address, owner number, and phone number with the application. Also, include a signed version of the Certification of Compliance, indicating you meet the requirements of the co-op’s bylaws and are willing to uphold the board’s Code of Conduct.

Please hand deliver or mail your application to MVM Co+op, 1300 El Paseo Road, Suite M, Las Cruces, NM 88001 on or before Saturday, April 6, 2019, or email your application to

There are three vacant seats of varying terms. Voting will take place by the Mountain View Market Co+op owner-members from Saturday, May 4, 2019 through Saturday, June 1, 2019.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to attend board meetings! Board meetings are usually held on the fourth Wednesday at 6 PM in the Co-op’s Community Room. The board operates within a governance process that will likely be new to candidates; observing at least one board meeting may help you gain a clearer understanding of how the governance process works.


mvm co+op board of directors job description


1. Minimum Director Requirements

  • a. Attend and participate in monthly board meetings and scheduled study and engagement sessions.

  • Attend and participate in the Annual Meeting and other meetings of owners.

  • Participate in scheduled training and planning sessions.

  • Participate in board committees and task forces.

2. Attendance and Schedule

  • Arrive on time to meetings.

  • Be reasonably accessible to owners and participate in co-op events.

  • Fulfill any rotating duties, such as tabling, or meeting officer duties.

3. General

  • Support and further develop Ends statements and other board policies that reflect the needs of the owners.

  • Ensure financial solvency and integrity of the co-op by reviewing monitoring reports.

  • Support the agreements of the board of directors.

  • Perform tasks conveyed by the board of directors.

  • Follow through on commitments.

  • Understand and participate in the board's decision-making process.

  • Keep informed of the affairs of the co-op and be prepared to discuss issues before the board (such as attending staff meetings when possible)

  • Evaluate the general manager's performance based on monitoring reports.

  • Participate in board self-evaluations.

  • Learn about cooperative organizations and the natural foods industry.

4. Connection to Owners

  • Consider at all times owner input in decision making.

  • Keep owners informed about the affairs of the co-op.

5. Communication

  • Listen openly and share opinions respectfully.

  • Use agreed upon communications systems (such as the board e-mail) to share relevant information.

  • Set clear and reasonable boundaries.

  • Respect the clear and reasonable boundaries of others.

Are You Ready to Run?

If you've read the above and you're ready to run for the Board of Directors, fill out the form below. Please keep your responses to questions 1-4 under 500 words and email a current photo of yourself to The photo will be used in the candidate information packet available to co-op owners to inform them about the candidates.

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Candidates must meet the following requirements. • I am an honest and caring person • I will find sufficient time to devote to duties as a director • I am an Owner of Mountain View Market Co+op • I am not: a. the General Manager of Mountain View Market Co+op; b. a Mountain View Market Co+op staff person directly supervised by the General Manager; or c. any person directly supervised by the board of directors. • I am at least twenty-one (21) years of age • I am not a convicted felon • I am committed to cooperation as a viable economic relationship As part of my application to run for the Board of Directors of Mountain View Market Co+op, I certify that I am in compliance with the above requirements for board candidacy. I understand that any deliberate or accidental misrepresentation of my compliance may result in disqualification as a candidate and/or removal if I am elected.
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