Board Membership

Interested in becoming part of the driving force behind WAYFC? Want to share your vision for a just and sustainable future of food in Washington? Considering joining our board.

Board members are the leadership and visioning team that drives the work of WAYFC. The board is supported by a staff member to help implement the programs of the board and perform logistical duties.

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You may submit at application at any time, but WAYFC may or may  not be soliciting new board members.


Board Member Responsibilities and Expectations

Term

  • Two-year term.

General Expectations

  • Know the organization’s mission, purpose, goals, programs, services, and strengths.
  • Maintain an annual membership with NYFC.
  • Commit approximately 5 hour per month for email communications.
  • Attend 4 out of 6 annual board meetings, via conference call, video call, or in person.
    • Missing more than 2 calls in a year is grounds for review of board membership.
    • Review board agenda and supporting materials prior to all board meetings.
    • Support board decisions made by the majority vote.
  • Represent the Washington Young Farmers Coalition at events: be able to talk about WAYFC and direct people to resources and info when you are out and about in the larger Ag community.
  • Maintain confidentiality of the board’s executive sessions, and speak for the board or organization only when authorized to do so.
  • Act with fairness, ethics, and personal integrity when representing WAYFC.

 

When Applicable

  • Suggest possible nominees to the board who are people of distinction and who can make significant contributions to the work of the board and WAYFC’s mission.
  • Serve in leadership positions and undertake special assignments willingly and enthusiastically. If you choose to participate in any subcommittees, to correspond reliably and meet related commitments.
  • Address grievances through established policies and procedures in the proper channel. (All matters of potential significance should be called to the attention of the board President as appropriate.)
  • Assist the staff by implementing fundraising strategies (corporations, individuals, foundations), including but not limited to personal connections.
  • Avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest that might call into question the integrity of the board or the organization, and disclose any possible conflicts to the board in a timely fashion.

Being a farmer or young is not required, but we are looking for half of our board members at any time to be farmers or under the age of 45.