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Board Director (Voluntary) - Corryong

Acres and Acres CO-OP Ltd

We are seeking honorary board members for a Co-Operative that is creating a closed loop food system in North East Victoria. We are looking for people with:

  • A passion for local food systems and circular economy business models
  • An entrepreneurial mindset
  • A willingness to help drive our mission and vision

Experience in any of the areas below would be highly desirable:

  • Farming and Food Systems
  • Entrepreneurial Support and development
  • Community Kitchens and Food processing
  • Sharing Economy ( Tool Lending Library)
  • Legal / Finance / Insurance
  • Not for Profit Boards or Community Groups

Our mission is to create a closed-loop food system across the Upper Murray and North East Victoria, to build resilience through the production of fresh produce across the local area, and serve our community.

We share knowledge, tools, resources, and skills allowing people from all walks of life an opportunity to grow their own food business with minimal outlay and supported collaborative sales channels.

Our goal is to use regenerative farming practices and world-class small-scale farming innovation to enable local communities to grow their own food sustainably.

ABOUT THE ROLE

  • Role: Board Director
  • Basis: 3-year commitment
  • Hours: monthly meeting, casual mentoring, an annual trip away for collaboration
  • Location: remotely and at 15 Harris Street, Corryong Victoria
  • Start Date: August 2022

ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY

As a Board Director, you will be responsible for providing quality advice to the Managing Director on strategic objectives, legal and financial accountability, fundraising, and advocacy for the organisation.

Acres and Acres Co-op launched as a grassroots start-up to conquer food shortages in a remote, and at times isolated area, seeking to make fresh quality produce available to all community members. We’re capturing a snapshot of knowledge along the way, and then sharing it with the community. The project is transforming to include an educational model with a ‘bricks and mortar’ people engagement focus. This year we will be appointing (3) positions to complement the existing directors.

You will perform a vital role in our organisation; governing through a transitional stage to lay the foundation of our culture and longer-term direction. To execute the Board Director’s role, you will need to commit to attending typically six-eight board meetings each year. A combination of in-person and online meetings will be held.  Directors will be able to attend in-person meetings virtually if they are unable to travel. Directors are not remunerated, however, all out-of-pocket travel costs will be covered.  

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Attend meetings in person or virtually
  • Be actively involved in all aspects of the board function
  • Adhere to governance standards and quarterly check-ins against the NFP organisation
  • Assist the managing director to navigate the changing environment and preparing key milestones for the organisation
  • Provide tactical advice on strategic planning for the organisation's future
  • Participate in problem-solving and taking on opportunities
  • Be involved with attracting and assessing human resources
  • Be committed to growing growers and focusing strategic direction on this core value
  • Addressing local food shortage and food wastage by adapting other systems and solutions
  • Provide executive support to the Managing Director
  • Work on specific projects as they arise

WHAT YOU NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN THIS ROLE

Please note we are seeking to fill multiple positions that collectively provide the following capabilities

  • A passion for local food systems and circular economy business models
  • An entrepreneurial mindset
  • A willingness to help drive our mission and vision
  • Ability to work cooperatively and communicate effectively within a diverse team
  • Demonstrated strong skills in youth, cultural, and community engagement
  • Digitally literate with an understanding of software systems and logistics
  • Future focussed with an innovative mind
  • Amazing knowledge of food systems and food wastage
  • Previous experience that is aligned with our ‘Living Growing Document
  • Excellent written, electronic, individual face-to-face and group communication skills
  • Flexibility, willingness to take on casual, and aligned mentoring to up-skill internal leaders

Nice to haves

Experience in any of the areas below would be highly desirable.

  • Farming and Food Systems
  • Entrepreneurial support and development
  • Community kitchens and food processing
  • Sharing economy (Tool Library lending)
  • Legal/Finance/Insurance
  • Not for Profit Boards or Community groups
  • On-site construction
  • Building and delivering operational plans to support strategic goals
  • Understanding of and commitment to the governance, networking, and grant availabilities
  • Understanding what it means to work within a community and support growers

WE VALUE

Clear and empathic communication - it’s impossible to work together as a team if individual members don’t fully understand one another, communication skills are imperative for anyone working in our team environment.

A collaborative approach - interest in working with others to align on our solutions to food system challenges.

A holistic view - willingness to learn about the big picture. When we understand the interdependencies across the entire food system, we lead positive change more effectively.

An openness to new perspectives - by expanding knowledge and networks to include those outside of your immediate area of expertise, we change the way we work and think and drive greater impact.

An innovative mind - good ideas don’t require a stroke of genius, but rather a clear line of sight, creative thinking and a willingness to learn through failure.

Critical thinking - with constant change in the food system, leaders must understand how to solve problems. Leaders with fresh ideas and the ability to apply concepts across disciplines will be essential to move initiatives for a hunger-free, sustainable food future-forward.

WHAT CAN WE OFFER YOU?

  • Participation in a major change to start sharing functioning models with other regions
  • Help shape a response to the growing concern of food shortages
  • In this position, you will project the direction of Acres and Acres to lead in the food systems of the Upper Murray and North East Victoria
  • Opportunities to pass on your knowledge to our amazing internal team
  • Build a culture on principles of giving fresh goodness in food availability to all
  • Fresh veggies every week
  • A fun and flexible team environment - we’re forward thinkers, customer-focused, and our business moves quickly!

Please review our ‘Living Growing Document’ before submitting your application.

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Acres and Acres values diversity in all its forms and the application process is open to all individuals. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people; those from ethnically diverse communities; LGBTIQ+ persons; those at the start of their working adventures and those that have stepped back from their working commitments. This job is only available to applicants living in Australia with full legal work rights.

For more information check out our website and social media.

Website: https://acresandacres.com.au/

Facebook: @AcresandAcrescoop

Instagram: @acres.and.acres

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