Board of Directors

City Slicker Farms is recruiting Board members that represent the diversity of the East Bay, especially in terms of race, ethnicity, age, gender, ability and life experience. Scroll down for more information and how to apply.

Ideal Candidates

We're looking for board members who...
Share our organization’s passion and commitment to partnering with low- and fixed income residents to grow healthy, organic food for themselves and their families
Understand food justice and food sovereignty are basic human rights
Are committed to anti-racism and ongoing education, growth and change, including in organizational structures and systems
Have experience as a community leader, educator, or are a passionate food justice advocate
Have a basic understanding of non-profit financial and/or program management
Want to participate in a learning board that listens as well as leads

Skills & Experiences

Grassroots organizing experience * Community leadership * Policy & advocacy * Program evaluation * Education, especially environmental/food/agricultural * Media and marketing * Event coordination * Human resources * Carpentry and/or engineering * Fundraising skills, particularly with individual donors * Access to sustainable agriculture, Oakland community, local government, media, social justice, and local, state and national food policy networks * Financial management expertise

Benefits and Expectations

Service on the City Slicker Farms Board of Directors offers a tremendous opportunity to help mold our programs and strategies, the impact of which will be felt for many years in Oakland and beyond. Board members commit to a two year term requiring an average of 5-10 volunteer hours per month. Monthly Board meetings are held via video or phone, or at our Farm Park site in West Oakland. The Board’s primary responsibilities are governance, oversight, fundraising, and strategic planning. Board members commit to
Attend a set of program orientation sessions to experience what City Slicker Farm’s does first hand within the first six months of Board membership
Attend a minimum of 80% of regularly scheduled board meetings and one annual retreat
Read and be prepared to discuss relevant materials in preparation for meetings
Actively participate in at least one committee and attend those monthly meetings regularly
Actively participate in City Slicker Farms fundraising and outreach activities including requesting donations from individuals and making connections with other resources City Slicker Farms’ behalf
Make a personally meaningful financial contribution annually

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A Learning Board

As board members, staff and volunteers, one of our essential responsibilities is to learn and grow, both as an organization and as individuals. We call ourselves a “Learning Board” in order to name our commitment to ongoing education and seeking out different ideas and perspectives. We challenge our assumptions, experiences and perceptions and practice being comfortable with being uncomfortable. We work to hold ourselves accountable to the communities we work with and to each other; and to create a safe and inclusive space for all. What this looks like in practice is committing time before meetings to read, listen, watch or reflect and dedicating board meeting time to discuss these activities. It means that professional and personal development is a vital line item on the expense budget. It means that diversity, equity and inclusion is not a single checkbox we mark off as training we attended, but a lens that we use to guide or programming, staffing and strategic choices.

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