Now Accepting Applicants

Join Our Board of Trustees

We are currently developing a list of people who could be future CFNE Board of Trustees members. Term positions are ending Fall/Winter 2023 and we want to start recruitment early to ensure we can be as accessible and inclusive as possible throughout the entire process. Our goal is to have a group of people governing CFNE who are from different racial, ethnic, economical, and geographical backgrounds.

Summer 2022 group photo of CFNE's board of trustees

We are looking for people who:

  • Want to serve on a board
  • Have a lot to contribute to a board
  • Can meet remotely at least three times a year
  • Believe in economic justice for all
  • Have participated in or are interested in cooperative business models

Your specific skills, areas of expertise, background are important but we are not looking for anything specific at this time. We strongly encourage Black, Latinx, and Indigenous people to apply.

To apply, complete the following:

    1. Talk with a current board member
    2. Review the below board and individual responsibilities lists
    3. Review the Latest Newsletter and Annual Report
    4. Complete the Skills & Interests form

About Cooperative Fund of the Northeast (CFNE)

The Cooperative Fund of the Northeast (CFNE) is a community development loan fund that bridges socially responsible investors and cooperatives, community oriented non-profits, and worker-owned businesses in New England and New York. Since 1975 CFNE has supported consumer, small producer, housing, and worker-owned co-ops by providing over $85 million in flexible financing, as well as customized technical assistance. This has created or preserved thousands of jobs and affordable housing units, without losing any investor funds.

We work for economic, social, and racial justice by advancing community based, cooperative, and democratically owned or managed enterprises with a preference to assisting cooperatives in low-income communities by:

  • Providing financial products at reasonable rates
  • Developing business skills
  • Offering an investment opportunity that promotes socially conscious enterprise

Read more about CFNE here.

About the Team

We are a remote team (13 staff members, 12 board members) of cooperative advocates located across the Northeast invested in developing our communities through thriving cooperatives. Seven years ago, we committed as a leadership team to invest more resources into racial equity including reexamining our policies, developing new products, and implementing an internal racial equity focused learning program. We make room for intentional conversations, respect work/life balance, and encourage individual growth. Now, as a growing team, we are presented a slew of opportunities for programmatic and impact growth. We are excited to reach deeper into communities across the northeast to advance learning, living and justice through cooperatives.

About the Board Position

Position Title: Board of Trustees Member (multiple openings)

Service Area: Northeast US (New York State and the six New England states)

Major Board Responsibilities

CFNE is governed by a Board of Trustees who help to ensure mission fulfillment and the long-term financial health of the organization. The Board of Trustees has the responsibility to:

  • Determine the mission, purpose, and strategic goals of CFNE and ensure that they are carried out
  • Select, evaluate the performance of, and determine compensation for the Executive Director
  • Provide fiduciary oversight
  • Support the ED and staff in carrying out the mission and strategic goals of CFNE
  • Assess and improve our own performance as the governing body 
Other Board Responsibilities

In addition, the bylaws and other organizational documents grant the board the authority and responsibility to:

  • Determine the location of the fund office
  • Determine the number of trustees
  • Select trustees, fill vacancies, remove trustees 
  • Determine offices, elect officers
  • Meet at least 3 X a year
  • Use consensus decision making
  • Designate committees, define their responsibilities, appoint committee chairs and committee members
  • Disclose conflicts of interest
  • Determine whether to pay or settle any claims or liabilities
  • Authorize the ED to purchase Directors and Officers insurance
  • Approve/amend bylaws
  • Appoint trustees of the Cooperative Capital Fund
Individual Trustee Responsibilities

Individual trustees (“board members”) of the Cooperative Fund of the Northeast have these additional responsibilities and expectations:

  • Maintain high standards of ethical conduct and professional behavior and uphold CFNE values and operating agreements
  • Act in the best interest of fund
  • Disclose conflicts. Avoid actual and perceived conflicts of interest
  • Maintain confidentiality when required
  • Consider the interests of all stakeholders
  • Use sound judgment 
  • Follow the code of conduct policy
  • Prepare for and attend board meetings
  • Contribute time and skills by serving on one or more committees
  • Contribute leadership by having a willingness to serve as a board officer and/or committee chair
  • Promote the fund
  • Keep informed
  • Recognize lack of individual authority

To apply, complete the following:

  1. Talk with a current board member
  2. Review the above board and individual responsibilities lists
  3. Review the Latest Newsletter and Annual Report
  4. Complete the Skills & Interests form