COCo staff and board members at our 2018 retreat

Join COCo’s Board!

Update: deadline extended to Wednesday March 17th.

Interested in joining COCo’s Board of Directors? Please read this page for information about:

  • What COCo does
  • The role of a COCo Board member
  • How to submit your application
  • Who we are looking for

What does COCo do?

COCo is a provincial non-profit that works to nurture an inclusive, social-justice oriented Quebec community sector where grassroots organizations can thrive, because we believe that is an important part of creating a more just and equitable society overall. To this end, COCo provides training, accompaniment, and technological support to small, ground-up, social justice focused organizations. We also use research and other sector development initiatives to steward dialogue and progress on issues of inclusion and diversity in the Quebec non-profit sector. For more information on COCo’s mandate, please read our Mission and Theory of Change.

What is the role of a COCo Board member?

  • Collaborate with 8 other board members within a horizontal structure to ensure accountability to COCo’s mission and membership. Check out our training tool on Board of Directors: Roles and Responsibilities for more details.
  • Actively engage with a highly collaborative and dynamic staff team of 11 people within a horizontal structure. Take a look at our blogpost on The Role of a Board in a Flat Organization for more information. Your engagement might include participation in:
    • Working groups
    • Ad-hoc committees
  • Participate in monthly 3-hour Board meetings.
  • Participate in occasional 1-day strategic planning and reflection retreats with the organization.
  • Contribute to developing COCo’s membership base by connecting COCo to other networks.
  • Commit 8 to 12 volunteer hours per month for the activities listed above with occasional peak periods.
  • Be available for a minimum 2-year term (spring  2021 to spring 2023).

How do I become a COCo Board member?

  1. Please complete this online form before March 17th, 2021 at midnight. Your answers to Part B of the form will be sent to the COCo membership in advance of the AGM and posted on COCo’s website. Make sure your submissions to Part B only contain information you are willing to share publicly. We of course will not share your contact information.
  2. You must be available for a 20 to 30 minute phone call sometime between March 8th and 19th, 2021. During this phone call, a board or staff member will provide you with general information about COCo and the kind of work a COCo board member does. It will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions before the Annual General Meeting.
  3. Your responses to Part B will be published on the website from March 8th, 2021 to March 25th, 2021.
  4. You will be asked to briefly present your candidacy at COCo’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on March 25th, 2021 from 2 pm to 4 pm on Zoom. If it is impossible for you to attend, a presentation by video is also possible. Attendance in-person is strongly encouraged as a question period normally follows.
  5. COCo’s membership will elect new Board members by secret ballot.
  6. Immediately after the AGM, the board will meet briefly via Zoom to set the time and date of the first board meeting.

Who are we looking for?

COCo welcomes individuals with non-traditional and/or non-formal experiences, this means:

  • You are NOT expected to have all the qualifications and skills listed below.
  • You do NOT need to have any formal training.

Not sure if you qualify, apply anyway! You might be surprised by the relevance of your experience and the value of your perspective!

COCo values the contributions that individuals who identify as members of marginalized and underrepresented communities bring to our organization. We encourage, among others, Indigenous peoples, Black people, people of colour, people with disabilities, people identifying as LGBTQI+, women, formerly incarcerated or institutionalized people, immigrants and people from working class backgrounds to apply. We also understand that applicants may experience a number of these identities simultaneously in ways that reinforce and nuance their experience. We are committed to creating an organization as diverse as the communities we serve.

Required qualities:

  • Affinity for oversight and/or strategic direction roles and experiences
  • Strong understanding of the Quebec community sector and/or grassroots organizing context
  • Commitment to social justice and anti-oppressive values and practices
  • Commitment to learning and upholding COCo’s mission as a training and facilitation organization
  • Collaborative skills
    • Empathetic listening
    • Initiative
    • Shared leadership
  • Ability to exercise a high degree of confidentiality and discretion

Additional assets (ideal but not required):

  • Experience working in an anti-oppressive group context
  • Experience in the Quebec non-profit and community sector
  • Professional or personal experience and/or connections with
    • Grassroots groups
    • Organizations led by and/or serving Indigenous, Black, and other Racialized communities
    • Coalitions
    • Neighbourhood and/or borough-based groups
  • Experience and skills with organizational and/or program development: change management and/or change processes
  • Experience with financial management and funding development: knowledge of Quebec and Canadian funding landscape
  • Experience in human resources: labour relations and performance management
  • Experience with project management: community-based projects and social justice-oriented initiatives
  • Experience with policy analysis and development

Accessibility:

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, COCo majoritarily conducts its business virtually. Normally, COCo’s offices and bathrooms are wheelchair accessible. As we are in a shared building, we cannot guarantee a scent-free space. However, we aim to have a scent-reduced space.

If you have specific questions relating to the accessibility of our space or any aspect of the Board application process, please email Mich Spieler at micheles@coco-net.org.

Please fill out our Application Form and Questionnaire to submit your candidacy.