The Campus Food Bank Board: Director-at-Large



Start Date


Times of day

Weekday Evenings

Time Commitment

A few hours per month


1-81 Student's Union Building, 8900 114 Street
T6G 2J7


The Campus Food Bank is seeking collaborative and values-based Directors to serve on its Board of Directors. If you’re looking for an opportunity to apply your technical and strategic skills, work with individuals with diverse backgrounds and contribute to the betterment of our campus community, this position may be the right fit for you!

Overview of the Campus Food Bank Society:

Founded in 1991, the Campus Food Bank Society (“CFB”) is a provincially incorporated society and federally registered charity that provides support to individuals facing food insecurity at the University of Alberta. We are a confidential, not-for-profit organization that provides food hampers to members of our campus community in need, including students, staff, faculty, alumni, and their dependents.

We focus on poverty reduction, advocacy, and referrals to support our clients. The support and funding from our many generous donors allow us to continue on our mission of eliminating hunger on campus with full independence. With an annual budget of over $100,000, our organization is sustained by a devoted and diverse group of over 100 volunteers, 2-4 staff members, and between 7 and 12 Directors on the Board.

We are the oldest campus-based food bank in the country, and we exist to ensure that our campus community has access to healthy food as a right, not as a privilege. We believe in community, integrity, accessibility, empathy and confidentiality.

To learn more about us, visit:


The Board governs the affairs of the CFB, including the development of the organization’s long-term strategic vision. In the spirit of collegiality and cooperation, the Directors utilize their diverse perspectives to further the CFB’s mission of reducing food insecurity within the campus community, as well as provide opportunities for volunteers to develop leadership skills. The Board participates in deliberations and decisions in matters of policy, finance, personnel and advocacy.

The powers and duties of the Board include:

  1. Responsibility for effective governance of the CFB.
  2. Providing significant organizational direction to the Executive Director to align the organizational goals to the strategy.
  3. Providing strategic insight to the Executive Director related to the CFB’s vision, priorities, effective use of resources and more.
  4. Development of the CFB’s organizational plan and annual review.
  5. Hiring and overseeing the performance of the Executive Director;
  6. Establishing policies, rules and regulations for operating the Campus Food Bank and the use of its facilities and assets;
  7. Serving on various CFB Committees, including policy and bylaw, finance, recruitment, strategic planning, etc.
  8. Approving an annual budget and all contracts for the Campus Food Bank.
  9. Maintaining and protecting the Campus Food Bank’s assets and property.
  10. Appointing legal counsel as necessary.

Directors are expected to assist in developing and maintaining positive relations among the Board, committees, staff members and community to enhance the CFB’s mission. They are also encouraged to attend community and campus events on behalf of the CFB to promote the organization and network.


  • A strategic planning, legal, risk management, or nutrition background will be considered an asset for some (but not all) of the Director-at-Large positions. 
  • Previous experience on not-for-profit boards and governance is preferred.
  • Background in poverty reduction, food security, mental health, public health, social justice, aboriginal affairs, or post-secondary environments will be considered an asset.
  • The ability to demonstrate the following behavioural competencies will be considered an asset: contributes to collaborative environments, builds trusts in relationships with various stakeholders, is committed to the betterment of our community, works well with others, and assesses options in new ways to achieve creative outcomes and solutions.


  • Able to commit to a monthly Board meeting (in the evening on the third Thursday of the month). Additional meetings may be called as needed, including committee meetings.
  • Able to make a multi-year commitment to support ongoing continuity and progression of the CFB is preferred.
  • Able to attend at least one of the CFB’s major annual events that are held throughout the year.

How To Apply

Interested applicants are requested to submit a cover letter and a resume by June 8, 2018 to:

The Director Recruitment Committee

c/o Campus Food Bank Society - Board of Directors

1-81 Students’ Union Building

University of Alberta

Edmonton, AB T6G 2J7

Electronic applications are strongly preferred.

We thank all applicants for their interest, but only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. All applications, and the information contained within them, will be handled in accordance to the CFB’s internal confidentiality and privacy policies.