The Rad Dish Co-op Governance Structure:
Board of Directors. The B.O.D. will consist of existing members who will head each committee mentioned above and/or other committees that members agree upon (e.g., fundraising). The B.O.D. will be accountable to the general members and will strive to meet once a week during the semester. The consistent manager may delegate tasks to the B.O.D., who in turn can delegate to committee members, as appropriate and needed. The B.O.D. should act as co-managers for the tasks their committees are responsible for. Students will gain firsthand experience on running and managing a cooperative business. Rad Dish will do all within its power to compensate committee heads through internship and class credits.
Board of Advisers. The B.O.A. will provide experienced advice to ensure the success of Rad Dish. They also have resource connections in the Temple network. Members of the B.O.A. will have rotating three year terms, thus giving them insight on how Rad Dish develops over time. The Board of Advisers will include representation from Sodexo, Finance, Faculty, Facilities and Sustainability. The Board of Advisers should meet with the Board of Directors twice an academic year—once at the beginning and once at the end.
Consistent Management (part-time position). The manager will be responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations of the Rad Dish cafe in order to ensure that it runs smoothly, and works toward its vision and mission statement. The manager position will provide consistency for a student-run organization with high turnover rates. Some tasks and responsibilities include scheduling, placing orders for inventory, handling cash and making deposits of sales, facilitating employee training, setting financial benchmarks, and ensuring a safe workplace. The consistent management can delegate tasks, as appropriate and needed, to committee heads. While the Office of Sustainability will facilitate the hiring process, the manager will be chosen by the B.O.D. on account of a vote, with the approval of the Office of Sustainability.
Committee Members. Managerial tasks will be shared by several members on committees in order to ensure students have ample time/energy to focus on their other academic pursuits. These committees will consist of Temple students and members will be chosen by the current committee head through a simple application process. They must commit to 6 hours per month to maintain member-status as well as keep others, especially the committee head, updated on progress. Committees and tasks should be clearly defined and accessible. Below are the current committees and tasks:
- Member Recruitment: recruiting of workers and members, and reaching out to university departments to seek internship, independent study, and work study opportunities
- Finance: book keeping, accounting, budgeting, and analysis of variances
- Marketing and Outreach: managing social media accounts, advertising, planning and promoting events, and establishing community-based programs
- Sourcing and Inventory: seeking and maintaining relationships with suppliers, ordering the inventory, taking care of delivery logistics such as pick up and storage, maintaining/creating a menu, and helping to ensure food safety
- Governance: tracking members’ statuses, keeping a membership database organized, updating governance policies when needed, and actively seeking ways in which to improve the governance structure
Worker Members. Working members will complete the front of the store tasks. These include making coffee/tea, preparing hot and cold food items, cleaning, opening/closing the cafe, and processing customer sales. All café workers will be paid an hourly wage and must work two or three 4-hour shifts per week. Worker members are encouraged to join a committee.
Equity Members. The Temple community and its surrounding areas will have the option to make a one-time $25 payment in equity to Rad Dish. Equity is an integral way to raise capital for the co-op. These members will receive a 10% ongoing discount on Rad Dish’s offerings, as well as the benefits and rights listed in the following section (Membership Benefits). Additionally, their $25 payment is retractable if they decide to end their membership (e.g., graduating, moving away, etc.). Other types of existing members have the option to pay equity for the discount.
Membership Benefits. All members have an equal say on matters submitted for a vote, including the makeup of the B.O.D. They will have access to the by-laws, B.O.D. meetings, and timely info on the organizational and financial affairs of Rad Dish. They will also have the ability to run for a position on the B.O.D., propose amendments to by-laws and policies, and call a meeting for a vote.
This is an exciting time in the developmental stage of Rad Dish. As with any start-up business, there must be some flexibility in the operational policies and procedures until an optimal system is established. This is intensified when taking into account the turnover rate and availability of full time students. Rad Dish should strive to address the challenges of transitional leadership in all policies and procedures possible.
Please see the attached Governance Policy for the full document.