The Nominating Committee of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) invites you to submit an application for the USTA Board of Directors and/or Nominating Committee. The term of service is Jan. 1, 2013 – Dec. 31, 2014. These are volunteer positions.
Deadline to apply: February 1, 2012
Application available online beginning November 15, 2011
All applications will be submitted electronically. The application is available on the USTA web site. NOTE: You will need to have the free Adobe Reader installed on your PC or Mac** (Mac users, see end of paragraph) to read and save this application. If you do not have Adobe Reader on your computer, google Adobe Acrobat Reader to begin to download the Adobe Reader program. Please click here (PDF) to access the application, which should be completed and submitted to the Nominating Committee via the email address provided on the application form. Letters of recommendation and/or resumes are not required nor will they be allowed. Before you email your application, please be sure to download a photo into the application as requested. Do not attach or insert the photo file into the body of the email. (MAC USERS, PLEASE NOTE: When clicking on the "Click Here (PDF)" link, the link will open the PDF in a Firefox browser and the application can be completed and saved. However, for Safari and Chrome users, you will need to download the file first, then complete it. To download the file, right-click on the link and select "Download link file" to save the file then complete and save the application. If you have questions or need assistance, see contact information for "QUESTIONS" at the bottom of this web page.)
APPLICATION REVIEW AND INTERVIEWS
All applications will be reviewed by the Nominating Committee. This is a competitive process. Typically, over 100 applications are received. Following a review of applications, the Nominating Committee will extend interview invitations to a select group of candidates. Interviews for Nominating Committee candidates will take place at the 2012 USTA Annual Meeting in Carlsbad, Calif., March 16 – 19. Interviews for Board of Directors candidates will take place at the 2012 USTA Semiannual Meeting in New York, NY, Sept. 1 – 8, 2012. Candidates selected for an interview will be notified by email no later than February 20, 2012. Candidates selected for a Nominating Committee interview for a board position (as well as "dual" candidates, applying for both the Nominating Committee and the board) will be notified by email no later than the end of March 2012.
Applicants for the USTA Board of Directors and Nominating Committee will be notified as soon as possible after the conclusion of the 2012 US Open. All candidates who are interviewed will receive a phone call.
CHARACTERISTICS OF SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES
Nominating Committee decisions are based on many factors. The Nominating Committee will be looking for directors and nominating committee members who can shape the future of the USTA. Our board selection process aims to create a team that in combination possesses the full complement of skills necessary to fulfill the USTA’s mission and goals.
The responsibilities of the USTA Board of Directors include:
* Shaping the future of the USTA with long-term strategic thinking
* Assessing the performance of the Executive Director
* Creating a set of long-term financial goals
* Establishing explicit governing policies
* Serving as the legitimate link between USTA staff and volunteers
Historically, successful candidates selected to the Nominating Committee or Board have possessed some, if not most, of the following skills and experience:
* Significant background with their sectional organization in leadership positions
* Appointments to USTA committees or other national leadership roles
* Previous nonprofit board experience
* Extensive business, professional, academic, or tennis-related experience
* Demonstrated success as a person who has actively grown the game of tennis
*The ability to both lead and contribute as a member of a team
*The time commitment to participate fully in the demands of this position
*A "big picture" view of the needs of the organization and the future of tennis
Please note that this is not intended to be an exhaustive list. The Nominating Committee will weigh these and other factors in order to best match candidates' strengths with particular needs of the USTA.
TIME COMMITMENT FOR DIRECTOR AT LARGE BOARD MEMBERS
Being a USTA Board Member requires a significant time commitment. Typically this is between 40 - 55 days per year. Officers invest even more time. The time required to serve on the Nominating Committee is the length of the annual and semiannual meetings each year. However, in the second year of the term the commitment at the semiannual meeting will be almost two full weeks during the US Open.
VERIFICATION OF APPLICATION DATA
Although we are not accepting letters of recommendation, we may potentially seek feedback from people familiar with an applicant's performance in the roles listed on the application.
If you have questions or need assistance, please contact:
Scott Steinberg, Nominating Committee Chair at email@example.com or
Laura Canfield, Nominating Committee Scheduler at firstname.lastname@example.org