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USTA NOMINATING COMMITTEE

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR CANDIDATES

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 for two years, beginning on Jan. 1 of each odd-numbered year (2015, 2017, etc.). These are volunteer positions.

The deadline to apply for the 2017-18 term is Feb. 1, 2016.

The application will be available online in mid-November 2015. Please check back at that time.

APPLICATION

All applications will be submitted electronically. The application will be available on the USTA website. Letters of recommendation and/or resumes are not required nor will they be accepted.

APPLICATION REVIEW AND INTERVIEWS

All applications will be thoroughly reviewed by the Nominating Committee. This is a competitive process. Typically, more than 100 applications are received. Following a review of applications, the Nominating Committee will extend interview invitations to a select group of candidates.

The majority of interviews for Nominating Committee candidates will take place at the 2016 USTA Annual Meeting. Interviews for Board of Directors candidates will take place at the 2016 USTA Semiannual Meeting in New York, N.Y. Candidates selected for the Annual Meeting interviews will be notified by email in mid-February 2016. Candidates selected for Semiannual Meeting interviews will be notified by email no later than the end of April 2016.

NOTIFICATION DATE

Applicants selected for the 2017-18 slate for the USTA Board of Directors and Nominating Committee will be notified as soon as possible after the conclusion of the 2016 US Open. All candidates who are interviewed will receive a phone call notification. The proposed slate will be forwarded to the USTA secretary in accordance with USTA Bylaws.

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 is designed to create a team that, in combination, possesses the full complement of skills necessary to fulfill the USTA’s mission, strategic priorities 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

The responsibilities of the USTA Nominating Committee include:

* Reviewing all candidate applications and selecting candidates to invite for interviews
* Interviewing candidates for the Board of Directors and the Nominating Committee
* Compiling and submitting the slate for the USTA Board of Directors and the succeeding Nominating Committee in compliance with the USTA Bylaws

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 BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND NOMINATING COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Serving as a USTA Board Member requires a significant time commitment, typically between 40-55 days per year, with officers investing even more time. The time required to serve on the Nominating Committee includes the length of the Annual and Semiannual meetings each year, plus additional time between those meetings to attend to committee business and specific subcommittee assignments.

It should be noted that the second year of the Nominating Committee term requires a significantly greater amount of time. The reason for this is to thoroughly assess application submissions and conduct interviews, culminating with the notification of all candidates at the completion of that year's US Open.

VERIFICATION OF APPLICATION DATA

Although the Nominating Committee does not accept letters of recommendation, it may potentially seek feedback from people familiar with an applicant's performance in the roles listed on the application.

QUESTIONS

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact:
Charlotte Johnson, Nominating Committee Chair, at tennis.charlotte.tx@gmail.com or
Nancy Rasgado, Nominating Committee Scheduler, at n.rasgado103@gmail.com

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