USTA NOMINATING COMMITTEE
October 31, 2017
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 two years and begins on January 1, 2019. These are volunteer positions.
General Instructions for Candidates
The deadline to apply for the 2019-20 term is Feb. 1, 2018. Applications are available now online – click here to access the application.
All applications will be submitted electronically. Letters of recommendation and/or resumes are not required nor will they be accepted.
Application Review and Interviews
All applications will be 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. ADVERTISEMENT The majority of interviews for Nominating Committee candidates will take place at the 2018 USTA Annual Meeting. Interviews for Board of Directors candidates will take place at the 2018 USTA Semiannual Meeting in New York.
Candidates selected for March 2018 interviews will be notified by email in mid-February 2018. Candidates selected for September 2018 interviews will be notified by email no later than the end of April 2018.
Applicants selected for the 2019-20 slate for the USTA Board of Directors and Nominating Committee will be notified as soon as possible after the conclusion of the 2018 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.
The board selection process is designed to create a team that possesses the full complement of skills necessary to fulfill the mission, strategic priorities and goals of the USTA.
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 Nominating Committee include:
- Developing and creating the application and application process.
- 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 USTA Bylaws.
Historically, successful candidates selected to the Nominating Committee or board have possessed some, if not most, of the following skills and experience:
- Previous nonprofit board experience
- Extensive business, professional, academic or tennis-related experience
- Significant background with their sectional organization in leadership positions
- Appointments to USTA committees or other national leadership roles
- 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 This is 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 Meeting and Semiannual Meeting 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 (roughly 10 days at the New York meeting, 2020) to thoroughly assess application submissions and conduct interviews. Nominating Committee responsibilities culminate with the notification of all candidates at the completion of the 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.
If you have questions or need assistance, please contact:
Greg Lappin, Nominating Committee Chair
Jonelle Smith, Nominating Committee Scheduler