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USTA Board of Directors & Nominating Committee Application

November 12, 2013 03:53 PM

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is now accepting applications for qualified candidates to serve on the USTA Board of Directors and the USTA Nominating Committee for the upcoming term of 2015-2016. For a complete listing of details, position descriptions, and submission of an application form, please visit:  Click Here

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, 2015 – Dec. 31, 2016. These are volunteer positions.


Deadline to apply: Feb. 1, 2014
Application available online beginning Nov. 15, 2013


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


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. The majority of interviews for Nominating Committee candidates will take place at the 2014 USTA Annual Meeting in Carlsbad, Calif., March 14-17. Interviews for Board of Directors candidates will take place at the 2014 USTA Semiannual Meeting in New York, N.Y., beginning Aug. 29, 2014. Candidates selected for March interviews will be notified by e-mail no later than Feb. 20, 2014. Candidates selected for September interviews will be notified by e-mail no later than the end of April 2014.


Applicants for the USTA Board of Directors and Nominating Committee will be notified as soon as possible after the conclusion of the 2014 US Open. All candidates who are interviewed will receive a phone call.


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

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 the slate for the USTA Board of Directors and the succeeding Nominating Committee

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.


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 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. The second year of the term requires the time to thoroughly read and review scores of application submissions; conduct interviews during the annual meeting; and, during the USTA Semiannual Meeting and the US Open, devote nearly two weeks to interviewing candidates in New York, culminating with the notification of all candidates at the completion of the US Open.


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:
Laura Canfield, Nominating Committee Chair, at buckscountytennis@verizon.net or
Charlotte Johnson, Nominating Committee Scheduler, at tennis.charlotte.tx@gmail.com