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USA Climbing Recruitment Announcements

USA Climbing Recruitment Announcements


To All USAC Members and Supporters:

USA Climbing has a professional staff, is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, and is supported by a number of volunteer Committees, Task Forces, and Working Groups. All of these are crucial to running and improving the organization. A full list of the current members of the Board of Directors, committees, task forces, and working groups can be found here:

http://www.usaclimbing.org/About_USA_Climbing/Board_of_Directors.htm
http://www.usaclimbing.org/About_USA_Climbing/Committees.htm

As you all know, our sport has been sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, our staff and dedicated volunteers have been hard at work planning for the days when we can resume climbing events. Great things can happen through this creative and determined work. Those who would like to participate in planning for our future can help by answering this call for volunteers.

Currently, we are seeking candidates to fill the following positions:


Committee, Task Force or Working Group


Position(s):

Board of Directors (effective September 1, 2020)

1 Open position

USAC Athletes’ Advisory Committee

3 Athlete Positions – Election Required

Judges Committee

3 Open Positions (including 1 Athlete position)

Medical Committee


13 Open Positions (including 3 Athlete positions)


Collegiate Committee (effective July 1, 2020)

2 Open Positions (including 1 Athlete position)

NCAA Development Task Force

10 Open positions (including 2 Athlete positions

Hearing Panel Pool

4 Athlete positions, 4 non-Athlete positions

Coaching Committee

1 Athlete position

 

If you would like to be considered, please send a Letter Of Interest and resume (both in PDF format), by June 15, 2020, detailing your experience, background, and skills to:

Charles Lamb
Chair, USA Climbing Nominating and Governance Committee (“NGC”)
charles@usaclimbing.org

In your email, please use a “Subject” of “Application to USA Climbing [Board or Committee Name by [YOUR NAME]].” On your resume, please include your full name and contact information, USAC member number, region, and history of participation and support of USA Climbing.

General Information

Disclosures and Disqualification: An individual is ineligible to serve on the Board of Directors, or on a committee, task force, or working group if such an individual has a felony conviction or any other violation that would disqualify the individual under USA Climbing’s SafeSport Screening and Criminal Background Check Policy. When expressing interest in serving, an individual must make Background Disclosure as required under Section 5.3(e) and such other disclosure as requested by the Nominating and Governance Committee and must permit such disclosures to be shared with others who are assessing the individual’s qualifications for appointment or retention or whose input is sought in connection with such assessment.

USA Climbing Commitment to Diversity: USA Climbing encourages all to participate. Members of the Board, committees, working groups, and task-forces are selected without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity. USA Climbing is committed to providing equal opportunity to amateur athletes, coaches, trainers, managers, administrators, and officials to participate in climbing competitions without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity, or national origin. Diversity at all levels of USA Climbing is desirable, including among the membership of the Board, Committees, Task Forces and Working Groups, and among its athletes. Open discussion and the presentation of a diversity of views is encouraged.

Eligibility Requirements:

From Section 11.8(a)(iii) and (iv) of the Bylaws:
A candidate must be a citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States (and in the case of a director on the Board of Directors must be a citizen of the United States under Section 7.4 of the Bylaws), must be at least eighteen (18) years of age by when the appointment is made or election is held, as applicable, and must meet other eligibility requirements described below.

Athlete Eligibility:

A) Standard Athletic requirement for purposes of appointments (From Section 11.8(a)(ii) of the Bylaws):

ii. Minimum Athletic requirement:

  1. has represented the United States as an Athlete in the Olympic Games, International Federation of Sport Climbing World Championships, International Federation of Sport Climbing Pan American Championships, or other major international competitions (which for this general standard includes such events as, or events substantially equivalent to, World Cups, World Championships, Panamerican Championships, Youth World Championships, Youth Panamerican Championships, World University Games, Olympic qualifying events, paraclimbing world cups and paraclimbing international championships) within the ten (10) year period (a) in the case of elections, prior to the Record Date (as defined in Section 5.2 above), or, (b) in the case of appointments, prior to the appointment or prior to December 31 of the year in which the appointment is made, or (c) in the case of appointments to committees, working groups, task forces or hearing panels of Athletes then-currently serving on the USAC AAC, prior to the date such Athlete began serving on the USAC AAC; or
  2.  has been actively engaged in competition at USA Climbing sanctioned events, which entails not only being a member of USA Climbing but also having competed in one or more USA Climbing sanctioned events, within the two (2) year period (a) in the case of elections, prior to the Record Date (as defined in Section 5.2 above), or, (b) in the case of appointments, prior to the appointment or prior to December 31 of the year in which the appointment is made; and

iii. Citizenship Requirement: for voting in and for standing for election, is a citizen of the United States (but in the case of membership on a committee (other than a Designated Committee), working group, or task force and voting in such capacity, is either a citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States);

iv. Age Requirement: for voting, for standing for election, and for service on any committee, working group, or task force, including a Hearing Panel, is at least eighteen (18) years of age by December 31 of the year in which the election is held or appointment is made; and

B) Additional Athletic Requirements for Athlete Directors to be Elected to the Board of Directors and for Athletes to be Appointed to Designated Committees: Athletes standing for election to the Board of Directors, and Athletes being appointed to Designated Committees, are subject to the following additional eligibility requirements:

i. Within the ten (10) years preceding the Record Date (as defined in Section 5.2 above) in the case of elections, or, in the case of appointments, preceding the appointment or prior to December 31 of the year in which the appointment is made or in the case of appointments to Designated Committees of Athletes then-currently serving on the USAC AAC, prior to the date such Athlete began serving on the USAC AAC, represented the United States in the Olympic or Pan American Games, or an Operation Gold event, or a World Championship (including paraclimbing world championship) recognized by the IFSC for which a competitive selection process was administered by USA Climbing; or

ii. Within the twenty-four (24) months preceding the Record Date (as defined in Section 5.2 above) in the case of elections, or, in the case of appointments, preceding the appointment or prior to December 31 of the year in which the appointment is made, demonstrated that he or she is actively engaged in high-level amateur athletic competition by finishing in the top half of USA Climbing’s national championships (including paraclimbing national championships) or team selection competition.

For purposes of this Section 11.8(b), Athlete representatives may not be drawn from events that categorize entrants in age- restricted classifications commonly known as “Juniors,” “Masters,” “Seniors,” “Veterans” or other similarly designated age-restricted competition. This provision is not meant to exclude from eligibility athletes who compete in an event for which the IOC or the IFSC has established an age restriction but whom otherwise meet the standard set forth in this Section 11.8(b).  Additional limitations apply to athletic requirements for Athletes standing for election to the USOPC Athletes’ Advisory Council under Article 12 below.

C) Concurrent Service. Athletes may simultaneously serve as Athlete directors, Athlete members of the USAC Athletes’ Advisory Committee, USOPC Athlete Representatives or Alternates, members of other committees, working groups, task forces, or Hearing Panels, competitors, volunteers and/or officials, or in each case as candidates therefore.

About the USAC Board of Directors

 The USA Climbing Board of Directors provides USA Climbing with policy, guidance and strategic direction. The Board oversees the CEO in the operation of USA Climbing. The Board focuses on long-term objectives and impacts rather than on day- to-day management, empowering the CEO to manage a staff-driven organization with effective Board oversight.      

 Term: Four Years. Directors may serve a maximum of two four-year terms.

 Current Need: One (1) Director, effective September 1, 2020.  Must be a citizen of the United States and eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of appointment under Bylaws Section 7.4. Directors shall have a high level of experience and capability in Board oversight responsibilities, including in the areas of finance, marketing, fundraising, audit, management, communications, climbing gym management, and/or sport.

Selection Process: The NGC will select the director under Section 7.6(b)(v) of the Bylaws.

About the USAC Athletes’ Advisory Committee (AAC)

The USAC AAC is an advisory committee to the USAC Board of Directors that is operated in accordance with Article 11 of the USAC Bylaws. The purpose of the Committee is to assist the Board and USAC staff in making decisions that affect USA Climbing’s athletes.
This election will follow the required three-step Athlete Election process:

1.              Invitation to Athletes

2.              Expression of Interest by eligible athletes

3.              Election by USAC athletes eligible to vote

Term: Two years. Members may serve a maximum of three two-year terms.

Current Need:  Three (3) Athlete members (one to fill a vacancy and two for positions up for renewal) who must have standard Athlete eligibility - see above for details. Must be a member of USAC on the Record Date, May 31, 2020, and the date of election, which is anticipated to be June 21, 2020. Ballots will be provided to all eligible athletes. (Bylaws 11.8(a)(i)(1).

Selection Process: The Athlete with the highest vote total is elected, and the Athlete(s) with the next highest vote total(s) are elected for the additional vacancies as applicable.

 About the USAC Judges Committee

Includes supporting and advancing the development of judging at all USA Climbing sanctioned competitions; developing and improving the Judges Certification Program, and developing and improving Judging educational materials.  

Term: Two years. Members may serve a maximum of three two-year terms.

Current Need:  Two (2) members effective July 1, 2020 and One (1) Athlete member. Must have standard Athlete eligibility (see above for details). Must be a member of USAC on the date of appointment to the committee or by December 31 of the year in which the appointment is made (Bylaws 11.8(a)(i)(2)).

Selection Process: The USAC NGC, with the approval of the USAC Athletes’ Advisory Committee, will make a recommendation to the USAC Board of Directors which will decide on the appointment.

About the USAC Medical Committee

A new committee is being formed to assist and support the development, implementation, and evaluation of medical-related programs for USA Climbing, including, but not limited to, Paraclimbing classification and care, injury reporting protocol and review, infectious disease transmission and illness, athlete development protocols, and creation of policies and procedures for care of all USA Climbing athletes.

Term: Two years. Members may serve a maximum of three two-year terms.

Current Need: Thirteen (13) members including three (3) Athletes with standard Athlete eligibility (see above for details). Each candidate (including Athletes) must be a member of USAC on the date of appointment to the committee or by December 31 of the year in which the appointment is made (Bylaws 11.8(a)(i)(2)).

Selection Process: The USAC NGC will make recommendations to the USAC Board of Directors and CEO which will decide on the appointments, with the appointment of the Athlete members also requiring approval of the USAC Athletes’ Advisory Committee.

About the USAC Collegiate Committee

The Committee acts as a voice and resource for all stakeholders involved with the Collegiate Series of USA Climbing; recommends direction for the vision and growth of the Collegiate Series; helps elevate Collegiate Climbing to greater heights; and recommends rules, policies, and procedures that affect the Collegiate Series.

Term: Two years. Members may serve a maximum of three two-year terms.

Current Need:  Two (2) members effective July 1, 2020, one of whom must have standard Athlete eligibility (see above for details). Each candidate (including Athletes) must be a member of USAC on the date of appointment to the committee or by December 31 of the year in which the appointment is made (Bylaws 11.8(a)(i)(2)).

Selection Process: The USAC NGC will make recommendations to the USAC Board of Directors which will decide on the appointments after consultation with the Collegiate Manager, with the appointment of the Athlete member also requiring approval of the USAC Athletes’ Advisory Committee.

About USAC NCAA Development Task Force

The NCAA Development Task Force is a new task force being formed to advise and collaborate with USAC staff on the development and implementation of climbing as an NCAA sport.

Current Need: Ten (10) Members, including  two (2) Athlete members, who have standard Athlete eligibility - see above for details. Must be a member of USAC on the date of appointment to the committee or by December 31 of the year in which the appointment is made (Bylaws 11.8(a)(i)(2)).

Selection Process: The USAC NGC will make recommendations to the USAC Board of Directors and CEO which will decide on the appointments after consultation with the Collegiate Manager, with the appointments of the Athlete members also requiring approval of the USAC Athletes’ Advisory Committee.

About USAC Hearing Panel Pool

The Hearing Panel Pool is a group of volunteers vetted by the NGC and willing to serve from time to time on Hearing Panels that may be convened by USA Climbing’s Judicial Committee under Article 15 of the USAC Bylaws to conduct a hearing.

Term: Four (4) years.

Current Need: Four (4) Athlete Representatives who must meet not only the standard Athlete Eligibility requirements under Bylaws Section 11.8(a) but also the additional athlete eligibility requirements under Bylaws Section 11.8(b) (see above for details). Must be a member of USAC on the date of appointment to the Pool or by December 31 of the year in which the appointment is made (Bylaws 11.8(b)(ii)).

Selection Process: The NGC will select members of the Hearing Panel Pool, and the Judicial Committee will from time to time choose Hearing Panels from the available Hearing Panel Pool members.

 About USAC Coaching Committee

The Coaching Committee is an Advisory Committee that educates and organizes coaches to raise the level of competition climbing coaching in US and international competition.

Term: Two years. Members may serve a maximum of three two-year terms.

Current Need: One (1) Athlete Representative. Must have Standard Athlete Eligibility (see above for details). Must be a member of USAC on the date of appointment to the panel or by December 31 of the year in which the appointment is made (Bylaws 11.8(a)(i)).

Selection Process: The USAC NGC, with the approval of the USAC Athletes’ Advisory Committee, will make a recommendation to the USAC Board of Directors and CEO which will decide on the appointment after consultation with the VP of Sport.

 

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