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USA Climbing is Seeking Candidates to Fill One Open Position on Nominating and Governance Committee

USA Climbing is Seeking Candidates to Fill One Open Position on Nominating and Governance Committee


To All USAC Members and Supporters:

USA Climbing is governed by a Board of Directors and supported by a number of committees and task forces. All of these are crucial to running our organization. You can see a full listing of the Boards and Committees, and their current members at:



These volunteers – USAC athletes and supporters who contribute their time and expertise – help USA Climbing grow and improve. 

Currently, we are seeking one person to fill an impending vacancy on the USAC Nominating and Governance Committee (NGC).

The description and requirements for this position can be found below.

If you are interested in volunteering for this opening, please send a letter expressing your interest along with your resume detailing your experience, background and skills to:

Greg Padovani, Sr
Chairman, USA Climbing Nominating and Governance Committee (NGC)

On your resume, please include your full name and contact information, USAC member number, and history of participation and support of USA Climbing by March 15th, 2019.

Eligibility Requirements:  Candidates must be a current USAC member, US Citizen, and age 18 or older by December 31, 2019.

USAC Conflict of Interest Questionnaire: Per USA Climbing Bylaws, each candidate for a Board, Committee, Task Force or Working Group will be asked to complete a USAC Conflict-Of-Interest Questionnaire.

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. 

About the Selection Process: The USAC NGC will review all interested individuals and then recommend a candidate to the USAC Board of Directors for final approval.

About the USAC Nominating and Governance Committee (NGC)

For full details, please see Section 9.16 of USAC Bylaws dated March 10, 2019.

Description: The NGC is a USAC Standing Committee that advises and supports the USAC Board of Directors in the following ways:

  1. identify and evaluate prospective candidates for the Board;
  2. appoint individuals to serve on the Board to the extent authorized to do so in the Bylaws;
  3. recommend, as requested by the Board, individuals to serve on various committees and task forces;
  4. consult with the Ethics Committee with respect to vetting all nominations for potential conflict of interest or other problematic background issues;
  5. recommend individuals who would be fair and impartial and who would have the qualifications and ability to serve on Hearing Panels (as described in Bylaws Section 15.10), at least one (1) of whom shall be an Athlete who meets the eligibility criteria described in Bylaws Section 11.2 below and the criteria for an eligible Athlete for a Designated Committee as set forth in Section 9.4 above, to a list of potential Hearing Panelists (the Hearing Panel Pool”), and communicate that list to the Judicial Committee as necessary to enable the Judicial Committee to perform the function described in Bylaws Section 9.15(b)(iii);
  6. develop and recommend to the Board for its consideration an annual self-evaluation process of the Board and its committees and task forces;
  7. appoint members for subsequent Nominating and Governance Committees in accordance with Bylaws Section 9.16(a); and
  8. perform such other duties as assigned by the Board.

Composition: The NGC is composed of five (5) members: three (3) members; one (1) athlete member; and a Chair.

Meetings: The NGC meets as frequently as circumstances dictate, on average once per month, but not on a set schedule. Meetings are conducted via conference call or Zoom. 

Term: NGC members serve an initial term of four (4) years from date of appointment by the Board of Directors with a maximum of two (2) consecutive four-year terms. 

Important Issues Regarding NGC membership: No individual shall be eligible to be a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee if that individual is a current USAC Board Director. No individual who serves on the Nominating and Governance Committee may serve or be eligible to serve on the Board of Directors. Members of the Nominating and Governance Committee, except the Athlete representative, shall be precluded from serving as a Board Director or in any other USA Climbing capacity, whether governance or on staff, for a period of one (1) year after their service on the Nominating and Governance Committee ends.

Current Need: One (1) Member. Athletes are encouraged to apply.

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