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:
Even though our sport has been sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic, our staff and dedicated volunteers are 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
3 Open positions
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force
1 Open Athlete position (with Standard Athlete Eligibility – see below)
If you would like to be considered, please send a Letter Of Interest and resume (both in PDF format), by August 31, 2020, detailing your experience, background and skills to:
Chair, USA Climbing Nominating and Governance Committee (“NGC”)
In your email please use a subject line of “Application to <committee/task force name> by <your name>”. If you are applying to multiple positions, please send a separate email with an appropriate Subject/LOI/Resume for each position. Your LOI should have your name and address near the top.
On your resume, please include your full name and contact information, USAC member number, region, and history of participation and support of USA Climbing. Please name your LOI attachment “LastName, FirstName - LOI” and your resume attachment as “LastName, FirstName - Resume”.
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 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.
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.
Standard Athletic requirement for purposes of the Athlete appointment Referenced Above (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
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 Judicial Committee
The USA Climbing Judicial Committee administers and oversees administrative grievances, disciplinary proceedings, and “right to participate” complaints filed with USA Climbing, hear and render decisions, appoint Hearing Panels, and perform other duties assigned by the Board.
Term: Two Years. Members may serve a maximum of three two-year terms.
Current Need: Two (2) members effective December 1, 2020 and one (1) member effective February 1, 2021. 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 Board of Directors shall appoint the members of the Judicial Committee and its Chair after recommendation of the Nominating and Governance Committee.
About the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force (DEITF)
The purpose of the DEITF is to make recommendations to the USA Climbing Board of Directors (the “Board”) and Staff on how to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in the membership, operation, and leadership of USA Climbing.
Term: Until the Final Report is delivered to the Board, but no more than 36 months from October 22nd 2019.
Current Need: 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 Board of Directors shall make the appointment of this Athlete representative after recommendation of the Nominating and Governance Committee and approval of the USA Climbing Athletes’ Advisory Committee.