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    We Can't Climb Without You

    Get Involved
    We Can't Climb Without You

    At USA Climbing, our mission is to support the well-being, development, and competitive excellence of our athletes as we advance the accessibility and growth of the climbing community nationwide. To advance this mission, the organization has the tremendous benefit of drawing on the diverse experience and guidance offered by the volunteer members of the Board of Directors, Board Committees, Operating Committees, and Athletes’ Advisory Committee.

     

    Join us.

     

    If you are interested in strengthening and shaping the future of USA Climbing, we invite you to apply to serve as a volunteer on the Board of Directors, a Committee, or a Task Force.  We need you.

     

    All open positions are listed below.  Solicitations will remain open until filled.

    JOIN US

    TO APPLY OR LEARN MORE, please contact the representatives below.  When applying, please include a Letter of Interest (LOI), the position(s) you are seeking, and your resume. Please include your full name and contact information, USAC member number, history of participation, support of USA Climbing, and any other information relevant to your experience or background in the context of the position(s) you seek.

    For Non-Athlete Positions, please send to:

    Bruce Mitchell
    Chair, USA Climbing Nominating Committee
    bruce@usaclimbing.org

    For Athlete Positions, please send to:

    Danny Popowski
    Chair, USA Climbing Athletes’ Advisory Committee
    athletes@usaclimbing.org

     

    Current Openings

    • USA Climbing is looking for individuals to serve on its new Youth Series Task Force, which will make recommendations on all aspects of the Youth Series to improve inclusiveness, athlete well-being, growth of the series, ease of hosting, and international competitive success.

      The expected time commitment for members of this task force is approximately 3-5 hours per month until project completion, which is estimated to be May of 2025. The task force work will conduct most of its work via Zoom meetings, but members should also expect offline reading/research, town hall meetings, reaching out to other stakeholders and preparing and reviewing draft documents.  Task force meetings are expected to take place on weekdays/evenings with the possibility of a few weekend meetings when needed.

      APPLY HERE THROUGH MAY 10, 2024

      VIEW THE YOUTH SERIES TASK FORCE CHARTER

    • Term Initial terms ending 12/31/26
      Openings Two (2) open positions (Independent), One (1) athlete position

    • Term Initial terms ending 12/31/26
      Openings Two (2) open positions

    • Term Initial terms ending 12/31/26
      Openings One (1) open position, One (1) open athlete position

    • Term Initial terms ending 12/31/26
      Openings One (1) open position (Independent)

    • Term Initial terms ending 12/31/26
      Openings Two (2) open positions

    Board of Directors

    Youth Series Task Force

    USA Climbing is looking for individuals to serve on its new Youth Series Task Force, which will make recommendations on all aspects of the Youth Series to improve inclusiveness, athlete well-being, growth of the series, ease of hosting, and international competitive success.

    The expected time commitment for members of this task force is approximately 3-5 hours per month until project completion, which is estimated to be May of 2025. The task force work will conduct most of its work via Zoom meetings, but members should also expect offline reading/research, town hall meetings, reaching out to other stakeholders and preparing and reviewing draft documents.  Task force meetings are expected to take place on weekdays/evenings with the possibility of a few weekend meetings when needed.

    APPLY HERE THROUGH MAY 10, 2024

    VIEW THE YOUTH SERIES TASK FORCE CHARTER

    Nominating Committee

    Term Initial terms ending 12/31/26
    Openings Two (2) open positions (Independent), One (1) athlete position

    Judicial Committee

    Term Initial terms ending 12/31/26
    Openings Two (2) open positions

    Audit & Compensation Committee

    Term Initial terms ending 12/31/26
    Openings One (1) open position, One (1) open athlete position

    Ethics Committee

    Term Initial terms ending 12/31/26
    Openings One (1) open position (Independent)

    Governance Committee

    Term Initial terms ending 12/31/26
    Openings Two (2) open positions

    Please review the requirements for any open positions you are considering.  These are listed below and can also be found within the USA Climbing Bylaws.

      • ATHLETE ELIGIBILITY

        Athlete Eligibility.
        Athlete representatives must meet the criteria outlined below and in Section 11.8 of USA Climbing’s bylaws.

        For Non-Designated Committees:

        “Actively Engaged Athlete Representative” means an athlete who qualifies as a Ten (10)-Year or Ten (10)-Year + Athlete Representative, or who has been actively engaged in 24 months prior to the Record Date in the case of an election or the date of appointment in other cases in a USA Climbing sanctioned competition, which may include events that categorize entrants in age-restricted classifications. For the avoidance of doubt, once an athlete is elected/appointed, eligibility to serve as an Actively Engaged Athlete Representative runs throughout the term of the position to which the athlete was elected/appointed.

        Minimum Requirements.
        An “Athlete,” except where separate or additional requirements are set forth below, means a person who meets the following standards of eligibility:

        i. Membership Requirement for Voting, for Standing for Election, and for Service on the Board of Directors or a Committee, including for serving on a Hearing Panel: Is a member of USA Climbing at the time of (1) in the case of any election, the Record Date (as defined in Section 5.2 above), provided, however, that for purposes of the election described in Article 12 below (USOPC Athletes’ Advisory Council), voting is also open to individuals who are not members of USA Climbing, provided that such individuals can document their eligibility to vote pursuant to the Bylaws of the USOPC Athletes’ Advisory Council; or (2) in the case of any appointment, the appointment date or December 31 of the year in which the appointment is made; and

        ii. Minimum Athletic Requirement: Qualifies as an Actively Engaged Athlete Representative.

        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) 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, 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

        For Designated Committees:

        “Delegation Event” means, individually or collectively as applicable, the Olympic Games, the Olympic Winter Games, the Paralympic Games, the Paralympic Winter Games, the Pan American Games, and the Parapan Am Games (and in all of these listed cases, for the avoidance of doubt, multiple sports participate in the Games and not solely climbing disciplines);

        “Protected Competition” means:
        • any Delegation Event; or
        • any international competition between athlete(s) officially designated by USA Climbing as representing the United States, either individually or as part of a team, and any athlete(s) representing any foreign country, where:

        1. the terms of such competition require that the entrants be individuals or teams representing their respective nations; and
        2. the athlete(s) representing the United States are organized and sponsored by USA Climbing in accordance with a defined selection or tryout procedure that is open to all and publicly announced in advance except for domestic amateur athletic competition, which, by its terms, requires that entrants be expressly restricted to members of a specific class of athletes such as high school students, college students, members of the Armed Forces, or similar groups or categories; or
        • any domestic competition or event (i.e., a camp, tryout, or trials event) organized and conducted by USA Climbing in its selection procedure and publicly announced in advance as a competition or event directly qualifying each successful competitor as an athlete representing the United States in a Delegation Event or protected international competition under the immediately preceding bullet point above.

        “Ten (10)-Year Athlete Representative” means an athlete who, as of the Record Date defined in Section 5.2(e) in the case of an election or as of the date of appointment in other cases, has represented the U.S. in the (ten) Ten (10) Years prior at:
        • A Delegation Event; or
        • An additional elite Protected Competition as identified in the USAC AAC and the USOPC’s NGB Athlete Representation Review Working Group decision posted at www.usaclimbing.org.

        Elite-level events are:

        IFSC | World Championships, Paraclimbing World Championships, World Cups, Paraclimbing World Cups; FISU World University Games; USA Climbing | National Championship or Paraclimbing National Championships finalists

        Eligibility to serve as a Ten (10)-Year Athlete Representative may not be obtained through events that categorize entrants in age-restricted classifications such as Youth (or, if any, “Masters,” “Seniors,” “Veterans,” or other similarly designated age-restricted competitions).

        Additionally, once an athlete is elected/appointed, eligibility to serve as a Ten (10)-Year Athlete Representative runs throughout the term of the position to which the athlete was elected/appointed.

        “Ten (10)-Year+ Athlete Representative” means an athlete who has, at any point but not within the past applicable ten (10)-year period before the start date of the athlete’s term, met the definition of Ten (10)-Year Athlete Representative

      • Nominating Committee Requirements

        Nominating Committee.
        The Nominating Committee members shall be comprised of:
        a. Section 11.8(a) (Athlete Eligibility), subject to Section 9.4 (Designated Committees); Section 9.4 (Designated Committees); and
        b. one (1) individual appointed by the previous Nominating Committee from that Committee, who shall be the Chair and permitted to attend USA Climbing Board of Director meetings as a non-voting observer;
        c. one (1) individual who satisfies the standards of independence for “independent Directors” as set forth in Section 7.7 of these Bylaws and who is appointed by the previous Nominating Committee;
        d. and remaining individuals appointed by the Board of Directors. No individual shall be eligible to be a member of the Nominating Committee if that individual is a current Director. Current or past members of the Nominating 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 Committee ends.

        The Nominating Committee shall:
        a. identify and evaluate prospective candidates for the Board;
        b. recommend to the Board of Directors individuals to serve on the Board to the extent authorized to do so in these Bylaws;
        c. recommend, as requested by the Board, individuals to serve on various Committees;
        d. consult with the Ethics Committee with respect to vetting all nominations for potential conflict of interest or other problematic background issues;
        e. recommend individuals who would be fair and impartial and who would have the qualifications and ability to serve on Hearing Panels (as described in the USA Climbing Grievance Policy), at least one (1) of whom shall be an Athlete who meets the eligibility criteria described in Section 11.8(a) below and at least one of whom
        meets the criteria for an eligible Athlete for a Designated Committee as set forth in Section 9.4 above and 11.8(b) below, 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
        Section 9.15(b)(iii) above;
        f. appoint members for subsequent Nominating Committees in accordance with Section 9.16(a) above; and
        g. perform such other duties as assigned by the Board.

      • Judicial Committee

        Judicial Committee.
        The Board of Directors shall appoint the members of the Judicial Committee, subject to the following requirements:
        a. Section 11.8(a) (Athlete Eligibility), subject to Section 9.4 (Designated Committees); Section 9.4 (Designated Committees); and
        b. No Director of the Board shall be appointed to the Judicial Committee.

        The Judicial Committee shall:
        a. administer and oversee all matters filed with USA Climbing and arising under the USA Climbing Grievance Policy;
        b. hear and render decisions on grievances and disciplinary matters, subject to the USA Climbing Grievance Policy;
        c. appoint Hearing Panels, as described in the USA Climbing Grievance Policy and subject to Section 9.4 (Designated Committees); and
        d. perform such other duties as assigned by the Board.

      • Governance Committee Requirements

        Governance Committee.
        The Board of Directors shall appoint the members of the Governance Committee, subject to the following requirements:
        a. Section 11.8(a) (Athlete Eligibility), subject to Section 9.4 (Designated Committees);
        b. No less than two Directors of the Board shall be appointed to the Governance Committee.

        The Governance Committee shall:
        a. review and update USA Climbing’s Bylaws as necessary to maintain good governance procedures;
        b. develop and maintain policies in support of the Bylaws and the Board’s role in the organization;
        c. review and update committee charters and structure to ensure good governance protocols are followed;
        d. Report to the Board on governance-related trends and issues, including information received from the USOPC;
        e. Perform other duties as assigned by the Board.

      • Ethics Committee Requirements

        Ethics Committee.
        The Board of Directors shall appoint the members of the Ethics Committee, subject to the following requirements:
        a. Section 11.8(a) (Athlete Eligibility), subject to Section 9.4 (Designated Committees);
        b. Members of the Ethics Committee other than the Athlete member(s) shall satisfy the standards of independence for “Independent Directors” as set forth in Section 7.7 of these Bylaws; and
        c. No more than two (2) Directors of the Board shall be appointed to the Ethics Committee.

        The Ethics Committee shall:
        a. oversee implementation of and compliance with the USA Climbing Code of Ethics/Conflicts of Interest Policy, referenced in Article 18 below, and any comparable policy of the Foundation, including by reviewing the minutes of Board meetings referenced in the USA Climbing Code of Ethics/Conflicts of Interest Policy and by collecting and reviewing the annual statements referenced in the USA Climbing Code of Ethics/Conflicts of Interest Policy and any comparable statements of Foundation Trustees and officers;
        b. report to the Board on all ethical issues;
        c. develop, and review, as necessary, the USA Climbing Code of Ethics/Conflicts of Interest Policy and any comparable policies of the Foundation and make recommendations to the Board regarding any changes;
        d. review and investigate allegations of ethical impropriety with respect to USA Climbing and the Foundation and make recommendations on such matters to the Board, subject in the case of USA Climbing to the authority of the Judicial Committee where appropriate;
        e. review and provide guidance on ethical questions presented to it by the Board, officers, committee members, volunteers, staff, and USA Climbing members; and
        f. perform such other duties as assigned by the Board.

      • Audit & Compensation Committee Requirements

        The Board of Directors shall appoint the members of the Audit & Compensation Committee, subject to the following requirements:

        a. Section 11.8(a) (Athlete Eligibility), subject to Section 9.4 (Designated Committees); and
        b. At least two of the Audit Committee members shall be Directors of the Board, one of whom being the Treasurer of the Board.

        The Audit & Compensation Committee shall:
        a. recommend the independent auditors of USA Climbing and the Foundation, as applicable, review the report and management letter of the independent auditors, and recommend action as needed;
        b. periodically meet separately in executive session individually with USA Climbing’s financial staff and USA Climbing’s outside auditor.
        c. meet with the independent auditor prior to the release and filing of USA Climbing’s annual financial reports to review such materials. The Board will review and approve IRS-required financial reports for publication.
        d. investigate matters of financial controls and disclosure with respect to USA Climbing and the Foundation and such other matters as directed by the Board;
        e. make recommendations to the Board on President & CEO compensation and annual performance review process;
        f. advise the Board on matters pertaining to the compensation and benefits for USA Climbing staff; review staff pay ranges and benchmarking to ensure adequate compensation levels are being followed; and
        g. perform such other duties as assigned by the Board.

    JOIN US

    TO APPLY OR LEARN MORE, please contact the representatives below.  When applying, please include a Letter of Interest (LOI), the position(s) you are seeking, and your resume. Please include your full name and contact information, USAC member number, history of participation, support of USA Climbing, and any other information relevant to your experience or background in the context of the position(s) you seek.

    For Non-Athlete Positions, please send to:

    Bruce Mitchell
    Chair, USA Climbing Nominating Committee
    bruce@usaclimbing.org

    For Athlete Positions, please send to:

    Danny Popowski
    Chair, USA Climbing Athletes’ Advisory Committee
    athletes@usaclimbing.org

     

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