What to Know: Covid-19 and Resumption of Play

Happy New Year!

May the New Year bless you with health, happiness and lots of amazing tennis!  The first tournament of the year is a junior tournament in Bozeman.  The deadline is approaching fast – January 2nd.  Be sure to register asap!   Register. 

Slate of At-Large Directors and Officers for 2022

USTA Montana Board of Directors and Staff had their annual meeting Sunday, October 10th from 9 am – 4 pm over Zoom. Items on the agenda included discussion of improving junior participation across Montana, tournament and league schedule, statewide community tennis updates, the new Serve Tennis program and updates from ITA.

An item on the agenda each year is to nominate and vote on old and new board members. We added three new members to the board for 2022 & 2023 – , Clayton Harris, Kenny Sheehan, Devon Sikora, and Amber Sparks   Warm welcome to each of them!
2022 USTA Board of Directors and Staff
Officers:
Dave Luebbe, Bozeman –President
Gordon Terpe, Missoula -Vice President
Beth Brennan, Missoula, Secretary
Joey Staszcuk, Bozeman, Treasurer
Scott Potter, Missoula, Past President
Directors:
Dirk Baker, Great Falls
Laurie Cripe, Whitefish
Kelly Crisp, Missoula
Anna Collins, Bozeman
Dorothy Filson, Belgrade
Clayton Harris, Bozeman
Brad Knutson, Billings

Josh Munro, Kalispell
Amber Sparks, Billings
Kenny Sheehan, Bozeman
Devon Sikora, Missoula
 Staff:
Andrea Johnson, Interim Executive Director & District Lead Coordinator

USTA Montana seeks executive director

The Montana Tennis Association (USTA Intermountain Montana) seeks a highly motivated, energetic, knowledgeable individual to serve as the non-profit organization’s full-time executive director (ED).

The mission of the Montana Tennis Association is to promote and grow the game of tennis in Montana. The ED represents tennis throughout Montana. The ED hires and supervises seasonal staff, oversees all programs, and reports to the Board of Directors. This is a work-from-home position. The salary range is $45,000-$55,000. USTA Montana does not offer health insurance benefits.

The tentative start date for this position is March 1, 2022. Applications must be submitted by December 10, 2021.

All candidates must submit their applications and any supporting documentation electronically via this online application form. Mailed applications will not be considered.

For additional information, please email MontanaTennisED@gmail.com.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:

  • Oversees the implementation of all USTA programs in Montana, including adult leagues, social and flex leagues, junior team tennis, school tennis, and sanctioning tournaments.
  • Hires and manages the District League Coordinator and other seasonal employees.
  • Builds positive relationships and support throughout Montana with public and private tennis facilities, teaching professionals, community tennis associations (CTAs), Parks & Recreation programs, schools, and players.
  • Builds, trains, and maintains an active base of independent contractors and volunteers who deliver after-school and youth tennis classes.
  • Serves as the point of contact for tournament directors who run USTA-sanctioned tournaments.
  • Monitors volunteer and staff interactions to ensure excellent customer service.
  • Conducts the financial management of the association in order to assure a balanced budget and the investment of reserves.
  • Performs general bookkeeping functions such as paying bills, performing payroll, making deposits, tracking expenses, and preparing financial reports.
  • Secures program sponsorships and other fundraising as needed.
  • Plans quarterly meetings and reports on activities and yearly progress to the USTA Montana President and Board of Directors.
  • Acts as the liaison between USTA Montana and its parent organizations, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and USTA Intermountain (ITA).
  • Represents USTA Montana at sectional and national meetings, workshops, and events.

TRAVEL:

The ED may live anywhere in Montana. He or she must be able to travel regularly within Montana, and as needed to ITA and USTA meetings.

  • USTA Montana Board of Directors in-person or Zoom meetings.
    • Annual meeting (October)
    • Quarterly board meetings (Zoom or conference call)
    • Board retreat (every other year)
  • ITA meetings and trainings as required
    • U.S. Open (September 2022) at least every other year
  • In-state travel on behalf of USTA Montana
  • Must be able to work some weekends
  • USTA Montana events around Montana
    • League
    • Trainings and workshops
    • Fundraising events

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree or 5 years relevant recent work experience
  • Knowledge of tennis
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Willingness and ability to represent USTA Montana in the community
  • Ability to work well with staff and volunteers
  • Self-motivation and strong initiative to create and expand the role
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Proficient computer skills (TennisLink, Serve Tennis, Gmail, Google Drive, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Proficiency with social media (WordPress, Instagram, Facebook, Constant Contact)

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE:

  • Demonstrates deep passion for and loyalty to the sport of tennis.
  • Is familiar with non-profit organization and governance.
  • Is familiar with Montana tennis and the unique characteristics and challenges of USTA Montana leagues and tournaments.
  • Knows how to prioritize responsibilities, manage time, respond to inquiries, prepare written material, organize meetings, and assume a leadership role during meetings.
  • Has experience hiring and supervising staff or volunteers.
  • Has experience preparing budgets and financial statements. Experience with QuickBooks, accounting, and payroll practices preferred.
  • Has knowledge of and experience in fundraising.

USTA Intermountain Montana is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including but not limited to hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, compensation, benefits, and training.

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Proposed Slate of Officers + Notice of Annual Meeting

USTA-MT will hold the annual meeting of members Sunday, October 10th over Zoom.   USTA individual and organizational members are invited to attend committee meetings.  Contact Andrea Johnson, ajohnson.mta@gmail.com for more information.

The board will also vote on the 2022-2023 Proposed Slate of Officers and Directors:

At Large Directors
Two-year term beginning January 1, 2022, and ending December 31, 2023:

Dirk Baker, Great Falls
Beth Brennan, Missoula
Laurie Cripe, Whitefish
Clayton Harris, Bozeman
Brad Knutson, Billings
Josh Munro, Kalispell
Amber Sparks, Billing
Kenny Sheehan, Bozeman
Devon Sikora, Missoula
Joey Staszcuk, Bozeman

Officers
One-year term beginning January 1, 2022, through December 31, 2022:

Dave Luebbe, President
Gordon Terpe, Vice President
Joey Staszcuk, Treasurer
Beth Brennan, secretary

USTA MT is Accepting Board Nominations for 2022 & 2023

Dear USTA-Montana Member Organizations and Community Tennis Association:

USTA-MT has several open positions on the Board of Directors for the 2022 – 2023term. This is a 2-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2022 and runs through Dec. 31, 2023.  USTA-MT seeks nominations from you for each of these positions.

The Nominating Committee will meet at the end of September to review all nominations and develop a proposed slate of board members and officers. The board of directors will then vote on the slate.

Below is the list of current board members.  Those with a star indicate board members not renewing their term this year.

Executive Committee

Dave Luebbe – President

Gordon Terpe – Vice-President

Beth Brennan – Secretary

Paige Darden Montague – Treasurer*

Scott Potter – Past President
At-Large Directors

Dirk Baker, Great Falls

Laurie Cripe, Whitefish

Dorothy Filson, Bozeman

Donna Miller, Helena*

Josh Munro, Kalispell

Kelly Crisp, Missoula

Brad Knutson, Billings

Anna Nash, Bozeman

Linda Stancil, Bozeman*

Joey Staszcuk, Bozeman

Please email your nomination(s) to ajohnson.mta@gmail.com by Sunday, September 26th.   Feel free to nominate more than one individual.  A more detailed board member description is attached to this email.  Reach out to myself or any members of the board for questions regarding nominations or the process.

Thank you,

Andrea Johnson

Executive Director

USTA-Montana

Are you playing League this year? Take our survey!

The league season is close and we are making a strong attempt at “planning” for 2021. Currently, our league events are still happening as scheduled as well as the corresponding sectional and national events. Please let us know if and which leagues you plan to play in this four question survey. We are grateful for your feedback!