American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Responsibilities of Advisory Council Chairs

Description of Office 

The Chairs of the Audiology Advisory Council and Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council are charged with: 

  • Facilitating the identification, discussion, and ranking of issues of concern to members;
  • Serving on the Board of Directors as full members;
  • Informing the Board of Directors on Council recommendations related to member issues, future budget items, and dues increases;
  • Monitoring participation of Advisory Council members in the peer review process;
  • Determining the annual Advisory Council meeting locations and dates (within the first 6 months of the year) and with the approval of the BOD;
  • Coordinating the annual meetings of the Advisory Councils in conjunction with National Office staff liaisons and other appropriate individuals; and
  • Facilitating and chairing electronic communications and discussions of their respective Advisory Council. 

Term 

Three years. 

Desired Personal and Professional Characteristics 

  • Ability to listen, analyze, think strategically and creatively, and work well with people individually and in a group
  • Ability to consider multiple viewpoints about controversial issues and to communicate ASHA's perspective effectively with members and stakeholders
  • Ability to prepare for, attend, and participate in board and committee meetings (including conference calls), ask questions, take responsibility, follow through on given assignments, and evaluate oneself
  • Willingness to develop certain skills if one does not possess them, such as understanding financial statements, learning more about the substantive program areas of the Association and use of technology tools established by the Association to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the position
  • Honesty; sensitivity to and tolerance of differing views; a friendly, responsive, and patient approach; community-building skills' personal integrity; a developed sense of values; and concern for the Association's development
  • Ability to facilitate discussions face-to-face and through electronic means among a large body 

Primary Responsibilities 

In addition to the responsibilities outlined in the Advisory Council member position description, the chair will: 

  • Attend and participate in all meetings of the Board of Directors
  • Be informed about the Association's mission, services, policies, and programs
  • Assist the Board of Directors in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities
  • Review agenda and supporting materials prior to board meetings and conference calls
  • Attend the annual ASHA Convention
  • Annually review and vote on the Association's budget
  • Contribute to a review of the Chief Executive Officer
  • Prepare and present information at meetings on behalf of the Association as needed
  • Serve as the Board of Directors liaison to the Advisory Council and prepare and present information at meetings of the Advisory Council on behalf of the Board of Directors
  • Serve as the Advisory Council liaison to the Board of Directors and prepare and present information at meetings of the Board of Directors on behalf of the Advisory Councils
  • Coordinate the annual meeting of the Advisory Council with the support of the National Office staff and other appropriate individuals
  • Initiate and facilitate communications among the members of the Advisory Council throughout the term of office 

Time Commitment 

Approximately 10 hours per week (excluding travel) 

Association Support 

The Association provides the Chairs of the Advisory Councils with support in a number of ways: financial support for required functions of the office; assistance with office expenses, including some limited personnel support; and an equipment budget.  

A stipend is provided to the Chair's institution.

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