American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Advisory Council Position Description

Description of Office

The Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Councils are charged with identifying and discussing issues of concern to ASHA members. They provide information on these issues to the Board of Directors (BOD) and recommendations for the BOD's consideration in determining possible future programs and services to be developed and/or supported by the Association's resources. Members are subscribed to Advisory Council Web-based discussion forums and group email lists to assist them in fulfilling their charge.

Members of the Advisory Councils are required to be current with ASHA dues throughout service on the Advisory Council.

Term

Please refer to the profession specific election cycles for your state:

Desired Personal 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
  • Willingness and ability to prepare for and attend annual meetings, and engage effectively and responsibly in discussions
  • Possess the ability and 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 issues identified by members
  • Familiarity with the technology tools (e.g., web-based discussion forum, group email lists) to fulfill the responsibilities of the position

Primary Responsibilities

  • Be informed about the Association's mission, services, policies, and programs
  • Identify, discuss, and rank issues of concern to members. Each Advisory Council will review and analyze information related to issues of concern obtained from members of its profession.
  • Through the Council Chair, advise the BOD on issues that need to be considered as the Association engages in strategic or forward planning
  • Provide advice on issues the BOD brings to the Advisory Councils
  • Review ASHA's approved budget and forecasts and provide input and recommendations on budget items to consider in the development of the next year's budget
  • Participate in the formal peer review of all ASHA policy documents
  • Review and comment on policy documents prior to final consideration by the BOD
  • Elect members to the following:
    • Chair and Vice Chair-Each Advisory Council will elect a chair and vice chair. Elected chairs and vice chairs must be a member of the respective Advisory Council;
    • Honors Committee (9 members)-Each Advisory Council will elect 3 members from the profession it represents. Elected members do not have to be members of the Advisory Council.
    • Committee on Nominations and Elections (CNE) (7 members)-Each Advisory Council will elect 3 members from the profession it represents. Elected members do not have to be members of the Advisory Council. The Immediate Past President shall serve as Chair.
    • Financial Planning Board (FPB) (10 members)-Each Advisory Council will elect 2 members with financial expertise from the profession it represents. Elected members do not have to be members of the Advisory Council.
    • Government Relations and Public Policy Board (GRPPB) (9 voting members)-Each Advisory Council will elect 2 members from the profession it represents. Elected members do not have to be members of the Advisory Council.
  • Engage in activities and conduct discussions throughout the year via electronic communication tools (e.g. Web-based discussion forums)
  • Attend and participate in the annual meeting of the Advisory Council to which one is elected
  • Support ASHA advocacy efforts, including participation in the Capitol Hill Day during the annual Advisory Council meeting.

Note: All other members of the indicated Committees that are not elected by the Advisory Councils will be appointed by the BOD's Committee on Committees.

Time Commitment

  • Attend and participate in the annual Advisory Council meeting
  • Approximately 2–3 hours per month

Computer Access

  • E-mail account and access to the Internet is the member's responsibility.

Association Support

The Association provides Advisory Council members with travel expense reimbursement for the annual meeting of their Advisory Council. If an Advisory Council holds a meeting during the ASHA Annual Convention, expenses will not be reimbursed by the Association nor will a stipend be provided.

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