NSSLHA Executive Council Position Descriptions

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Position Descriptions

President/President-Elect

Description of Office for President-Elect

The president-elect collaborates with the president to learn the role of the president, to become familiar with NSSLHA's programs and it's governance, and to develop and facilitate officer transition. The president-elect assists and supports the president as needed and plans for the presidential year. The president-elect shall automatically become president at the end of the president-elect term.

Description of Office for President

The President serves as the chair of the Executive Council. The President ensures that the Executive Council fulfills its responsibilities for the governance of the Association. The President works in partnership with NSSLHA's Program Director to achieve the mission of the Association and to optimizes the relationship between the Executive Council and national office staff.

Term

Two years, 1 year each as president-elect and then president

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 NSSLHA's perspective effectively with members and stakeholders.
  • Ability to prepare for, attend, and participate in Executive Council and committee meetings (including conference calls) and ask questions, take responsibility, follow through on a given assignment, and evaluate oneself.
  • Willingness to develop certain skills if one does not possess them, such as understanding financial statements and learning more about the substantive program areas of NSSLHA.
  • 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 NSSLHA's development.

Primary Responsibilities for President-Elect

  • Attend and participate in all meetings of the Executive Council (a minimum of three and no more than five annual meetings)
  • Be informed about NSSLHA's mission, services, policies, and programs.
  • Assist the Executive Council in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Review the agenda and supporting materials prior to Executive Council and committee meetings and conference calls.
  • Represent NSSLHA on behalf of the president, as needed.
  • Attend the Annual ASHA Convention.
  • Annually review and vote on NSSLHA's budget.
  • Prepare and present information at meetings on behalf of NSSLHA, as needed.

Primary Responsibilities for President

  • Attend and participate in all meetings of the Executive Council.
  • Collaborate with NSSLHA's Program Director to prepare the agenda for Executive Council meetings.
  • Be informed about NSSLHA's mission, services, policies, and programs.
  • Serve as the official spokesperson for NSSLHA
  • Work in partnership with NSSLHA's Program Director to ensure that the Executive Council's resolutions are carried out.
  • Represent NSSLHA and the professions in a variety of liaison and public information activities, including federal agency and national legislative concerns.
  • Attend the Annual ASHA Convention.
  • Annually review and vote on NSSLHA's budget.
  • Prepare two to four articles for NSSLHA Now! (as requested)
  • Maintain relationships with the volunteer leaders of related organizations.
  • Prepare the president-elect to transition to leadership.

Time Commitment

Approximately 20 hours per month (excluding travel).

Vice President for Academic Affairs

Description of Office

The vice president for academic affairs is charged with (1) identifying issues and forecasting needs and trends regarding undergraduate and graduate education in audiology and speech-language pathology; and (2) serving as the Executive Council liaison of the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) to ensure that the needs of academic programs in audiology and speech-language pathology are addressed.

Term

Two 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 NSSLHA's perspective effectively with members and stakeholders.
  • Ability to prepare for, attend, and participate in Executive Council and committee meetings (including conference calls), ask questions, take responsibility, follow through on a given assignment, and evaluate oneself.
  • Willingness to develop certain skills if one does not possess them, such as understanding financial statements and learning more about the substantive program areas of NSSLHA.
  • Honest; 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 NSSLHA's development.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Attend and participate in all meetings of the Executive Council.
  • Be informed about NSSLHA's mission, services, policies, and programs.
  • Assist the Executive Council in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Review the agenda and supporting materials prior to Executive Council and committee meetings and conference calls.
  • Represent ASHA on behalf of the president, as needed.
  • Attend the Annual ASHA Convention.
  • Annually review and vote on NSSLHA's budget.
  • Promote and host gathering of students in audiology or speech-language pathology at the ASHA Convention.
  • Prepare and present information at meetings on behalf of NSSLHA, as needed.

Time Commitment

Approximately 20 hours per month (excluding travel).

Vice President for Audiology Programming

Description of Office

The vice president for audiology programming is charged with (1) identifying issues and forecasting needs and trends of students enrolled in audiology programs; (2) monitoring the emergence of new areas of practice and the application of new knowledge and research data to the practice of audiology; and (3) coordinating with the vice president of speech-language pathology programming to plan and execute the NSSLHA Experience at the ASHA Convention and the NSSLHA student development conference.

Term

Two 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 communicate NSSLHA's perspective effectively with members and stakeholders.
  • Ability to prepare for, attend, and participate in Executive Council and committee meetings (including conference calls), ask questions, take responsibility, follow through on a given assignment, and evaluate oneself.
  • Willingness to develop certain skills if one does not possess them, such as understanding financial statements, and learning more about the substantive program areas of NSSLHA.
  • Honest; 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 NSSLHA's development.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Attend and participate in all meetings of the Executive Council.
  • Be informed about NSSLHA's mission, services, policies, and programs.
  • Assist the Executive Council in carrying out it's fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Review the agenda and supporting materials prior to Executive Council and committee meetings and conference calls.
  • Represent ASHA on behalf of the president, as needed.
  • Attend the Annual ASHA Convention.
  • Annually review and vote on NSSLHA's budget.
  • Attend the annual meeting of the Audiology Advisory Council.
  • Prepare and present information at meetings on behalf of NSSLHA, as needed.

Time Commitment

Approximately 20 hours per month (excluding travel).

Vice President for Finance

Description of Office

The vice president for finance is charged with (1) serving as treasurer of NSSLHA, responsible for fiscal management of its financial operations; (2) monitoring annually income and expenditures; (3) reporting on the financial position of NSSLHA at meetings of the Executive Council and at other times when called upon; and (4) presenting the annual budget to the Executive Council for approval. These tasks will be accomplished through a close working relationship with the Program Director and the ASHA National Office Staff.

Term

2 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 NSSLHA's perspective effectively with members and stakeholders.
  • Ability to prepare for and attend Executive Council and committee meetings, ask questions, take responsibility, follow through on a given assignment, and evaluate oneself.
  • Develop certain skills if one does not possess them, such as understanding financial and investment concepts and financial statements and learning more about the substantive program areas of NSSLHA.
  • 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 NSSLHA's development.
  • Interest in developing significant knowledge and skills in financial management.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Attend and participate in all meetings of the Executive Council.
  • Be informed about NSSLHA's mission, services, policies, and programs.
  • Assist the Executive Council in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Review the agenda and supporting materials prior to Executive Council and committee meetings.
  • Represent NSSLHA on behalf of the president, as needed
  • Attend the Annual ASHA Convention.
  • Review and vote on NSSLHA's budget annually.
  • Present information at meetings on behalf of NSSLHA, as needed .

Time Commitment

Approximately 20 hours per month (excluding travel).

Vice President of the Student State Officers (SLP)
Vice President of the Student State Officers (AuD)

Description of Office

The vice president(s) of the Student State Officers (AuD) and the vice president of the Student State Officers (SLP) are charged with (1) facilitating the identification discussion, and the ranking of issues of concern to members; (20 serving on the Executive Council as full members; (3) informing the Executive Council on Student State Officer recommendations related to member issues, future budget items, and dues increases; (4) facilitating and chairing electronic communications and discussions of their respective advisory councils' and (5) serving as the Executive Council liaison and facilitating the activities of Special Interest Groups whose topic areas pertain to audiology and speech-language pathology.

Term

2 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 NSSLHA's perspective effectively with members and stakeholders.
  • Ability to prepare for, attend, and participate in Executive Council 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 NSSLHA and use of technology tools established by NSSLHA to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the position.
  • Honest; 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 NSSLHA's development.
  • Ability to facilitate discussions face to face and through electronic means among a large group of people.

Primary Responsibilities

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

  • Attend and participate in all meetings of the Executive Council.
  • Be informed about NSSLHA's mission, services, policies, and programs.
  • Assist the Executive Council in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Review the agenda and supporting materials prior to the Executive Council meetings and conference calls.
  • Attend the annual ASHA Convention.
  • Annually review and vote on NSSLHA's budget.
  • Prepare and present information at meetings on behalf of NSSLHA, as needed.
  • Initiate and facilitate communications among the members of the Student State Officers throughout the term of office.

Time Commitment

Approximately 20 hours per month (excluding travel).

Vice President for Planning

Description of Office

The Vice President for Planning is charged with (1) monitoring various operations, activities, and performance of NSSLHA to ensure compliance with the strategic plan and achievement of NSSLHA's mission and (2) facilitating the infusion of multicultural issues and populations in NSSLHA's program planning. The Vice President for Planning may serve as a student liaison to an ASHA committee.

Term

Two 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 NSSLHA's perspective effectively with members and stakeholders.
  • Ability to prepare for, attend, and participate in Executive Council and committee meetings (including conference calls), ask questions, take responsibility, follow through on a given assignment, and evaluate oneself.
  • Willingness to develop certain skills if one does not possess them, such as understanding financial statements and learning more about the substantive program areas of NSSLHA.
  • Honest; 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 NSSLHA's development.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Attend and participate in all meetings of the Executive Council.
  • Be informed about NSSLHA's mission, services, policies, and programs.
  • Assist the Executive Council in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Review the agenda and supporting materials prior to Executive Council and committee meetings and conference calls.
  • Represent ASHA on behalf of the president, as needed.
  • Attend the Annual ASHA Convention.
  • Annually review and vote on NSSLHA's budget.
  • Promote and host gathering of students in audiology or speech-language pathology at the ASHA Convention.
  • Prepare and present information at meetings on behalf of NSSLHA, as needed.

Time Commitment

Approximately 20 hours per month (excluding travel).

Vice President for Government Relations and Public Policy (GRPP)

Description of Office

The Vice President for GRPP is charged with (1) initiating appropriate recommendations for legislative, regulatory, and other public policy activities concerning the welfare of students, professionals, and those being served in the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology; (2) promoting education, understanding, and support among members of NSSLHA and other professions regarding the needs and rights of individuals with communication disorders; and (3) coordinating and facilitating legislative and advocacy activities for the NSSLHA Executive Council and Regional Councilors. The Vice President for GRPP may serve as a student liaison to an ASHA Committee.

Term

Two 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 NSSLHA's perspective effectively with members and stakeholders.
  • Ability to prepare for, attend, and participate in Executive Council and committee meetings (including conference calls), ask questions, take responsibility, follow through on a given assignment, and evaluate oneself.
  • Willingness to develop certain skills if one does not possess them, such as understanding financial statements and learning more about the substantive program areas of NSSLHA.
  • Honest; 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 NSSLHA's development.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Attend and participate in all meetings of the Executive Council.
  • Be informed about NSSLHA's mission, services, policies, and programs.
  • Assist the Executive Council in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Review the agenda and supporting materials prior to Executive Council and committee meetings and conference calls.
  • Represent ASHA on behalf of the president, as needed.
  • Attend the Annual ASHA Convention.
  • Annually review and vote on NSSLHA's budget.
  • Promote and host gathering of students in audiology or speech-language pathology at the ASHA Convention.
  • Prepare and present information at meetings on behalf of NSSLHA, as needed.

Time Commitment

Approximately 20 hours per month (excluding travel).

Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) Programming

Description of Office

The Vice President for SLP Programming is charged with (1) identifying issues and forecasting needs and trends of students enrolled in speech-language pathology programs; (2) monitoring the emergence of new areas of practice and the application of new knowledge and research data to the practice of speech-language pathology; and (3) coordinating with the Vice President for Audiology Programming to plan and execute NSSLHA events at the ASHA Convention and other locales. The Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Programming may serve as a liaison to an ASHA committee.  

Term

Two 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 NSSLHA's perspective effectively with members and stakeholders.
  • Ability to prepare for, attend, and participate in Executive Council and committee meetings (including conference calls), ask questions, take responsibility, follow through on a given assignment, and evaluate oneself.
  • Willingness to develop certain skills if one does not possess them, such as understanding financial statements and learning more about the substantive program areas of NSSLHA.
  • Honest; 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 NSSLHA's development.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Attend and participate in all meetings of the Executive Council.
  • Be informed about NSSLHA's mission, services, policies, and programs.
  • Assist the Executive Council in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Review the agenda and supporting materials prior to Executive Council and committee meetings and conference calls.
  • Represent ASHA on behalf of the president, as needed.
  • Attend the Annual ASHA Convention.
  • Annually review and vote on NSSLHA's budget.
  • Promote and host gathering of students in audiology or speech-language pathology at the ASHA Convention.
  • Prepare and present information at meetings on behalf of NSSLHA, as needed.

Time Commitment

Approximately 20 hours per month (excluding travel).

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