Responsibilities of National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) National Advisor

Description of Office 

The NSSLHA National Advisor is charged with: 

  • Facilitating the identification and deliberation of concerns and issues involving or impacting students;
  • Serving on the NSSLHA Board of Directors; 
  • Serving on the ASHA Board of Directors as a full member;
  • Informing the ASHA Board of Directors on NSSLHA Executive Council recommendations or input related to member issues, budget items, etc.; 
  • Monitoring participation of student affiliates in Association governance.


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 NSSHLA’s and ASHA's perspectives effectively with members and stakeholders
  • Ability to represent multiple constituencies simultaneously and objectively
  • 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 NSSHLA and ASHA, and use of technology tools established by NSSHLA and ASHA to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the position
  • Familiarity with certification and current issues in higher education
  • 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 NSSHLA’s and ASHA’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 NSSLHA Executive Council member position description, the National Advisor 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
  • Attend the annual meetings of both the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Advisory Councils
  • 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
  • Monitor, review, and negotiate terms of the NSSLHA-ASHA Operating Agreement
  • Serve as the Board of Directors liaison to NSSLHA and prepare and present information at meetings of the NSSLHA on behalf of the Board of Directors
  • Serve as the NSSLHA liaison to the Board of Directors and prepare and present information at meetings of the Board of Directors on behalf of NSSLHA
  • Serve on the appropriate SLP or Audiology Subcommittee and serve as a resource on student issues to both
  • Attend and make presentations typically at up to two state association conferences per year as part of the state outreach initiative, schedule permitting.
  • Serve on the NSSLHA Board of Directors

Time Commitment

  • Approximately 10 hours per week (excluding travel)

Association Support

The Association (ASHA) provides the NSSLHA National Advisor 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 Vice President's institution.

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