Responsibilities of the Vice President for Planning

Description of Office 

The Vice President for Planning is charged with: 

  • Facilitating the process of strategic or forward planning for the Association, including development and implementation of the Association's Strategic Pathway to Excellence/Strategic Plan;
  • Facilitating the identification of trends that will have an impact on the professions and the Association;
  • Facilitating the infusion of multicultural issues and populations in ASHA's program planning;
  • Monitoring various operations and activities of the Association to ensure compliance with the Strategic Plan;
  • Assisting with the orientation of ASHA's Board of Directors, Advisory Councils, and committee/Board chairs to the Strategic Plan and monitoring alignment of their activities with the Strategic Plan;
  • Providing an annual progress report to the Board of Directors on implementation of the Strategic Plan;
  • Facilitating alignment of the Association's budget with the Strategic Plan and ensuring that adequate resources are provided to achieve successful results;
  • Serving as the Board liaison and facilitating the activities of the International Issues Board, which is charged with developing, monitoring, and recommending Association policies and actions related to international issues and facilitating ASHA's strategic planning and engagement with speech, language, and hearing organizations worldwide to promote scientific and resource exchange and thus improve the science and practice of the professions;
  • Serving as the Board liaison and facilitating the activities of the Multicultural Issues Board, which is charged with reviewing, monitoring, and recommending Association policies and actions on diverse populations as they pertain to its students, professionals, and consumers; and
  • Monitoring the performance of the Association in achieving its mission. 


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 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 the Association.
  • 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.
  • Visionary leader who can develop strategic consensus and action plans. 

Primary Responsibilities 

  • 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 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 the Association's budget.
  • Attend the annual meetings of both the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Councils.
  • Serving as the Board liaison for activities of assigned boards, committees, and councils; serve as liaison between assigned committees and councils and the Board of Directors.
  • Appoint a Coordinating Committee to consult on strategic planning topics as needed.
  • Contribute to a review of the Chief Executive Officer.
  • Prepare and present information at meetings on behalf of the Association as needed 

Time Commitment 

Approximately 16 hours per week (excluding travel). 

Financial Support 

The Association provides the Vice President for Planning 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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