NSSLHA Student State Officer Position Descriptions

Similar to ASHA's Advisory Council, our goal is to have one audiology Student State Officer (AuD SSO) and one speech-language pathology Student State Officer (SLP SSO) from each state where there is at least one NSSLHA chapter.

SSOs will liaise with chapters, state associations, and ASHA’s Advisory Council while sharing information with NSSLHA’s Regional Councilors. Positions are available for undergraduate and graduate students and terms last for 1 year. 

Applying for a Position

Applicant Requirements

Before you apply, please make sure you meet these requirements:

  1. You are a current National NSSLHA member. If you're not a member, join today!
  2. You are enrolled in or have been accepted into a communication sciences and disorders undergraduate program, or an audiology or speech-language pathology graduate program.

How to Apply

  1. Join NSSLHA, if you haven't already!
  2. Complete the online application (including supporting documentation) by October 2, 2017! *This submission deadline is for select re-opened SSO positions that were not filled during the initial application period.

Relationship with the Regional Councilors

An audiology Student State Officer (AuD SSO) and a speech-language pathology Student State Officer (SLP SSO) shall be appointed to serve the local chapters in their respective state. In addition, SSOs will identify and discuss issues of concern to National NSSLHA Members and provide advice to the Regional Councilor in their region. The SSOs shall not make any public statement or take positions on behalf of NSSLHA or the NSSLHA Executive Council without having obtained approval from the NSSLHA Executive Council.

Council Organizational Chart-revised

NSSLHA Map 2017

Map Key
Northeastern region=blue
Southern region=pink
Central region=green
Western region=yellow


One year

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 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 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.

Primary Responsibilities

In addition to the responsibilities outlined in the  NSSLHA Bylaws, the SSO will perform the following roles:

  • Provide guidance to local chapters on matters including but not limited to: membership, fundraising, advocacy, and research.
  • Identify, analyze, discuss, and prioritize issues of concern to National NSSLHA Members.
  • Advise the RCs on issues that need to be considered as NSSLHA engages in planning to advice the purposes of NSSLHA.
  • Provide advice to the RCs on issues brought to the SSOs.
  • Promote National NSSLHA membership within their state and be the state liaison to the NSSLHA RCs.
  • Participate in monthly calls with their Regional Councilors.
  • Be informed about NSSLHA's mission, services, policies, and programs.
  • Review the agenda and supporting materials prior to conference calls.
  • Attend the annual ASHA Convention (if possible).

Time Commitment

Approximately 20 hours per month

Six Goals of Student State Officers

  1. Support chapters in your state
    1. Communicate with chapters (e.g., e-mail, Skype, phone calls, visits)
    2. Encourage collaboration between state chapters
  2. Grow involvement in and with the state association
    1. Build relationships with your state association to collaborate and bridge the gap between students and state associations
  3. Support ASHFoundation
    1. Promote the scholarship awarded by the ASHFoundation to undergraduate seniors in the professions
    2. Increase awareness of ASHFoundation as a whole (i.e., mission, support of innovators)
      1. Increase awareness of grants available to students, researchers, and professionals
    3. Encourage fundraising activities across your state (e.g., funding of grants)
  4. Develop grassroots advocacy efforts in your state
    1. Survey state chapters to determine legislative issues impacting students
    2. Participate and encourage chapter participation in Capitol Hill visits and/or volunteering for campaigns
  5. Encourage National NSSLHA membership
    1. Promote the benefits of National NSSLHA membership
    2. Encourage National NSSLHA membership in university programs (e.g., include dues in their student fees)
  6. Strengthen involvement in Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM)
    1. Raise awareness of the cause and campaign
    2. Assist chapters in creating and implementing events to raise awareness

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