SIG Volunteer Leadership Handbook

SIGs and the National Office

The National Office (NO) is the ASHA headquarters where staff conducts the day-to-day business of the Association.

SIGs and NO Staff

Staff are responsible for implementing the decisions and directions set by the Association via the Board of Directors (BOD) and facilitating the charges and projects of committees and boards in the administration of Association policies and activities.

Ex Officio Roles and Responsibilities

The Bylaws of the Association stipulate that the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is an ex officio member of all committees and boards of the Association, including the Board of Special Interest Group Coordinators (BSIGC). Because the CEO cannot serve personally on all ASHA committees and boards, NO staff members are appointed as designees to serve the ex officio role.

The SIG Director serves as the ex officio to the BSIGC. Additionally, each SIG Coordinating Committee's ex officio is a member of the NO unit that most closely aligns with the topic of the SIG—helping to infuse and integrate the SIG’s work into the work of the Association.

The ex officio is a full working active member of the CC who serves without vote and facilitates the interaction of SIG leadership with other Association leaders and NO staff. SIG Coordinators should utilize expertise within the NO; to ensure central coordination, requests should be made to the ex officio who will convey the request to the appropriate personnel.

For more information about the roles and responsibilities of an ex officio, refer to ASHA's Committee Toolkit [PDF].

Additional Staff Liaisons

NO staff who support the implementation and effective functioning of the SIGs are located in the SIG unit. Staff provide technical and governance assistance to SIG Coordinators, the BSIGC Chair, and the Vice Presidents for Professional Practices.

For descriptions of NO staff responsibilities regarding the SIGs, see Appendix A: Staff Position Descriptions.

Model of Collaboration

Due to increasing requests for SIG involvement in ASHA initiatives, a subcommittee of the BSIGC and select National Office staff was formed to develop a model for managing multiple requests for input—including identifying affiliates to assist with the work, coordinating task groups, and working collaboratively in order to complete the work in a timely manner. To view the recommendations of the subcommittee, see Appendix J: SIG/National Office Collaboration Model.

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