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Executive Director, ASHFoundation

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Posting Date: 5/17/2022

Location: Rockville, MD

Cluster/Team: American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation

Salary Range (Non-Negotiable): $173,243 – $192,492

FLSA Exemption Status: Exempt

As Executive Director for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation), you will join a dynamic, mission-oriented team in support of innovation to change the lives of people with communication disorders and the people who serve them.

Every day you will:

  • Skillfully lead Board governance, staff, and volunteer activities within an association foundation environment
  • Embrace and grow charitable fundraising
  • Nurture transformative programmatic activities in science and education.

To thrive in this position:

You must be a thoughtful and pioneering strategist, an enthusiastically contagious champion for the organization, and a savvy financial steward of the ASHFoundation’s philanthropic goals. 


The Executive Director is the chief administrative officer of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation). The ASHFoundation is governed by a Board of Trustees, and the Executive Director is directly responsible to this Board. The Executive Director is responsible for management of the ASHFoundation’s national headquarters operations and shall carry out the following major responsibilities:


Leadership and Strategy

Central strategist for ASHFoundation activities with the goal of guiding the organization to performance excellence, innovation and growth.  Reporting to and working in collaboration with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation Board of Trustees, the Executive Director provides leadership in communicating the ASHFoundation’s vision, mission, and strategy. The Executive Director also serves as the staff leadership liaison to the ASHFoundation’s affiliated association, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).


The Executive Director role has a significant role in growing fundraising and development efforts for the organization. The Executive Director will have an emphasis on national philanthropy:  maximizing charitable giving, expanding the donor base, developing programs, working with the Board of Trustees to cultivate, steward and retain donors and representing the ASHFoundation externally.


The Executive Director serves as the chief financial officer with oversight for all financial transactions of the ASHFoundation. The Executive Director works with the Financial Review Committee of the ASHFoundation, the ASHFoundation Board of Trustees, and the ASHFoundation staff in developing a budget and assuring that the ASHFoundation operates within an approved annual budget. The Executive Director is the lead liaison with the ASHA business operations and accounting unit. The Executive Director establishes and implements an effective investment and risk management policy for the ASHFoundation; manages charitable endowments; assures an annual audit is conducted; and prepares a long-range financial plan ensuring the financial health of the ASHFoundation. The Executive Director serves as the sole contracting office for the ASHFoundation, and as the Board of Trustees’ liaison with legal and fiscal entities.


The Executive Director executes policies and objectives of the ASHFoundation and has responsibility for the organization and management of national office activities.  The Executive Director has sole operational responsibility for the ASHFoundation’s employees, actively developing, mentoring, and managing staff; for programs established in accordance with policies established by the Board of Trustees; for fundraising and related marketing initiatives; and for day-to-day operations and activities. The Executive Director facilitates the work of the ASHFoundation’s board, committees, task forces and working groups, to further engage, motivate, and expand participation in fundraising, networking and related activities. The Executive Director is responsible for maintaining records of meetings of the ASHFoundation Board of Trustees and other related records.

Public Representation and Liaison

To complement the role of the ASHFoundation President as official spokesperson for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation, the Executive Director promotes the image of the ASHFoundation to external groups and communicates the volunteer leaders’ vision in a way that represents enthusiasm and motivation toward appropriate goals. External groups include, but are not limited to, other foundation and association executives, related professional organizations, corporate leaders, federal and state agencies, and media. The Executive Director builds alliances with other organizations in the interest of furthering progress toward the ASHFoundation’s charitable goals.


Knowledge Typically Acquired Through

  • Possessing an advanced degree and appropriate credentials for the applicant’s profession.
  • 8 to 10 or more years of senior executive management experience leading a philanthropic team of multi-functional units.
  • Demonstrating success in fundraising and growing, cultivating, stewarding and retaining a donor base.
  • Leading, inspiring, engendering good will with multiple constituencies toward encouraging long term support of the organization and its charitable mission.
  • Possessing an advanced degree and appropriate credentials for the applicant’s profession.
  • Managing a budget approximating $1 million or higher.
  • Managing an investment portfolio and endowment funds.

Scope and Depth of Technical Skills/Knowledge

  • Demonstrated record of direct participation in the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major charitable gifts.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully communicate a vision and generate enthusiasm and action toward a goal.
  • Demonstrated integrity and adherence to high ethical standards.
  • Demonstrated ability to balance the business requirements of an organization with the professional needs of donors/ members belonging to the affiliated association.
  • Track record of financial development for a charitable entity; experience with developing new philanthropic revenue opportunities.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including the ability to effectively represent an organization to diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to think and plan strategically and implement plans to accomplish organizational mission and goals.
  • Accomplished systems-oriented thinker with a track record of quickly understanding complex systems.
  • Proven analytical and diagnostic skills with a track record of anticipating potential problems and successfully addressing/resolving them.
  • Facilitative approach to leadership.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully build consensus and high performing teams among diverse stakeholders, to constructively resolve conflict and effectively negotiate compromise.
  • Experience working with boards of directors and volunteer leaders in a volunteer driven organization.
  • Track record of successful networking and demonstrated ability to leverage the connections to the charitable entity’s benefit.

Scope and Depth of Non-Technical Skills/Knowledge

  • Knowledge and experience with association foundations.
  • History of volunteer leadership.
  • Knowledge of communication disorders and/or familiarity with related health care, education, and rehabilitation disciplines, disability, and research issues.
  • Knowledge of the science related to the discipline.


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