EC Position Descriptions

Members of the National NSSLHA Executive Council (EC) govern over the programmatic and administrative policies of National NSSLHA, including the Strategic Plan and budget; as well as serve on various American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) committees to provide a student perspective.

There are 12 positions on the EC, which closely mirror the ASHA Board of Directors positions.

Application Opens February 2022

All Positions


Two years, unless otherwise indicated. EC terms run July through June.

Time Commitment

Approximately 20 hours per month (excluding travel). Some months have heavier time commitments over others, depending on National NSSLHA programming and activities.

Primary Responsibilities and Growth Opportunities

  • Be informed about and contribute to National NSSLHA's Mission, Vision, Core Values, Strategic Plan, Bylaws, and programs.
  • Review and participate in votes that support National NSSLHA's Strategic Plan, Bylaws, annual budget, and programming.
  • Assist in carrying out fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Serve as a liaison and bring the student perspective to an ASHA committee.
  • Potential to serve on a National NSSLHA work group or committee.
  • Prepare for, attend, and participate in all EC and ASHA committee meetings.
  • Prepare and/or present information at meetings on behalf of National NSSLHA, as needed.
  • Attend the annual ASHA Convention, and 2-4 in-person meetings at the National Office, including ASHA's Hill Day (travel expenses paid for by National NSSLHA). Subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Work with and be mentored by members of the ASHA Board of Directors.
  • Write a National NSSLHA Blog post or collaborate with National Office staff on social media outreach.

Desired Personal and Professional Characteristics

Ability to ... 

  • listen, analyze, and think strategically and creatively.
  • work well with people individually and in a group.
  • consider multiple viewpoints about controversial issues, while being sensitive and tolerant.
  • ask questions, take responsibility, be responsive, follow through on given assignments, and evaluate yourself.
  • be honest, friendly, patient, and have personal integrity.
  • communicate National NSSLHA's perspective effectively with members and stakeholders.
  • prepare for, attend, and participate in EC and committee meetings (including conference calls).
  • develop certain skills if you don't possess them, such as understanding financial statements and details of National NSSLHA's programming.
  • develop a sense of values and concern for National NSSLHA's development.

President and President-Elect

The President and President-Elect shall represent opposite professions (1 audiology, 1 speech-language pathology). Both positions serve as an EC liaison on ASHA's Committee on Leadership Cultivation.


Two years: 1 year as President-Elect, then automatically 1 year as President.

Responsibilities of the President

  • Serve as chair of the EC, ensuring that the EC fulfills its responsibilities for the governance of National NSSLHA.
  • Work in partnership with NSSLHA's National Advisor and Program Director to
    • achieve National NSSLHA's mission;
    • prepare for, run, and participate in all EC meetings;
    • ensure that the EC resolutions are carried out.
  • Serve as the official spokesperson for National NSSLHA.
  • Maintain relationships with volunteer leaders of related organizations.
  • Prepare the President-Elect to transition into leadership.

Responsibilities of the President-Elect

  • Collaborate with the President to learn the role, become familiar with National NSSLHA's governance structure and programs, and develop and facilitate officer transition.
  • Review the agenda and support materials prior to EC meetings, committee meetings, and conference calls.
  • Support the President, as needed.
  • Represent National NSSLHA on behalf of the President, as needed.

Vice President for Academic Affairs

  • Identify and support issues regarding undergraduate and graduate education in audiology and speech-language pathology.
  • Facilitate and report on NSSLHA scholarship programs.
  • Serve as the EC liaison on ASHA's Academic Affairs Board.
  • Serve as the EC liaison to the ASHFoundation's Board of Trustees.

Vice President for Finance

  • Serve as National NSSLHA's treasurer; responsible for monitoring financial operations, including annual income and expenditures.
  • Report on the financial position of NSSLHA at EC meetings, and/or when called upon.
  • Present the annual budget to the EC for approval.
  • Assist in developing non-dues revenue offerings for NSSLHA members.
  • Serve as the EC liaison to ASHA's Financial Planning Board.

These tasks will be accomplished through a close working relationship with the National NSSLHA Program Director and ASHA National Office staff.

Vice President for Government Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP)

  • Assist in developing student advocacy activities concerning the welfare of students, professionals, and those being served in the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology.
  • Promote education, understanding, and support among members of NSSLHA regarding the needs and rights of individuals with communication disorders.
  • Coordinate and facilitate legislative and advocacy activities for the National NSSLHA EC.
  • Serve as the EC liaison to ASHA's Governmental Affairs and Public Policy Board.

Vice President for Planning

  • Monitor various operations, activities, and performances of National NSSLHA to ensure compliance with the strategic plan and achievement of National NSSLHA's mission.
  • Facilitate the infusion of multicultural issues and populations in National NSSLHA's programs.
  • Assist in developing programs for National NSSLHA members.
  • Serve as the EC liaison to ASHA's Multicultural Issues Board.

Vice President for Programming

2 Positions: 1 for Audiology; 1 for Speech-Language Pathology

  • Identify issues and forecast needs and trends of students enrolled in audiology or speech-language pathology programs.
  • Plan and execute NSSLHA events at the ASHA Convention and/or virtually.
  • Serve as the EC liaison to ASHA's Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.

Vice Presidents for Student State Officers

4 Positions: Central Region, Northeastern Region, Southern Region, Western Region

  • Collaborate with other Vice Presidents for Student State Officers
  • Facilitate monthly calls with Student State Officers (SSOs) about current initiatives and tasks.
  • Work closely with SSOs in their region to disseminate information about National NSSLHA to chapters and members.
  • Track SSO contributions and accomplishments.
  • Recognize exceptional SSOs for their contributions and hard work.
  • Facilitate discussion, rank, and inform the EC and/or National Office about issues of concern from Student State Officers, chapters, and/or members.
  • Serve as the EC liaison to ASHA's Advisory Council, ASHA's Board of Special Interest Groups Coordinators, and/or other committees.
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