Executive Council Position Descriptions

The members of the National NSSLHA Executive Council (EC) develop National NSSLHA's strategic plan, coordinate with Regional Councilors and Student State Officers to engage NSSLHA membership at large, and serve on various  American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) committees to provide a student perspective. There are 10 positions on the EC, which closely mirror the  ASHA Board of Directors positions.

All Positions


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

Time Commitment

Approximately 20 hours per month (excluding travel).

Primary Responsibilities

  • Attend and participate in all EC meetings.
  • Be informed about National NSSLHA's Mission, Vision, Core Values, Strategic Plan, Bylaws, and programs.
  • Assist the EC in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Review the agenda and supporting materials prior to EC and committee meetings.
  • Represent National NSSLHA on behalf of the president, as needed.
  • Attend the annual ASHA Convention.
  • Review and vote on National NSSLHA's budget annually.
  • Prepare and present information at meetings on behalf of National NSSLHA, as needed.
  • Write a blog post for the National NSSLHA Blog.
  • Serve as a liaison to an ASHA committee.

Growth Opportunities

All EC members will have the opportunity to:

  • Work with and be mentored by ASHA Board of Directors.
  • Bring a student perspective to an ASHA committee.
  • Develop and implement strategic plans.
  • Attend 2–4 in-person meetings at the National Office, including Hill Day (travel expenses paid for by National NSSLHA).
  • Attend the annual ASHA Convention.

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 National NSSLHA's perspective effectively with members and stakeholders.
  • Ability to prepare for, attend, and participate in EC and committee meetings (including conference calls) and ask questions, take responsibility, follow through on a given assignment, and evaluate yourself.
  • Willingness to develop certain skills if you do not possess them, such as understanding financial statements and learning more about the substantive programs of National NSSLHA.
  • 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 National NSSLHA's development.

President and President-Elect

The President serves as chair of the EC, ensuring that the EC fulfills its responsibilities for the governance of National NSSLHA. The President works in partnership with National NSSLHA's Advisor and Program Director to achieve NSSLHA's mission.

The President-Elect collaborates with the President to learn the role of the President, become familiar with National NSSLHA's programs and its governance structure, and develop and facilitate officer transition. The President-Elect assists and supports the President as needed and plans for the presidential year. The President-Elect automatically becomes President at the end of the President-Elect term.


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

Additional Responsibilities of the President

  • Run and participate in all EC meetings.
  • Collaborate with National NSSLHA's Program Director to prepare the agenda for EC meetings.
  • Serve as the official spokesperson for National NSSLHA.
  • Work in partnership with National NSSLHA's Program Director to ensure that the EC resolutions are carried out.
  • Maintain relationships with volunteer leaders of related organizations.
  • Prepare the President-Elect to transition to leadership.

Additional Responsibilities of the President-Elect

  • Review the agenda and supporting materials prior to EC meetings, committee meetings, and conference calls.
  • Represent National NSSLHA on behalf of the President, as needed.

Vice President for Finance

The Vice President for Finance will:

  • Serve as treasurer of National NSSLHA, responsible for fiscal management of its financial operations.
  • Monitor annually income and expenditures.
  • Report on the financial position of NSSLHA at meetings of the EC and at other times when called upon.
  • Present the annual budget to the EC for approval.
  • Assist in developing offerings for NSSLHA members.

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

Vice President for Academic Affairs

The Vice President for Academic Affairs will:

  • Identify issues regarding undergraduate and graduate education in audiology and speech-language pathology.
  • Facilitate and report on NSSLHA scholarship programs.
  • Serve as the EC liaison of the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) to ensure that the needs of academic programs in audiology and speech-language pathology are addressed.

Vice Presidents for Student State Officers

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

These positions will be phased-out after the 2019-2020 term.

The Vice Presidents for Student State Officers will:

  • Facilitate discussion of and rank issues of concern to members.
  • Inform the EC on Student State Officer recommendations related to member issues.
  • Facilitate communication and discussions with the Regional Council and Student State Officers.

Vice President for Programming

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

The Vice Presidents for Programming will:

  • 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.

Vice President for Government Affairs and Public Policy (GRPP)

The Vice President for GAPP will:

  • 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 Executive and Regional Councilors.

Vice President for Planning

The Vice President for Planning will:

  • 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.
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