SSO Position Descriptions

Student State Officers (SSOs) work closely with the Vice President of Student State Officers in their region (currently called, "Regional Councilor" or "RC"), as National NSSLHA brand ambassadors. Their role is to disseminate accurate and timely information about National NSSLHA; and liaise with chapters, members, and state speech-language-hearing associations.

Similar to ASHA's Advisory Council, National NSSLHA's goal is to have 1 audiology Student State Officer (AuD SSO) and 1 speech-language pathology Student State Officer (SLP SSO) from each state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.


One year. SSO terms run September through August.

Time Commitment

Approximately 20 hours per month.


Travel is not a requirement of SSO positions. Travel costs are not covered by National NSSLHA.

Primary Responsibilities and Growth Opportunities

Be Informed

SSOs will be informed of National NSSLHA's Mission, Vision, Core Values, Strategic Plan, Bylaws, chaptersmembershipprograms, and governance structure.

Provide Guidance to NSSLHA Chapters

Through various forms of communication (email, phone calls, teleconference, group chats, social media, visits, etc.), SSOs will relay accurate and updated information to affiliated NSSLHA chapters about: 


With Vice President for Student State Officers in Their Region

Participate in monthly conference calls with their region's Vice President for Student State Officers and other SSOs in their state. Working closely to:

  • Identify, analyze, discuss, and prioritize issues of concern to NSSLHA members and/or affiliated NSSLHA chapters.
  • Discuss issues that need to be considered as National NSSLHA engages in new programming and activities.
With NSSLHA Chapters

Encourage and facilitate collaboration between affiliated and non-affiliated NSSLHA chapters in their state.

With State Associations

Build relationships and grow student involvement within their state speech-language-hearing associations. Keep their chapters apprised of current student issues at the state association level.

With National Office Staff

Occassionally, there may be opportunities for SSOs to contribute to National NSSLHA Blog posts and/or social media outreach.

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