SSO Position Description
Student State Officers (SSOs) work closely with the Executive Council's Vice President of Student State Officers in their region as National NSSLHA brand ambassadors. Their role is to disseminate accurate and timely information about National NSSLHA; and build relationships and liaise with chapters, members, and state speech-language-hearing associations.
Similar to ASHA's Committee of Ambassadors, 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.
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
SSOs must be knowledgeable of National NSSLHA's Mission, Vision, Core Values, Strategic Plan, Bylaws, chapters, membership, programs, 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 develop relationships with affiliated NSSLHA chapters in their state/territory and relay accurate and updated information about:
- Chapter affiliation
- National NSSLHA programs: Honors Program, Undergraduate Scholarship, Graduate Scholarships through the ASHFoundation, student leadership opportunities, and National NSSLHA activities at the annual ASHA Convention
- National NSSLHA publications (National NSSLHA Blog, NSSLHA Updates e-newsletter, social media platforms)
- National NSSLHA membership
- Fundraising (for the ASHFoundation's Graduate NSSLHA Scholarship and NSSLHA Loves)
- Advocacy (developing grassroots advocacy efforts in their state)
- Events (Better Hearing and Speech Month, World Hearing Day)
With the Vice President for Student State Officers in Their Region
SSOs will 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
SSOs will encourage and facilitate collaboration between affiliated and non-affiliated NSSLHA chapters in their state.
With State Associations
SSOs are encouraged to build relationships and grow student involvement within their state speech-language-hearing associations, and 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.