Senior Director, NSSLHA

Rockville, Maryland
Salary Range (Non-Negotiable): $121,625 - $135,109
May 13, 2022
Jun 17, 2022
Executive, Director
Full Time

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association requires all new employees to present proof they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 when they start work. Currently, “fully vaccinated” is defined as someone that has received both doses of the Pfizer/Moderna COVID-19 vaccines or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine 14 days or more before they begin work. Individuals with a disability or a religious reason preventing them from taking the vaccine may request an accommodation.

This position provides the strategic vision and thinking in partnership with the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) Executive Council; provides operational leadership and ensures the fiscal health of the association; provides oversight of programmatic areas; directs membership recruitment; orchestrates the communications of the association; oversees the implementation of strategic focus areas; and the development and supervision of professional staff.


  1. Provide the vision and strategic thinking in partnership with the NSSLHA Executive Council and serve as ex officio member to the NSSLHA Executive Council.
  2. Coordinate the daily operations of NSSLHA which includes recruiting, coaching, developing, and evaluating staff as well as ensuring the fiscal health of the organization, developing and managing the budget, leading the creation of products and strategies to diversify revenue streams, developing strategic partnership opportunities, managing contracts and vendors along with any other leadership and management activities as required. 
  3. Create and maintain membership recruitment and retention efforts that remain relevant to NSSLHA’s target market while implementing membership growth strategies. 
  4. Coordinate the creation of communications to current, potential, and past NSSLHA members; chapters and chapter advisors; ASHA members and staff; and current and potential advertisers and partners.   
  5. Serve as liaison to external student organizations, ASHA staff, ASHA Committees, ASHA Special Interest Groups, and higher education organizations and advocate within NSSLHA, ASHA, and other student organizations to integrate the student perspective in policy development, and to manage program planning and implementation.
  6. Analyze trends and practices in related student-led organizations, higher education organizations, and association administration, and advise NSSLHA student leaders on appropriate solutions for achieving desired outcomes, then manage the implementation of strategic goals.
  7. Coordinate the implementation of the Operating Agreement between NSSLHA and ASHA and its periodic updates.  

Knowledge Typically Acquired Through

  • Bachelor’s degree (required) in liberal arts, communications, or business administration (preferred).
  • Master’s degree in communications or business administration (preferred)
  • A record of achievement in organizational leadership, strategic thinking, non-profit budgets, membership recruitment, communications, and business development. 
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in a similar position requiring leadership roles, association management, membership recruitment or management, and/or marketing and communication skills (preferred).
  • 3-5 years’ supervisory experience (preferred).
  • American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential (preferred).

Scope and Depth of Technical Skills/Knowledge

  • Demonstrated interest in working with and helping college students 
  • Demonstrated ability to provide strategic leadership and direction at a programmatic, enterprise-wide level 
  • Demonstrated ability to work with volunteer leaders, boards, councils, and committees
  • Demonstrated managerial and administrative skills 
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and manage a budget 
  • Demonstrated ability to collect and analyze data from a variety of sources to inform decision making
  • Knowledge of association governance policies and procedures
  • Basic knowledge of marketing and promotion 
  • Demonstrated ability to develop strategy around recruitment and retention of members—ideally targeting student populations
  • Demonstrated ability to write clearly and succinctly in a variety of settings
  • Proven editorial skills
  • Facility with MS Office and database management
  • Strong interpersonal skills

Scope and Depth of Non-Technical Skills/Knowledge

  • Demonstrated ability to manage and implement multiple tasks simultaneously and to prioritize effectively
  • Demonstrated ability to lead projects and teams to accomplish projects and to work cooperatively with staff and volunteers
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate groups and achieve consensus
  • Proven interpersonal and oral/written communication skills in both formal and informal contexts

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