Chief Accreditation Officer

Rockville, Maryland
Salary Range (Non-Negotiable): $148,725 – $165,250
Sep 20, 2022
Oct 25, 2022
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.


The purpose of this position is to provide management leadership and technical expertise to the Association’s accreditation program and maintain the viability of this program.


  1. Direct the Association’s program to award CAA accreditation to graduate education programs and ensure the implementation of the accreditation quality management system at all levels.
  2. Provide technical and management leadership to other National Office units and volunteer leaders (including boards and councils) on matters relating to accreditation.
  3. Provide consultation to federal and state policy makers and other key stakeholders as appropriate to demonstrate the rigor, integrity, and value of the ASHA accreditation credential.
  4. Develop and monitor operational budgets and concurrent OCB budgets.
  5. Serve as liaison to external organizations and conduct informal research to support the Association’s accreditation credential and to analyze trends in the accreditation arena.
  6. Direct the preparation of legal and regulatory documents to ensure continued recognition of CAA as an accrediting agency; ensure the timely, accurate, and legally defensible implementation of the accreditation program.
  7. Select, supervise, and evaluate management, professional, and support staff assigned to the accreditation team.

Knowledge Typically Acquired Through

  • A graduate degree (Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, or related field preferred but not required)
  • 5 - 10 years’ experience in a public or private credentialing agency (a minimum of 3 years in a management position).
  • Conducting informal research.
  • A national reputation in accreditation as might be demonstrated by articles, papers, appointment to national committees.

Scope and Depth of Technical Skills/Knowledge
Demonstrated ability to:

  • Design and manage complex processes.
  • Direct staff, including supervisory, professional, and support personnel
  • Play a national leadership role regarding issues in accreditation.
  • Function effectively in a technical environment (database systems, Web environments [e.g., Collaborate, SharePoint], association management systems, etc.)
  • Research and prepare briefing papers on archival, legal, and regulatory matters
  • Direct projects and work teams throughout the National Office
  • Maintain and improve the fiscal viability of national programs of several million dollars

Scope and Depth of Non-Technical Skills/Knowledge
Demonstrated ability to:

  • Organize and prioritize multiple and complex projects and tasks
  • Independently identify and manage sensitive and confidential matters
  • Lead projects as well as work cooperatively with staff and volunteers
  • Provide accurate, in-depth information about diverse member issues and concerns
  • Communicate complex procedures, requirements and sensitive information using excellent verbal and writing skills