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Director, Government Relations and Public Policy

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Rockville, Maryland 20850
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), founded in 1925, seeks a new Director, Government Relations and Public Policy. ASHA is the professional, scientific, and credentialing Association for more than 191,500 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists in the United States and internationally.

The next Director will join a well-functioning, widely respected, and purpose-focused organization. This position provides strategic leadership to the Association's government relations and public policy (GRPP) cluster, which includes federal, state, and health care reimbursement advocacy and GRPP administration and communication, by organizing, mobilizing, and providing leadership to achieve intended outcomes related to the advocacy issues defined in ASHA's public policy agenda. The Director serves as the Association's point person for GRPP and is responsible for ensuring that effective strategies are implemented to achieve successful results. The Director will focus on issues and initiatives that represent the comprehensive needs and interests of the Association's members as well as persons with communication disorders, and will convey those issues to federal and state policy makers, agencies, external organizations, and coalitions.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a highly collegial and team-oriented environment that embraces creativity and effective risk-taking. The Director will have an opportunity to help define and implement strategic policy priorities in a rapidly changing political landscape and communicate those priorities to a diverse set of stakeholders. The Director will lead a seasoned team and will be charged with developing and/or enhancing relationships with complementary external organizations to leverage ASHA's ongoing advocacy efforts.

The Director must possess excellent management skills to lead and inspire a team. Knowledge of health care policy or education policy and experience working in a membership organization with a team-oriented culture is preferred. The Director reports to the Chief Staff Officer for Speech-Language Pathology and oversees a 20-person staff, including four direct reports.

Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, has been engaged to assist with this important search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence to the search firm at

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