ASHA’s Director of Education Policy, serves as ASHA’s primary analyst and advocate regarding federal education policy before the Department of Education. The Director’s focus is to support access to audiology and speech-language pathology services on behalf students with and without disabilities. The Director works on legislative and regulatory policy development and responds to public comments regarding special education, general education and higher education issues applicable to audiology and speech-language pathology clinicians and those they serve.
The Director serves on ASHA’s collaborative 8 person Health Care & Education Policy Team and interacts closely with State Affairs and Federal Affairs Teams within ASHA’s Government Affairs & Public Policy group. They represent ASHA externally with like-minded national organizations, groups and coalitions such as the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Taskforce.
ASHA offers competitive salaries and fantastic benefits while ensuring a work life balance for employees while maintaining our commitment to results for members and the consumer they serve.
This position is responsible for the identification, development, and management of education policies, and related policy initiatives, for the purposes of advancing ASHA’s Public Policy Agenda on behalf of the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology.
Collaborates on identifying, developing, executing, and evaluating coordinated advocacy strategies designed to advance ASHA’s Public Policy Agenda.
Conducts high-quality analyses and develops education policy recommendations with implications for the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology.
Prepares analyses, issue briefs, letters, testimony, regulatory comments, model legislative language, and other policy-related resources as needed that are designed to advance the education priorities within ASHA’s Public Policy Agenda.
Identifies, develops, maintains, and leverages strategic relationships with key staff of executive branch agencies responsible for education policymaking; engages federal and state officials as a “Subject Matter Expert” as needed.
Identifies, develops, maintains, and leverages strategic relationships with relevant staff of external organizations, including coalitions, in accordance with relevant ASHA policies.
Collaborates on strategic communications, messaging, and grassroots materials that are designed to advance ASHA’s Public Policy Agenda. Develops articles and other products for online and print communications.
Provides technical assistance to ASHA’s membership, consumers, and other interested parties as needed.
Knowledge typically acquired through:
Advanced degree in public policy, education, political science, or a related field.
6 years of experience in education policy in an association, corporation or government; experience at a nonprofit association is preferred; experience as an audiologist or speech-language pathologist is also preferred
Scope and depth of technical skills/knowledge:
Demonstrated ability in strategic policy analysis and development activities.
Demonstrated ability to produce high-quality and impactful analyses, issue briefs, letters, testimony, regulatory comments, model legislative language, and related products.
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain strategic relationships with education policymakers and allied stakeholders.
Demonstrated understanding of legislative and regulatory processes.
Working knowledge of education policies that impact ASHA.
Working knowledge of communications sciences and disorders is desirable.
Scope and depth of non-technical skills/knowledge:
Strong collaborative and facilitative leadership skills.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated ability to prioritize, organize, and execute multiple tasks simultaneously.
Demonstrated problem-solving skills and a creative approach to work.
Ability to work effectively under pressure with tight deadlines.
Demonstrated ability to achieve consensus when opposing viewpoints are presented.
Additional Salary Information: Salary Range (Non-Negotiable): $108,476 - $120,528 https://www.asha.org/careers/ASHA-jobs/benefits/
About American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 211,000 members and affiliates who are speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists in the United States and internationally.