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National Stuttering Association

Purple and turquoise starburst with the letters NSA in the middle.

Staff

At this time there are no paid staff positions open within the National Stuttering Association.

Staff

National Chapter Coordinator
To better support our Local Chapters – the backbone of the NSA – we are hiring a part-time employee who will be dedicated solely as a resource to support our Chapters, Chapter Leaders, and Regional Chapter Coordinators.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Maintain regular contact with all Chapters providing organizational and event updates
  • Provides a two-way communication link for feedback and status of the Chapter. Phone calls may be required to contact Chapter Leaders that have addressable issues. Additional modes of contact may include text or email
  • Ensure contact information is current and up to date for all CLs
  • Send out link to Trimester Reports to all RCCS to send to CLs and tracks responses
  • Follow up with Chapters with any outstanding items to reach successful resolution
  • Compile completed reports
  • Assists in the recruitment of new Chapters, new Chapter Leaders, and new Chapter Co-Leaders
  • Available to RCCs during the interview process with potential CLs/Co-CLs, and provides an overview of the commitment needed to start and grow a new Chapter
  • Makes themselves available to assist the new CL with information and activities necessary to start the Chapter and follow up after the first meeting
  • Ensure Facebook Group is up to date with current CL’s and RCC’s
  • Assists with organizing, planning, coordinating, and running CLe’s.  CLe’s are held at the Annual Conference, as well as virtually throughout the year
  • Assists struggling Chapters in developing an action plan to grow and strengthen their group

Position Qualifiers:

  • Must have current or previous experience serving as an NSA Chapter Leader or Regional Chapter Coordinator for a minimum of two years
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills
  • Attendee of a minimum 2 annual conferences within the past 5 years and commits to attending future conferences
  • Familiarity, or willingness to learn, Google Docs, including, but not limited to, Forms, Sheets, and Slides
  • Able to commit to up to 10-15 hours per month
  • Ability to organize and prioritize tasks
  • Ability to complete tasks (including, but not limited to those referenced above) within tight timeframes

Board of Directors

At this time there are no Board of Directors positions open within the National Stuttering Association®.

Board of Directors

All interested and qualified applicants for a Board of Directors “BOD” position should complete and submit the candidate application (below) no later than April 20, 2024. Some travel is required. This is a volunteer position. 

Please note that the NSA Board of Directors is a working board, so applicants should expect to spend up to a minimum of 2 hours per week on various projects, including monthly conference calls and one in-person meeting during the Annual Conference requiring travel.

Current Nominations Committee members: Chad Mannisi, Holly Nover, and Lindsey Lambert.

Adult Programs Chair

The Adult Programs Chair impacts adults who stutter and other interested persons (speech professionals, family members, etc.) by actively engaging with the community, developing programs relevant to the community’s needs, and identifying ways the NSA can best enhance the lives of adults who stutter and those who support and/or serve them. The Adult Programs Chair plays a vital role in content creation, adult outreach, and community building, with a particular emphasis on strengthening and growing the number of Adult Chapters.

Position Responsibilities
Job Duties, Daily/Weekly/Monthly/Annually, of the Adult Programs Chair include, but are not limited to:

  • Adult Chapters: Coordinate and consult with NSA leadership and staff pertaining to Adult Chapter issues, events, strategy, and management
  • Programming: Work with Executive Director, Events Coordinator, and NSA staff on the following:
  • Coordination of Adult Chapter Events (holiday parties, social events, screenings, etc.)
  • Regional 1-Day events
  • Virtual Programming
  • Content: Create and update AP initiatives, programs, and literature
  • Conference Specific:
    • Participate in facilitating the Chapter Leader Experience at the Annual Conference and other activities designed to engage attending Chapter Leaders.
    • Promote conference attendance among the adult demographic via participation in community events and forums
    • Plan and coordinate Adult Chapter Leader (CL) & Regional Chapter Coordinator (RCC) conference events & activities with RCC’s or CL’s assistance

Position Qualifiers
The Adult Programs Chair should possess and model the skills listed below. It is imperative that the Chair commits to maintaining an environment within the NSA that champions these skills and characteristics.

  • Proficiency with Gmail, Google Sheets, Google Docs, and Zoom
  • Excellent writing and grammar skills that convey the professionalism and tact befitting of the position
  • Ability to consistently commit between two-three hours a week (can be less)
  • Demonstrable project management skills, from idea formation to final execution
  • Team building and group management
  • A total understanding of the NSA’s mission and values and an unwavering commitment to upholding them
  • A true calling in benefiting people who stutter

Advocacy and Education Chair

The Advocacy and Education Chair is responsible for developing, coordinating, and implementing projects to benefit people who stutter and the NSA. Such projects should be responsive to the changing needs of the stuttering community. The role of the Advocacy and Education Chair is developing forward‐thinking initiatives promoting advocacy and education outreach in the workplace, universities, and secondary and primary schools. The position is also responsible for the timely implementation and completion of all projects with little or no direction from the Board of Directors. The Advocacy and Education Chair will work on advocacy and education projects and initiatives, regularly reviewing committee members’ commitment and productivity to ensure that work is distributed equally and stated deadlines are met.  Advocacy and Education Chair will also find ways to involve and include all members of the Board of Directors when embracing new significant initiatives.

Position Responsibilities
Job Duties, Daily/Weekly/Monthly/Annually, of the Advocacy and Education Chair include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop, coordinate, and implement projects to benefit individuals who stutter and the National Stuttering Association (NSA).
  • Stay informed of the evolving needs within the stuttering community and tailor projects accordingly.
  • Spearhead forward-thinking initiatives to promote advocacy and education outreach in diverse settings such as workplaces, universities, secondary schools, and primary schools.
  • Take a proactive role in identifying opportunities for advocacy and education within the stuttering community.
  • Ensure timely and efficient implementation and completion of all projects, demonstrating high initiative and autonomy.
  • Regularly review the commitment and productivity of committee members, ensuring equal distribution of work and adherence to stated deadlines.
  • Work collaboratively with committee members on advocacy and education projects, fostering a culture of teamwork and shared responsibility.
  • Actively seek ways to involve and include all members of the Board of Directors in significant new initiatives and report on the progress and outcomes of advocacy and education projects.
  • Provide leadership in evaluating the effectiveness of advocacy and education initiatives and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Stay informed about current trends, research, and best practices in advocacy and education related to stuttering and communication disorders.
  • Cultivate relationships with key partners, organizations, and influencers to enhance the reach and effectiveness of advocacy and education efforts.
  • Uphold the mission and values of the NSA in all advocacy and education endeavors.

Volunteer Positions

Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee Chair

The DEI Committee Chair will lead the DEI Committee in the evaluation and implementation of outreach and advocacy efforts within the NSA designed to support underrepresented groups including, but not limited to: Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC); speakers of languages other than English; the LGBTQIA+ community; and neurodivergent communities. The committee will also promote diversity in the portrayal of stuttering regarding severity and acceptance across the organization. This is a non-voting position on the Board of Directors. Deadline to apply is July 15, 2023.

Position Responsibilities
Job Duties, Daily/Weekly/Monthly/Annually, of the Family Programs Co-Chairs, include, but are not limited to:

  • Report to the executive committee
  • Facilitate regular, agenda-led DEI committee meetings
  • Develop and host workshops/webinars centered on topics supporting the DEI community on a triannual basis including the annual conference
  • Serve on the Nominating Committee and participate in nominating, interviewing, evaluating, and subsequently presenting information to the Board about applicants for Board positions.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of short-term and long-term strategic planning for the organization
  • Provide bi-annual committee updates to the Board of Directors

Position Qualifiers
The DEI Committee Chair should possess and model the skills listed below. It is imperative that the Chair commits to maintaining an environment within the committee that champions these skills and characteristics.

Team Oriented: The committee will be composed of approximately 5 members of diverse identities, cultures, races, genders, and life experiences. Members should have the ability to exercise empathy and build strong trust, collaboration, and communication among diverse identities.

Self-Reflective: Ability to address one’s own personal prejudices/biases and participate in discussion around diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Project Management: Possess skills to help move planning forward in terms of implementation, management, and communication.

Ability to Listen to Other Perspectives and Opinions: Ability to listen actively, creatively, and reflectively. To work together and promote a sense of trust and camaraderie, this ability is necessary so that members can share personal experiences and feel heard and supported.

Commitment: Willingness to volunteer 4-5 hours of time on a monthly basis to plan and facilitate committee meetings and work on committee initiatives outside of meeting times.

Professional Relations Committee Member 

Are you a dedicated Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) with a passion for fostering professional connections and promoting stuttering awareness? We’re seeking individuals to become members of the Professional Relations Committee.

Responsibilities: 

  • Work with the Professional Relations Chair, Courtney Margulis, to advocate for the interests of the NSA and its membership within the professional community
  • Attend and participate in monthly committee meetings
  • Collaborate in organizing quarterly NSA Connects sessions for SLPs
  • Foster partnership with local chapters, aiming to enhance SLP participation and engagement
  • Assist with SLP programming at the annual conference, ensuring high-quality educational content

Qualifications:

  • Be a licensed SLP (must hold Certificate of Clinical Competence – CCC)
  • Have attended at least one NSA conference or exhibit active involvement in a local chapter
  • Possess a strong work ethic and a genuine passion for advancing the understanding of stuttering

Chapter Leadership

The NSA is looking for enthusiastic people to volunteer their time, energy, and skills serving our organization in the critically important role of Regional Chapter Coordinator!

Regional Chapter Coordinators (RCCs) assist with the development of local NSA Chapters and Chapter Leaders within their region. They are the primary liaison between our Adult Chapters and the Adult Program Chair, NSA Board of Directors, and NSA staff.

RCCs will be expected to spend two to five hours per month on various tasks and responsibilities, including maintaining up-to-date chapter records, interviewing potential new Chapter Leaders, trimester reporting and follow-up, assisting struggling chapters, regular chapter correspondence and engagement via email and social media, and monthly meetings with Adult Programs Chair.

If you have current or previous experience as an NSA Chapter Leader and are interested in serving as an Adult Regional Chapter Coordinator, please reach out via email using the link below.

Requirements for all open positions:

  • Candidate must have demonstrated computer and technology skills
  • Candidate must work well as a member of a team
  • Candidate must have excellent organizational skills
  • Candidate must understand the importance of discretion, confidentiality and govern themselves accordingly

Members of the Board and Staff of the National Stuttering Association, as well as volunteers, are expected to responsibly represent the NSA within their respective communities and to advocate for NSA’s mission, programs, and services as appropriate.