Executive Director

California Speech Language Hearing Association (CSHA), located in Sacramento, CA, has retained Sterling Martin Associates to search for its next Executive Director.

CSHA is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit association whose mission is to foster excellence in the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology through education, advocacy and collaboration in partnership with the increasingly diverse population served by the organization. CSHA is the most recognized and respected voice for communication sciences and disorder professions in California, and the organization serves as a link to fellow audiologists, speech-language pathologists and scientists as well as speech-language pathology assistants.

CSHA is governed by a 14-member Board of Directors that includes four officers and ten members at large, each of whom represents one of CSHA’s Districts. There are six additional Commissioners who serve the organization in a non-voting volunteer capacity. The staff includes five professionals who serve the organization from its Sacramento, California headquarters. In addition, CSHA has a contract with a lobbying firm that works on a part-time basis to advocate for CSHA in the California Legislature. The budget is in the $1.5M range, and the organization is in a healthy financial position. A Strategic Plan that includes eight goals and detailed benchmarks was adopted in January 2017, and CSHA has recently undertaken a complete revision of its Bylaws.

The CSHA Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) that provides scholarship funds for qualifying CSHA student members pursuing a graduate degree in the fields of Speech-Language Pathology, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Communicative Disorders, and Audiology and to carry on other charitable and educational activities associated with this goal. CSHA’s Political Action Committee serves to advocate for the speech language hearing industry and keeps a watchful eye on legislative matters.

Executive Director

The Executive Director is CSHA’s chief staff executive. Under the broad direction of CSHA’s Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for guiding CSHA’s vision and mission and for maintaining a high performing association that effectively supports the work of its members. This position is responsible for the overall management and operation of the association, implementation of Board directives and policies, and financial and personnel management.

This is an exciting opportunity for a highly skilled professional who has experience managing an association of CSHA’s size and scope. The Executive Director will be a strategic visionary and an experienced leader and executive with appropriate leadership and/or practice experience.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

Under the general direction of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will be responsible for the following duties:

Executive Management

  • Overseeing all financial/accounting functions in coordination with CSHA’s Accounting Manager in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, as well as Board of Directors policies.
  • Developing and proposing CSHA’s annual budget to the Board of Directors in collaboration with CSHA’s Finance Committee and Accounting & Special Projects Manager
  • Handling all aspects of human resource management for CSHA employees, including but not limited to hiring, assigning duties, managing performance, and applying Board-approved employee policies in accordance with all applicable laws and requirements.
  • Managing contracts and services provided by contractors and vendors, including but not limited to certified public accountant and legal counsel.
  • Serving as trustee for CSHA’s 401(k) Plan & Trust, including participation in an annual audit with CSHA’s third party administrator.
  • Coordinating Board of Directors conference calls and in-person meeting arrangements, as well as managing meeting agenda packets and material.
  • Overseeing the administration of association management software, including the website and membership database.

Facilities Management

  • Overseeing maintenance of CSHA’s office through external contractors.
  • Ensuring that property taxes, business licenses, and applicable permits are paid, renewed and/or secured.
  • Oversees purchase and maintenance of office equipment.

Event Management

  • Participating with the Conference & Exhibits Manager to plan, execute, and ensure the success of the Annual Convention.
  • Participating with the Commissioner on Professional Development and Continuing Education, Conference & Exhibits Manager and Continuing Education & Membership Coordinator to ensure logistics are in place for district and regional events held throughout the year.

Membership, Marketing, and Publications

  • Providing executive oversight to achieve the Board’s strategic membership goal.
  • Overseeing and administering election ballot dissemination to the membership.
  • Participating with the Continuing Education & Membership Coordinator and other staff members to:
    • Evaluate and increase the current portfolio of member benefits.
    • Maintain high member retention.
    • Identify new and improved ways to provide value.
    • Effectively communicate benefits, updates, and issues to members.
    • Participating with the Continuing Education & Membership Coordinator and Marketing Committee to:
    • Create marketing communication for CSHA events, including CSHA’s Annual Convention, regional, and district events (wording may change when marketing company is identified).
    • Brand all CSHA material, including website, business cards, membership. applications, renewal forms, member benefits sheets, giveaways, and other outreach material.
    • Promote CSHA via social media outlets, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter.
  • Coordinating with the Editor-in-Chief and Commissioner on Publications to design, print, and distribute the CSHA Magazine to members on a quarterly basis.

Legislation, Advocacy, Outreach, and External Relations

  • Consulting and coordinating with the CSHA Board of Directors, lobbying firm, and Commissioners on Legislation to:
    • Monitor legislation.
    • Communicate CSHA’s position on legislation and other advocacy efforts to CSHA members and stakeholders.
    • Coordinate member “call to action” efforts as necessary in support or opposition to legislative/advocacy efforts.
    • Coordinate a legislative day each year.
  • Representing CSHA at events throughout California, including CSHA district workshops and annual convention.
  • Providing support for external relationships with a variety of organizations and agencies in cooperation with the CSHA Board and volunteers, including but not limited to:
    • Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board (SLPAHADB).
    • Council on State Association Presidents (CSAP).
    • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
    • Department of Developmental Services (DDS).
    • California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA).
    • Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC).
    • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).
    • California Council of Academic Programs in Communication and Sciences (CA CAPCSD).
    • Affiliated state speech-language-hearing associations.
  • Helping to cultivate and maintain external relationships with organizations to which affiliation is related to Executive Director certification and continuing education, including but not limited to:
    • California Society of Association Executives (CalSAE).
    • American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

CSHA Foundation

  • Overseeing all accounting functions, including those necessary for budgeting, donor tracking, financial analysis, tax preparation, and the maintenance of the CSHA Foundation’s non-profit status, in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, as well as Board of Directors policies and procedures.
  • Overseeing the scholarship review and selection process, in collaboration with the Accounting & Special Projects Manager, as well as the CSHA Foundation Scholarship Review Committee and CSHA Foundation Board of Directors.
  • Overseeing Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) activities for the year, in collaboration with the Accounting & Special Projects Manager, BHSM Chairs, and CSHA Foundation Board of Directors. This includes maintaining a calendar of BHSM activities, tracking donations, and providing BHSM-related payments to vendors.
  • Working closely with the CSHA Foundation Board of Directors to:
    • Create marketing communication for Foundation projects and events, including soliciting donations, as well as advertising the scholarship application process and Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) activities.
    • Brand all Foundation material, including correspondence, logo, BHSM graphics, flyers, etc.
    • Promote Foundation activities via social media outlets, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter.

CSHA Political Action Committee (PAC)

  • Ensuring that appropriate compliance reporting is completed and filed for the CSHA PAC, in collaboration with CSHA’s PAC accounting firm.
  • Working with Commissioners on Legislation and PAC Board of Directors to monitor quarterly financial statements and donations.
  • Coordinating PAC Board of Directors quarterly conference calls.
  • Ensuring that governing documents (e.g. bylaws) are up-to-date and in compliance with federal and California law.
  • Assisting with fundraising efforts.

Ideal Background & Experience | Qualities & Characteristics

Qualified candidates for the position will be strategic and visionary leaders who have familiarity with, or passion for, the educational and health-related issues surrounding speech, language, and hearing as well as an abiding interest in CSHA’s mission and vision. In addition, candidates will be expected to present the following:

  • A minimum of five years’ experience working in a senior management capacity with a professional or trade association.
  • A bachelor’s degree in business management, non-profit management or associated field.
  • Experience in fiscal management, staff supervision, and program administration.
  • Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation is preferred. Will consider a candidate in the process of obtaining his/her certification.

To perform effectively in this position, the individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Leadership, integrity, accountability, and dependability. Provide effective and principled leadership to advance organizational goals in a manner that enhances CSHA’s reputation. Sets and meets high performance standards for self, staff and organization.
  • Demonstrable record of success in revenue development.
  • Resource Management. Maintains effective systems of internal controls to account for revenues and expenditures. Seeks and supports innovation to improve productivity and efficacy. Operates within the approved budget and manages fiscal and human resources responsibly.
  • Ability to build on the Board’s investments in current staff and human resources.
  • Political and business acumen. Understands the political and business interests of members, sponsors, partners and other stakeholders.
  • Communicates effectively with multiple audiences using a variety of formats including written communications that clearly identify conditions, opportunities and action items. Ability to deliver effective and compelling verbal presentations and briefings.
  • Experience with board governance organizations, including working for and supporting boards.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and establish priorities in accomplishing tasks.
  • Diplomacy, professionalism and tact in all circumstances.
  • Digital competency (Microsoft Office, web-based meeting and productivity tools, association management software, social media, etc.).

The Executive Director must be able to travel to attend conferences, workshops and other events as required, predominantly within California and occasionally outside California.


CSHA offers an attractive compensation and benefits package to attract the right candidate. The position is available immediately.

To apply, please send a cover letter and current résumé (Microsoft Word® format preferred) to csha@smartinsearch.com. A well-crafted cover letter outlining how your background and experience relate to the position is considered an important part of the candidate review process. All applications will be acknowledged.

CSHA is an equal opportunity employer. Organization policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religious creed, gender, genetic information, genetic characteristics, gender identity, gender expression, religion, marital status, military status, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws.

For more information, please contact:
Sterling Martin Associates
1025 Connecticut Avenue | Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036

David Martin | Managing Partner

Leigh Beal | Senior Associate