Director of Audiology
Reports to: Chief Executive Officer
Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) is a national non-profit association that represents over 6,400 Speech-Language Pathologists, Audiologists and Communication Health Assistants.
We have a fantastic opportunity for the right individual to join our organization and work within an energetic and creative senior management team!
SAC is seeking an exceptional Director of Audiology to join our team. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the successful candidate will lead the development and execution of strategic audiology initiatives that will increase awareness of the audiology profession and enhance the public profile of SAC and its audiology members.
Please note, this position is based in Ottawa, Ontario.
SCOPE OF POSITION
The Director of Audiology provides leadership and expertise on issues related to audiology. The Director is the association’s leading audiology content expert and acts as a resource to staff, members, associates and the public. In addition, the Director acts as liaison with Federal programs providing audiology benefits and services (Veterans Affairs Canada, Non-Insured Health Benefits, Canadian Forces and RCMP), and with other audiology-related associations. Working in collaboration with the senior management team, the Director helps develop and implement program initiatives that promote SAC’s position on professional issues. The Director also represents SAC on various committees, both national and international.
- Advises the Chief Executive Officer on audiology, accreditation, and professional standards issues.
- Participates in the development and evaluation of SAC’s strategic and operational plans.
- Provides leadership and knowledge to help SAC achieve its strategic goals.
- Acts as SAC’s internal content expert on audiology issues.
- Acts as a resource for members, associates and the public on audiology issues.
- Responsible for associated work with Federal programs providing audiology benefits and services (Veterans Affairs Canada, Non-Insured Health Benefits, Canadian Forces and RCMP), disability tax credit, and other audiology-related issues.
- Provides staff support for standing committees including the Clinical Research Grants Committee (supported by the Executive Assistant) and relevant ad hoc committees.
- Reviews SAC resources related to audiology to ensure content accuracy and messaging consistency.
- Recommends policies and prepares supporting materials in areas of responsibility.
- Acts as the SAC media spokesperson on audiology issues, as necessary.
- Represents SAC on the Council for Accreditation of Canadian University Programs in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, upon rotation with the Director of Speech-Language Pathology and Communication Health Assistants.
- Supervises the part-time Audiology Advisor.
- Responsible for strategic advisory support for the SAC professional development program.
- Acts as the staff liaison for relevant ad hoc and standing committees.
- Prepares department budget development and ensures proper execution in the areas of responsibilities.
- Contributes to SAC publications, as required.
- Advises the senior management team on current and emerging issues related to audiology.
- Contributes to the development and advancement of advocacy initiatives.
- Oversees environmental scanning of political and government events and identifies opportunities that tie back to SAC’s advocacy goals.
- Manages the preparation of briefings, background material and presentations to support SAC’s advocacy initiatives.
- Participates in advocacy outreach, meetings etc. with members of Parliament and government staff on key SAC initiatives which align with the Federal Government’s agenda.
- Conducts assessments of internationally educated audiology professionals to determine if they meet SAC membership requirements.
- Advises the Chief Executive Officer on issues affecting membership requirements.
- Collaborates regarding membership issues with the Manager of Member Programs and Association Development.
- Liaises with regulatory, provincial and territorial associations on membership issues.
- Participates on national and international committees regarding membership issues.
Standards and Professional Issues
- Advises the Chief Executive Officer and the Manager of Member Programs and Association Development on issues related to professional standards.
- Keeps current with standards developments in international audiology associations as well as in related professional organizations (e.g., physiotherapists, occupational therapists, etc.).
- Supports the development of position papers, statements, guidelines etc., as required.
- Manages projects that involve audiology issues.
- Audiology Advisor
- Staff at all levels
- Members and associates
- Board of Directors
- Provincial and territorial associations, regulatory bodies and international professional associations
- Government representatives
- Related professional bodies
- Organizes workload and sets priorities to meet deadlines on a number of concurrent activities.
- Recommends action and procedural and policy changes when necessary.
- Makes independent decisions, as appropriate, related to the above responsibilities.
- Supervises the part-time Audiology Advisor.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
- Master’s degree in audiology or equivalent.
- At least 10 years of professional experience.
- Eligible for SAC membership and certification.
- Registration with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario is required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
- Extensive knowledge of the scopes of the audiology and communication health assistant professions.
- Knowledge and insights into audiology policy issues as well as health and education policy issues and how they relate to federal, provincial and territorial governments.
- Strong interest in issues related to standards setting for the professions.
- Extensive knowledge and in-depth understanding of the Canadian health-care system and/or the Canadian education system.
- Superior project management skills with demonstrated ability to multi-task and set priorities within tight timelines.
- Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community, i.e., members and associates, professional associations, regulatory stakeholders, provincial, national and international partners, government and the media.
- Demonstrated ability to assess perspectives from different sources and to assess their relevance to organizational mandates and priorities.
- Sound judgment and decision-making skills.
- Superior written and verbal communications skills.
- Excellent public speaking skills.
- Ability to research, analyze and synthesize information.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office and related software.
- Bilingual (English/French).
- Experience working in a professional association.
The work within the scope of this position requires an individual with a flexible work schedule, who can work some evenings/weekends, when required. The Director of Audiology is required to do some travel, but extensive travel is not required.
HOW TO APPLY
If you think your personality, skills, education and experience make you the person for this position, we’d love to hear from you.
Please send your resume along with a brief cover letter explaining why you would be a great addition to our team to email@example.com by November 13, 2020. Please include your salary expectations in the cover letter.
Please note: We thank all applicants for their interest in this position. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.
SAC is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our membership and employees. We welcome applications from those who would contribute to diversification of our association including, but not limited to, people with disabilities, Indigenous people, racialized people, people from gender and sexually diverse communities and people with intersectional identities.