Vice President of Programs

Website Apraxia Kids

Together, our voices grow stronger.

Apraxia Kids is the leading nonprofit that strengthens the support systems in the lives of children with apraxia of speech by educating professionals and families; facilitating community engagement and outreach; and investing in the future through advocacy and research.

Since its founding in 2000, Apraxia Kids has been the only national nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to supporting children with apraxia along with their families. Today, the organization serves thousands of parents, speech language practitioners, researchers, medical professionals, teachers, and other key stakeholders across the both the country and the globe.

Apraxia Kids is dedicated to the communities we serve by creating support through education, awareness, advocacy & research. We are dedicated to:

  • Cultivating hope for families and children
  • Curating high-quality, evidence-based information about diagnosis & treatment
  • Facilitating partnerships among professionals and families to build a community of support
  • Being responsible, trustworthy stewards of charitable funds and resources to ensure a sustainable future for the organization.
  • Ensuring everyone has equal access to resources and guidance to navigate the childhood apraxia of speech journey.
  • Advancing innovation through research and education.
  • Providing unwavering support of the whole person with compassion, empathy and understanding.
  • Fostering opportunities for our apraxia communities to come together.

Apraxia Kids is seeking a Vice President of Programs to provide leadership, guidance and strategic vision for the development, implementation and evaluation of the programs and services for Apraxia Kids.

Working under the direction of our Executive Director, and collaboratively with our Board of Directors, Professional Advisory Council (PAC) and staff, the Vice President of Programs will ensure all programmatic activities are consistent and supportive of the strategic plan and values of Apraxia Kids with evidence-based practice at the core. In particular, the Vice President of Programs will have a close consultative relationship with the PAC from whom guidance and direction will be sought out as key decisions are made. The Vice President of Programs will manage the Program Team working to engage a broad audience of professionals to further the mission of the organization. This role will ensure Apraxia Kids maintains the highest standard of program development and delivery, following the guidelines of the American- Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Program Development

  • Develop new, sustainable programs that advance the mission, expand program delivery and utilize best practices.
  • Build strategic partnerships with community organizations, academic, medical, public and private sectors in conjunction with the Vice President of Outreach and Engagement.
  • Maintain the organization’s subject matter expertise and ability to discuss and share significant developments and trends in the field.
  • Stay abreast of childhood apraxia of speech and related research, state-of-the art practices, and trends in social media discussions and inform the apraxia community in a timely manner of these accordingly.
  • Represent Apraxia Kids at professional venues/meetings.

Education

Develop continuing educational opportunities working collaboratively with the professional community and PAC Speakers Bureau to create and facilitate programs such as but not limited to:

  • Online Education – Webinars
  • Facebook Live Sessions
  • Workshops
  • Community Presentations

National Conference

  • Work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to develop content, choice of venue and theme for the annual National Conference.
  • With the Professional Advisory Council, review abstracts and presentations to ensure foundational topics are covered, attention is given to state-of-the art evaluation and treatment techniques, and evidence-based practice remains at the core.
  • Oversee the National Conference, delegating to the Program Team and other staff as appropriate.

Intensive Training Institute

  • Facilitate program timeline and materials working with Professional Advisory Council to select candidates.
  • Oversee event logistics, delegating to program team as appropriate.
  • Provide support for curriculum writing and other materials needed for training.
  • Ensure stewardship of Boot Camp graduates.

Speech Language Pathologist Directory

  • Oversee the Program Assistant who maintains the Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) Directory providing direction as necessary.
  • Review and final approval of the SLPs information prior to submission for the directory.
  • Ensure stewardship of directory members

Advocacy & Research

  • Work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to develop advocacy efforts to further the mission of the organization.
  • Provide internal support to promote research initiatives working with our Professional Advisory Council to develop research articles, review research grant applications along with providing guidance on research that is forward facing on our website.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Oversee CEU credentialing, following the guidelines of the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
  • Create and update educational policies and procedures.
  • Maintain a social media presence, especially as it relates to specific questions and discussions regarding childhood apraxia of speech and the organization, all while responding to specific inquiries from families and the professional community.
  • Serve as a liaison to the Professional Advisory Council (PAC) to ensure their ongoing involvement and counsel in supporting the mission of Apraxia Kids, that encompasses education, research and family support.
  • Oversee and expand the Article Library with updates directed as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Undergraduate degree required. Graduate degree preferred.
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in leading or participating in the development and leadership of programs and services of an organization similar in size, scope, and complexity, or larger.
  • Certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist highly preferred but not required.
  • High degree of comfort balancing long-term strategic efforts with short-term opportunities.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to build trust and rapport with a range of organizations and key stakeholders including our Board Members and Professional Advisory Council Members.
  • Proficient in the use of computers, Microsoft Office applications, and social media.
  • Ability to lead and to work independently and manage multiple priorities and projects successfully.
  • Superior organizational, analytical and strategic thinking skills, and attention to detail.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Ability to work effectively with volunteers, staff and external contacts to build and maintain successful relationships.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks.
  • Ability to anticipate, identify, organize and analyze growth opportunities and expansion of services.
  • Ability to coach and mentor staff and volunteers.
  • Ability to communicate in person, in writing and electronically to a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations.
  • Ability to analyze information and make timely, appropriate decisions.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Ability to travel as needed to perform job duties.
  • Ability to operate designated office equipment.
  • High level of integrity , diplomacy and initiative.

This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the jobholder. He/she will be required to follow any other duties as requested by his/her supervisor or manager. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of job duties. Essential job functions may change when necessary.

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested candidates should submit their cover letter, resume and salary requirements no later than July 16, 2019. Documents can be sent directly to Angela Grimm, Executive Director via email to angelag@apraxia-kids.org.

Apraxia Kids will consider a flexible work arrangement along with a relocation package if necessary.

To apply for this job email your details to angelag@apraxia-kids.org