Audiology, Communication Health Assistants, Public, Speech-Language Pathology

Professional Advisor, SAC-OSLA Branch

Ottawa, ON

Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) is a national non-profit association that represents over 7000 speech-language pathologists, audiologists and communication health assistants. We have a fantastic opportunity for the right individual to join our organization. This is a 0.3 FTE paid position (10.5 hours per week).

If you think your personality, skills, education and experience make you the person for this position, we’d love to hear from you.

How to Apply

Please send your resume along with a brief cover letter explaining why you would be a great addition to our team to by June 15. Please include your salary expectations in the cover letter.

Scope of Position

The part-time Professional Advisor provides support, expertise and guidance to SAC Ontario advocacy staff regarding relevant clinical and professional issues in support of Ontario advocacy work.

The overall responsibility of the Professional Advisor is to advise SAC-OSLA advocacy workers on relevant clinical and service delivery issues relative to SAC-OSLA advocacy initiatives; to facilitate the development of advocacy submissions to decision-makers and stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities

  • Participate in project-specific work that aligns with the SAC-OSLA Branch advocacy plan on files such as long-term care, schools, WSIB, ADP, and scope of practice.
  • Advise the SAC OSLA Advocacy staff on relevant clinical and service delivery issues in support of Ontario advocacy work for both Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
  • Research and prepares background materials in areas of responsibility. This may involve researching scope and practice parameters in other provinces.
  • Support the development of content for materials such as infographics, webpages, blog submissions, information sheets, newsletters and any document supporting our advocacy efforts.
  • Represent SAC on external partner committees as required such as clinical discussions with the Rehab Care Alliance.
  • Participate in staff meetings as required.
  • Provide knowledge to achieve the advocacy plan objectives.
  • Keep current on professional standards and practice guidelines as they relate to discrete practice environments as aligned with project-specific objectives that may include hospitals, long-term care homes, private practice, school-based, home care etc.
  • Maintain a network of external professional colleagues with which to consult on clinical and service delivery issues.
  • Organize, facilitate and participate in meetings, such as interest group meetings to facilitate the development of advocacy positions, points of view, or messaging.
  • Prepare reports as needed.
  • Manage additional assigned/special projects relevant to provincial professional issues as needed from time to time.

Education and Experience

  • A minimum of five years of clinical experience. This role can be assigned to either a Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist. Registration with the applicable provincial licensing body is required.
  • SAC member an asset
  • Research experience is an asset


  • Knowledge of the scope and needs of our members in their varied practice environments
  • Superior written and oral communication skills
  • Project management
  • Ability to make decisions and work independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to research, analyze and synthesize information
  • Superior organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to respect strict confidentiality
  • Discretion and sound judgment
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines on multiple projects
  • Ability to work with professionals of many different levels
  • Computer literate
  • Bilingualism is a strong asset.

Special Conditions

The work within the scope of this position requires an individual with a flexible work schedule, who can work some evenings and weekends when required. The Professional Advisor role may include some travel, (locally to Toronto). This position is ideally Ottawa-based (hybrid work model available with some home and some office work) with an expectation to attend Government meetings in Toronto as required.

SAC is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our membership and employees. We welcome applications from those who would contribute to the 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.

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.

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