Committee: Education Abroad Knowledge Community (EA KC)
Position:   Advocacy and Regulatory Content Coordinator: Co-Chair of the Financing Education Abroad Subcommittee 
Term Dates: Two-year term, renewable for one term (maximum of 4 years) 

The Education Abroad Knowledge Community (EA KC) supports the efforts of professionals in direct service, management, and strategy positions who create and facilitate education abroad programs and develops resources, tools, and model practices. The EA KC’s Advocacy and Regulatory Content Coordinator focuses on how advocacy and regulatory issues affect education abroad programs and students, and coordinates closely with the Education Abroad Regulatory Practice Committee. The portfolio includes the continued development and management of resources and discussions in accordance with NAFSA International Education Professional Competencies for education abroad. This position also serves as the co-chair of the EA KC Subcommittee on Financing Education Abroad.

Position updated July 2019

Applications are not currently being accepted.
Major Functions and Responsibilities
  • Maintain attentiveness to trends in the development and implementation of EA programs by observing, prompting, and participating in online discussion forums and reading NAFSA.news.
  • Attend leadership meetings at Washington Leadership Meeting (WLM) and annual conference, participate in conference calls, execute other assignments from the chair, and represent the EA KC at annual and regional conference activities when appropriate.
  • Contribute to the annual EA KC Work Plan in coordination with the EA KC chairelect and in accordance with NAFSA’s Strategic Plan. Understand EA KC Work Plan objectives and be able to discuss these efforts with members and the community at large.
  • Have a strong familiarity with NAFSA’s education abroad resources. Serve as the point of contact to the EA KC and members in bringing awareness of and locating appropriate resources.
  • Connect advocacy and regulatory issues to the development and implementation of education abroad. Stay abreast of issues and trends and bring such issues to the attention of the EA KC team.
  • Participate in leadership cultivation for the EA KC, its subcommittees, and other NAFSA leadership roles. 

All NAFSA leaders are expected to foster an inclusive environment and seek to learn and understand the multicultural perspectives of the committee/team, our constituents, and stakeholders to align with the NAFSA Diversity and Inclusion Statement. An expression of leadership in this area includes:

  • Engaging the committee/team to identify and implement strategies for increased personal outreach, recruitment, and onboarding for all, especially diversity-focused and underrepresented groups
  • Increasing accessibility and participation from underrepresented groups, individuals, and institutions
  • Expanding educational content within the committees’ purview through intentional outreach and recruitment of diverse presenters and institutional types in partnership with various NAFSA groups

 
NAFSA: Association of International Educators is a professional association driven by its Strategic Plan as established by the Board of Directors.  The success of the association depends on the productive engagement of three key constituencies: the Board, member-leaders, and staff.  Member-leaders are advocates for the association’s mission, vision, values, diversity and inclusion, and ethical principles. They align their work closely with the Board through its vice presidents and with staff to carry out the Strategic Plan. Member-leader roles are guided by objectives assigned by the Strategic Plan, by outcome accountabilities outlined in the Standing Rules, and by position descriptions for specific roles.

Relationships
  • This position collaborates closely with other NAFSA leaders to enhance work efforts across the association. 
  • This position partners closely with the NAFSA staff partner assigned. Effective relationships reflect and include responsiveness to phone calls, email correspondence, timely delivery on responsibilities, open communication, and mutual respect, among other characteristics. 

 

Commitment
  • This is a two-year term, renewable once for a maximum term of 4 years. The estimated time commitment is 10 hours per month to complete the ongoing work, with a monthly one-hour meeting by phone.
  • EA KC members prepare for and attend WLM in January. (Funding for attendance WLM is provided by NAFSA, including hotel and air.)
  • EA KC members prepare for and attend leadership meetings at NAFSA annual conferences.
  • EA KC members commit to visibility and engagement during meetings, events, and activities at the NAFSA annual conferences. 
Qualifications
  • Previous volunteer/presentation experience with NAFSA at the local, regional, or national level
  • A minimum of 3 years’ professional experience in education abroad
  • An active interest in assisting colleagues with professional and leadership development
  • Experience with financing, advocacy, and regulatory work in the field of education abroad
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Willingness to adopt organizationwide perspectives and EA KC strategic priorities
  • Demonstrated strategic planning, management, networking, and delegation experience
  • Ability to work effectively with a team and with NAFSA staff in an outcomes-based environment
  • Commitment to manage unconscious bias in the assessment and decisionmaking processes
  • Valid NAFSA membership through the length of the leadership term