CommitteeInternational Student and Scholar Regulatory Practice (ISS RP) Committee
Position: Chair, Employment Based Subcommittee
Term Dates: Two-year term, renewable for one additional term 

The Employment Based Subcommittee is one of five subcommittees within the International Student and Scholar Regulatory Practice (ISS RP) Committee that reports to the vice president of public policy and practice. The subcommittee focuses on trends and issues related to employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant categories and is responsible for prioritizing regulatory issues for NAFSA government liaison with the Department of Labor (DOL).

Position updated June 2019

Applications are not currently being accepted.
Major Functions and Responsibilities
  • Effectively lead and support a team of volunteers in an outcomes-based environment through conference calls, virtual, and in-person meetings.
  • Lead the subcommittee in its efforts to review, analyze, and prioritize information from IssueNet, International Scholar Advising Updates, input from the subcommittee, and other sources, to recommend priority actions to the ISS RP Committee and director of regulatory practice liaison.
  • Establish, implement, and evaluate the subcommittee’s processes for collecting input from the membership regarding regulatory and practice issues related to employment-based visa categories and permanent residence status.
  • Model excellent communication skills and a willingness to engage with NAFSA members to discuss current issues, ongoing subcommittee priorities, and ISS RP activities.
  • Provide information and analysis to staff as requested, and in a timely manner, for comment letters on matters affecting employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant categories.
  • Through staff-arranged activities, communicate with government agencies, such as DOL and USCIS, on issues that result in clarification or positively-changed federal practice or procedure.
  • Work with staff to provide ongoing practice guidance and information to NAFSA members based on communications from government agencies and to keep the ISSS community informed of pressing or ongoing issues.
  • Collect practice resource suggestions from the subcommittee for the ISS RP chair that will be valuable to the membership and of interest to the KC ISSS.
  • Develop agendas for subcommittee quarterly calls and participate in ISS RP committee quarterly calls. Participate in additional calls, as determined by chair.
  • Assign rotational committee duties and utilize the subcommittee’s workspaces to facilitate dialogue, project development, and archive materials.
  • Provide orientation, guidance, and constructive feedback to subcommittee members throughout their tenure to ensure a positive and productive professional development experience.
  • Contribute to the completion of the ISS RP Work Plan and related Work Plan objectives, in accordance with the NAFSA Strategic Plan.
  • Advance strategic partnerships across ISS RP subcommittees and non-ISS RP committees, as needed, to contribute to cross-collaborative and strategically-driven tasks, and when appropriate arrange working groups and task forces.
  • Lead the subcommittee in identifying opportunities to promote and represent ISS RP through annual and regional conference activities.
  • Review annual conference proposals for regulatory- and immigration-related submissions.

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 with Other Members
This position collaborates closely with other NAFSA leaders to enhance work efforts across the association.

Relationships with the NAFSA Staff
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.

  • Devote an estimated 4 to 6 hours per month to participate in position responsibilities.
  • Prepare for and attend the Washington Leadership Meetings in January 2020 and 2021.
  • Prepare for and attend ISS RP team preconference meetings at the NAFSA annual conferences in May 2020 and 2021.
  • Previous volunteer/presentation experience with NAFSA at the local, regional, or national level
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience working in the ISSS field with informed regulatory knowledge of immigration and policy issues, an emphasis on travel, and an awareness of how the issues affect this community
  • Strong leadership skills in project management with an interest in teamwork and collaboration
  • Institutional support for this volunteer commitment
  • Willingness to adopt organizationwide perspectives and ISS RP strategic priorities
  • Willingness to adopt association priorities and perspectives on volunteer development and management
  • High strategic planning, management, networking, and delegation experience
  • Strong coordination, analytical, oral, and written communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively with a team and with NAFSA staff in an outcomes-based environment
  • Commitment to access and respond to emails in a timely fashion, as well as communicate using online electronic tools/systems plus the online workspace.
  • Willingness and ability to travel for participation and representation at NAFSA meetings
  • Ability to manage unconscious bias in the assessment and decisionmaking processes
  • Recognition by peers for being energetic, innovative, and visionary
  • Current NAFSA membership throughout length of leadership term
  • Ability to meet the volunteer commitment outlined and planning calendar deadlines