Committee: Education Abroad Knowledge Community (EA KC)
Position:  Chair, EA KC Subcommittee on Financing Education Abroad 
Term Dates: Two-year term, renewable for one term (maximum of 4 years) 

The EA KC Subcommittee on Financing Education Abroad (FEA) is charged with providing resources on traditional funding for U.S. students who study abroad as well as budgeting, grant writing, and scholarship administration. 

Position updated June 2018

NAFSA is not currently accepting applications for this position.
Major Functions and Responsibilities
  • Lead the work of the subcommittee to develop resources on financing education abroad, in accordance with the annual EAKC Work Plan.  Ensure that assigned items are completed.
  • Provide suggestions on FEA resource development to the EA KC Chair-elect for inclusion in the annual Work Plan.  
  • Convene regular teleconferences with subcommittee, as needed, to discuss ongoing projects
  • Collaborate with and recommend ideas to the Education Abroad Regulatory Practice (EA RP) Financial Aid Subcommittee to educate field about regulatory issues related to federal financial and federal scholarship programs.
  • Orient new subcommittee members to the work and function of the subcommittee
  • Maintain a strong familiarity with NAFSA’s resources and offerings on financing education abroad. Assist members in locating these resources.
  • Maintain attentiveness to FEA topics by observing, prompting, and participating in online discussions forums and reading NAFSA.news.  Act as a resource for colleagues with questions and concerns throughout the year.  
  • Encourage and facilitate the inclusion of FEA topics for consideration at annual and regional conferences.
  • Ensure that NAFSA webpages on FEA are relevant and current.
  • Work collaboratively with NAFSA staff, the EA KC Team, and others to plan and deliver resources and services.  
  • Demonstrate current understanding of member needs on FEA.
  • Adhere to the EAKC Charge to the Subcommittee on Financing Education Abroad

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/e-mail correspondence, timely delivery on responsibilities, open communication and mutual respect among other characteristics. 
Commitment
  • Serve a two-year term, renewable once for a maximum term of four years
  • Devote four to six hours per month to ongoing e-mail correspondence, projects, subcommittee conference calls, etc.
  • Attend annual subcommittee meeting during the NAFSA Annual Conference, when possible. 
Qualifications
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the common challenges and potential solutions for financing education abroad.
  • Ability to synthesize material and communicate it concisely, diplomatically, and effectively to an individual or the field through appropriate means.
  • Willingness to adopt organization-wide perspectives and EA KC 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. 
  • Commitment to access and respond to e-mail in a timely fashion as well as communicate using online electronic tools/systems plus the online workspace structure.
  • Ability to work effectively with a team and with NAFSA staff in an outcomes-based environment.
  • Manage unconscious bias in the assessment and decision-making process.
  • NAFSA membership through the term of service is appreciated.
  • Ability to meet the volunteer commitment outlined and planning calendar deadlines.