Committee: International Student and Scholar Services Knowledge Community (KCISSS)
Position: Leadership Cultivation Coordinator 
Term Dates: Two-year term, renewable for one additional term 

The Knowledge Community for International Student and Scholar Services (KC ISSS) supports the efforts of those who advise international students and scholars, and provides assistance with understanding immigration regulations, best practices for developing appropriate office policies, and supporting internationalization through programming efforts that contribute to success, retention, and engagement. The leadership cultivation coordinator is responsible for encouraging volunteer leadership and supporting outreach methods to cultivate, recruit, and position members to actively participate within the association, and more specifically, within the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Knowledge Community (KC).

Position updated June 2018

Applications are not currently being accepted.
Major Functions and Responsibilities
  • Work with the KC ISSS team to promote volunteer positions and identify outreach opportunities for short- and long-term growth for leadership cultivation.
  • Support NAFSA’s leadership and outreach efforts and communicate with the KC ISSS team, KC ISSS regional liaisons, NAFSA staff, and when needed or requested, other NAFSA committees.
  • Manage the annual KC ISSS leadership cultivation outreach schedule and keep the team apprised of monthly engagement activities.
  • Apprise the KC ISSS team and serve as a resource regarding NAFSA’s leadership and outreach initiatives, application cycle and process, and leadership opportunities.
  • Maintain an awareness and overview of NAFSA’s diversity-related initiatives.
  • Coordinate, deliver, and evaluate the KC ISSS Annual Conference Connector Program.
  • Serve as a point of contact for members interested in learning about volunteer opportunities, ISSS newcomers, and those interested in an ISSS career.
  • Contribute to the development and completion of the KC ISSS work plan and related work plan objectives, in accordance with NAFSA’s Strategic Plan.
  • Participate in Network.NAFSA discussion forums, represent KC ISSS at annual conference activities (KC ISSS Reception, KC ISSS Update, and Networking Center), and perform rotational committee duties, as or when needed by chair.
  • Attend quarterly KC ISSS virtual calls and, when needed, participate in additional calls, as determined by chair

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/e-mail correspondence, timely delivery on responsibilities, open communication and mutual respect among other characteristics.

  • Estimated four to six hours per month to engage in position responsibilities.
  • Prepare for and attend the Washington Leadership Meeting in January.
  • Prepare for and attend KC ISSS team preconference meetings at the NAFSA annual conference in May.
  • Previous volunteer/presentation experience with NAFSA at local, regional, or national level
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience working in the ISSS field
  • Strong leadership skills in communication, organization, and project management, with an interest in team work and collaboration
  • Institutional support for this volunteer commitment to participate in monthly conference calls and perform the duties of this position
  • Strong interest in mentoring and serving as a resource for professionals seeking volunteer opportunities at the local, regional, and national levels
  • Willingness to adopt organization-wide perspectives and KC ISSS 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 e-mail in a timely fashion as well as communicate using online electronic tools/systems plus the online workspace structure
  • Willingness and ability to travel for participation and representation at NAFSA meetings
  • Manage unconscious bias in the assessment and decision-making process
  • Recognized by peers for being energetic, innovative, and visionary
  • Current NAFSA membership throughout length of the leadership term
  • Ability to meet the volunteer commitment outlined and planning calendar deadlines