Position: Management Development Program (MDP) Trainer  
Term Dates: January 2021 through December 2023

NAFSA’s Management Development Program (MDP) equips managers with skills and knowledge to effectively lead their teams in times of ongoing change. The MDP is delivered annually at the NAFSA Annual Conference, once during the summer, and potentially once in the fall.

Position updated February 2020

Applications are not currently being accepted.

Major Functions and Responsibilities
  • Work collaboratively as a team member.
  • Participate in planning sessions as organized by NAFSA staff via conference calls, e-mail, and the MDP community  -includes one on-site training session in Washington D.C. per year.
  • Learn the 7 program modules, co-train up to 3 of the modules per MDP session; and
  • Serve as back-up trainer for an additional 2 program modules.
  • Actively support fellow trainers throughout delivery of all modules.
  • Participate in post-training debriefing sessions with the trainer team.
  • Facilitate continuous learning through learning reinforcement program and virtual continuous engagement opportunities with MDP classes throughout the year.

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 are 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.


At a minimum, each trainer is expected to attend the spring preparation session in Washington, DC; deliver the MDP at the annual conference for each year of their term and once during a summer or fall session, actively engage in an online discussion forum for MDP participants, and be available for at least two virtual meetings as part of the continuing engagement / learning reinforcement component of MDP.


  • Annually required program preparation and delivery for the MDP trainer team includes:
  • Two virtual trainings (no more than 3 hours total) for new and returning members held prior to the NAFSA annual conference (December and February.)
  • A two-day, on-site Train-the-Trainer orientation held annually in April in Washington D.C.
  • Participation in two MDP training offerings each year, comprised of attendance during the entire 3-day MDP training, including the pre-training meeting the evening before the first day of MDP, and a debriefing session following the conclusion of the MDP.
  • Participation in, and facilitation, of continuous learning engagement 1-hour webinars, at least two per year (6 hours.)
  • Individual time required to review materials and practice assigned modules.

Term of Service: Three years – January 2021 through Fall 2023



Rewards: By sharing their IE management experience and skills, MDP trainers will have the opportunity to help their IE colleagues become more effective leader-managers in a constantly changing world. This program
encourages the professional development of trainers by providing quality curriculum, a well-managed program, and a cohort of fellow trainers who support and challenge one another to exceed participants’ expectations. MDP
trainers exemplify effective training methods and facilitation skills.


  • Specialized training grounded in management theory, but focused on practical application.
  • Access to prepared and proven curriculum materials.
  • Ongoing guidance through the development of individual training plans.
  • Support as needed from a team of NAFSA member leaders and staff.


  • Lodging and per diem each day for scheduled MDP sessions at the NAFSA Annual Conference; please note that there is no reimbursement of travel costs to and from Annual Conference.
  • Lodging and per diem as well as travel are reimbursed for MDP summer and fall sessions as well as the annual MDP trainer team orientation session in Washington, D.C.
How to Get Involved


  • Current NAFSA member.
  • 5 years management experience and current managerial role in the international education field.
  • Strong facilitation skills, including working with groups of participants with varying levels of management experience in general and international education in particular.
  • Ability and willingness to appropriately adapt curriculum to meet needs of participants.
  • Familiarity with different learning styles, adult learning principles and impact of culture on the learning environment.
  • Previous NAFSA training experience a plus (e.g., Trainer Corps, NAFSA Academy for International Education)
  • Demonstrated support from your institution to participate in all required MDP activities.


  • Applications are reviewed by a team of NAFSA staff (PLS senior director and MDP staff)
  • Finalists are interviewed by the same team
  • Final selection will be based on qualifications, final interview, and references