Committee: Education Abroad Knowledge Community (EA KC)
Position: Member, Subcommittee on Financial 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 2019

Applications are not currently being accepted.
Major Functions and Responsibilities
  • Assist with the work of the subcommittee to develop resources on financing education abroad, in accordance with the annual EA KC Work Plan. Ensure that assigned items are completed.
  • Provide suggestions on FEA resource development to the chair of the EA KC Subcommittee on FEA co-chairs for inclusion in the annual Work Plan.
  • Attend regular teleconferences with the subcommittee, as needed, to discuss ongoing projects.
  • Collaborate with and recommend ideas to the Education Abroad Regulatory Practice Financial Aid Subcommittee to educate the field about regulatory issues related to federal financial and federal scholarship programs.
  • 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 discussion forums and reading NAFSA.news.
  • Act as a resource for colleagues with questions and concerns throughout the year.
  • Assist with facilitation of FEA topics for consideration at annual and regional conferences.
  • Curate content for NAFSA web pages on FEA by ensuring that they are relevant and current.
  • Work collaboratively with the other members of the EA KC Subcommittee on FEA, 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 EA KC charge to the Subcommittee on FEA.

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
  • Serve a two-year term, renewable once for a maximum term of 4 years.
  • Devote 2 to 4 hours per month to ongoing email correspondence, projects, subcommittee conference calls, and other responsibilities.
  • 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
  • Willingness to adopt organizationwide perspectives and EA KC strategic priorities
  • High strategic planning, management, networking, and collaborative 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
  • Ability to manage unconscious bias in the assessment and decisionmaking processes
  • NAFSA membership through the term of service is appreciated
  • Ability to meet the volunteer commitment outlined and planning calendar deadlines