Committee: International Education Leadership Knowledge Community (IEL KC)  
Position: Member, Focus on Resources and Networking (two openings)
Term Dates: Two-year term, renewable for one term (maximum of 4 years) 

The International Education Leadership Knowledge Community (IEL KC) addresses the needs of new and experienced senior international officers (SIOs), those international education leaders who are engaged in envisioning, leading, and building commitment for internationalization by working at the nexus of administration, faculty, and international education services.

This position identifies resources of benefit to SIOs, including by generating a survey of hot topics; represents the IEL KC at NAFSA annual conferences and events; and develops resources for aspiring, new, and experienced SIOs.

Position updated June 2019

We are not currently accepting applications for this position.
Major Functions and Responsibilities
  • Actively participate in identifying and developing high-quality and timely resources for the IEL KC’s  Leading Internationalization Network (LIZN) in collaboration with the IEL network leader.
  • Seek opportunities to create, add value, and recruit new SIOs to the LIZN discussion forum.
  • Serve as an active IEL KC team member at the NAFSA annual conference by participating in events such as networking center meetings and the IEL KC Update Meeting

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.

  • This position will communicate regularly with the IEL KC team to ensure that high-quality offerings are provided for the IEL KC audience throughout the NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo and the rest of the year. 
  • This position works closely with the senior director and associate director of NAFSA’s Academic Affairs and Internationalization staff unit. 
  • Devote 2 to 3 hours per month. The busiest times are in January and April to prepare for team meetings.
  • Participate in conference calls and email communication with IEL KC leadership and staff.
  • Prepare for and attend the Washington Leadership Meeting in late January. (Travel and per diem is provided by NAFSA.)
  • Prepare for and attend preconference meetings at the NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo in late May (at own expense).
  • Experience as an SIO or international education leader
  • Knowledge of existing IEL KC resources
  • Ability to identify relevant resources that will be useful to SIOs
  • Demonstrated skill in leading a committee and managing committee work
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills
  • Willingness to adopt organizationwide perspectives and IEL 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
  • Ability to work effectively with a team and with NAFSA staff in an outcomes-based environment Commitment to access and respond to email in a timely fashion, as well as to communicate using online electronic tools/systems in an 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
  • Valid NAFSA membership through the length of the leadership term
  • Ability to meet the volunteer commitment outlined and planning calendar deadlines