Committee: Board of Directors 
Position: Member at Large  
Term Dates: Three Years

In the bylaws, NAFSA’s Board of Directors is charged with the following responsibility:
“The affairs of NAFSA shall be governed by the Board of Directors, whose duties include, but are not limited to, exercising leadership in the affairs of NAFSA; developing its policies, priorities, and positions; and providing direction for the development and stewardship of its resources through a strategic plan.”

The composition of the Board is also set forth in the bylaws:
“The Board of Directors of NAFSA shall consist of four (4) directors elected to their offices by the membership, namely:
a) the President of the Association, also serving as Chair of the Board (hereinafter President & Chair),
b) the Vice President for Scholarship & Institutional Strategy,
c) the Vice President for Public Policy & Practice, and
d) the Vice President for Professional Development & Engagement;

and no fewer than thirteen (13) and no more than sixteen (16) additional Directors-atLarge elected by the membership. The Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (hereinafter referred to as the Executive Director & CEO) shall serve ex-officio and shall have no vote.”
Up to one-third of the Board’s membership can consist of individuals who are not members of the association. The remaining two-thirds must consist of NAFSA members.

Position updated December 2018

Applications are not currently being accepted.
Major Functions and Responsibilities
  • Serve on up to two committees and actively engage in the work of the association.
  • Uphold NAFSA’s vision, mission, and values.
  • Set broad policies, direction and priorities for the association.
  • Ensure NAFSA has a highly effective leadership.
  • Actively assist the Governance Committee in identifying prospective board members.
  • Provide fiduciary oversight of the association.
  • Actively work to identify prospective sources of financial support or business partnerships and work with staff to determine strategies for approaching such prospects.
  • Maintain the integrity of the programs, products, and services developed for the benefit of the association.
  • Uphold NAFSA’s commitment to the Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan.
  • Make an annual financial contribution to the Association.
  • Attend all board meetings and conference calls.

In exercising these functions, directors serve as individuals, not as representatives of their organizations, institutions, or constituent groups. In addition to these functions, board members are asked to serve on various committees and task forces during their terms. Board standing committees include Development, Scholarship and Institutional Strategy, Finance and Audit, Governance, Professional Development and Engagement, and Public Policy.

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 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.

The term of the office is three years. In each year of tenure, the director is expected to attend all board meetings (March, September and December in person and any special meetings by conference call). Upon election, incoming directors will attend the December meeting of the Board of Directors as a guest with no vote, prior to the start of their term. NAFSA’s Board of Directors typically meets three times a year over three days. Meetings are held in Washington, DC. Travel expenses for board meetings are covered by NAFSA. Board members are expected to attend the NAFSA Annual Conference and Expo. The conference is held in May and the location varies. First time board members who haven’t been to Washington Leadership Meeting (WLM) and would like to attend once, are invited. Regional Conferences take place yearly from October to November. Board members are encouraged to attend as they are available. Board committees meet in person for one-half day prior to each in-person Board meeting. Board orientation for new board members is held at the December board meeting prior to committee meetings.

Directors on committees can expect two to three additional conference calls during the course of the year. Directors are expected to review email daily and respond promptly.

  • Excellent communication strategies and skills
  • Strong interpersonal, inter-group, and cross-cultural skills
  • Previous experience on an educational or non-profit board of directors with demonstrated/documented fiduciary responsibility
  • Willingness and availability to travel
  • Prior experience in a management position that required strategic and operational planning
  • Commitment to advancing the field of international education
  • Experience managing budgets
  • Understanding of fiduciary responsibility
  • Demonstrates commitment to diversity and inclusion efforts

Desired Qualifications

  • Familiarity with non-profit finance, audit reporting, and/or development.
  • Good grasp of NAFSA activities and leadership in the past five years—served on high level task forces or led committees, experience at both regional and national levels