Committee: Education Abroad Regulatory Practice (EA RP) Committee 
Position:   Member-at-Large, Regulatory Compliance Representative
Term Dates: Two-year term, renewable for one term (maximum of 4 years) 

The The Education Abroad Regulatory Practice Committee (EA RP) is charged with identifying government-related practices and procedures that affect international educators, specifically those who work in education abroad. NAFSA’s Board of Directors assigned the following outcomes to this committee:

  • Develop and maintain a system to receive regulatory practice issues related to education abroad programs and students, from members and other sources.
  • Identify regulatory and practice issues that need action through regulatory liaison by staff, or members as requested by staff.
  • Identify practice items to be referred to knowledge communities for action through further education and practice resources.
  • Assist the vice president for public policy and practice (VPPPP) in communicating to members on regulatory practice issue.
  • Identify those issues that are longer-term public policy issues and forward them to the VPPPP for consideration.

The regulatory compliance representative serves as a member-at-large on the EA RP committee and is appointed by the VPPPP.

Position updated May 2016

Applications are not currently being accepted.
Major Functions and Responsibilities
  • Identify U.S. regulatory issues that require committee attention.
  • Keep abreast of changes in U.S. regulations and report on these to the committee.
  • Recruit regulatory compliance officers for participation on panels organized by the committee at national and regional meetings.
  • Working closely with the EA RP government liaison, lead EA RP Committee efforts to ensure conference content related to regulatory issues is timely and of interest to conference attendees.
  • Recruit and lead working groups focusing on compliance issues.
  • Proactively work with the EA RP government liaison to identify emerging regulatory policies that affect the field of education abroad.
  • Coordinate with the EA Knowledge Community to serve the needs of the EA community on health and safety, risk management, and other regulatory issues.
  • Assist in announcing changes related to education abroad regulatory practice and updates via NAFSA network discussion forums, regional listservs, and other listservs relevant to the field of education abroad.
  • Work with NAFSA EA services staff on collaboration with government entities.
  • Serve on a subcommittee or task forces, as assigned.

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/e-mail correspondence, timely delivery on responsibilities, open communication and mutual respect among other characteristics.
  • Two to four hours of work per month is average. Peak months are January for the Washington Leadership Meeting (WLM) preparation, May for the NAFSA annual conference, and June to July for regional conference proposal submission.
  • Participate in regular teleconferences with the EA RP Committee.
  • Meet with the committee at WLM in January (travel and per diem provided by NAFSA).
  • Meet with the committee at the annual conference during the preconference period if attending annual conference (at own expense).
  • Current NAFSA membership throughout length of volunteer service
  • A minimum of five years’ experience in international education
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • An active interest in assisting colleagues with professional and leadership development
  • Ability to make a two-year commitment
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Familiarity with various forms of social media
  • Experience using web-based communication (technical experience is not required)
  • Past experience in a NAFSA leadership role is preferred