Committee:  Leadership Development Committee (LDC)
Position: Member-At-Large
Term Dates: Two-year term, renewable for one term (maximum of 4 years) 

Members of the Leadership Development Committee (LDC) are responsible for encouraging volunteer leadership and supporting systems to cultivate, recruit, and orient volunteer member-leaders for the association. The LDC contributes to NAFSA’s strategic objectives by working to ensure effective governance, leadership, communication, and coordination of policies and procedures are in place. It also makes recommendations to the vice president for professional development and engagement (VP PDE). The committee supports the work of the association by identifying and vetting prospects for non-boardelected positions. Members are appointed by the chair of the LDC in consultation with the VP PDE.

Position updated January 2019

Applications are not currently being accepted.
Major Functions and Responsibilities
  • Identify and vet prospects for member-leader elected offices and present the new candidate slate to the Board of Directors.
  • Ensure and maintain transparency of and confidentiality during the member-leader nomination process.
  • Collaborate with knowledge communities, regional teams, and other committees in the leadership identification, cultivation, and recruitment processes.
  • Promote the value of volunteer and member-leader service as a way to build one’s career, to share one’s expertise, and to contribute to the advancement of international education.
  • Encourage members from underrepresented constituencies (e.g., those based outside the United States, those at underrepresented institutions, sponsoring/programming agencies, etc.) to consider leadership positions in committees, knowledge communities, task forces, and subcommittees experience.
  • Create and maintain a leadership cultivation and orientation program for leaders in coordination with the knowledge communities, regional teams, and other committees.

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 with Other Members
This position collaborates closely with other NAFSA leaders to enhance work efforts across the association.

Relationships with the NAFSA
Staff 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.

Please note: Members-At-Large on the LDC are not eligible for elected positions while serving on this committee but may stand for election to the Board of Directors.

  • This is a two-year term.
  • The estimated time commitment is 10 hours per month to complete the ongoing work, with a monthly one-hour meeting by phone. This may increase to 15 hours per month during peak periods.
  • LDC members prepare for and attend the Washington Leadership Meeting (WLM) in January. (Funding for attendance WLM is provided by NAFSA, including hotel and air.)
  • LDC members prepare for and attend leadership meetings at the NAFSA Annual Conference.
  • LDC members commit to visibility and engagement during meetings, events, and activities at the NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo.
  • Registration for and active participation in the NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo
  • Understanding of NAFSA and demonstrated overall knowledge of the structure of the association
  • Knowledge of the benefits and responsibilities of NAFSA volunteer leadership, including NAFSA’s mission, vision, and statement of ethical principles and diversity and inclusion
  • Willingness to adopt organizationwide perspectives and LDC strategic priorities and to
  • adopt association perspectives on volunteer development and management
  • Experience with strategic planning, management, networking, and delegation
  • 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
  • Valid NAFSA membership through the length of the leadership term

Desired Qualifications

  • Previous experience in NAFSA at the regional or national level
  • Experience in public speaking, presentations, marketing, mentoring, and leadership development
  • Ability to represent the LDC by attending NAFSA regional conferences or other international education conferences outside the United States (if member is based outside the United States)