Each year, hundreds of NAFSA members volunteer to create and disseminate knowledge, influence public policy, and maintain a strong organization. These leaders serve on committees, knowledge communities, task forces, and in other volunteer roles. The work of the association could not be accomplished without the time and expertise of these volunteers. Serving in a leadership capacity offers a unique opportunity for personal and professional growth.

Appointed Positions

Appointed positions are appointed to their roles per the NAFSA Standing Rules. Appointed positions are advertised in July and as openings occur throughout the calendar year. After receiving applications, the chairs of the committees and knowledge committees review applications and consider potential candidates. Applications are reviewed within 4 to 6 weeks of the submission close date. Notifications on the status of an application occur within 8 to 12 weeks thereafter.

Unfilled positions will remain open as needed.

Education Abroad Regulatory Practice Committee

Regional Affairs

Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community

Open Elected Positions

These positions are elected to their roles per the NAFSA Standing RulesIcon PDF 16. Applications are due in March and notifications on the status of an application occur by July. The election slate goes live in late summer (August/September).

Regional Team Positions

These positions elected or appointed by the regional leadership. Please review the application processes and timelines for each region as they may vary. Contact team members directly if you have any questions.

Training Delivery Opportunities


NAFSA offers volunteer leadership opportunities to members that will develop a variety of skills and promote professional connections. Opportunities are available across many areas of expertise, with varying levels of involvement and time commitment.

Please fill out the application below to be considered for these NAFSA volunteer leader positions.