Committee: International Student and Scholar Services Knowledge Community (KCISSS)
Position: Network Leader, International Scholar Advising Network (ISCA)
Term Dates: Two-year term, renewable for one additional term 

The International Scholar Advising (ISCA) Network supports the efforts of those who work with international faculty and scholars assisting with immigration regulations, as well as orientation, programming, and adjustment concerns. The network leader provides oversight and coordination of the ISCA network, serving as a primary communication resource and tool for the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Knowledge Community (KC) to disseminate information. The network leader adds value to the network through forum discussions and by connecting subscribers to resources.

Position updated October 2018

Applications are not currently being accepted.
Major Functions and Responsibilities
  • Serve as an active member of the KC ISSS team, point person for ISCA network subscribers, and when required, lead in the development of new and timely resources for ISSS professionals.
  • Identify forum topics and recommend programming-related objectives to include in the annual KC ISSS work plan.
  • Participate in and monitor the ISCA discussion forum, respond to unanswered posts, and direct subscribers to NAFSA resources or products. Ensure adherence to NAFSA forum guidelines and netiquette.
  • Refer network subscribers to other NAFSA networks, when appropriate. Collaborate with other network leaders on cross-network resources and discussions.
  • Post new resources and announcements on the What’s New section of the network home page and monitor resources for updating or archiving.
  • Have familiarity with ISCA member needs, able to recruit effective volunteers to lead or serve on timeline-driven projects.

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.
  • Estimated four to six hours per month to participate in position responsibilities including: monitor network activity, manage resources, and participate in KC ISSS teleconference calls.
  • Participation in the Washington Leadership Meetings (WLMs) in February 2019 and January 2020 (funding for WLM is provided by NAFSA).
  • Preparation for and attendance at pre-conference meetings at the NAFSA annual conference in late May 2019 and 2020.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience working in the ISSS field.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of J-1 scholar and employment-based scholar advising and programming.
  • Strong leadership skills in communication, delegation, and project management.
  • Institutional support for this volunteer commitment.
  • Willingness to adopt organization-wide perspectives and KC ISSS 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 e-mail in a timely fashion as well as communicate using online electronic tools/systems plus the online workspace structure
  • Willingness and ability to travel for participation and representation at NAFSA meetings
  • Manage unconscious bias in the assessment and decision-making process
  • Recognized 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