Committee: International Student and Scholar Services Knowledge Community (KCISSS)
Position: Regulatory Practice Coordinator (RPC)
Term Dates: Two-year term, renewable for one additional term 

The Knowledge Community for International Student and Scholar Services (KC ISSS) supports the efforts of those who advise international students and scholars, and provides assistance with understanding immigration regulations, best practices for developing appropriate office policies, and supporting internationalization through programming efforts that contribute to success, retention, and engagement. The regulatory practice coordinator serves on behalf of KC ISSS as the key communications liaison to the International Student and Scholar Regulatory Practice (ISS RP).

Position updated June 2018

Applications are not currently being accepted.
Major Functions and Responsibilities
  • Liaise between KC ISSS and ISS RP to facilitate knowledge sharing, outreach and communication regarding trending issues, annual or regional conference initiatives, and partnering opportunities for work plan items and new practice resources.
  • Have strong familiarity with NAFSA’s regulatory practice offerings. Serve as point of contact to KC ISSS, ISS RP, and members, in bringing awareness of, and locating, NAFSA practice resources.
  • Maintain attentiveness to member regulatory concerns by observing and participating in the International Student Advising (ISTA)/International Scholar Advising (ISCA) network discussions, reading weekly distribution reports, and reading Direct or refer ISTA/ISCA subscribers to KC ISSS practice resources.
  • Have an understanding of both KC ISSS and ISS RP leadership structures and work plan objectives, and an ability to engage members and discuss the efforts and partnerships that exist between KC ISSS and ISS RP at both the regional and national levels.
  • Keep list of anticipated new practice resources for the development of the KC ISSS annual work plan, and assist KC ISSS and ISS RP chairs in determining when a new resource should be created or current resource needs to be updated.
  • Contribute to the development and completion of the KC ISSS work plan and related work plan objectives, in accordance with NAFSA’s Strategic Plan.
  • Represent KC ISSS at annual conference activities (KC ISSS Reception, KC ISSS Update, and Networking Center) and perform rotational committee duties when needed by chair.
  • Attend quarterly KC ISSS virtual calls and, when needed, participate in additional calls, as determined by chair

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.
  • Prepare for and attend the Washington Leadership Meeting in February 2019 and January 2020.
  • Prepare for and attend KC ISSS team preconference meetings at the NAFSA annual conference in May.
  • Previous volunteer/presentation experience with NAFSA at local, regional, or national level
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience working in the ISSS field and knowledge of regulations 
  • Strong leadership skills in communication, organization, and project management, with an interest in team work and collaboration
  • 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
  • Current NAFSA membership throughout length of the leadership term
  • Ability to meet the volunteer commitment outlined and planning calendar deadlines