Committee: International Enrollment Management Knowledge Community (IEM KC)
Position: Sponsored Programs Liaison
Term Dates: Two-year term, renewable for one term (maximum of 4 years) 

The International Enrollment Management Knowledge Community provides professional development opportunities, programs and resources for those in the fields of admissions, credential evaluation, marketing and recruitment, overseas educational advising, intensive English programs, and sponsored program administration.

The Sponsored Programs Liaison is charged with staying highly informed on trends and issues in the sponsored programs sector of the field and sharing that knowledge with the IEM KC team in order to guide the team’s activities and initiatives. Additionally, this volunteer position develops and manages resources related to sponsored programs.

Position updated June 2018

NAFSA is not currently accepting applications for this position.
Major Functions and Responsibilities
  • Keeps abreast of trends and issues in the sponsored programs sector of the field and brings them to the attention of the IEM team
  • Provides guidance to the IEM team and informs their work related to various sponsored program updates
  • Liaise with various sponsoring agencies on behalf of the team
  • Serves as the liaison between the IEM KC and the Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) Member Interest Group (MIG)
  • Promotes professional development for members involved with sponsored programs
  • Works closely with the IEM chair stream and takes the lead in projects as assigned by the Chair
  • Collaborates with the IEM KC network leaders on cross‐network resources and discussions
  • Coordinates the creation of high quality & timely resources related to sponsored programs
  • Ensures the review & revision of existing resources as needed
  • Refers international educators to appropriate network(s) and encourages participation in networks
  • Attends training event in Washington, DC
  • Attends IEM team meeting and relevant MIG meetings at NAFSA’s Annual Conference

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.
  • Commit to serving a two-year position term
  • Estimated time commitment is four to six hours per month on various tasks: outreach and engagement with NAFSAns, postings to NAFSA discussion forums and regional listservs, assist in the deliverables with annual workplan, e-mail communication, preparing for annual conference activities, participating in leadership cultivation and other duties as assigned by chair.
  • Participate in monthly conference calls with the IEM KC team.
  • Participate in KC team meetings at the Washington Leadership Meeting in January (participation is funded by NAFSA).
  • Attend NAFSA’s annual conference each May & participate in the IEM team meetings at the annual conference, usually Monday (leaders are responsible for travel, hotel, and meal costs for the AC)
  • Experience in international education with specific knowledge of – and currently working in – sponsored programs
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, especially in building/supervising teams or working groups
  • An active interest in assisting colleagues with professional and leadership development 
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience working in the IEM field.  
  • Strong analytical abilities and leadership skills in communication, delegation, and project management with a willingness to engage with members to discuss current issues, ongoing priorities, and agency engagement efforts.
  • Institutional support for this volunteer commitment to participate in monthly conference calls, perform the duties of this position, and attend the annual conference to participate in IEM KC leader meetings and regional liaison activities. 
  • Willingness to adopt organization-wide perspectives and IEM KC 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