Position: Trainer Corps Chair and Professional Learning Services (PLS) Liaison
Term Dates: Two years

The chair of Trainer Corps (TC) monitors all aspects of the TC program and takes the lead role in ensuring that Trainer Corps members are well prepared for their volunteer role(s) through preparation and support programs.  The chair-designate serves a one-year term before assuming the chair position for a one-year term. The Trainer Corps chair also takes on the responsibilities of serving as the Professional Learning Services Liaison on the NAFSA Board of Directors’ President’s Coordinating Council. 

As a Trainer Corps Chair and Professional Learning Services (PLS) Liaison you will

  • Officially represent and promote NAFSA’s Trainer Corps and the NAFSA Core Education Program
  • Enhance leadership skills
  • Influence the priorities and components of the overall NAFSA Trainer Corps Program
  • Collaborate with NAFSA Regional and Knowledge Community leaders 
  • Contribute your leadership and expertise to the field of international education

Position updated December 2019

Applications are not currently being accepted.
Major Functions and Responsibilities

In collaboration with NAFSA staff and other NAFSA member leaders, the Trainer Corps chair-designate:

  • Reviews all Trainer Corps feedback reports and makes informed suggestions on programmatic changes
  • Sets the priorities for each issue of Trainer Corps Times and serves as lead editor
  • Supports the team that delivers the Trainer Corps Preparation Program at the NAFSA Annual Conference as needed
  • Supports the work of the Core Education Program (CEP) Workshop deans and provides guidance and direction in setting dean priorities as needed
  • Contributes to Trainer Corps enrichment opportunities 
  • Recruits Trainer Corps members to serve in various involvement roles within Trainer Corps
  • Endorses and supports the work of the Trainer Corps chair

In collaboration with NAFSA staff and other NAFSA member leaders, the Trainer Corps chair:

  • Monitors all Trainer Corps-related activities, including delivery of Trainer Corps-related programs at the NAFSA Annual Conference (preconference  virtual orientations, TC induction and enrichment workshops, colloquium, and reception) and leads trainer virtual preparation program in support of CEP Workshop delivery at various venues
  • Appoints Trainer Corps members to serve in various involvement roles within Trainer Corps
  • Serves as spokesperson for the Trainer Corps member recruitment process
  • Promotes Trainer Corps and the NAFSA Core Education Program to NAFSA regional leaders, knowledge community leaders, at NAFSA conferences and other meetings
  • Acts as a resource to Trainer Corps members
  • Provides guidance to the team of reviewers in the Trainer Corps application review process
  • Ensures all Trainer Corps members are given consistent and professional support and training in preparation for their various roles
  • Plans and convenes regular meetings (virtual) with Trainer Corps leadership and NAFSA Staff
  • Leads, mentors and guides the duties of the Trainer Corps chair-designate
  • Reviews all Trainer Corps feedback reports and makes informed suggestions on programmatic changes

The Trainer Corps chair serves on the President’s Coordinating Council as the Professional Learning Services (PLS) Liaison.  The primary responsibility of this position is to liaise between NAFSA’s Professional Learning Services and member leaders to inform and promote the PLS learning events to varied NAFSA audiences:

  • Acts as a conduit of information for NAFSA’s learning programs between NAFSA members and NAFSA staff
  • Fosters collaborative relationships with other NAFSA leadership groups involved in creating practice resources, especially the Knowledge Community member leaders
  • Interacts with NAFSA regional leadership teams to facilitate regional awareness of professional development programming and facilitate awareness of regional professional development needs
  • Actively promotes all of the PLS learning programs to a wide range of audiences 

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.


The chair term is for one year, preceded by one year as chair-designate, for a total of two years. 

On average, 10 hours per month will be needed to complete the ongoing work.  The heaviest periods of work will occur in:

  • Early spring, preparing for the various Annual Conference TC programs and events
  • Winter, supporting the recruitment and application of new and renewing members
  • Ongoing monthly conference calls with staff for overall program coordination

In addition, during the chair year:

  • Early December through late January/early February (preparing for and attending the Washington Leadership Meeting (WLM); Early April through mid-May in preparation for the Annual Conference. Periodic Coordinating Council conference calls throughout the year may happen.
How to Get Involved

The NAFSA Vice President for Professional Development and Engagement appoints the Trainer Corps Chair-designate based on the following minimum qualifications:


  • Current Trainer Corps member
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully deliver NAFSA CEP Workshops
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, manage, and motivate a group of volunteers
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate efforts with NAFSA staff
  • 5-7 years’ experience in management of international education programs
  • Willingness and time to participate in Trainer Corps discussions (conference calls, online)
  • Willingness to work in virtual environments
  • Willingness to present in a virtual environment during virtual trainings and orientations
  • Commitment to attend Annual Conference during tenure as chair-designate and chair


  • Previous experience as CEP lead trainer, TC Preparation Program Team trainer, CEP workshop dean, e-Learning Dean, or CEP curriculum team member

Contact NAFSA’s Professional Learning Services 
[email protected] for the official application form.

Mark Your Calendar

Recruitment for open chair-designate position begins each summer/fall. The term of volunteer leadership begins January 1 and ends December 31 of the second year.