Committee: Board of Directors
Position: Vice President for Public Policy and Practice
Term Dates: Three Years
The VPPPP is a key link between the membership and NAFSA’s public policy and regulatory practice agenda. His/her primary responsibilities are to work with staff to lead efforts on the following strategic objectives: “be a strong advocate for public policies that promote a better world through international education and exchange” (Goal 1); and to “advance NAFSA’s leadership position in key knowledge areas” (Goal 3).
As a member of the Board of Directors, s/he also takes part in setting the strategic direction for the association in all goal areas. The Vice President chairs the Public Policy Committee of the Board, which, working in partnership with the President and Chair, the Executive Director and CEO, and appropriate public policy staff, recommends for Board approval the public policy objectives for the Association’s strategic plan, engages the Board in discussion of key public policy matters, stays abreast of the implementation of the Association’s public policy objectives, and communicates with the membership on public policy objectives and decisions. The Vice President also serves on the Executive Committee when meetings are called by the President and Chair. Under his/her purview are the Education Abroad Regulatory Practice (EARP) and International Student and Scholar Regulatory Practice (ISS-RP) Committees.
Position updated December 2018
Applications are not currently being accepted.
- Expected to adhere to all responsibilities specified in the Board of Directors member at large position description
- Chairs the Public Policy Committee of the Board, including the following responsibilities, among others:
- Developing meeting agendas with the Deputy Executive Director for Public Policy
- Presiding over committee meetings, both in person and by teleconference
- Reaching consensus among committee members on issues that require decisions, or in rare cases where consensus is not possible, reaching a majority opinion
- Coordinating the input of the Committee to the refreshing of the Strategic Plan
- As a member of the Board, actively participate in setting the strategic direction for the association in all goal areas, including the following responsibilities, among those other duties prescribed to Board members at large:
- Engaging the Board in discussion of key public policy matters
- Recommending for Board approval the public policy objectives for the Association’s strategic plan, after consolidating input from the Board Policy Committee and the Regulatory Practice Committees
- Contributing to the development of policies, priorities, and positions for the association and helping provide direction for the development and stewardship of NAFSA’s resources through the Strategic Plan.
- Reviewing and recommending to the Board the formation of subcommittees, and reviews and approves task force requests to achieve specific objectives.
- Representing the Board and Executive Committee in various venues.
- May be asked to serve on committees or task forces of the Board.
- As the key official elected to communicate with the members about public policy and regulatory practice issues, communicate the results of the Board’s work and priorities to the committees and to the larger membership, including the following:
- Encouraging members and other grassroots advocates to be involved in the success of NAFSA’s advocacy efforts
- Engaging in social media and grassroots communication strategies
- Oversees the work plans and input of the EA-RP and ISS-RP Committees, ensuring that both the Strategic Plan priorities and the objectives of the EA-RP and ISS-RP subcommittees are addressed, including the following:
- Prioritizing work and the requests for resources to guide the staff in budgeting
- Coordinating the committees’ input to the refreshing of the Strategic Plan, and communicating the results of the Board’s work and priorities to the committees and to the larger membership
- Provides leadership and direction to the EA-RP and ISS-RP Committees, ensuring their planned activities reflect the Strategic Plan, and monitoring progress toward fulfilling the objectives of the plan
- As needed, recruits, selects and appoints members to the EA-RP and ISS-RP Committees working with the Leadership Development Committee, and staff
- Coaches and mentors the committee members and holds them accountable for their objectives, consistent with the Strategic Plan
- Working with the Deputy Executive Director for Professional Development Services, resolves any issues arising where staff performance inhibits EA-RP and ISS-RP Committees’ ability to achieve objectives
Champion NAFSA’s on-going commitment to Implementing the Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan
- Manage unconscious bias in decision making and the assessment of practices, policies and procedures.
- Advocating for increasing accessibility and participation from underrepresented groups, individuals, and institutions.
- Seek to learn and understand the multicultural perspectives of member leaders, NAFSA constituents, and stakeholders to align with the NAFSA Diversity and Inclusion Statement.
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.
Relationships with other members
The VPPPP works most closely with the members of the Public Policy Committee of the Board, the Chairs and members of the EA-RP and ISS-RP Committees, and his/her colleagues on the Board of Directors. For the EA-RP and ISS-RP Committees, s/he serves as manager and coach and holds them accountable for meeting the objectives set in their annual work plans. The VPPPP also has representative duties with other leadership groups.
Relations with the Staff
The VPPPP works most closely with the Deputy Executive Director for Public Policy and with senior directors in the Public Policy and Professional Practice departments, and may also work with other members of NAFSA’s senior management team in the fulfillment of his/her duties as a member of the Executive Committee. The VPPPP’s relationship with the senior staff is that of partners.
The term of the Vice Presidency is three years. Upon election, the in-coming VPPPP will shadow the sitting VPPPP in the fall prior to assuming the position in January, and attends the December meeting of the Board of Directors – including a board orientation session – as a guest (with no vote).
In each year of tenure, the VPPPP is expected to attend all Board meetings (March, September, December, and any special meetings by conference call) and any meetings of the Executive Committee called by the President and Chair, and all meetings of the Public Policy Committee of the Board. NAFSA’s Board of Directors meetings typically run from noon on Wednesdays to noon on Fridays. Meetings are held in Washington, DC. S/he is also expected to prepare for and attend the Washington Leadership Meetings (WLM) in late January and participate in fall planning activities (conference calls, meetings, etc.), as assigned. The VPPPP represents the Board at fall regional conferences and spring regional team meetings, as assigned, and serves on Board task forces, as requested. If asked by NAFSA Senior Management, the VPPPP may also represent the association at the meetings of international colleagues associations based outside the U.S. NAFSA funds his/her participation in all such meetings.
Working with the Chairs of the EA-RP and ISS-RP Committees, the VPPPP will also attend meetings approximately ten times a year, other occasional conference calls, and face to face meetings at the annual conference and WLM.
The VPPPP is expected to review email daily and respond promptly to staff, leaders, and other members of the association and to report critical issues to the full Board or the President and Chair in a timely fashion. On-going work in coaching and managing the leaders in his/her purview and in reporting and answering questions should be expected.
- Understanding of public policy process
- 10 or more years as an international educator, with strong preference for experience in both education abroad and immigration practice
- Proven experience in managing volunteers
- Demonstrated ability in chairing committee meetings and reaching consensus among various viewpoints
- Comfort with dissenting opinions and ability to explain the association’s policy positions effectively
- Excellent communication and relationship-building strategies and skills
- Prior experience in a management position that required strategic and operational planning
- Access to and skill in email communication
- Willingness and availability to travel Desired Qualifications
- Familiarity with non-profit finance and audit reporting
- Previous experience on an educational or non-profit board of directors
- Experience in other NAFSA leadership positions