Position: Chair, Chair Designate 
Term Dates: Two years

The Chair of the Academy of International Education takes the lead role in ensuring that the Academy for International Education continues to meet the training needs of newcomers, those in transition and those who have taken on new or expanded responsibilities. The Chair is the program’s liaison to the regional teams and the Professional Learning Services (PLS) Liaison. The Chair also acts as coach for the Academy coaches and works with NAFSA staff to lead the training and support the Academy coaches.

Position updated January 2020

Major Functions and Responsibilities

In collaboration with NAFSA Staff and the PLS Liaison, the Academy chair:

  • Leads the Academy coaches in the achievement of the program’s goals
  • Manages and leads training and meetings of the Academy coaches
  • Supports the trainee recruitment and application review process by Academy coaches and other application reviewers
  • Provides guidance to coaches on working with Academy trainees
  • Promotes the Academy at NAFSA conferences and meetings
  • Facilitates Academy trainings and meetings throughout the program, including Coaches’ Orientation and Training, Spring Training, coach and trainee meetings at Annual Conference, virtual trainings of coaches, and at Regional Conference
  • Presents Spring Training workshops at Spring Training, if needed
  • Acts as a resource to Academy coaches, trainees, and alumni
  • Assists in managing the Academy coaches’ online workspace

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 are 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.

Time Commitment

An estimated 15-20 hours per month will be needed to complete the ongoing work. The heaviest periods
of work will occur in:

  • Monthly – Two 60-minute conference calls with NAFSA staff per month
  • August/September – preparing for, and participating in, Academy coaches training
  • December/January – recruiting and accepting new Academy Class
  • February/March – preparing for, and participating, in Spring Training
  • Before and during Annual Conference – preparing for Academy meetings
  • Virtual Coaches Training Sessions – preparing for, and facilitating 12 virtual coach training sessions throughout the course of the program

The position is for a two-and-a-half-year term, with the first year as chair designate. The term begins July 1, 2020 and ends December 31, 2022. The Academy Chair must be committed to attending the following events:

Date Event Location
September 14-16, 2020 3-day Academy 18 Coaches Training Washington, D.C.
March 1-5, 2021 Academy Class 18 Spring Training Atlanta, GA
May 30 – June 4, 2021 2021 NAFSA Annual Conference Orlando, FL
September 2021 3-day Academy 19 Coaches Training Washington, D.C.
March 2022 Academy Class 19 Spring Training TBD
May 29-June 3, 2022 2022 NAFSA Annual Conference Denver, CO

As Chair, you will have the opportunity to enhance your leadership skills, influence the components of the Academy program, design and deliver marketing messages, design and deliver training, share knowledge and expertise, connect with coaches and trainees from other regions, contribute to the development of skilled international educators, and give back to the international education field.

The Chair receives support in the form of:

  • Intensive position training by shadowing the Chair during the year spent as chair-designate
  • Close collaboration with NAFSA staff in planning of all aspects of the program
  • NAFSA staff co-facilitation of Coaches’ Orientation and Training, Spring Training, annual conference Academy events, and virtual trainings
  • NAFSA staff management of program and coach meeting logistics, registration, national marketing, etc.


  • Travel expenses for Coaches’ Training in Washington, D.C.
  • Travel expenses for Spring Training

Please note: Travel to/from the annual conference, along with meals and lodging for meetings before/during the conference, is not covered. Other operating expenses members incur in offices/at home, such as copies, phone calls, etc. are not reimbursed. The regular conference calls are set up by staff and covered by the association, as necessary.

How to Get Involved


  • NAFSA Membership
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a group of volunteers and coordinate efforts with NAFSA staff
  • Significant experience as a trainer
  • 5-7 years’ experience in management
  • Willingness and time to participate in Academy discussions (conference calls and online)
  • Willingness to work in online workspaces


  • Previous experience with the Academy, preferably as coach
  • Current or former Trainer Corps member

Selection Process
The Vice President for Professional Development and Engagement appoints the Academy Chair in consultation with the Senior Director, Professional Learning Services.

Please see the attached application.


Please submit an application by April 15, 2020.