Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Live Stream of the White House Travel Bloggers Summit on Study Abroad and Global Citizenship, December 9, 2014 #WHTravelBloggers

This morning I learned via Twitter that the White House in collaboration with Hostelling International USA is hosting the first White House Travel Bloggers Summit on Study Abroad and Global Citizenship today.  You can learn more about the Summit via the HI-USA News webpage at http://bit.ly/1w9mQ9x and this blog post by HI-USA CEO Russ Hedge at http://bit.ly/1s92a1S.  As the title of the Summit suggests, invited participants are the top 100 travel bloggers and digital influencers.

Based on my limited available time to fully research this event it seems that the National Security Council may have played a significant role in planning the event.  The Summit will stream live via the White House Live Events page at http://1.usa.gov/1w9sOHo at 2:15pm EST.

Speakers include:

Penny Pritzker, Secretary of Commerce, Department of Commerce
Denis McDonough, Chief of Staff, The White House
Benjamin Rhodes, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting, National Security Council
Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), Department of State
Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Director, Peace Corps
Daniela Kaisth, Vice President, External Affairs and IIE Initiatives, Institute of International Education
Alex Montoya, Alumnus, Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program
Angel Cabrera, President, George Mason University
Samantha Brown, Host, Travel Channel
Don Wildman, Host, Travel Channel
Robert Reid, Digital Nomad, National Geographic
Robin Goldberg, Chief Experience Officer, Minerva Project
James Howard, National iHeartRadio Brand Coordinator, iHeartMedia

If you wish to follow along via Twitter, Instagram or Facebook you can do so via #WHTravelBloggers.

I'll be posting this in a few moments over on SECUSS-L for two reasons:  

First - to inform everyone about this event as it seems to have not have made it to the larger study abroad community.  Kudos to @CIEEstudyabroad for engaging via Twitter to see if any of their alumni, and possible travel bloggers, are attending the Summit!

Second - to possibly generate some discussion within the SECUSS-L community about the Summit.

While I haven't come across the complete list of 100 travel bloggers attending the Summit I posit that very few (if any) are Study Abroad professionals and aside from Evan Ryan of ECA and Daniela Kaisth of IIE it appears that the international educator voice is missing from such an important Summit on Study Abroad and Global Citizenship hosted by the White House!  Perhaps that is a good thing?  Your thoughts?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Sips for Scholarships - Fund Raiser for Study Abroad Scholarships



Friday, December 5th from 7:00pm-9:30pm EST

Cottage Park Yacht Club
76 Orlando Ave.
Winthrop, MA  02152

Enjoy a night of wine-tasting, great food and the opportunity to bid on exciting silent auction items.

All proceeds will benefit the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) and their life-changing study abroad scholarships. FEA is a 501(c)3 non-profit and all donations will be tax-deductible as provided by law.

For more information please contact Assistant Director Olivia Moore at 202-349-73456 or omoore@fundforeducationabroad.org

Tickets available at: http://fundforeducationabroad.givezooks.com/events/sips-for-scholarships-boston-2014

You must be at least 21 years old to attend

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Follow the Twitter Backchannel from the 2014 CIEE Annual Conference in Baltimore, November 19-22

Monday, October 6, 2014

Follow the Twitter Backchannel from the 28th Australian International Education Conference (AIEC) from 7-10 October 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Researching Mexico: University of Chicago Field Explorations in Mexico, 1896-2014 - New exhibit at Special Collections unearths UChicago’s research in Mexico

Those of you who are interested in the history of international educational research, study and exchange and/or U.S. & Mexico academic engagement may find interest in a current exhibit “Researching Mexico: University of Chicago Field Explorations in Mexico, 1896-2014 “ at Special Collections at the University of Chicago.

The exhibition is on view in the Special Collections Research Center Gallery from June 30, 2014 - October 4, 2014.  Gallery hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.  Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. when classes are in session.   

You can read, see a few items from the collection and learn more at:




To be sure, viewing this exhibit is easiest done by those in the Chicagoland area or those who will find themselves in the city while the exhibit is open.  I have yet to visit the exhibit so I am unable to comment but I have penciled in a date to visit next week.

[note that Summer Quarter classes end Saturday, August 30th so based on my understanding the exhibit would be open this coming Saturday and Autumn Quarter classes begin at the UofC on Monday, September 29th which would make October 4th the last day of the exhibit and an open day you can view on a Saturday]

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The first time Germany played Argentina in the World Cup Final I was an exchange student in Rosenheim, West Germany (1986)

My family has turned into a big soccer family the last couple of years with my two older children playing competive soccer and my five year old on his way...so, we have been watching as many World Cup games as possible.  With the final game set with Germany to face Argentina we see the continuation of a great World Cup rivarly.

When West Germany lost to Argentina in the 1986 World Cup I was an exchange student in Rosenheim, West Germany.  My host family bought me a Rudy Völler World Cup jersey and yesterday I dug it out of my soccer bag.  I have never worn the shirt and should probably have it framed....anyway, I thought I would share the photos of the shirt here as well as a link to the highlights of the 1986 final game from Azteca Stadium!




Monday, July 7, 2014

Eduard Shevardnadze (ედუარდ შევარდნაძე), 25 January 1928 – 7 July 2014


Eduard Shevardnadze (ედუარდ შევარდნაძე)
25 January 1928 – 7 July 2014

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1991 and President of Georgia from 1992 to 2003 understood the value of international educational and cultural exchanges.

It's facinating to read about how "General Agreement on Contacts, Exchanges, and Cooperation in Scientific, Technical, Educational, Cultural, and Other Fields" between the United States and the Soviet Union [one of smaller outcomes of the Geneva Summit in November 1985] came about:

"Pact on Exchanges: 200-Hour Wrangle" via The New York Times, November 27, 1985

"General Agreement on Contacts, Exchanges, and Cooperation in Scientific, Technical, Educational, Cultural, and Other Fields" between the United States and the Soviet Union


Friday, May 30, 2014

How accurate is Louis CK in talking about a school trip to Guatemala?

The part about the school trip to Guatemala begins at the 2:38 mark but the entire clip is worth watching!



 Disclosure for those of you with sensitive ears: there are some #$%@! words...

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Twitter Back Channel from the 2014 NAFSA Conference in San Diego

Friday, May 23, 2014

Lily von Klemperer on Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad

As many IHEC Blog readers know, I enjoy learning and writing about the history of international educational and cultural exchange and I'm quite excited about the formation last year of the AIFS/AIFS Foundation Education Abroad Special Collection which is a project of the Forum on Education Abroad in partnership with Dickinson College, the American Institute For Study Abroad (AIFS) and the AIFS Foundation.  I enjoy the history of the field so much that several years ago I created the Bury Book Internaitonal Education Library & Archive and have received donated materials from some of the biggest names in the field and get several requests a year about visiting for research (it's currently in my home office which adds some challenges to have visitors).

This week the Forum on Education Abroad held a celebration at the Special Collection at Dickinson to honor the establishment of the center and to showcase some of the donations made thus far.  You can see photos from the event on the Forum's Facebook page and Twitter account.

In the May 23, 2014 Forum News, a note about an interview from 1988 by Tom Roberts with Lily von Klemperer was released on the Forum's YouTube Channel.  Both are pioneers in the field and I'm honored to have met Tom and to have shared a beverage (or more) with him but I never met Lily.  I'm a huge fan of her work and to watch this brief video made my day!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

AAA Commercial: Emma spends a semester in Barcelona that she'd call "school"...

I have been wanting to post about a relatively recent (aired primarily January through March) AAA television commercial here in the U.S. that mentions study abroad and I'm now getting around to it as I wonder what IHEC Blog readers think.

In sum, the commercial is the voice of a father (Kirk) recounting his memories of his daughter Emma's life beginning at her wedding and working back through her life to her birth with the premise that AAA Insurance coverage was along with her every step of the way!  Along this journey, Kirk expresses that he didn't know Emma would "spend a semester in Barcelona that she'd call [pause] School".  The commercial is shot in freeze-frame and it shows Emma during her semester in Barcelona at School hiking in the mountains (presumably in the Pyrénées although the beauty of studying abroad is that she could be in the Alps).

My interpretation of both the audio and visual parts of this segment pertaining to Emma's academic time in Barcelona (5 seconds in length) suggest that study abroad (in Barcelona and beyond) by U.S. students is less than the rigorous academic experience we all know that it is...

In my view, this commercial perpetuates the view of study abroad as more of a vacation and less of an academic experience.  What is you view on the commercial and what, if any, impact do you think it has on viewers?




As usual, just looking to stir thoughts and dialogue in the field!

Also, I'm well aware of the impact studying abroad had on my undergraduate GPA (you?)!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

'Game of Pawns: The Glenn Duffie Shriver Story' - Advice for U.S. College Students Abroad - A 28:08 FBI produced dramatization

A 28:08 dramatization entitled 'Game of Pawns: The Glenn Duffie Shriver Story' (produced by the FBI Counterintelligence Division) was released yesterday morning via the FBI News Blog and can be viewed below:



You can read more about the Glenn Duffie Shriver story at: http://1.usa.gov/1qYKPSm

You can also watch a 4:34 minute interview with Glenn Duffie Shriver from Federal Prison entitled 'Don't Be a Pawn: A Warning to Students Abroad' below:


Friday, March 28, 2014

University of Chicago Celebrates the Opening of the new Center in Delhi

This is a big weekend for the University of Chicago as the new Center in Delhi opens!



You can learn more about all of the program of activities and tune in via the University of Chicago website.

If you are on Twitter you can also follow along via #UChiDelhi

Friday, March 21, 2014

I'm working to get through the IHEC inbox...

The number of e-mail messages from colleagues in the field and others to my international.ed.consulting@gmail.com seeking assistance and advise is tremendous (meaning I receive more than I can respond to) and greatly appreciated (I recieve quite a bit to my Univ. of Chicago address as well).

I apologize if you have sent me a message in the last 6+ months and I haven't replied.  I receive on average 3-4 requests per week and I struggle to find the time to respond and assist outside of my full-time job of father to three and husband to one and my work at the University of Chicago as well as a few paid side projects.

I'm working to get through the inbox...

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Audio of Farther Foundation Founder David Weindling Talking Study Abroad Scholarships for Underserved Chicago Youth on WBEZ Worldview on March 20, 2014

Farther Foundation founder David Weindling was on the radio on WBEZ Worldview (91.5 fm in Chicago) and you can listen to the audio at https://soundcloud.com/wbez-worldview/global-activism-foundation.
A brief decription of the Farther Foundation that I obtained from their website follows:
Farther Foundation was formed to help students break free from the constraints of poverty and gain experiences that propel them toward their highest aspirations.group.
Farther Foundation provides opportunities for eager and deserving students to travel worldwide and interact with individuals who have diverse backgrounds and experiences. They participate in programs where they are immersed in new cultures and experiences, learn and develop skills, provide community service, cultivate leadership potential and attain personal growth.

Learn more about Farther Foundation at http://www.fartherfoundation.org/
Learn more about WBEZ Worldview at http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview


Image courtesy of:  Randy son of Robert on Creative Commons

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Coursera MOOC - Globalizing Higher Education and Research for the ‘Knowledge Economy’ by Kris Olds & Susan Robertson begins March 24, 2014




The following Coursera MOOC may be of interest to many Many IHEC Blog readers so I'm posting some information about the course below:


This course is designed to examine an array of issues related to the globalization of higher education and research. The main objective of the course is to enable students to better understand how and why universities are engaged in the globalization process, as well as what the key implications of this development process are.

Originally scheduled for January, 2014 it will now begin on March 24, 2014
Length of course:  7 weeks of instruction
Time Commitment:  3-5 hours of work per week
Language of Instruction:  English
Cost:  Free
Instructors:  Kris Olds, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Susan L. Robertson, University of Bristol

More information available at:  https://www.coursera.org/course/globalhighered


Image obtained from the Coursera Media Kit

Monday, March 3, 2014

IIE's "Generation Study Abroad" Brings Together Educators, Businesses, Governments

The following press release is copied and pasted here to IHEC Blog with the permission of IIE.

NEW YORK, March 3, 2014—The Institute of International Education (IIE) officially launched Generation Study Abroad, a five-year initiative that brings leaders in education, business and governments together to double the number of U.S. college students studying abroad. IIE has already identified more than 150 lead partners who have committed to specific, measurable actions that will help reach this ambitious goal; the result will be thousands more American students graduating with the international experience necessary for success in a globalized world. Organizations can learn more and sign on at generationstudyabroad.com.

Generation Study AbroadLeading up to IIE’s centennial celebration in 2019, Generation Study Abroad will engage educators at all levels and stakeholders in the public and private sectors to drive meaningful, innovative action to increase the number of U.S. students who have the opportunity to gain international experience through academic study abroad programs, as well as internships, service learning and non-credit educational experiences.

Building on its nearly 100-year commitment to study abroad, IIE has committed $2 million of its own funds to this initiative over the next five years. IIE is also actively raising funds for a Study Abroad Fund to provide scholarships to college and high school students and grants to institutions. Thanks to lead gifts by IIE Chairman Thomas S. Johnson and IIE Treasurer Mark A. Angelson, IIE will launch a new scholarship program, the IIE Passport Awards for Study Abroad, to provide supplemental grants for students from inner-city high schools to study abroad when they are in college.

Gilman Scholar Alumni Ashley BlackmonMore than 150 higher education institutions from 41 U.S. states have already signed the Generation Study Abroad Commitment, including large state and private universities, liberal arts colleges, community colleges, and historically black colleges and universities and other minority serving institutions. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and several foreign governments, as well as key higher education associations and study abroad provider organizations, have also pledged to support the goals of the initiative. Recognizing the importance of an internationally focused workforce, IIE is also actively seeking the participation of corporations and the business community.

IIE is seeking at least 500 U.S. colleges and universities willing to either double the number of their students studying abroad, or significantly increase the participation rate of students who study abroad at some point during their undergraduate career. Later phases include mobilizing 1,000 high school teachers and engaging 10,000 alumni and students. IIE welcomes others to join this important initiative.

IIE is launching Generation Study Abroad because the number and proportion of today’s students who graduate with an educational experience abroad is far too low. Currently, fewer than 10 percent of all U.S. college students study abroad at some point in their academic career. According to the Open Doors Report on International and Educational Exchange released by IIE last November with support from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, 295,000 students studied abroad in 2011/12 in credit-bearing and non-credit programs. Generation Study Abroad aims to grow participation in study abroad so that the annual total reported will reach 600,000 by the end of the decade.

IIE recognizes that it will take time, resources and a perceptual shift to overcome barriers and bring about such change.

"Globalization has changed the way the world works, and employers are increasingly looking for workers who have international skills and expertise," says Dr. Allan Goodman, President of IIE. "Studying abroad must be viewed as an essential component of a college degree and critical to preparing future leaders."

With 2.6 million students graduating with associates or baccalaureate degrees each year, it is clear that major segments of America's young people are not getting the international experience they will need to advance their careers and participate in the global economy, or to work together across borders to address global issues.

Every institution faces its own unique set of challenges in getting more students to study abroad. Private liberal arts colleges in particular have historically been successful in making study abroad a part of their academic experience. But institutions of varying sizes and types with different missions and capabilities are developing innovative efforts to make study abroad more accessible to their students. By sharing best practices, campuses can learn from each other to extend international opportunities to a broader group of students from diverse backgrounds and fields.

IIE will lead the Generation Study Abroad coalition in creating an ongoing dialogue about the need for students to gain international experience. This will include research to identify and break down barriers hindering students from studying abroad, communications to share strategies and best practices to increase study abroad, and fundraising to mobilize additional financial resources. In addition to significantly expanding study abroad, the campaign will track campus activities that expand diversity in race and ethnicity, academic disciplines and gender.

As the first step in bringing stakeholders from different sectors together to achieve large-scale change, IIE will convene a one-day Think Tank (which I was invited to attend and will participate in) on what it will take to double study abroad, gathering invited leaders from the public, private and educational sectors at its New York headquarters on March 12.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

John Durkin, a Bates College student, went missing in Rome on Wed. Feb 19th #FindDurkin



John Durkin, a Bates College student, went missing in Rome on 2/19/14. He is an student on the Trinity College Program in Rome.

There are photos of John and the bar (Sloppy Sam's) where he was last seen that have been posted on Twitter via @JDurkinMissing and #finddurkin (my guess there is a similar information campaign on FB).

I do think that retweets, FB posts and media reports about John are important and I think we (as a field) have an opportunity to push this notice about John to our students currently studying in Rome, Italy and across Europe for that matter as they are the eyes and ears on the ground!


Thoughts go out to John and his family!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Alliance Action Alert: Urge your Representative to sign letter to House appropriators in support of FY15 exchange funding!

The following is a copy and paste of an e-mail I received from the Alliance for International Educational & Cultural Exchange (posted with permission):


It’s appropriations season again and in this intense budget climate, it is more important than ever that we raise our voice in support of State Department exchange funding.

The Alliance is currently working with Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA)’s office to send a Congressional sign-on letter to House SFOPS appropriations subcommittee Chairwoman Granger and Ranking Member Lowey, asking for robust exchange program funding in FY 2015.

In a similar effort in 2012, we were able to obtain 52 Congressional signatures – our goal this year is to exceed that number!

And we need your help in gathering as many signatures for this letter as possible! 

Please act today and send a letter to your Representative, urging him or her to sign Rep. Johnson’s letter in support of the highest possible funding level for State Department exchanges in FY 2015. 

A pre-written letter is available here: http://capwiz.com/alliance-exchange/issues/alert/?alertid=63106071

You can send this letter as is, or better yet, strengthen its impact by personalizing it and demonstrating the local impact of exchanges in your home community. Please also call on your contacts – family, friends etc. – and ask them to write their Representatives as well.


You can learn more about the great work the Alliance for International Educational & Cultural Exchange is doing by visiting their website!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Tweets from the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) 2014 Annual Conference

Thursday, February 13, 2014

2014 Institute for Curriculum and Campus Internationalization (ICCI) at Indiana University Bloomington



The Center for the Study of Global Change, in the School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University Bloomington, is proud to offer its annual Institute for Curriculum and Campus Internationalization (ICCI), which will take place May 18-21, 2014 in Bloomington, IN. This unique institute facilitates the internationalization of your campus or unit, curriculum, and/or individual course, to better prepare students, faculty, and staff to be effective scholars, practitioners, and citizens of the 21st century. This institute is open to all faculty, staff, and administrators of Research I universities and small, Liberal Arts, minority, and community colleges. ICCI includes two tracks with unique guided workshops (Course Focus and Campus Focus), as well as the Global Mini-Conference “Global Issues in World Regions,” a session on the intersections of diversity and internationalization, a poster session for sharing participants’ best practices, and a multi-regional cultural evening for networking. If you are new to internationalization, consider the optional pre-institute workshop “The Increasingly Comprehensive World of Academic Internationalization: The Essential Context.”  

Individuals and teams are welcome. Register soon.  Space is limited.

Deadline:  April 14, 2014.  Details/contact information:  globalinstitutes.indiana.edu

Monday, January 27, 2014

All signs pointing me to Duolingo!

Since last Wednesday, I have had 3 separate people mention Duolingo to me. Actually, I heard about Duolingo from an MBA student planning to study abroad this summer when we talked last Wednesday evening and then by Friday afternoon I had two colleagues in my office suite tell me about Duolingo so we are talking only 36 hours or so!  I was prompted to post this after reading over lunch an article about them today on Business Insider.  Duolingo was released at the end of 2012 and Apple named Duolingo 2013 App of the year.

Anyways, given all of the above I began to wonder if Rosetta Stone (RST) should be worried? On October 24, 2013 the share price for RST was 16.24 and on January 24, 2014 the share price for RST was 11.18...

I will certainly check out Duolingo to brush up on my Spanish and will introduce Duolingo to my 12 year old daughter who is also learning Spanish and my 8 year old son who is learning French!  Who knows what language learning tools will be around when my 5 year old son starts to learn a language in 3rd grade (either Spanish, French, German, Chinese).

Notes:  1.  I received no compensation and have no motive to post about Duolingo other than to provide brief information and thoughts on an interesting and (relatively) new language learning tool that may be of interest to IHEC Blog readers; and, 2. duoLingo logo Image is made available for press articles and was obtained from http://www.duolingo.com/info.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Search Open for Executive Director, Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)



1920 N Street NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036
800/225-4262

January 2014

Title: Executive Director, Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)
Job location: Washington, D.C.
Supervisor: Kate Simpson, President
Start date: February 2014

Description of the Position
The Executive Director, working closely with the Board of Directors and the Advisory Council, is responsible for achieving the ambitious goals set for the Fund for Education Abroad.

The Executive Director’s primary duties are to develop and pursue an effective strategy for FEA that follows its mission and grows the Fund through development activities and continual outreach. The Director will implement donor cultivation and fundraising strategies, oversee fundraising events and activities, administer and organize Board activities (including Board meetings), follow through on Board and Council approved recommendations, promote FEA’s mission and presence externally, recruit and direct volunteers, oversee the admissions process, set policy and procedures internally, monitor and manage FEA’s annual budget, ensure proper tax-filing annually, identify and recruit needed resources, investigate new revenue
streams, and document progress.

Description of the Organization
Based in Washington DC, the Fund for Education Abroad is a private 501(c)(3) founded in 2010. The FEA mission is to increase the opportunities for dedicated U.S. students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships. Our goals are to assist committed students in the acquisition of critical foreign language skills, to cultivate US students’ world awareness and appreciation of cultural differences through academic and experiential opportunities, to support institutions and organizations active in socially responsible education abroad programs, and to recognize outstanding education abroad leaders. Scholarships are awarded with
a preference to under-represented students in study abroad, including minorities, science and technology majors, and those choosing to study in non-traditional countries. Please visit www.fundforeducationabroad.org for more information.

Responsibilities

Development and Fundraising
  • With Executive Team (ET) and Board, develop fundraising goals and strategy.
  • Develop and implement donor cultivation and recognition plan; review regularly with an eye to improvement.
  • Research prospects and rate them by highest potential.
  • Plan development work timeline and keep FEA Executive Team on track.
  • Research and assist with preparation of grant proposals for FEA. With ET, write or assign at least one grant a year.
  • Organize at least one major annual fundraising event in Washington, DC and oversee the execution of a number of regional events.
  • Investigate and suggest new fundraising ideas.
  • Oversee transition to donor database including training and best practices.
  • Write and assist in writing of appeals for various donor types; follow up on asks.
  • Research and pursue strategic partnerships with government and private organizations.
  • Regularly review campaign and initiative results to help project outcomes and improve the following year.
  • Seek out educational opportunities in the fundraising field for self and ET.
Program Management
  • Oversee the scholarship application and selection process.
  • Review and revise scholarship parameters, priorities and requirements as necessary in conjunction with the Board Scholarship Committee.
  • Develop robust scholarship program for FEA scholars including orientations, blogging and alumni program.
  • Oversee metrics and outcomes measurement.
Marketing
  • Develop effective presentations to promote FEA to SAO staff, faculty, and/or potential donors.
  • Work with Board Staff member who is CET Marketing Director to ensure website, EDMs, collateral pieces, etc, are up to date and effective.
  • Train and heighten awareness among colleagues and at conferences about FEA.
  • Gather and disseminate FEA-related stories from news sources, students, alumni, etc to support FEA mission.
  • Work with Outreach committee to create FEA promotional pieces.
  • Develop relationships with strategic partners in the international education field and outside of it.
Board Management
  • Organize, act as liaison and direct FEA Board of Directors and Advisory Council.
  • Manage Board Committees including work plan, timelines and goals.
  • Assign tasks or projects to Board members when needed/appropriate.
  • Review and process Board reports and expenses after meetings.
  • Develop and monitor Board rules and procedures, such as tenure, policies on reimbursement, etc.
  • Organize regular FEA Executive Team (ET) and Board meetings, arrange all meeting details including agenda, space, lodging, meals, etc.
  • Oversee recruitment and training of new board members as needed.
Staff and Volunteer Management
  • Recruit, train and direct staff and volunteers throughout the year, both on fundraising and donor cultivation as well as event planning and other aspects of Fund’s work.
  • Develop training materials for key volunteer functions.
  • Maintain and boost volunteer productivity.
Finance and Administration
  • Establish and adhere to annual budget.
  • Monitor and control expenses to maximize value for scholarships.
  • Process expense requests and pay suppliers.
  • Assist accounting department in submitting annual tax forms.
  • Ensure registration in necessary states.
Requirements
  • Experience of 5 years or more in fundraising capacity
  • Donor and volunteer service mentality
  • Superior organizational and communication abilities
  • Analytical capabilities
Other Desirable Qualifications
  • Connections to potential donors in Washington DC area
  • Connections to study abroad administrators in the US
  • Understanding of Education Abroad field
  • Experience studying or living abroad
  • Familiarity with donor database
Salary
Negotiable, based on experience.

Application Process
Please send a resume and cover letter via email to ksimpson@academic-travel.com no later than mid-
February, indicating the best way and time to contact you during business hours.

Note:  International Higher Education Consulting is not compensated for this post in any manner.  I do serve on the FEA Board of Directors and am simply helping to promote this open position.