ABOUT THE JOB
The Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles is seeking a motivated and diligent individual to be a Speech Writer and Public Relations advisor. The successful candidate would have excellent writing and research skills, intercultural communication skills, and an ability to self-motivate and take initiative to better communicate Japan’s policy to the American public.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Acting as the lead writer, draft speeches, op-ed and letters for the Consul General and other officers for various occasions; edit and support colleagues’ written material in each of their priority areas.
Develop and draft presentation materials that clearly, consistently and effectively communicate Japan’s basic policies and positions on various issues as needed.
Develop and maintain solid data (facts, figures, etc) on the Japan-US relationship to be used as a resource for the consulate.
Monitor print, broadcast and internet media and work closely with colleagues to implement communications strategies on current issues in Japan-US relations and the consular jurisdiction.
Work with consulate staff and outside organizations to assist in the planning and execution of Japan-related events, talks, lectures and official consulate functions.
Perform various other duties, including creating and editing content for the consulate’s website, conducting a variety of general research and organizing public affairs functions.
Translating documents from Japanese to English, as appropriate.
Handling various administrative and clerical tasks.
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
Bachelors or Master’s degree in a relevant field such as political science, government affairs, international relations, communications, or in area studies, etc. is strongly recommended.
Must either have at least three years of relevant professional experience; excellent communication and writing skills; computer literacy; basic web design skills.
Background in speechwriting/media/communications and previous working experience in a multi-cultural working environment is highly desirable.
Knowledge of Japanese society, culture, politics, government and international affairs and a commitment to promoting Japan-US relations is required.
Japanese proficiency is highly preferable.
Good team player and able to work independently.
Send resume, a cover letter, proof of degree and a short essay reflecting your thoughts on the current Japan-US relationship (in 12-point font, double-spaced, and in no more than 800 words) should be submitted in a .doc (word) file format by September 16, 2012, to infoj at la-cgjapan dot org
Only successful candidates will be contacted. Please no phone calls. Due to the high volume of resumes we receive, we cannot guarantee consideration of your application if the submission instructions are not properly followed.
If selected and brought in for an interview, an on-site writing assignment will be administered. Candidates must have a legal status to work in the U.S.
The Consulate offers a benefits package including medical, dental, vision insurance, generous vacation and leave time.