NEJETAA Ski Trip Waterville Valley NH March 2

Let’s go to Waterville Valley, NH on March 2nd!
Avid Skier? Snowboard fanatic?  Always wanted to try snowshoeing or cross country?  Or yearning for fun in the snow with new and old friends?  Now’s your chance!
NEJETAA has got a hold of some great deals for our group trip to Waterville Valley, NH!
All levels welcome.  Open to JET Alum and friends.  So come along and enjoy the winter snow – before you know it, it just may melt on you!
Calling all Northern New England JET Alums!
We would especially love to see you!  So we have a special treat – we’d like to treat the JET alums from Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont to free food vouchers for use at any restaurant on the mountain!  
Not quite ready to make a commitment?  We’d appreciate it if you email vicepres at nejetaa dot com to let us know if you are considering going – so we can get a tentative head count.  Thanks & stay toasty!

1 month temp at Boston Consulate

JET Coordinator Susan Gill at the Boston Consulate is seeking an assistant for one month to help with JET Interviews!
JET Program Interview Assistant – 1 month temp 
JET interviews are coming up and I will need an assistant for about a month, starting around the end of the month (ie next week.).  This is a paid position.
Ideally, 9:30-5:30 M-F with some flexibility possible, except on JET interview days (Feb. 20, 21 & 22)
General office work to get ready for the interviews: planning the schedule, verifying information, photocopying, mailing, emailing, data entry, filing, shredding, etc.  On interview days: receiving candidates, checking them in, answering questions, etc.  After the interviews: compiling results to be sent to Tokyo.  Other projects and work as necessary.
Be a former JET participant.  Have legal status to work in the US and basic computer skills.  Need someone who is not too stressed out by clutter.
If you have any questions or interest, please contact me with a note and resume as soon as possible.  Please pass this along to any former JETs that you know! 
Susan Gill
JET Program Coordinator
Consulate General of Japan
Federal Reserve Plaza, 22nd Floor
600 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02210
jetdesk at cgjbos dot org 

Japanese Classes 2013

Once again NEJETAA will be offering JET alumni the chance to sign up for Japanese language classes! This is a great opportunity whether it’s to polish up your Japanese language skills or keep you on track for studying for the next Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) in July. These classes are provided for JET alumni members only. 
(Depending on interest) Classes will be available for beginner, intermediate, advanced and business levels and will be small groups with a Japanese language teacher. Sessions will be held in the evenings once a week for about an hour at a location in the Boston area that will be public transportation accessible. Location has yet to be determined, but we will be trying to find a location that is T accessible in the Cambridge Area. Costs are still being determined as it will depend on the number of people who sign up, but NEJETAA will be able to help off-set some of the costs to make it more affordable for members! The total cost for classes must be made on the first day of class or in advance…. more details to follow.
Please fill out the form with your Japanese language level and availability.
***Please complete by 6PM ON SATURDAY JAN. 26, 2013*** We’ll be in touch with you soon after to confirm dates and costs.
If you have any questions please use the space at the very bottom of the form to submit them to us. 
If you experience any technical difficulties, please email Christina at webmaster at nejetaa dot com

Shinnenkai 2013

It’s time to ring in the Year of the Snake with NEJETAA’s annual Shinnenkai, New Year Celebration on Saturday, February 2nd, at Shabu Zen in Allston. This event will be generously subsidized by CLAIR, but please bring some cash with you as the food will cost $20 and any drinks will be extra.
What: Shinnenkai 2013
When: Saturday, February 2 @ 5:30pm
Where: Shabu Zen, 80 Brighton Ave., Allston, MA (down the street from the Packard’s Corner T stop on the B Train)
Who: JETs (if bringing guests, maximum of two guests per person please!)
Price: $20 per person for a full platter of lovely meats and veggies  (a vegetarian platter is also available)
This event will be followed by karaoke at Do Re Mi. Be sure to practice your enka or J-pop! 
Please RSVP to Katie, Social Chair at social at nejetaa dot com by Thursday, January 24th. Also, please let us know if you wish to request the vegetarian option or if you have food allergies.
Hope to see you there!!
NEJETAA Social Chair

AJET survey for alumni

2013 Spring Opinion Exchange surveys

Neetha Mony from AJET is seeking JET alumni feedback to help improve the JET Programme. Please take the latest survey! Results will be presented to CLAIR, MIC, MOFA, and MEXT at the Spring 2013 Opinion Exchange in May

Message from Neetha: 

First off, thank you for all the feedback with the Winter Opinion Exchange, which you can read more about on the National AJET website. For Spring OE, ALT alumni are eligible for 1 survey and CIR alumni for 2. Each survey will take about 15 min to complete and are open until Jan. 27. Thank you so much for keeping in touch and helping to improve the JET Programme. ^_^

All JET Alum survey

CIR Alum survey 

Job at SF Consulate

If you’re looking for a move to SF: 
The Program Coordinator for JET & Educational Affairs will work closely with consulate officers and other local staff to implement administration for the JET program and other related educational programs within Northern California and Nevada. This position requires a strong familiarity with the JET Program and the Japanese educational system; the ideal candidate should also have excellent communications, outreach, and public presentation skills. Successful candidates should also be prepared to work as part of a larger Consulate team on other public outreach projects as needed.
Recruit, assess, and select qualified participants for the JET program.
Develop and maintain effective working relationships with local institutions of higher education.
Manage and develop program materials; deliver presentations to diverse audiences.
Recruit, train, and evaluate program interviewers.
Manage multi-day orientation programs for departing JETs.
Act as the Consulate’s primary point of contact for program alumni relations.
Advise program candidates on required documentation and visa processing issues.
Assist with the implementation of educational workshops and projects.
Update and manage confidential program databases for applicants and alumni.
Creating and maintaining web content relating to program areas
Assist with various office cultural programs; respond to inquiries from the general public.
Drive consulate vehicles in an official capacity as needed (for events, recruiting, etc.)
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
Excellent written and spoken English; strong communication and interpersonal skills.
The ability to organize work and handle multiple priorities to strict deadlines.
Experience presenting and speaking to large, diverse groups.
Strong organizational skills and a familiarity with MS Office (including MS Access).
Previous experience with and knowledge of the JET Program, ideally as a past participant.
A strong interest in and knowledge of Japanese culture and education.
A full and valid driver’s license.
A strong public service orientation; superior problem solving ability and team building skills.
Japanese language proficiency and familiarity with Japanese work environments.
Progressively responsible educational or exchange program coordination experience.
A demonstrated understanding of US-Japan relations.
Active participation with a local JET alumni association; experience as a chapter officer.
Experience with alumni relations and international exchange programs a plus.
Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply by submitting their resume and covering letter to: 
John Charlton
Japan Information Center
50 Fremont St., Suite 2200 San Francisco, CA 94105 
Email: education at cgjsf dot org
(If submitting applications by email, please include: “Program Coordinator Position” in the subject line)
*** Please refrain from contacting the consulate with phone or email inquiries. ***
To ensure consideration, all applications must be received no later than Tuesday, January 22nd.

JET Memorial Program for HS students

JET Memorial Invitation Program for US HS Students
The Japan Foundation LA offers this study tour to Japan for rising US high school juniors and seniors who are studying Japanese. The study tour, tentatively scheduled from July 6-24, 2013, will feature stops in Osaka and the Tohoku region and include a homestay. Most expenses covered. 
Deadline: Wednesday, April 17, 2013

PT job at Chicago Consulate

Job Announcement – JET Program Interview Assistant
The Japan Information Center at the Consulate General of Japan at Chicago seeks an Interview Assistant to help coordinate the JET Program Interviews for 2013. Please note: this is a part-time, temporary position. 
1. Assist with JET Interviews (tentatively, February 18-23), which includes but is not limited to preparing documents, attending to the judges, keeping scores
2. Other responsibilities pertaining to the JET Program and JIC activities
1. Alumni of the JET program
2. Excellent organization and communication skills
3. Must be able to use Microsoft Word and Excel
The schedule is somewhat flexible. Office hours for each day are normally 9:15 AM – 5 PM , with a lunch break from 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM. Before and after the JET Interview week, work can be scheduled in half-days. During the JET Interview week, however, you must work full days and on Saturday. Successful candidate will discuss their specific work dates with JIC staff.
February 4 – March 31, 2013 (up to 210 hours in total)
$15 per hour
After the initial screening, you will receive an email or call letting you know if you have been granted an in-person interview at the Consulate office.
Austin Gilkeson
Program & MEXT Scholarship Coordinator
Consulate General of Japan at Chicago
Japan Information Center
737 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60611
agilkeson at japancc dot org 
Resumes are due no later than Monday, January 21, 2013.

Job at LA Japan Consulate

Program Coordinator (Cultural Diplomacy) 
Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles – Greater Los Angeles Area
Job Description
The Japan Information and Culture Center at the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles is seeking to fill an entry level Program Coordinator position to advance our cultural diplomacy objectives. The ideal candidate should have a firm understanding of Japanese culture and society, as well as Japan’s foreign policies. The candidate should have strong communication skills, an event organizing background and outreach capabilities including web design and the use of social media. The candidate must be able to function as a team player in a Japanese bureaucracy and understand the role of the Japanese Consulate.
– Assisting in the planning and execution of Consulate-sponsored events;
– Responding to inquiries from the public pertaining to Japan;
– Effectively disseminating informational materials;
– Coordinating with public and non-profit institutions in our outreach efforts;
– Drafting simple messages and speeches in English and preferably in Japanese;
– Administrative duties and other requirements within the Consulate.
The Program Coordinator reports to the Deputy Director and the Director of the Japan Information and Culture Center.
– Work authorization in the U.S;
– A Bachelor’s degree with minimum 2-3 years of working experience;
– Some working experience in either Japan or in a Japanese speaking environment.
JET Programme participants welcomed;
– Clear and concise oral and written communication skills;
– Computer literacy: basic web design skills; knowledge of social media;
– Native level Japanese acquired through formal education preferred but not required.
To apply:
Send cover letter, resume, and self-introduction in Japanese to arrive by January 31, 2013 to:
Attn: Program Coordinator Position
Japan Information and Culture Center
Consulate General of Japan
350 S. Grand Ave., Suite 1700
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Or e-mail to outreach at la-cgjapan dot org with subject line “Program Coordinator Position”