Job at SF Consulate

Position Available
The Japan Information Center (JIC) is the educational, cultural and public affairs division of the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco serving Northern California, Central California and Nevada. Its primary role is to promote a better understanding and deeper appreciation of Japan and its culture by providing information and educational programs to the public. JIC facilities include an internal research library, multimedia archive, conference space and display area for Japanese cultural artifacts and artwork by Bay Area and Japanese artists.
The Japan Information Center of the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco has an outstanding full time opportunity for a Cultural Affairs Coordinator. Interested applicants who meet the following eligibility criteria are invited to submit their applications to the JIC office. 
As part of a two person team under the direction of the Cultural Attaché; plan, schedule, publicize, and implement cultural events and programs at the JIC and at partnering venues. Programs include in house exhibits and workshops, cultural and film festivals, cultural performances and traveling exhibits.
Serve as a liaison between the Consulate and individuals, groups and cultural organizations for events and projects involving the Consulate.
Write and edit greetings and general correspondence for the Cultural Attaché and other Consulate officials for Consulate related cultural events and programs.
Help maintain the Consulate’s culture-related database and mailing lists.
Planning, implementing and evaluating annual Japanese speech contests for K-12 and above.
Manage the Consulate’s Audio-Visual department and library book collection.
On occasion assist with special events at the Consul General’s official residence.
Cooperate with other staff members on JIC projects as required
Handle general Japan-related inquiries (via telephone, email, mail, in-person) from the public in both English and Japanese
Participate in rotating general office duties (toban) such as telephone reception, general e-mail account maintenance and mail delivery.
Successful candidates will possess the following qualifications:
Three or more years of related work experience.
A Bachelor’s degree.
Strong communication and writing skills in English
Proficiency in Japanese
Interest in and knowledge of Japanese arts and culture
Proficiency with standard office software, including the MS Office suite and social media.
Additional desired qualifications for this position include:
Experience working in a Japanese office environment.
Experience working with performers, and artists.
Experience with event planning.
Knowledge of Bay Area arts and cultural organizations.
Starting salary is commensurate with experience.
To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter as a single attachment (either word doc or pdf) by email to steven.goldman at 
Qualified candidates will be contacted directly by JIC staff once applications have been screened. Please, do not call the Consulate General regarding your application status this position.
All applications must be received by 5:00pm on Friday July 12, 2013.

Taiko Documentary screening

The Genki Spark Presents:
2011 Telly Award Documentary
with Special Guest: Kay Fukumoto of Maui Taiko
Friday, June 28, 2013 5:30pm – 9:00pm
Sponsored by The Genki Spark
Co-Sponsored by Hui Anuenue of New England
Suggested Donation: $5-$10 (collected on site)
Great Grandfather’s Drum tells the story of the families and musicians of the taiko drum ensemble, Maui Taiko, as well as the recollections of local Japanese-Americans who honor and perpetuate traditions that have been brought to Hawaii by their immigrant ancestors during the plantation era.
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
38 Ash Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA
Questions? Email Karen Young at: Karen at TheGenkiSpark dot org

Job: English Teacher in Japan

Job: English Teacher in Japan
Kobe College High School – Nishinomiya, Japan 
English Teacher 
Position: Benefits: 
Two year contract 
Furnished Apt (small fee) 
Travel & Shipping Expenses 
Term begins April 1, 2014 
English Teacher for grades 7-12 
Salary: 4,691,200 yen 
• B.A. degree. Major in English or Education preferred. 
• TESOL certification and teaching experience preferred. 
• Speaker of standard American English with strong grammar skills. 
• View for a full job description and the application form. 
• Go to: and view Kobe College’s website, 
• Contact KCC-JEE: e-mail kccjee at comcast dot net; Tel (847)386-7661 
Kobe College High School is a prestigious, private all girls’ school with a student body of 900, founded in 1875 by Congregational missionaries. In 2005, KCHS Junior High School division was recognized by the Japanese Ministry of Education and Science for offering one of the very top English language programs in Japanese junior high schools. 
To Apply – Email to kccjee at comcast dot net the following: 
• A completed Kobe College Information Blank (available at
• An essay (instructions in Information Blank) 
• College transcripts 
Alternative methods: Fax: 847-386-7662 
Mail: KCC Japan Education Exchange 
540 W Frontage Rd, Suite 3335 
Northfield, IL 60093 
Application Deadline: July 31, 2013
This was shared/posted in the JETAA USA LinkedIn Group

JET Orientation Happy Hour 2013

Join us to celebrate the new JETs about to leave for glorious Nippon!
On Saturday June 22nd, immediately following the pre-departure orientation at the Boston Children’s Museum, NEJETAA is heading to (**please note location change!**) LUCKY’s. Once there, members will heroically regale each other with tales from Japan and give the soon-to-be JETs something fantastic to look forward to. The plan is to be there at 4:30 PM. You should be there, too.
RSVP to Jeff the Vice President by Friday June 21st: vicepres at nejetaa dot com 
What: Happy Hour post pre-departure orientation
When: Saturday June 22nd @ 4:30 PM.
Where: Lucky’s Lounge, 355 Congress St., Boston, MA (map)
Who: JET alumni and new JETs.
With the generous support of CLAIR, we will be providing appetizers. 

Job: Resident Assistant at Showa Boston

Job Title: Resident Assistant (RA)
Immediate Supervisor: Resident Services Coordinator
Position Summary
This is a live-in position mentoring and supporting predominately female, Japanese study abroad students at an academic-residential campus. Provide diverse, individual, and group learning opportunities for students to communicate in English and become more familiar with American culture. This position is a non-paid, residential, part-time position. Full room and board and use of facilities are provided in exchange for services.
– Design and implement intercultural activities and programs on and off-campus
– Perform weekday/weekend overnight RA duty approximately twice a month and holiday duty as needed
– Be available every Monday evening from 7:00pm to 10:00pm for required RA staff meetings, Co-RA meetings, and hall meetings
– Chaperone on and off-campus Student Services activities and trips
– Participate in arrival and departure activities for student groups as assigned
– Help prepare for and facilitate student move-in and move-out
– Assist students when they need help; create a safe, welcoming residential environment
– Actively engage in informal, daily interaction with students.
– Report pertinent student welfare concerns to Student Services staff
– Submit monthly reports to Resident Services Coordinator
– Participate in all in-service training activities and meetings
RAs work an average of 10 hours per week, predominantly evenings and weekends, in exchange for private room with a private bath, full meal plan, use of campus facilities (including pool, Jacuzzi, and computer lab), free parking, wireless internet, discounted Japanese lessons on campus, and free shuttle bus (Showa to/from Reservoir T stop).
– Cultural sensitivity
– Ability to respond to emergencies calmly and effectively
– Flexibility
– Patience
-Positive and outgoing
– Native English speaker
– B.A., B.S. or graduate degree preferred
– Previous Resident Life and/or Student Life experience preferred
– Interest in and/or experience with international or intercultural education preferred
– Interest in and/or experience with Japanese culture a plus
For more information:
Rev. 11/10

Job: NYC Film Program Associate

Job description
New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF) is seeking a Programming Associate. This is a full time position with significant growth potential, working directly with the Artistic Director to program the annual film festival, manage filmmaker and studio relations, coordinate selection committee screenings, and oversee programming interns for this world-renowned organization. The position begins May 2013.
Founded in 1997, NYICFF is the largest festival of film for children and teens in North America and is at the forefront of a movement to define a new, more relevant and compelling film for children. The cornerstone of the organization is the annual four-week March festival, a showcase of the absolute best new film from around the world for ages 3-18. The most recent edition presented 100 films to a sold-out audience of 25,000 attendees and generated over 100 million media impressions. NYICFF is an Oscar qualifying event and our jury includes film luminaries Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, James Schamus, and Gus van Sant.
Key Responsibilities:
• Manage a world-wide Call for Entries to assure quality submissions to the Festival. Responsibilities include: reviewing and requesting films from film festival catalogs; communicating with international producers, studios, and festivals; nurturing existing industry relationships and establishing new ones on behalf of the organization; directing and overseeing the work of programming interns; notifying filmmakers of selection; writing compelling, thoughtful film descriptions for the program book; and managing film print traffic for all selected films.
• Work with the Artistic Director and programming staff to curate short and feature film programs, retrospectives, sidebars and special events. The Programming Associate coordinates Selection Committee screenings and is expected to view and be familiar with festival submissions.
• Maintain current and up-to-date knowledge of significant industry developments, films in production, distributor acquisitions, release schedules, and key players within the international and domestic film and animation business.
• Assure integrity of the Festival’s customer relationship management software to track film requests, submissions, and selection status.
• A drive for excellence, as demonstrated in previous academic work or job performance.
• Knowledge of and passion for international and independent film as well as a basic understanding of the functioning of the film industry and international film festival circuit.
• Superb written, oral and electronic communication skills, including the ability to write persuasive, business-professional emails and communicate confidently and effectively by telephone.
• Highly organized, motivated, accurate, and goal-oriented, with ability to think creatively, problem-solve, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment. Must be able to work independently and manage the work of others, as well as collaborate as part of a tight-knit team.
• BA in cinema studies or other humanities major. Opinionated (but non-dogmatic) thinker with a demonstrated ability to write creative, entertaining and authoritative critiques.
• Fluency in French or Japanese a plus.
This is a full-time, salaried, position. To apply, please put “NYICFF Programming Associate” in the subject line and email cover letter and resume to:
Nina Guralnick, Executive Director
New York International Children’s Film Festival
email: jobs at

Job: NYC Executive Associate for Asia Society

Job: Executive Associate for the Asia Society (NY)
Via Philanthropy News Digest. Posted by Kim ‘Kay’  Monroe (Miyazaki-shi, 1995 -97)
Position: Executive Associate Faculty
Posted by: Asia Society
Type: N/A
Location: New York, New York
Salary: N/A
Start Date: N/A
Asia Society, a prestigious, global, cultural and educational non-profit seeks an Executive Associate to support the Vice President, External Affairs by managing schedule and the Vice President’s office; establishing systems to manage the flow of administrative work in the External Affairs Department and developing and directing the department’s office policies and procedures.
•Answering telephone calls from a wide array of individuals in the U.S. and Asia, including trustees, high-level donors and staff;
•Scheduling appointments and maintaining Vice President’s calendar;
•Composing and editing correspondence for the Vice President;
•Collecting and assembling background materials for Vice President’s daily schedule;
•Performing word processing and spreadsheet applications;
•Maintaining the Vice President’s files;
•Handling Vice President’s travel arrangements and other reservations;
•Expense reconciliation for Vice President’s corporate expenses;
•Using Raiser’s Edge to research information, data entry and producing reports;
•Carrying out research projects of various kinds, from individual gift histories to developing new methods of handling various administrative projects;
•Developing systems, policies and procedures, improve administrative workflows to increase departmental efficiency;
•Assisting with special projects and events as needed;
•Organizing and analyzing mail for proper disposition;
•Attending meetings and taking detailed notes, as necessary;
•Providing administrative support to the Board of Trustees’ and Committees;
•Providing support to the Department’s Executive Directors (3) and other Directors (2) as time permits;
•Other duties as assigned.
•Bachelor’s degree and 4-5 years demonstrated experience acting as right-hand to senior level executive preferred;
•Outstanding written, verbal and organizational skills required;
•Must be flexible, highly organized, able to set priorities and manage multiple tasks, take initiative, and be able to come up with creative solutions to resolve problems;
•High degree of confidence and ability to exercise independent judgment required;
•Ability to work with trustees, volunteers, major donors and all levels of staff with tact and good judgment;
•Attention to detail; teamwork and professionalism ;
•Interest and demonstrated experience in working in a fast-paced and dynamic environment ;
•Advanced Microsoft Office knowledge (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) and interest and ability to learn new programs as needed;
•Database management experience, Raiser’s Edge preferred ;
•Knowledge of and interest in Asia a plus
Application Instructions
How to apply:
Email cover letter and resume with salary expectations to: externalaffairsjobs at Indicate job code FY1314 and job title in the subject line. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered. For benefits information go to:

Fundraiser to send local high school students to Japan

NEJETAA member Natasha is holding a fundraiser to send Boston high school students to Japan! Please see below for her message.
I am JET Alum Natasha Huggins, Nagano 2001-2004.  I am currently a teacher at New Mission High School in Boston, MA. I am fundraising to take my students, 80% who qualify for the free-reduced lunch program, to Japan.  We are going to have a “Titan Thrify Tag Sale” on June 22, 2013 at our school in Hyde Park, MA from 10am – 2pm.  We are going to have a Taiko performance, auction items, raffles, magic show, cultural foods and treats.  We request JET Alums in the Boston area to join in our event, or donate items we can sell. If anyone would like to donate, they can email me directly and we can arrange a pick-up. Thank you in advance for your help.
Natasha Huggins
nhuggins2 at gmail dot com