Job at Boston Consulate

This is a great position for a returning JET! 
Position Title: Assistant for Economic Affairs 
The Consulate General of Japan in Boston is seeking a person for the position of the Assistant for Economic Affairs / Science & Technology Section. The Consulate offers group health insurance coverage, twenty days of paid vacation per year, a number of paid U.S./Japanese holidays, three paid summer holidays, and sick leave. Salary is commensurate with academic and professional experiences.This is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in international business, international affairs, or Japanese/American relations. 
The position serves as a link between the consulate and local governments and businesses in New England. The ideal candidate will be someone flexible enough to work on multiple projects at the same time, have an understanding of the differences in Japanese and American business cultures, can communicate effectively in both English and Japanese, and have the ability to make connections with a wide variety of local businesses and organizations.
Basic Information
Work hours: Monday–Friday 9:00 A.M.-5:30 P.M. 
Lunch break: 12:15 P.M.-1:15 P.M. (with occasional front desk lunch duty)
Occasional overtime is required
The consulate is located in the Federal Reserve Building in Boston. It is across the street from South Station, and is easily accessible by the Red Line, Silver Line, and Commuter Rail. 
Principal Responsibilities:
– Assist the Consul for Economic Affairs and Science & Technology Officer in administrative duties. Examples are scheduling meetings, writing speeches, making contacts with local government agencies, businesses, or other agencies, and assisting visiting delegations from Japan when they visit Boston.
– Conduct basic research on regional economic development and international trade statistics
– Disseminate information about Japanese economic policies and other related information to relevant local entities including responding to inquiries about Japan in economic areas.
-Assist with planning and setting up events such as trade shows, business forums, seminars, networking sessions, and diplomatic receptions.
– Monitor local news outlets for stories that are related to or could affect Japanese companies.
– Other duties as required.
– Bachelor’s degree, with a preference for specializations in international relations, international business, Japanese/East Asian studies, or related disciplines.
– Fluent in English
– Japanese language skills preferred
-Excellent written and verbal communication skills
– Computer skills such as Microsoft Word, Excel, etc. 
– Experience living or working in Japan highly preferred
– Basic knowledge of the economic and political situations in both Japan and New England, especially in the Greater Boston area
-Candidate must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. green card holder. The consulate is unable to provide visa sponsorship.
How to apply:
– Please email a cover letter and resume by October 1st, 2013 to:
j.currier at bz dot mofa dot go dot jp, or mail your cover letter and resume to:
Attn: Economic Affairs Section, Consulate-General of Japan in Boston
Federal Reserve Plaza, 22nd Floor, Boston, MA 02210
-No phone calls please

Job: WorldBoston Executive Director

WorldBoston’s outgoing President and CEO is JET alum Bill Clifford. He gave a talk at NEJETAA’s 2010 Career Workshop. NEJETAA wishes him success in his new position as President and CEO of World Affairs Councils of America in DC.

WorldBoston, an independent nonprofit World Affairs Council and Center for International Visitors serving eastern Massachusetts, seeks nominations and applications for a full-time chief executive and administrative officer. This position, a highly visible platform in Boston, reports directly to the Board of Directors. The successful candidate will be entrepreneurial, energetic, and a strategic thinker – one who will provide vision and creative leadership to advance the mission of WorldBoston.

The successful candidate will: expand WorldBoston’s programming and outreach to the organization’s members and the public; strengthen its civic presence and brand; cultivate relationships with local, national, and international stakeholders. As the chief liaison with private and public funders, s/he will manage, develop, and be accountable for financial resources and programs. Salary is commensurate with experience and ability.

Desired Qualifications and Characteristics

The ideal candidate to lead WorldBoston will be passionate about its mission of engaging the public in international affairs and opportunities. With influential visibility and experience in policy, diplomatic, and business circles, the candidate will also possess the following experience, traits, and skills:

    Leadership: 7+ years as Executive Director/CEO, COO, or Development Executive with strong record of providing leadership to complex organizations that serve people with interests in international and current affairs. Experience working with a nonprofit board of directors and leading strategic planning efforts strongly preferred. Collaborative, inclusive team-based management style. Talent for mentoring younger professional staff to develop them as leaders.
    Fundraising: Demonstrated ability to grow organizational revenues by identifying and securing private support as well as increasing public funding. Experience in grant writing, annual fund campaigns, corporate and foundation gifts, fundraising events, and planned-giving efforts.
    Fiscal management:High degree of business and financial acumen. Experience in effectively managing annual operating budgets of $500K+ and expanding organizational capacity. Solid understanding of federal grant funds, including their management, reporting, and compliance requirements, is preferred.
    Program management and development: Entrepreneurial talent to create new programs and build relationships to develop existing services  to increase membership. Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks, solve complex problems, and exercise sound judgment.
    Communications: Excellent public speaking, networking, and written communication skills. Ability to serve as spokesperson in any forum, articulating an organization’s vision and mission to the broad public, as well as diplomatic constituencies, government agencies, donors/prospects, clients/members, and internal teams (staff, volunteers).  Adept with social media technologies and strategies.
    Superior negotiating and relationship-building skills.
    Impeccable ethics, integrity, and responsibility.
    Energy, creativity, patience, and sense of humor.
    Advanced degree preferred.


    Interaction with the Board: Recommends strategy to the Board. Reports on organizational objectives, budget and financial resources, operations, employee development and morale, and member/supporter/visitor satisfaction. Informs the Board on relationships with outside agencies, funders/donors, and the community, and on political and social environments that affect the membership base. Supports the Board with recruitment, orientation, development, and retention of Board members.
    Strategic planning: Will take WorldBoston to “the next level,” leading the development and implementation of short and long-term organizational strategies.
    Community outreach: Provides public forums and access to leaders that benefit a diverse, multi-generational membership and the general public. Develops opportunities to engage students of all ages in world affairs.
    Operations: Ensures compliance with professional and governmental regulations. Accountable for operations and delegation of responsibilities. Ensures prudent financial management and grant administration. Handles banking, procurement, lease, and vendor relationships. Ensures quality management of all programs and services.
    Personnel: Recruits and supervises staff, sets objectives, and evaluates performance. Ensures development of an effective management team and adherence to equitable employee relations policies. Respects employee interests and welfare.

Please submit a resume/CV and cover letter in complete confidence by October 4 to Mr. James Kaufman, Search Committee Chair and Chair of WorldBoston’s Board of Directors, at wb at worldboston dot org

    Search Committee/Board interviews candidates and makes final decision by November 15.
    Executive Director assumes role by January 1, 2014.

If you have questions or wish to discuss the position in more detail, please send an e-mail to Bill Clifford at bclifford at worldboston dot org

Thank you for your interest in WorldBoston!

Call for alum volunteers to help recruit for JET at local universities

JET alum and JET Coordinator at the Consulate General of Japan Boston, Susan Gill, is looking for JET alumni volunteers to join her at university job fairs across New England to recruit for the JET Programme. They can pay a modest $50 honorarium for each fair attended. Volunteers can meet at the school or by the Consulate offices for a ride to the venue.

Here is the schedule:

2014 Job Fairs (fall 2013)
Fall 2013 Date Hours School city state zip
9/18 12-4 Brown University Providence, RI 02912
9/20 12-3 Holy Cross College Worcester, MA 01610
9/26 11-3 Williams College Williamstown, MA 01267
9/27 12:30-3:30 Tufts Medford, MA 02155
10/3 1-3 Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA 02324
10/17 10:30-3:30 Boston University Boston, MA 02215
10/22 12-4 University of New Hampshire Durham, NH 03824
10/25 1-4 LARC (a consortium) Boston, MA
10/30 2-5 University of Vermont Burlington, VT 05401
11/1 3-5 Harvard University Cambridge, MA 02138

Please email Susan at s dot gill at if you are able to volunteer for any of the above sessions!

Please take AJET surveys to improve JET Programme

AJET Surveys!
JETs/Former JETs, help us make POSITIVE CHANGES to the JET Programme!! Please take these 3 surveys. This is one of the most effective ways we can “talk” with the Japanese government and CLAIR about what to change and HOW to change it. THIS is the power of YOUR community. So thanks for helping our future JETs out!!! 
Disaster Awareness:
Community Involvement:
Life After JET:

September General Meeting

Please join us for our next General Meeting!
RSVP to Katie at social at nejetaa dot com if you can make it! 
We’ll discuss fall events such as the Welcome Back Party for new JET returnees!
Also a heads up that elections are coming up in November for President, Membership Coordinator, Social Chair, and Webmaster!
If you are interested in getting more involved with the JET alumni in the Boston/New England area, please consider running for a position and get in touch with us here. 
Date: Wed September 18 at 6PM
Location: The Stata Center Cafeteria at MIT, Cambridge, MA. Near Kendall/MIT stop on the Red Line.
We look forward to seeing you! 

Donate to support 9 Boston students to visit and volunteer in Japan

JET alum Natasha Huggins is raising financial aid for New Mission High Sschool students in Hyde Park, MA to travel to Japan. Please consider donating to her cause. More information can be found on her Go Fund Me page below. 


Dear Supporter,

I am fundraising to take a group of 9 committed urban students to Japan to volunteer, visit Temple University Japan and meet with their new friends at Nagano Nishi HS. We have met our 50% goal. We still you your help. You can support urban education, youth empowerment and global leadership. Our travel dates are October 14 – October 21, 2013.


What is the purpose of the trip?

As an educator we inspire our students to be curious about the world through our content and ourselves. I had the unique opportunity to teach English as a Second Language in Japan from 2001-2004. I lived in a small rural town in Nagano Prefecture with a population of 10,000 people. In that time period, I learned about Japanese culture and history, US/Japan relations and what it means to be an American in our global community. My various adventures in Japan like eating raw horse meat and climbing Mt. Fuji became the tales I shared to pique my students’ interest in other cultures around the globe.

When I joined the Boston Public School community in 2007, I was very aware of the global perspective I brought to the classroom. I was an African American woman who was raised by a Caribbean parent, lived in Japan, spoke Japanese and had a knowledge of Asian culture. I felt I embodied globalization.Through my self perception, I taught my students. If I can own all these identities and perspective, surely, my students could develop a global perspectives and become leaders in the world. My role as an educator is the way I influence the world, perhaps, through traveling to Japan, my student will discover how they can change the world.

The purpose of this trip is to offer students who are under-represented in global education travel an opportunity to experience a new country, culture and language. When I lived in Japan, I was the first African American person many people in my community ever met. I know the importance of sharing African American cultural around the world, especially in the Age of Obama. Other nations are curious about America’s diversity especially as it pertains to African American culture. My students are representing the changing influence in America and growing importance of people of color in politics, education and business. In the end, their role in this cultural exchange and service learning can act as a means of bringing urban youth front and center as active participants on the global stage.

The overall result of the trip is to create a paradigm shift in urban youth towards empowerment, leadership and an awareness of the role they play in the global community. 


What are the educational goals of your program?

The educational goals of this trip are teamwork through Service learning, leadership through fundraising, self-advocacy and college & career readiness. 

The students will collaborate on a service learning project around hunger and disaster relief. The students are learning about hunger in Boston through their work with the Greater Boston Food Bank. They are learning that they can become engaged in their community and work as a team to end hunger. The students on the trip will take what they learned at the Greater Boston Food Bank and apply it to the volunteer project at Second Harvest in Tokyo. The students will volunteer for two mornings on October 18th and 19th to prepare for a soup kitchen. The Second Harvest is one of the first food banks in Japan. Their efforts have helped to feed people who suffered during the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Fukushima.

The students are developing their leadership skills through fundraising. The students have developed fundraising activities, prepared and participated in various sales and events to support the trip. In addition, the student have fundraised individually by reaching out to their extended families, churches and community. The students are developing their public speaking and writing skills through their efforts to persuade potential supporters to fund their educational trip to Japan. Many of the students have had tremendous success through their efforts to galvanize their parents to fundraise on their behalf. 

The students are able to self-advocate by identifying their needs and finding the appropriate channels to get what they need. The students who need significant financial assistance were able to discuss with me an action plan to get the support they necessary from their families and community. The students are able to clearly explain to their families what they need for the trip with my support, to receive rides to fundraising events, secure passports, deposits and payments. The students are learning to be responsible and take care of business in order to secure the opportunities of which they wish to take advantage.

The final educational goal of the trip is college and career readiness. The emerging leadership, collaborative and self-advocacy skills are important as students decide what colleges to attend and careers to pursue. As part of our trip, we will visit the campus of Temple University Japan and sit in on an Asian Studies lecture. Students may decide through this trip that they want to study abroad, attend a college that offers international relations, Japanese or Asian studies. Another option, the students may want to work for a non governmental organization (NGO) that works to support hunger or disaster relief around the world. I hope through this experience, students will see themselves as developing global leaders and want to improve American relations around the world through volunteering, education, or business.


How does this program connect to your class’s or school’s curriculum or mission?

This program connects to the schools mission, because New Mission High School is a college preparatory school whose mission is to develop lifelong learners who will do well for and in the world. Our school has an excellent academic standing in the district and now it is time for our students to experience and see the world. This inaugural trip will be the actualization of our school’s mission. The international travel will enhance the background knowledge students bring to their classroom studies and lives. This will be an enriching experience that supports the academic rigor at New Mission High School. The hope, is that this program or similar global educational programs will become a part of the school’s opportunities for more students.


Trip Planning/Logistics:

What is the student selection process?

There were two information sessions after school. Students were given an application that asked the following questions: Why do you want to go to Japan? What do you hope to learn? How will you share your experience with your community once you return? After we received the application, the headmaster approved each student based on their academic record, attendance and discipline record.

Thank you in advance for your support

Natasha Huggins

JREX tea ceremony event

JREX is hosting an evening with chashaku (bamboo spoon used in Japanese tea ceremony) master Prof. Rakufu Azumi. Azumi-sensei is a part-time lecturer at the Kyoto University of Art and Design. Come enjoy a relaxing evening as you enjoy tea and and a discussion about one of Japan’s most treasured traditional arts. Details for the event below:
Evening with Chashaku Master Rakufu Azumi
Date: Tuesday, November 11, 2013
Time: 6:30-8:00pm (registration opens @ 6pm)
Location: Residence of the Consul General of Japan (contact Stephanie at president @ nejetaa dot com for more details)
Admission: $20 (JREX members $10)
Register at (Japanese page)
(Please fill in your name, email, phone number, and number of participants.)

Grant for animators to study in Japan

Opportunity for Animators!
Filmmaker friends in Japan have asked to send out the word to young American animators about a special grant program to invite international animators to study and work in Japan for a period of 70 days (January-March, 2014).  This program, supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs of the Japanese government, provides funding for travel, residence, and study in Japan and excellent opportunities to interact with Japanese animators.
The deadline for applicants is fast approaching – September 9!

Japanese Rakugo comic story-telling in English

Sunshine is the first-ever Western Rakugo storyteller in the history of the “Kamigata” Rakugo tradition, based in Osaka, and only the second ever in the history of Japan.
Rakugo is a 400-year-old tradition of comic storytelling in Japan. A minimalistic performance art, Rakugo features a lone storyteller dressed in kimono, kneeling on a cushion, who, using only a fan and a hand towel for props, entertains the audience with a comic monologue followed by a traditional story.
Co-sponsors: Consulate-General of Japan in Boston, MIT Foreign Languages and Literature
Funded in part by a Director’s Grant from the Council for the Arts at MIT. 
Date: Wednesday September 25, 2013
Time: 7:30 PM
Free and open to the community!
For more information, please contact fll-events at mit dot edu