2017-2018 JETAA USA Platforms Due by this Friday, February 3rd!

Big announcement from JETAA USA!

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http://us9.campaign-archive2.com/?u=7484f4dce8313346df79bd3c6&id=bbc1a96272&e=43fb1d0868

The term for serving JETAA USA as a CR is one year and is determined by a vote of all chapters. There are three CR positions available for 2017-18. The requirements for candidacy can also be found in Article IX (pg 6) of the JETAA USA Bylaws.

All candidates must submit a platform by March 3 (Friday), 2017 in order to be considered.
These can be submitted to Jessyca Livingston, Elections Officer, as an email attachment to:
elections@jetaausa.com
Any incomplete, falsified or late platforms will not be considered.
A platform consists of 4 total pieces. These items are also outlined and available on the CR Elections webpage of our JETAA USA website. All platform items will be posted to the public JETAA USA website as that will be the online resource used to present this year’s candidates:

1) Written platform (Microsoft Word)- this should not exceed two written pages; examples are on the jetaausa.com website (About JETAA >> Current Country Reps >> select any of the current CR’s landing pages)
2) Headshot of the candidate (jpg)
3) Chapter Endorsement form (PDF) – this form requires signatures from chapter officers for the chapter where the candidate served as an officer form
4) Financial Endorsement form (PDF)- this form requires signatures from chapter officers from the chapter that the candidate is currently a member of
Voting is scheduled to open on March 10 and close on March 24th, 2017. The elected CRs will be publicly announced on April 1st, 2017. For more information regarding the CR position, you can refer to the JETAA USA Bylaws and the CR Job Description.

If you’d like to discuss the CR position, you are welcome to reach out to any of our Advisory Board members and/ or current CRs. If you have questions regarding the election procedures, please direct those to Jessyca Livingston (JETAARM, ALT Hokkaido 2003-06) at elections@jetaausa.com

Career Opportunity: Political Advisor Position at the Consulate General of Japan in Boston

Calling all New England JET Alumni! There is an exciting new career opportunity open at the Consulate in Boston!

The Political Affairs Section at the consulate is currently accepting applications for the position of Political Advisor.

The job description is as follows:
“Consulate General of Japan in Boston is seeking a highly motivated, team-oriented individual for the position of Political Advisor. This individual is primarily responsible for conducting research analysis on US Political affairs, and creating content to be disseminated to experts in the field of US-Japan relations. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in US-Japan relations and International Affairs. Please see below for a detailed listing of responsibilities.”

Follow this link to learn more about the job requirements and qualifications to see if it’s the right fit for you!

How to apply:

E-mail your resume and cover letter to: application@bz.mofa.go.jp by January 30 2017.

Good luck!!

-NEJETAA

Fall Elections Vote now!

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Fall Elections

NEJETAA Executive Officer Elections (11/17-11/24):

Online Voting is now open for the May 2016 NEJETAA Executive Officer Elections!

Please read the candidate platforms and instructions below. You can cast your voteon the Google Form here:
https://goo.gl/forms/mVVJdrxY5BZ26tXD2

Voting Rules:

Each NEJETAA member is entitled to cast one ballot only. You have to option to vote for a single candidate or abstain for each position. This poll will be open from its posting, until 11:59PM EDT on November 24th

To be an eligible NEJETAA member (required to vote), you must be an alumnus/alumna of the JET Program and currently reside in the New England region (CT, RI, VT, NH, ME, or MA).

Read the Candidate Platforms Below:

Dan Lowe for President

My name is Dan Lowe (Chiba Prefecture, 2011 – 2013) and, since joining the board in June 2014, I have had the opportunity to serve as Social Chair, Vice President, and, for the past year, as NEJEJETAA’s President.

Over the past year we have worked hard to expand our presence beyond Boston and create the foundation for more integrated chapter. For this coming year, I plan to work:

· With our Vice President, to found a new, official subchapter that serves as second center, beyond Boston, to host events.

· With our Webmaster, to revamp our website and social media to include an integrated event calendar and more up-to-date info.

· With our Treasurer, to maximize our budget in a way that we can fund events and opportunities that matter to you

· With our Membership Coordinator, to redesign our membership signup in order to keep up to date on who our members are and how they would like to get involved.

· With our Social Chair, to plan and better advertise even more awesome events and opportunities.

As we welcome the 30th anniversary of the JET Program, I know that our brightest days as an organization are ahead and I look forward to working with all of you.
Rebecca Simas for Webmaster/Communications Coordinator

Hello! My name is Becca, and I just returned to Boston in August after I was an ALT for a year on Amami Oshima, one of the beautiful southern islands in Kagoshima Prefecture. I am now working as a college and career advisor for adult ESOL students in downtown Boston.

If I were elected for the Webmaster and Communications Coordinator position for NEJETAA , I would love to continue spreading the word to JET returnees about all of the exciting ways they can still be surrounded by Japanese language and culture upon returning home. I would aim to make our social media presence more interactive with the New England JET community, such as inviting alumni to share their most memorable or funny stories from when they were in Japan, posting spotlights on different prefectures and cities that New England JETs have lived in, or opening up about the challenges of reverse culture shock. I believe in having a supportive community after JET is equally as important as having a support system while in Japan.

If you’re located in Boston, I’d love to meet up with you sometime and swap Japan stories!
Kayla Potter for Membership/Marketing Coordinator

Konnichiwa!
I’m Kayla Potter. I spent three wonderful years (2012-2015) in Aki City, Kochi Prefecture where I worked at 7 elementary schools and 2 middle schools, all while taking in gorgeous ocean views.
In the past year, I’ve moved to Boston, started graduate school in intercultural relations, and begun working as an international student advisor. Once again, I am reminded of the importance of growing your networks.
I would be honored to join the NEJETAA board as your new Membership Coordinator!
As Membership Coordinator, my goal is to make NEJETAA more accessible to JET alum throughout New England. During my time in Kochi, my fellow JETs became a vital social and professional network. I hope to work with the other NEJETAA Board members to better reach alumni throughout the New England region and help those alumni continue to strengthen both the NEJETAA community and their own professional networks. Our membership rolls, website, and new member outreach efforts need updated and made more user-friendly. Additionally, I hope to see the NEJETAA Facebook page become a more active place for community, coordination, and discussion.
I hope to meet each and every one of you in the coming year!
Yoroshiku onegai shimasu!

Boston Career Forum JET Events!!

In town for the Boston Career Forum? The New England JET Alumni Association has two great opportunities for visiting JET alums and Friends of JET. Please share!
 
1) We will hold a networking social on Saturday, November 19th at Cornwall’s Pub from 6:00. Great opportunity to have fun and exchange job-search tips. FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1125838070827666/
 
2) We will have a Nihongo-dake dinner at Ittoku in Brighton from 5:30 on Sunday, November 20th. FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1108974095868449/
 
Please RSVP for each event either by selecting “attending” or by emailing Eriko at social@nejetaa.com at least 1 day prior to each event.
 
Thank you,
NEJETAA

New England JET Calligraphy Club: November Meeting

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Enjoy Japanese calligraphy? NEJETAA is teaming up with Showa Boston to start a monthly club for JET Alumni, and Friends of JET, and Japanese College Students

All levels encouraged, all supplies provided. Feel free to bring friends who want to learn more about JET!

The theme for November’s meeting will be Autumn kanji words!

When: Sunday, November 13, 3:00pm – 5:00pm (optional free cafeteria dinner from 5:00pm)

Where: Showa Boston Institute (420 Pond St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130)

Transportation: on-campus parking is free. Free shuttle available from Reservoir T Station (Green Line, D-Branch, in the same rotary) at 2:50pm. Short Uber ride from Forrest Hills (Orange Line).

Advanced RSVP is mandatory. Please contact Dan Lowe at president@nejetaa.com by Thursday, November 10 and include whether or not you will be staying for a complimentary dinner in Showa’s cafeteria.

Note: Guests are welcome to invite friends, but please do not post to event websites like Meetup without consulting us first.

Paid Volunteer Position @ Boston Career Forum

Shoko Daddario, a consultant of interest international inc. (DBA iiicareer) is looking for at least 2 Japanese Bilingual Temp staff for the Boston Career Forum.

Nov.18 (Fri) 8:30am-5:30pm (1 hour Unpaid Lunch break)
Nov.19 (Sat) 8:30am-5:30pm (1 hour Unpaid Lunch break)
Nov.20 (Sun) 8:30am-12pm

*Pay: $16/hour

【Location】JOHN B. HYNES VETERANS MEMORIAL CONVENTION CENTER

If you are interested or have any questions, contact daddario@iiicareer.com

Boston Career Forum

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In town for the Boston Career Forum? The New England JET Alumni Association has three great opportunities for visiting JET alums and Friends of JET:

1) We will hold a networking social on Saturday, November 19th at Cornwall’s Pub from 6:30. Great opportunity to have fun and exchange job-search tips.

2) We will have a Nihongo-dake dinner at Ittoku in Brighton from 5:30 on Sunday, November 20th

3) Don’t have a place to stay yet, or willing to host a visiting JET? Our association is working with its members to provide free tatami time share opportunities for visiting JETs.

To register for any of the above, please fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/TZW3eCjTLYiDJhkj2

Press Release from Catherine Rackley (Chiba-ken 2005-2006), DISCO International inc:

This is a reminder that JET alumni with at least conversational Japanese language ability are invited to the Boston Career Forum 2016 November 18-20.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about participating companies, submit resumes, interview, and even receive offers of employment during the three-day event.

You are free to attend one, two, or all three days.

– Boston Career Forum 2016 —–
November 18-20 (Fri.-Sun.)
http://www.careerforum.net/event/bos/?ref=2016JETAA&lang=E

Currently 210 companies participating including:
BLOOMBERG, FUJI TELEVISION NETWORK, GOLDMAN SACHS, JAPAN AIRLINES, MICROSOFT, SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT, TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION, TWITTER JAPAN, and many more

Register and begin applying to companies here: http://www.careerforum.net/event/bos/comlist.asp?ref=2016JETAA&lang=E
*There is no cost to register for or attend Career Forums.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact JET alum, Catherine Rackley, at c.rackley@discointer.com.

We hope to see you in Boston!

Mother’s Way, Daughter’s Choice

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Film Screening: Mother’s Way, Daughter’s Choice

Showa Boston invites any interested JET alumni or friend of JET to attend its public screening of the film “Mother’s Way, Daughter’s Choice.”

A Q&A session with the film’s director, Ms. Kyoka Gasha, will follow.

Summary:

“I love my mother,
but I just don’t want
to be like her.”

Why would successful women from the world’s second largest economic power choose to start their lives over in New York City? The documentary “Mothers’ Way, Daughters’ Choice” explores how several Japanese women struggle to reconcile their traditional upbringing and their desire to create unique lives. To understand these struggles, the director, Kyoko Gasha, shows the deep, powerful influences of Japanese culture on her own life.Kyoko also uncovers stories of other Japanese women in New York City, weaving parallel tales of guilt, denial, sacrifice and joy. This is a story of cultures clashing on a personal level.

Showa Boston offers free on-campus parking, as well as a free shuttle from Reservoir station (Green Line, D-Branch) at 4:50pm and 5:50pm.

To inquire about dinner options, please contact Alex Reavill at areavill@showaboston.edu.

Fall Elections

Call for Platforms (due by 11/15)

Become an NEJETAA Officer!

It’s time for our Fall election cycle. Want to be more involved in NEJETAA and the Japanese community in New England?
Become an NEJETAA Officer! See below for detailed position descriptions.

 

We are asking for platforms of all interested candidates to be submitted for review by our membership. If you’re interested in joining the NEJETAA board, please submit a platform to Matt (vicepres@nejetaa.com)

Positions up for election:

  • President
  • Membership Coordinator
  • Communications Coordinator / Webmaster

What we need from you:

*Less than 200 words
*Self-introduction
*What you want to accomplish in your time as an officer

Please don’t include any sensitive personal information (phone number, email, etc.), as your platform will be posted online for the membership to read. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just introduce yourself to everyone and tell us what you want to do!

Questions and Platform submissions can be sent to Matt (vicepres@nejetaa.com). Platforms should be submitted by Tues. November 15th.

NEJETAA will then be holding officer elections from November 16-23th.

Results will be Announced on November 24th.

Position Descriptions below: 

 

1. President

The President takes leadership in planning the direction of our group and events, chairs meetings, delegates responsibilities, ensures that NEJETAA is fulfilling all of its obligations as a JETAA chapter (ie. writing and submitting annual reports, etc). The President also serves as our public face by networking and making remarks at events such as the Recent Returnee Dinner at the Consul General’s home. He or she serves as a primary contact for NEJETAA. The President also oversees any educational events, such as Japanese classes or special classes to prepare new JETs.

 

2. Membership/Marketing Coordinator (Clerk)

The Membership/Marketing Coordinator welcomes returning JETs and collaborates with Webmaster on best practices to finding and signing up returning JETs. Membership/Marketing Coordinator develops strategies to keep current members engaged with the organization and updated on NEJETAA events and activities and takes meeting minutes for board transparency (minutes will be distributed via our CRM, Mailchimp and posted online on the NEJETAA website.) The Membership/Marketing Coordinator welcomes new people who register with Facebook page, LinkedIn group, Mailchimp email lists or on our website throughout the year and collects membership data, which is required by CLAIR to substantiate our funding. The Membership/Marketing Coordinator oversees an annual Membership survey and advises the Social Chair on how best to develop events to increase member participation. The Membership/Marketing Coordinator will collaborate with Webmaster to develop best communications marketing plan so to maximize marketing reach, aimed at increasing membership numbers and participation.

 

3. Communications Coordinator / Webmaster

The Webmaster proactively manages our internal and external communications and our strong online presence. The Webmaster updates content on the website and manages all social media channels including the Facebook page, Twitter account, and LinkedIn Group. The Webmaster assists officers to post content to the website, such as job descriptions and events for the calendar. The Webmaster supports marketing/outreach with the NEJETAA website and Facebook pages to attract more users and make the site more comprehensive and resourceful. The Webmaster maintains a “back office” nonpublic area on the website for holding officer accessible documents and resources as well as a shared email account for file storage. The Webmaster collaborates with the Membership Coordinator on communications to members, membership lists and surveys.

Showa Boston Summer Party

Showa Boston Insitute invites JET alumni and their close friends to the 3rd annual Showa Boston Summer Party, held on Saturday, July 16th from 4-7pm. Also in attendance will be several JETs soon to depart for Japan. This should be a fantastic chance to engage with them, as well as to make new Japanese friends in Boston. Click here for details, and to RSVP.