Japan Society of Boston: Executive Director
From Executive Resources International, LLC:
We have recently been retained by the Japan Society of Boston to find its new Executive Director.
Founded over 100 years ago, the Japan Society of Boston (JSB) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote cultural and economic ties and active interchange between Japanese and Americans for mutual understanding, benefit and enjoyment. One of the first Japan Societies in the United States, the JSB serves as a bridge and programming nexus for a network of individuals, cultural and academic institutions and business and financial firms, linked together by a strong interest in Japan and a shared recognition of the importance of the US-Japan relationship.
Located in the GBA, its membership consists of individuals and corporations and students and teachers, old and young alike, unified by a common recognition that Japan and the United States wield great global influence and that their harmonious interactions affect the well-being of people throughout the world. As a repository of Japanese art and culture, with more than a century of cultural and economic exchange, no city in the world matches Boston. Linked by historic ties of commerce and cultural activity, “we understand the importance of our special history and see it as the foundation for a future of enriched cooperation and international impact.”
Reporting directly to the Chairman of the Board, the Executive Director will have the responsibility for the creation and implementation of the organization’s strategic goals and vision, the development and administration of its program activities, the funding of these programs, the direction of the day-to-day administrative functions, the support, development and motivation of volunteers and the financial well-being of the organization, enabling it to be managed to a plan.
The charter of the Executive Director is to work with the Board to help develop and implement a strategic initiative that will capitalize on JSB’s heritage and “move the organization forward”. The goal is to articulate a vision that will at once broaden and energize the membership base, and the board, to help the organization stay relevant. The objective is to create new programs to reach a wider membership base, including a next-generation component and achieve more visibility and involvement in the Japan related business community by establishing and solidifying relationships with new and existing sponsors and partners.
The ideal candidate will have 10 to 15 years of experience successfully managing an entity, demonstrating strong marketing & P&L capabilities, as well as excellent interpersonal skills as s/he has created and implemented a visionary strategic plan that has achieved increased visibility, “branding” and viability for an organization- one who has the ability to monetize events and relationships. S/he will be a highly motivated tenacious “can-do” entrepreneurial individual, an energetic self-starter who is not risk-averse, one who is adept at networking, can articulate the organization’s vision and mission- and can fund it as well.
The ideal candidate will have spent time in Japan in a business, cultural, academic or diplomatic capacity. Knowledge of the Japanese language – while preferable – is not mandatory. What is imperative is that s/he has a knowledge of and passion for “all things Japanese”
S/he will be a resourceful, visionary manager and self-starter who has either successfully run a business or created and implemented a strategy to introduce a product into the marketplace, or successfully run a non-profit organization that is dependent on membership participation. As a hands on shirt-sleeved doer s/he will be equally comfortable with the running of a growing entity as s/he is in the Boardroom soliciting major local businesses to be significant sponsors, one who can generationally relate to and connect with the current Boston Japanese business community. “Someone who can make the call – and can make the ask”. S/he will have a technological savvy and an understanding of the value of social media and technology efficiency for the organization.
The individual may currently be the President or Executive Director of a small to medium sized non-profit organization and the position may also represent a “career crossroads” for an operating executive from industry or the business world or the State Department with proven non-profit interests and the ability to generate and maintain business connections.
Since we are looking for the exceptional individual, the compensation package is competitive. Please reply with a letter outlining your qualifications and a resume attached, in complete confidence to our search consultant at EDJSB [at] erisearch [dot] net . No phone calls please.
Join NEJETAA for another round of Nihongo-dake dinner – TANABATA edition! Come, eat, and enjoy Japanese conversation on July 7th from 6:30 at Yamato in Brighton, MA. Feel (RSVP Deadline extended)
Where: Yamato in Brighton, MA
When: Tues. 7/7 from 6:30pm
Who: NEJETAA members and Japanese speaking friends!
Limited street parking.
Green Line (B) to Chiswick Road.
See you there!
Seeking volunteers: Help new JETs by answering their questions and sharing your words of wisdom (and stories!). If you can volunteer, for any amount of time, contact Susan Gill, at the Consulate General of Japan, Boston. (Contact info below).
If you can’t make the event, we are planning a casual social hour at Lucky’s Lounge (directions here) for a casual social hour! Chat with old friends and meet the new JETs! Specific time TBD, approximately 4:30pm ~
Details about the event from Susan Gill:
In a couple of weeks, on Saturday, June 20 we will be holding an Orientation for this year’s group of new JETs and we need your help! The Orientation will be held at the Boston Children’s Museum, mainly in the 5th floor meeting spaces. An NEJETAA Social Hour will follow at Lucky’s Lounge.
The goal of Orientation is to give new JETs an idea of what they should do to prepare to move to Japan in early August. What will they need to bring or leave behind? What should they wear to work? Which things are better bought here or in Japan? We will also give an introduction to Japanese-style living in the Boston Children’s Museum’s Japanese house (kyo no machiya).
Starting last year, Tokyo is accepting JETs; this year Boston is sending eight new JETs to the capital. If you have some experience living on your own in Tokyo (non-university / non-corporate budget) I’m sure Tokyo-bound JETs would appreciate your advice.
If you are interested in helping out, please email me (Susan Gill: s[dot]gill[at]bz[dot]mofa[dot]go[dot]jp)with the topics that you are willing and able to speak on and order of preference. While the Orientation lasts all day, you need only attend during the time of your presentation. Some topics (especially the longer ones) can benefit from a pair of presenters. Timing is flexible, but due to museum constraints, “Money and Banking” and “Living in the Japanese Style” [in the kyo no machiya] are presented first. For these two topics, JETs are split into two smaller groups and each presentation is made twice.
Here are the topics that still need to be covered:
Money & Banking (45 minutes x 2)
Living in the Japanese Style (45 minutes x2)
Teaching Materials — (15 minutes)
Q&A Free-for-all/ Things That We Wished We’d Brought
Medication & Baggage— (15 minutes)
Please let Susan know if you have any questions! Yoroshiku!
Contact: Susan Gill, s [dot] gill [at] bz [dot] mofa [dot] go [dot] jp
Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies
Coordinator (Grade 54)
Duties & Responsibilities: Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Coordinator works in close cooperation with the Institute staff.
- The primary responsibility is Student Services: assists in selection, placement, and orientation of student interns, summer school students, and other students going to Japan, including info sessions, application processing, release forms and waivers, and some correspondence.
- In addition, this position is responsible for office coordination: Orders and maintains office supplies and manages student workers. Arranges orientations for visiting scholars and postdoctoral fellows, and guides them to appropriate resources.
- Coordinating Events: Assists with scheduling, planning, and advertising events (sometimes via social media); coordinates venues, catering, and meeting materials. Attends Center events (including some evening events); handles logistics and ensures the success of the operation.
- Limited (4 hours/week) staff support for faculty.
- Front-line responsibilities required. Knowledge of Japan and Japanese language a plus. Other duties as assigned.
Basic Qualifications: 3 years experience, advanced education may count towards experience. Additional Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree preferred. Knowledge of Japan and Japanese language preferred.
Applications may be submitted through Harvard’s Aspire system. The job Req ID is 35931BR.
The results of the May 2015 NEJETAA Officer Elections are released! Please welcome our new and returning officers:
Vice-President: Daniel Lowe (Chiba-ken)
Treasurer: Rachel Pauplis (Yamaguchi-ken)
Social Chair: Caitlin Frost (Nara-ken)
We look forward to great things this year! Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu!
We would also like to thank outgoing Vice-President Matthew Castle for his service to NEJETAA. Otsukaresama deshita!
Please feel free to reach out to any of the NEJETAA board with questions, ideas, and concerns! We are happy and willing to work to most effectively serve our membership.
Contract Position Available at the Consulate General of Japan in Boston
The Consulate General of Japan in Boston has an opening for a Public Outreach and Cultural Affairs Specialist. This is a full-time hourly paid position (no benefits) which is scheduled to last until the end of March, 2016.
Public Outreach and Cultural Affairs Specialist supports the Consulate’s relations with media, community and cultural and exchange organizations, serves as an information resource to the public and is the office’s primary website editor. The ideal candidate possesses knowledge of Japanese culture, has experience interacting with a wide variety of organizations and the public, and is familiar with website management.
- Engage with media, community and cultural organizations on a variety of issues, and assist with maintaining good relations between these groups and the Consulate.
- Interface on behalf of the Consulate with Sister City/State organizations, Japan Societies and other exchange groups in New England.
- Prepare information for many different audiences by generating and editing press releases, web content and other materials.
- Maintain the Consulate’s website and Social Media activities, including content editing.
- Coordinate Consulate events, and collaborate with outside organizations on events that the Consulate is involved with.
- Provide administrative and any other support necessary to help fulfill the Consulate’s role in promoting Japanese culture and ties in the region.
- Assist other Consulate staff with team projects, events and mass distributions
- Other duties as required.
We need someone who:
- Is fluent in English preferably with a good command of the Japanese language and is knowledgeable about Japanese culture.
- Possesses a bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant field.
- Has strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Is experienced with website management and content generation. HTML skills a plus.
- Has a good understanding of Social Media applications.
- Has strong planning, multi-tasking and project management skills.
- Has event planning experience and excellent customer service skills.
- Is able to function successfully in a Japanese office environment, consistently delivering high-quality work to meet various demands.
- Is a reliable team member dedicated to the success of the organization.
- Is eligible for employment in the U.S.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume as attachments to:
Infocul [at] bz [dot] mofa [dot] go [dot] jp
Deadline: June 1, 2015
No telephone calls, please.
UPDATE: The general body meeting has been POSTPONED until Tuesday, June 2nd at 6:30pm, at UNOs Harvard Square.
Our next general body meeting will be this
Thursday Tuesday from 6:30pm at UNOs Harvard Square. All NEJETAA members are welcome to attend to share some appetizers and ideas about what activities you would like to see NEJETAA do in the future.
So come, meet us at Harvard Square UNOs at 6:30 pm this Tuesday
Thursday! とりあえず来てね！Please RSVP to Bill (membership [at] nejetaa [dot] com)
Location: UNOs, Harvard Square.
22 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Date: Tuesday 6/2
Access: Red Line – Harvard Square Station. Street Parking (limited).
If you are unable to make it, we still would like to hear from you! Please email social [at] nejetaa [dot] com if you have an idea for an event you would like NEJETAA to organize.
Hope to hear from you!
NEJETAA Executive Officer Elections (5/19-5/27):
Online Voting is now open for the May 2015 NEJETAA Executive Officer Elections.
Please read the candidate platforms and instructions below. You can cast your vote on the Google Form HERE.
- 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 May 27nd.
To be an eligible NEJETAA member (required to vote), you must:
- Be an alumnus/alumna of the JET Program
- Currently reside in the New England region (CT, RI, VT, NH, ME, or MA)
Read the Candidate Platforms Below:
Dan Lowe for Vice President
Hello everyone. My name is Dan Lowe (Chiba Prefecture, 2011 – 2013) and, after serving as Social Chair for the past year, I am now running for the office of Vice-President of NEJETAA.
My first goal as Vice President will be to support the board in its mission to generate member participation from all New England states. NEJETAA is often described as being “Boston-centric,” and, as I see it, the best way to expand our numbers will be a “We’ll come to you” approach. The activity I am proudest of organizing as Social Chair was a day trip to Portland, Maine, which was successful in attracting members both from the Boston area and Maine. It would be beneficial and feasible for NEJETAA to organize, over the next 12 months, at least four day trips to other parts of New England.
My second, more long-term goal, is to help establish one new New England subchapter that would ensure sustained participation from members outside of Boston. The New York chapter, rather than being seen as “Big Apple-centric”, has enjoyed great success by creating such regional sub-chapters. I see these “We’ll come to you” events as a necessary first step in that direction.
Rachel Pauplis for Treasurer
Hello, my name is Rachel Pauplis and I would like to run for the position of Treasurer. I was an ALT in Yamaguchi-ken for 2 years and returned to the Boston area in August. Having the network of other JET alumni helped ease my transition back into life here, and I have been an active member of NEJETAA ever since. I also value the role NEJETAA plays in connecting people with similar experiences in Japan and maintaining our connection with the greater Japanese community.
I’m running for Social Chair because I’d like to see NEJETAA become a more active chapter. I think it’s really important for us as JET alumni to not only have strong ties to the Japanese community in the area, but to have strong ties to each other. As so, I will do my best to increase the number of activities and participants in future events.