Job: Coordinator at Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard

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.

Job: Public Outreach and Cultural Affairs Specialist, at Consulate General of Japan in Boston (Deadline 6/1)

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.


Core responsibilities:

  • 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.

Applications open for RA position at Showa Boston


Job Title: Resident Assistant (RA)

Immediate Supervisor: Resident Services Coordinator


Position Summary

This is a live-in position in a women’s dorm mentoring and supporting predominately female, Japanese study-abroad students at an academic-residential campus. Provide diverse, individual, and group learning opportunities for predominately female students to communicate in English and become more familiar with American culture. This position is a non-paid, residential, part-time position, with most work hours occurring on evenings and/or weekends. Full room and board and use of facilities are provided in exchange for services.


Responsibilities include:

  • Design and implement intercultural activities and programs on and off-campus, at least once per month.
  • Perform weekday/weekend overnight RA duty approximately 2-3 times monthly and holiday duty as needed.
  • Be available every Monday evening from 7:00pm to 10:00pm for mandatory RA team meetings, Co-RA meetings, and student leader meetings.
  • Chaperone on and off-campus Student Services activities and trips as needed.
  • Help prepare for and facilitate student move-in and move-out, including attendance at orientation activities.
  • Help create a safe, welcoming residential environment for our students; offer advice and support when needed, for personal and/or academic questions or concerns.
  • Actively engage in informal, daily interaction with students on campus.
  • Report 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 10-14 hours per week, predominantly evenings and weekends, in exchange for private room with a private bath (located in a women’s dorm), 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 (pick up and drop off at Reservoir T stop).



  • An appreciation of cultural differences and the ability to work closely and successfully with other cultures.
  • Ability to respond to emergencies calmly and effectively; displaying critical thinking skills.
  • Experience dealing with conflict and the ability to maintain a sense of humor.
  • Self-motivated; able to initiate interactions with individuals or groups.
  • Ability to deal tactfully with others and exercise good judgment in appraising situations. Maintain effective, positive working relationships other team members.
  • Previous RA experience, study abroad experience, or experience with/appreciation of Japanese culture preferred.


Interested applicants should submit an electronic resume and cover letter to: hr [at] showaboston [dot] edu


Summer Job: Explore Japan Teacher Positions

Explore Japan Teacher Positions


EXPLORE JAPAN is a series of two-week programs in Milton, MA where local students learn about the many facets of Japanese culture while hosting and spending time with visiting Japanese exchange high school students. In the morning, each program includes workshops on Japanese arts and crafts, cuisine, martial arts, language and a variety of interesting cultural exercises. In the afternoon, the Japanese students and local host students embark together on field trips and participate in fun activities.  This fascinating exchange program is in its 22nd year!


The boys and girls are separated into their own program and each program has two parts to the day. Morning is 9AM – noon and we spend that time on campus, in the classroom.  Each Explore Japan teacher has a class of 12 -15 students and usually has a college student assistant with them.  The morning classes are meant to be fun so the emphasis should be on hands-on learning (origami, calligraphy and many other arts and crafts projects).


While the American students are learning about Japan, their visiting Japanese students are taking English class in a room nearby.  After the morning sessions, both groups get together and have lunch.  Then, the entire group embarks on a field trip to a local Boston area site before returning to campus at 4PM to be picked up by their parents.


Dates and Hours:

  • Girls Program is Monday, July 27-Monday, August 10 (weekdays only during that time period and one evening commitment on August 10); 8:30AM – 12pm teaching and then field trips in afternoon until 4:00PM on most days.
  • Boys Program is Friday, July 24-Friday, August 7 (weekdays only during that time period and one evening commitment on August 7); 8:30AM – 12pm teaching and then field trips in afternoon until 4:00PM on most days.

Program Location:

Milton High School (girls), Pierce Middle School in Milton (boys)

Contact email:
americanlearning [at] gmail [dot] com,


Japanese Culture Teacher Position Info:


Job Description:  To plan, organize and deliver a full series of workshops including arts and crafts projects, language exercises, calligraphy, cuisine, music, and other topics related to Japanese culture.  We can provide you with a sample template we have used to arrange the 10-12 day schedule of activities.  In the afternoon, both the American students and the Japanese students embark on field trips together. The Explore Japan Teachers are expected to act as chaperones to help keep all of the students organized during the afternoon field trips. Must be present at program each day by 8:30AM. One evening commitment (Farewell Party).

Job Qualifications: We are looking for personable and energetic people interested in sharing their knowledge of Japanese culture. Teachers must be self-motivated and organized, and love working with children ages 8-18.


ESL Teacher Position Info:


ESL Teacher Job Description: From 9AM – Noon each day, teach English to a group of visiting Japanese high school students using our curriculum but also mixing in some good exercises from your ESL experience. From 12:30 – 4:00, act as a chaperone for the group of mixed (Japanese and their local host students) students on a field trip to local areas, like Harvard, MFA, Aquarium, Hiking in Blue Hills, Bowling, Plymouth Plantation. Must be present at program each day by 8:30AM. One evening commitment (Farewell Party).


Job Qualifications: We are looking for personable and energetic people interested in sharing their knowledge of America and the English language. Teachers must be experienced as an ESL instructor (preferably with teaching Asian students), self-motivated and organized, and love working with students of all ages.

Job: Executive Director for Japan-America Society of Oregon

Executive Director Sought for Japan-America Society of Oregon

The mission of the Japan-America Society of Oregon (JASO) is to promote cultural and business exchange with Japan and to enhance mutual understanding between the U.S. and Japan throughout Oregon and Southwestern Washington. Founded in 1907 by leaders in the Japanese business community and now known simply to its members as JASO (jă-zō), the organization has served as a primary link between the region and Japan for more than century. JASO is the third oldest society of its kind in the U.S.

The Executive Director is responsible for the overall professional leadership and management of JASO, including but not limited to Board, member, and community relations, institutional advancement, and program, fiscal, and administrative management. Reporting to and working in concert with the Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers, the Executive Director will move JASO forward in the development and implementation of internal and external goals that reflect the organization’s vision, mission, annual goals, and strategic long-term plan.

For a complete position description, please see:

To apply, please submit a letter and resume with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments, electronic submission preferred, to:

Rebekah Lambert
Vice President
Arts Consulting Group, Inc.
Tel : (888) 234.4236, ext. 7
Cell: (541) 913.9186
Fax: (888) 284.6651
Email: jaso [at] artsconsulting [dot] com 

Part-Time Job: Coordinator at LEX America (25 hrs/ week)

*Job Opportunity*

Part-Time Coordinator (25 hours per week)

A great opportunity for a former JET who wants to keep connected to Japan and improve your Japanese while learning about other languages and countries too.  Perfect for a parent with school-aged children or someone looking for a stable, but flexible, fun, and rewarding day job as you pursue music, art, writing, translation, etc.

LEX America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Cambridge, MA and founded with the mission of assisting individuals in developing their full human potential through multilingual and multicultural activities. LEX sponsors community-based, immersion-style multilingual language learning programs for individuals and families, cultural exchange programs for both adults and children featuring homestays in various countries, and educational publishing. We offer a pleasant, friendly, and informal but professional work environment. Our parent organization is located in Japan. Sister organizations are in Mexico and Korea. See our website at

The primary role of this position is language program promotion, coordination, and facilitation. In addition, there will be opportunities for exchange program coordination and administrative tasks. The ideal candidate will be a generalist who enjoys a variety of projects, and is able to prioritize well. Strong organizational skills, flexibility, excellent writing and marketing skills, and strong interest in languages are a must. Ability to work both independently and as part of a team required. A minimum of 2-3 years of related experience also required. A valid MA driver’s license and access to a car (for occasional use) are required. Multilingualism, cross-cultural experience, Japanese language skills, strong computer skills, and social marketing, grant writing, or fundraising experience are pluses.

This is a part time position of 25 hours per week. Schedule has some flexibility and this can be a good position for a parent of school-aged children. Benefits include language club membership and possible opportunities to lead homestay groups overseas.

The position may begin as early as immediately and as late as September 8, but preference may be given to someone who can start soon.

Please send resume and cover letter to hr at lexlrf dot org.

Summer Job: Group Leader with The Experiment in International Living in Japan

Serve as a group leader with The Experiment in International Living’s summer 2015 programs to Japan!


The Experiment in International Living is currently hiring exceptional professional individuals to serve as International Group Leaders to guide our summer 2015 programs in over 20 countries worldwide.  These individuals will lead groups of 10-15 students on programs in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.


The Experiment, the founding program of World Learning, has been sending students on immersive abroad programs since 1932, and we continue to remain on the cutting edge of international education.  Our programs provide high school students the opportunity to connect deeply and engage meaningfully with the richness and complexities of another country, while exploring their program country through hands-on experiences in local communities and through the lens of a specific program theme.


Each program has two co-leaders, who work together to guide a group of 10 to 15 high school students on a 3-, 4-, or 5-week journey.  Our leaders are our most critical on-the-ground resource, traveling alongside their group and serving as their students’ primary support throughout the program. Leaders take on a wide range of responsibilities, including helping their students integrate into local cultures and host families, conducting group excursions, and guiding students through discussions of and reflections on their experiences. Leaders work with the Experiment’s US-based staff and in-country partners to maximize students’ health and safety and to ensure the program is meaningful, challenging, and experientially rich.


The Experiment’s Japan programs – “Language & Cultural Traditions” and “Japanimation: Anime and Manga” – are our most popular offerings and always fill up quickly with students, and thus we’re looking for strong leaders to guide these programs!  Ideal candidates will have a demonstrated interest in intercultural and experiential learning, in-depth experience in Japan, strong verbal competency in Japanese, and experience working with young people.


Applications for 2015 International Group Leader positions are being accepted through February 4, 2015.  To learn more about the leader position and to access the online application, please visit


Questions? Email Maura Walsh, group leadership manager, at leadership at experiment dot org.

Job: Recruiter at Interesse International Inc.

Interesse International Inc. provides HR and employment services within the U.S. and between Japan and the U.S.

We are looking for an energetic, entry-level Recruiter to join our expanding teams at the following locations:

New York, NY

Schaumburg, IL

Cincinnati, OH

Atlanta, GA

Houston, TX

Honolulu, HI


The ideal candidate will have

– Familiarity with the Japanese language and the culture.

– Strong interpersonal skills and goal-oriented personality with a passion for being the ‘bridge’ between individuals and companies.

A comprehensive package (Base + Commission + Benefits) will be offered to the qualified candidate.

– Base Salary : around $30K

– Benefits: Group Insurance (Health, Dental, Life), 401K with company matching, Paid Time-off

Commission & Benefits eligibility: after 3 months of employment ( 401K is after one year)

Application procedure:

Please send your resume by email to resume at iiicareer dot com

Job: Outreach Coordinator, Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago

Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago
Position in the Japan Information Center
Position Available: Outreach Coordinator (including Receptionist/ Librarian tasks)
Responsibilities: Under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Japan Information Center
  • Outreach Coordinator tasks
    • Schedule, organize and teach programs which introduce Japanese culture (origami, tea ceremony, kendo, kimono, calligraphy etc.) to local schools and community groups ※work with other JIC staff members who are able to give such demonstrations
    • Handle student inquiries for school projects
    • Mail periodical publications of the Japanese government to concerned organizations/ individuals
  • Receptionist tasks
    • Receive and greet visitors
    • Answer email inquiries and telephone calls
    • Log daily usage of the JIC
    • Maintain cultural displays
  • Librarian tasks
    • Handle loans of books and electronic resources.
    • Monitor the selection of books and electronic resources and organize them.
    • Research topics of interest to JIC constituencies.
  • General office responsibilities including attending events organized by the JIC and other related organizations and helping other staff members’ tasks as needed
  • US citizen or permanent resident holder (working permit holder)
  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Japanese studies, International Relations or a related area will be highly desirable
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong computer skills (database knowledge is preferred)
  • English and Japanese are the working languages of the JIC. Fluency in oral and written English is required. Fluency in oral and written Japanese is highly desirable. 

Please submit a cover letter and resume in PDF format by December 15, 2014 to: jic [at] cg [dot] mofa [dot] go [dot] jp

  • No hard copy of application materials required
  • In-person interviews will be held for the shortlisted applicants on January 8th or 9th at the JIC.
Questions should be directed to  jic [at] cg [dot] mofa [dot] go [dot] jp. No telephone inquiries will be accepted.

Job: Administrative Associate at Showa Boston

Administrative Associate at Showa Boston

Job Description


Showa Boston Institute of Language and Culture is a residential academic institution for about 300 students established by Showa Women’s University in Tokyo in 1988. Its mission is to increase students’ English proficiency, to develop their cross-cultural awareness, and to foster their personal growth. The 40-acre campus rests on a hilltop overlooking the Boston skyline. At the heart of the campus are administrative offices, residences, and a dining hall, and educational facilities. 

Position Summary

The Administrative Associate will provide support for the Director and other members of the Student Services team, keep data for the department, and will assist in many activities both on and off-campus.

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