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.
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.
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.
Job Title: Resident Assistant (RA)
Immediate Supervisor: Resident Services Coordinator
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.
- 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
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.
Milton High School (girls), Pierce Middle School in Milton (boys)
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.
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: http://www.
To apply, please submit a letter and resume with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments, electronic submission preferred, to:
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 www.lexlrf.org.
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.
LEX America, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization which provides community-based multilingual immersion language programs is seeking host families for our next intern. Please let us know if you might be interested in welcoming a young grandpa from Japan into your home for one to three weeks in May!!
Individuals and families who have hosted LEX interns from Japan or Mexico have made wonderful friendships and enjoyed learning about other countries and viewing their own country and culture through fresh eyes. Interns are flexible and expect to join in your normal routine – they want to experience ordinary daily life in the U.S.
Interns will spend approximately three days each week working in the LEX office and participating in our language clubs in North Cambridge, so access to public transportation is helpful. If the host family is available on other weekdays, the intern may join you in your regular activities, and if you are not available, the intern will be independent on those days.
Interns are all carefully selected members of the LEX organization in Japan or Mexico. They are 18 or older, and typically have previous experience with homestay travel. Their *English* level may vary from beginner to fluent. They all have good *communication* skills, and are curious, kind, flexible, and open-minded.
Hosts may be individuals or families of any shape or size who wish to open their home to a visitor. Hosts are volunteers and will receive a small stipend to help cover meals the intern eats at home.
For more information, please contact info at lexlrf dot org.
- a written platform– 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)
- a headshot of the candidate
- the Chapter Endorsement form– this should be filled out by chapter officers for the chapter where the candidate served as an officer
- the Financial Endorsement form– this should be filled out by chapter officers from the chapter that the candidate is currently a member of