Apr 26

WIT Life is a periodic series written by professional Writer/Interpreter/Translator Stacy Smith (Kumamoto-ken CIR, 2000-03). She starts her day by watching Fujisankei’s newscast in Japanese, and here she shares some of the interesting tidbits and trends along with her own observations.

This weekend I had the chance to check out the documentary Washoku at Cinema Village, where it will be playing through the end of the month.  It features interviews with sushi chefs and other Japanese food proprietors, and asks them about their philosophy, preparation and overall view of Japanese food.  Many of them in talk in detail about the sacrifices they make for their craft, and how much pride they have in their work.  This film is truly a must see for all washoku lovers.

One of the tidbits I found interesting was the discussion of “umami,” or the fifth taste.  In one part, they were talking about the “aku” or scum that appears on the top of soup when it is being cooked, and how in Japan Read More


Apr 21

Via Carleen Ben (Oita). Posted by Sophia Chan (Sapporo-shi, 2009-2014). If interested in more job listings, join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.


(1) Study Abroad Advisor @ SUNY Plattsburgh (NY)

SUNY Plattsburgh has a study abroad advisor position open in the Global Education Office. Please visit the following link for a full job description, qualifications, and to apply online: http://jobs.plattsburgh.edu/postings/6182


(2) Senior Advisor at the Office of International Students and Scholars @ Yale University

The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) serves as a primary campus resource for international students, scholars, and their families, fostering a sense of community by offering orientation for new arrivals and hosting programs and activities throughout the year. Reporting to the Associate Director of the Office of International Students & Scholars, the Senior Adviser works as a member of the team that advises the international community on immigration regulations and other related matters important to a student’s or scholar’s visa and/or immigration status. The Senior Adviser also serves as University liaison with U.S. federal agencies responsible for working with students and scholars from other countries, including serving as a DHS authorized DSO and ARO.  Housed in Yale’s International Center all OISS staff participate in the creation and delivery of practical and social programing to meet the needs of a large international student and scholar population.

Each adviser at OISS has a unique portfolio of responsibilities.  For this position, we seek applicants with experience working with employment-based categories (including DOL issues) and with an understanding of academic medicine and clinical care immigration issues related to both immigrant and non-immigrant visas.  The preferred candidate will also have a strong record of working independently to research and develop institutional policies in response to changing government regulations and increasingly complex globalized work-place issues.

For more information about OISS visit our web site at www.yale.edu/oiss and for a detailed job description and/or to apply for the position go to http://www.yale.edu/hronline/careers/application/external/index.html and search for the position under STARS Requisition Number 30219BR. Read More


Apr 21

Posted by Mia Nakaji Monnier (Prospective JET, 2015-2016), freelance writer and Online Editor of The Rafu Shimpo, a Japanese American daily newspaper based in Los Angeles. Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.


Position: Assistant Director of Academics and Short-Term Programs
Posted by: St. John’s University
Location: Queens, NY
Status: Full-Time

This one comes from a colleague of JETwit Editor Steven Horowitz, who works in the Office of Global Studies at St. John’s.
Full listing here: http://www.stjohns.edu/about/administrative-offices/human-resources/recruitment/administrative-and-staff/clerical-positions

Apr 21

Another unique and interesting JET-relevant listing courtesy of Sebastian Shimomichi. Posted by Mia Nakaji Monnier (Prospective JET, 2015-2016), freelance writer and Online Editor of The Rafu Shimpo, a Japanese American daily newspaper based in Los Angeles. Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.


Position: Various
Posted by: Uber
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Status: Various

See full list of positions here: https://www.uber.com/jobs/list?keywords=&location=Tokyo,%20Japan


Apr 21

Received directly from the company. Posted by Mia Nakaji Monnier (Prospective JET, 2015-2016), freelance writer and Online Editor of The Rafu Shimpo, a Japanese American daily newspaper based in Los Angeles. Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.


Positions (3 total): Leasing & Finance Associate; M&A Associate; Vice President – GMDA Japanese Customer Marketing/Asian Corp Derivatives Sales
Posted by: MUFG Union Bank
Location: NYC
Status: Full-Time

FYI, the below three positions all require that the candidates have native-level Japanese proficiency.

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Apr 21

Thanks to Sebastian Shimomichi for sharing this JET-relevant listing. Posted by Mia Nakaji Monnier (Prospective JET, 2015-2016), freelance writer and Online Editor of The Rafu Shimpo, a Japanese American daily newspaper based in Los Angeles. Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.


Position: Business Analyst/Senior Associate
Posted by: Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank USA
Location: Hoboken, NJ
Status: Full-Time

Full listing here: https://chk.tbe.taleo.net/chk02/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=SUMITOMO&cws=1&rid=229


Apr 18

Via Carleen Ben (Oita). Posted by Sophia Chan (Sapporo-shi, 2009-2014). If interested in more job listings, join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.


(1) Western Kentucky University’s Chinese Language Flagship Program

Western Kentucky University is seeking an Assistant Director of the Chinese Language Flagship Program (CFP).  This 12-month position assists in administering the CFP. The Chinese Language Flagship Program at WKU became the 9th such program in the nation in 2009. Sponsored by The Language Flagship, an initiative of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) within the Defense Language and National Security Education Office, the CFP seeks to bring students from the beginning level of Chinese proficiency to the Superior level during their undergraduate career.
Since 2009, WKU’s CFP has seen more than 300% growth-going from 14 to 61 students.  All CFP students are members of the Honors College at WKU.  With nearly all degree programs available to them, current CFP students have a diverse range of academic foci.  With the majority of first-year CFP students having had no prior knowledge of Chinese, the CFP provides a structure of training and support that sets students up for success in their pursuit of Superior level proficiency in Chinese.  Each student meets 5 days/week for classroom instruction while spending additional time with language tutors throughout the week.  To that, the typical CFP student travels to China at least once per year.  The Assistant Director position would play a vital role in ensuring continued success for the growing CFP.

For a detailed job description, including primary responsibilities as well as required education, skills, and experience, please visit: https://wku.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=58426&CNTRNO=0&TSTMP=1428332663730.

WKU is located in beautiful Bowling Green, Kentucky, a city known for its vibrant artistic and cultural scene.  For more information about Bowling Green, please go to http://www.wku.edu/honors/contact/discover_bowling-green.php

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Apr 14

A great summary of the long-term value of the JET Program (i.e., Return on JET-vestment) by University of Indiana journalism professor (and JET alum) Emily Metzgar:

The JET Program and the US-Japan Relationship:  Alumni of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program are an important part of bilateral ties.

As official Washington prepares for the late April visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his scheduled address to a joint session of Congress, many aspects of the bilateral relationship between the United States and Japan will rightly be feted, including a robust strategic alliance and significant economic ties between the two nations. The visit also presents an opportunity to consider a less discussed but increasingly important aspect of the U.S.-Japan relationship writ large: The extensive – and growing – network of American alumni of Japan’s long-standing Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program.

Click here to read the rest of the op-ed:  http://thediplomat.com/2015/04/the-jet-program-and-the-us-japan-relationship/

 


Apr 14

Posted via Idealist.org. Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.


 

Title: Research Associate, Japan Studies

Location: Washington, D.C. Office

CFR’s David Rockefeller Studies Program is one of the country’s largest foreign policy think tanks with a widely respected and influential research staff. The Studies Program aims to advance the discussion of American foreign policy and international affairs through its writing, publications, public outreach, and discussions.

The Research Associate will work under the direction of the Senior Fellow on projects related to Japanese studies.

The major responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

Providing administrative support to the Senior Fellow, including scheduling appointments, handling phone calls, travel arrangements, and drafting correspondence
Researching specific areas for articles, book chapters, and other publications, as requested by the Senior Fellow
Coordinating events logistics, including preparing invitations, corresponding with speakers and presiders, helping to prepare background papers and materials for distribution, and providing other logistical support
Assisting with the drafting, proofreading and editing of written material
Managing social media and other digital tools
Managing budgets, including tracking monthly statements, monitoring grant information, writing reports and requests, creating and updating Excel spreadsheets, and preparing vouchers for reimbursement

For more information, please visit: http://www.idealist.org/view/job/p4XCNxddXdbD

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Title: Head of Communications for United Nations University (UNU)

Location: Tokyo

The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars engaged in research, postgraduate training and dissemination of knowledge in furtherance of the purposes and principles of the United Nations, its Peoples and Member States. It serves as a think tank for the United Nations system, contributes to capacity building particularly in developing countries, and serves as a platform for new and creative ideas and dialogue. In addition to the UNU Headquarters located in Tokyo, UNU has already established fifteen institutes and programmes worldwide. For more information please visit http://unu.edu.

UNU is searching for a new Head of Communications to be located at its Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. The Head of Communications, reporting to the Executive Officer, Office of the Rector, will have responsibility for the development and implementation of the University’s worldwide communication and dissemination strategy and for implementing a focused set of activities aimed at enhancing the UNU’s media and communications outreach in the University’s main host country of Japan.

For more information, please visit: http://www.idealist.org/view/job/bzdGmmdt9fXd


Apr 13

by Sophia Chan (Sapporo-shi, 2009-2014). As an employee of the City of New York, Sophia works with the IDNYC program, a free ID card for all New Yorkers. In her free time, she writes about  food, design, photography and TV on her blog, Sophia said. If interested in more job listings, join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.


Apply here: https://home.eease.adp.com/recruit2/?id=11373251&t=1 
American Councils is currently seeking a qualified Resident Director to work in Japan on an eight-week summer program for undergraduate and graduate students. The program is focused on the acquisition of Japanese language and culture in an immersion setting.

 

ANTICIPATED EMPLOYMENT DATES: Early June – August 2015

 

Resident Directors represent American Councils on programs overseas. The Resident Director will work with the host institution, managing communications between American Councils, program participants and local staff, arranging logistics for the group, advising participants as required and resolving medical and other issues as necessary.

 

The Resident Director must be available to program participants on a daily basis; observe classes at the host institution; meet regularly with teachers, administrators, and participants; and arrange group travel and cultural programs. The Resident Director must be available to participants during any emergencies that arise and must communicate regularly with the American Councils program staff in Washington, DC. The Resident Director oversees a small program budget, and is responsible for proper documentation of program expenditures and timely completion of a budget report at the end of each month and end of the program.
Prior to departure, the Resident Director is required to complete an orientation program for overseasstaff. The Resident Director may be asked to travel with his/her participant group at the beginningand end of the program; the Resident Directors may also be asked to travel to the program site in advance of the students’ arrival. Resident Directors report to the DC-based Program Manager and staff. All offers are contingent upon ability to receive and maintain a visa to the host country.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Advising program participants as needed;
  • Reporting on program activities to program staff in Washington, D.C;
  • Responding to participant emergencies, including assisting participants with navigating local clinics and hospitals;
  • Liaising with the host institution and local program staff;
  • Observing the academic program;
  • Arranging group travel and cultural programs;
  • Maintaining adherence to program rules and policies among participants—this may include a no-English policy;
  • Managing a small budget of program funds and maintaining detailed financial documentation, including monthly reports;
  • Communicating with host families and working with students and local staff to resolve any programs related to host families;
  • Tagging photographs and videos collected from students and local CLS staff;
  • Completing a pre-departure orientation and training session;
  • Resolving other program-related issues as necessary; and
  • Performing other program-related tasks as directed.
  • Working with host families, which may include selection and monitoring of host families (varies by program);
  • Resolving other program-related issues as necessary; and
  • Performing other program-related tasks as directed.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Japanese, area studies or a related field;
  • Advanced written and oral language skills (minimum 2/2+ on ACTFL scale) in Japanese
  • Study, work, or extensive travel experience in Japan;
  • Experience working in a position of authority with high school, undergraduate, or graduate students;
  • Experience overseeing and guiding groups;
  • Demonstrated skills in academic and personal counseling; and
  • Demonstrated skills in general financial accountability.

Position contingent upon funding.

 

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – American Councils for International Educations does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.


Apr 12

by Sophia Chan (Sapporo-shi, 2009-2014). As an employee of the City of New York, Sophia works with the IDNYC program, a free ID card for all New Yorkers. In her free time, she writes about  food, design, photography and TV on her blog, Sophia said. If interested in more job listings, join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.


(1) Curriculum Integration Assistant (Temp)

DEPARTMENT: Office of International Education, Marquette University

POSITION OVERVIEW:
This position will be responsible for administrative work related to Curriculum Integration (CI). This is to include researching, analyzing, and summarizing course descriptions and syllabi for courses offered at current partner universities. These course descriptions and syllabi will then be aligned with Marquette University courses, in collaboration with the academic departments, to pre-determine course equivalencies and/or major and minor field of study. The CI Assistant will also be responsible for the entering, and management of, course equivalencies in Terra Dotta.

This position has an estimated start date of April 13, 2015, and will continue through June 30, 2015.  This is a full-time position, with the hours of 8:00am – 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. Competitive hourly wage, no benefits. The position will report to Karlin Webster, Associate Director, Office of International Education.

POSITION DUTIES:

–          Research partner university academics and programs
–          Collect example course lists and equivalencies
–          Match and synthesize course descriptions to align Marquette and partner university curriculums
–          Produce materials to showcase academic alignment between partner universities and Marquette academic offerings
–          Develop electronic communications targeting specific fields of study
–          Assist in the development of a centralized resource of international transfer course equivalencies

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

–          Attention to detail
–          Experience with project management
–          Experience with inter-departmental university projects
–          Native fluency in English
–          Strong writing and communication skills (in English)
–          Bachelor’s degree
–          Experience with Microsoft Office
–          Experience with web-based systems

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

–          Study abroad or significant living experience abroad (i.e. teaching abroad, Peace Corps, military)
–          Experience working in, or knowledge of, institutions of higher education

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Apr 10
"JETs have a special bond, somewhat like people who go to the same university, and I think returning JETs can exploit that connection to open a few doors. JETs and MEFs are in all sorts of powerful positions these days at multinationals, news agencies, nonprofits, and government jobs. Use that network!" (Courtesy of Bruce Rutledge)

“JETs have a special bond, somewhat like people who go to the same university, and I think returning JETs can exploit that connection to open a few doors. JETs and MEFs are in all sorts of powerful positions these days at multinationals, news agencies, nonprofits, and government jobs. Use that network!” (Courtesy of Bruce Rutledge)

 

By Julio Perez Jr. (Kyoto-shi, 2011-13) for JQ magazine. A bibliophile, writer, translator, and graduate from Columbia University, Julio is currently working at Ishikawa Prefecture’s New York office while seeking opportunities with publications in New York. Follow his enthusiasm for Japan, literature, and comic books on his blog and Twitter @brittlejules.

After spending a few years in Chiba doing teaching and promotional work that would be all too familiar to JET ALTs and CIRs, Bruce Rutledge went on to work as an editor and writer in Japan for over 15 years. Today, he is the owner of Chin Music Press, a publishing company in Seattle with strong ties to Japan.

In this exclusive interview, Rutledge discusses his time as a Monbusho English Fellow (MEF), which was in some ways a precursor to the JET Program, and shares some of his experiences in a variety of media positions in Japan along with the origin and direction of Chin Music Press.

Since most of our readers are JET alumni, they’re probably already wondering about your connection to JET. Would you mind telling us a bit about the Monbusho English Fellowship you participated in? Why were you drawn to that program? Where in Japan were you placed, and how would you describe your activities as a Monbusho English Fellow? Also, how would you connect MEF with JET and compare it to what JET eventually became?

I was an MEF from 1985 to 1987 in Funabashi, Chiba, I think my job was sort of a combination of a CIR and a teaching assistant. I spent every Monday in the city hall doing PR work for Funabashi, whose slogan was “We More Sports.” I talked to them about this thing called a verb and how their slogan needed one, but my intervention was too late. Tuesday through Friday, I would teach in the schools. I taught a whole year at one high school and spent the rest of the time rotating from middle school to middle school with an occasional elementary school visit thrown in. It was a memorable period of my life. I loved my time there.

Are there any special anecdotes you would like to share from your time in Japan?

Perhaps the time a neighborhood kid of five or six broke into my apartment by climbing through an open window. The little burglar left his shoes on the windowsill. It was just the sort of juxtaposition I love about Japan.

When you finished with MEF, what was your next job? At that time, what direction did you see your life taking, and how did the your path end up differing?

After MEF life, I moved about 15 stops down the Sobu Line to Suidobashi and took a job with Universal News Japan. I was an editor and had planned to have a career in journalism. That plan worked out for nearly 15 years, until the Internet changed everything and I started longing to work in a longer form.

You seem to have had many media-related positions, mostly involving Japan or Asia. How would you describe the kind of work you did post-MEF? During those times, were you living primarily in Japan or somewhere else? How did that impact your performance in those jobs?

I lived in Japan for 15+ years. I never lived in another Asian country. I was a Louis L’Amour of white-collar jobs, doing a little bit of everything. I even did a 15-minute shortwave radio newscast from the bowels of NHK headquarters that aired at 2 a.m. Japan time. We would sleep in bunk beds from 2:30 to 5:00, then do another broadcast at around 5:30. That was the weirdest job I had.

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Apr 10

Thanks to JET alum Laurel Lukaszewski for passing this on. Posted by Mia Nakaji Monnier (Prospective JET, 2015-2016), freelance writer and Online Editor of The Rafu Shimpo, a Japanese American daily newspaper based in Los Angeles. Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.


Position: Executive Director
Posted by: International Student Conference
Location: Washington, DC
Status: Full-Time

View full listing here

International Student Conferences, Inc. (ISC) is seeking an entrepreneurial Executive Director to assume the leadership of this highly respected organization. ISC facilitates two exceptional academic and cultural exchange programs organized by university students: the Japan-America Student Conference (JASC) and the Korea-America Student Conference (KASC).

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Apr 10

A great JET-relevant opportunity from Iwate JET alum Alan Mockridge, the founder and president of Intralink. Posted by Mia Nakaji Monnier (Prospective JET, 2015-2016), freelance writer and Online Editor of The Rafu Shimpo, a Japanese American daily newspaper based in Los Angeles. Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.


Position: Director of Business Development, West Coast
Posted by: Intralink
Location: Bay Area (South Bay), CA
Status: Full-Time

I have a great opportunity for an ex-JET or anybody else looking to work between US and Asia. Intralink is hiring a new BD person on the west coast – ideally based in South Bay. We provide BD/Sales services to cutting-edge technology companies looking to expand into NE Asia via a team of 40+ staff (including quite a few ex-JETs) in our offices in Tokyo, Shanghai, Seoul, Taipei.

The person should be a self-starter, process driven and detail orientated. NE Asia experience (and an Asian language) is a plus but ultimately the job is to identify, connect and sign up new companies which Intralink can represent in a BD/Sales role in those countries..

See full description here: 2015-03 – Intralink America Dtr BD (West Coast)

I can be contacted at alan.mockridge@intralinkgroup.com for more information or to send resumés.”


Apr 10

Via JETAA UK. Posted by Mia Nakaji Monnier (Prospective JET, 2015-2016), freelance writer and Online Editor of The Rafu Shimpo, a Japanese American daily newspaper based in Los Angeles. Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.


Registration Now Open for The 26th International Japanese English Translation Conference, IJET-26!

June 20-21 2015, York St John University, York, UK

Click here for further details of how to register.


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