Oct 27

Job: Japan Center Director – North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC)

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Position: Japan Center Director
Posted by: North Carolina State University
Location: Raleigh, NC
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to JETAA North Carolina subchapter’s Kyle Munn for sharing this great opportunity. Would be wonderful to see a JET alum get the job.

Below is a partial description. Click here for full details.

The Director will initiate, coordinate, and oversee a wide range of activities which build relationships and serve academic, research, business, and cultural needs related to interaction between Japan and North Carolina.

Support business initiatives:

  • Work with university, state, and local economic development and business organizations to foster increased exports to Japan, and to facilitate Japanese investment in NC.
  • Create and maintain programs that help make North Carolina a welcoming environment for Japanese companies and their employees to live and do business.
  • Provide workshops and training opportunities for those in North Carolina interested in doing business in or with Japan.
  • Organize conferences for businesses engaged in Japan, and contribute to conferences organized by others.
  • Build relationships and meet regularly with leaders and representatives of both new and established businesses.

Support academic and research initiatives:

  • Engage with the NC State campus community and participate in relevant activities and events on a regular basis.
  • Expand and develop relations with prominent Japanese universities and institutes to enhance academic exchange and research collaboration.
  • Provide leadership to stimulate increased Japan-related activity at universities throughout the UNC system.
  • Seek out and assist in the administration of scholarship funds for North Carolina students planning to study in Japan, and Japanese students planning to study in NC.
  • Seek out and assist in the administration of funding to support faculty research.
  • Provide support to NC State’s Japanese language program.

Support the general public:

  • Oversee the Japan Center’s non-credit Japanese language classes conducted for pre-college students and adults.
  • Sponsor workshops, training opportunities, cultural events and art shows throughout the year. Ensure wide publicity and outreach for all events.
  • Maintain a library of print, video, and electronic materials about Japan.
  • Speak at various public venues about Japan, its history and culture, and its relations with North Carolina.


  • Lead the strategic planning for the NC Japan Center, and develop specific goals for the center’s vision.
  • Ensure visibility and awareness of the NC Japan Center among all stakeholder groups.
  • Manage the operational budget to maximize and build on available resources.
  • Initiate and engage in fundraising and development activities, to expand sustainable resources for the operation of the NC Japan Center.
  • Supervise NC Japan Center staff.
  • Collaborate with and support other units and faculty at NC State that engage with Japanese agencies, universities, or organizations

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