Dec 5

Job: Administrative Assistant – Gakken (New York, NY, USA)

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Job Title: Administrative Assistant
Posted by: Gakken
Location: New York, NY, USA
Contract: Full-Time (Immediate hire)

Job Description:

Gakken is Japan’s largest educational publisher. We have just opened a New York office and are seeking a motivated, qualified individual to join our team in the position of Administrative Assistant. You will perform clerical and administrative functions in order to drive company success.


  • Translation and Interpretation between English & Japanese (emails, phone calls, documents, in-person meetings)
  • Draft correspondences and other formal documents
  • Plan and schedule appointments and events
  • Data entry to online systems
  • Develop and implement organized filing systems
  • Light customer service
  • Perform all other office tasks


  • Fluency in Japanese and English (spoken and written)
  • Previous experience in office administration or other related fields
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience with internet/web, Microsoft Office products a plus

Compensation: $32,000 to $38,750 Annually

Benefits Offered: Medical

Company address: 417 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016

Application Process: Nikki Yoshimura ( Please send a resume in English and Japanese

About Gakken: Gakken is Japan’s #1 Educational Publisher

Founded in 1946 by Hideto Furuoka, Gakken’s mission is to produce fun-first educational materials for children. The company’s three core foundations are:

To Know: Focus on the future and embrace new opportunities
To Challenge: Always strive to reach higher goals
To Create: Constantly innovate and change with the markets

Gakken’s Play Smart workbooks are the best-selling activity books in Japan.

  • Over 45 million copies sold
  • Over 1 million copies sold every year
  • Unique target market of ages 2 to Preschool
  • Emphasis on fun, while developing fine-motor and problem-solving skills
  • Encourages parent involvement with specific advice on every page, which is key to the learning process.
  • Proven to strengthen kids’ reasoning, decision-making, and concentration skills, helping them prepare for the classroom and for life.

Gakken’s expansion into the U.S. focuses on three key categories:

  • Play Smart workbooks, revised and updated specifically for the American market
  • Activity books that build the fine-motor skills introduced in the workbooks, such as sticker books and origami books
  • Board books with lift-the-flaps, innovative cutouts, touch-and-feel materials and other interactive elements

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