Jan 26

Job: Program Manager at the Japan-America Society (Seattle)

The Japan-America Society of the State of Washington, headquartered in Seattle, is looking for a full-time program manager to coordinate events and update their communiques. Bilingual Japanese skills are not required, but at least speaking is preferred.  Act fast, because applications are due by February 12th.


  • Programming – The Program Manager is responsible for the Society’s business, public affairs, and cultural programs. Programs include lectures, discussion groups, seminars, lunch programs, and fundraising events. In coordination with the Executive Director, the Program Manager contacts potential speakers and co-sponsoring organizations. S/he negotiates contracts with the management of lecture halls, hotels, and other venues; coordinates publicity and media efforts; and supervises staff and interns on the day of the event.
  • Weekly Events Bulletin and Communications – Organizes and sends the Society’s weekly events bulletin via e-mail. Designing and producing other announcements and publications (such as special event invitations) is also required.
  • Website – Updating the upcoming events page, calendar page and the JYPG (Japan Young Professionals Group) page are among the main website responsibilities.


  • Qualified candidates must have a four-year college degree, relevant work experience, and a general understanding of U.S.-Japan affairs.
  • Spoken Japanese ability preferred.
  • Must be eligible to work legally in the United States.
  • The work demands excellent writing skills, high attention to detail and the ability to handle multiple tasks at once.
  • Familiarity with databases, familiarity with U.S.-Japan business and trade issues, and experience living, working, or traveling in Japan are all desirable qualifications for the position.
  • Knowledge of web design and HTML is a plus but is not required.


  • Send cover letter, resume and the names and contact information of three references by 5 pm, February 12th to: Mark Smith msmith@jassw.org
  • If selected for an interview, you must be available in our office the week of Feb 22-26, and available to start work on March 1st.

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