Job at Harvard, US-Japan relations program

NEJETAA received the following job posting at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Responsibilities include supporting the activities of the Program on US-Japan Relations:

I am writing to seek your help again in advertising our program’s job opening to the New England JET community (below).  Most of our staff have actually been JET alumni. Please direct any questions about this position to me (sfujihira at Thank you very much in advance for considering my request.

Best wishes,

Shinju Fujihira, Ph.D. 藤平新樹(政治学博士)

Executive Director 

Program on U.S.-Japan Relations  日米関係プログラム

Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

Harvard University

To apply:

Please click on Administrative/Staff Jobs (External Candidates) on top right corner; enter 29338BR in Auto Req ID.

Title: Research Assistant II/Staff Assistant III

School/Unit: Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department: Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

Full-Time 35 hours/week, OT-eligible, HUCTW

Salary Grade: 053

Duties and Responsibilities

Assists research and administrative duties of a Harvard senior faculty member in the social sciences and supports the activities of the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at Harvard. Locates, organizes, and analyzes research materials, including archival documents and other primary sources. Investigates and prepares reports on specific topics in the social sciences relating to Japan and Asia. Meets staff needs of a senior professor and assists in the programming of a busy international program; prepares course materials and maintains course Web site; handles correspondence, scheduling, and travel arrangements; serves as liaison to students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and distinguished international visitors; provides staff support for seminars, conferences, and other events for Harvard faculty and students; serves as a liaison between the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations and other international centers and programs inside and outside Harvard; serves as a resource to students regarding Japan-related study and research opportunities; performs other duties as required.

Basic Qualifications

College background with coursework or experience in a social science field. Three years of research and/or office experience, including experience with computers and technology, in a university. Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and computer research skills are required..

Additional Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a social science field and a thorough knowledge of modern East Asia, particularly Japan, strongly preferred. Aptitude for and interest in research; strong writing ability; attention to detail; office skills; an ability to coordinate several projects at once and meet deadlines while working independently in a busy office; well-developed interpersonal and intercultural skills. Applicant should have a demonstrated ability to work with minimum supervision. Preferred skills include: Japanese language; ability to maintain a Web site or do desktop publishing; experience with databases.

Additional Information

This is an excellent opportunity for someone considering graduate school, professional school, or university administration in the future.

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