Some background on this unique job posting:
The JETAA USA Board of Advisors, the JETAA USA Country Representatives, and the JETAA USA Working Group have been collaborating with JET alum Paige Cottingham-Streater of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (among others) on the opportunity to grow and strengthen JETAA USA and its chapters. Thanks to Paige’s hard work, the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership has created a part-time position to work for the US-Japan Bridging Foundation to support this mission.
The U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation (USJBF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the ties between Japan and the U.S. through cultural and educational exchanges, is launching a new initiative “Strengthening the JETAA Network and Connecting Next Generation Leaders.” The purpose of the project is to build infrastructure in support of the Japan-Exchange and Teaching Program Alumni Association, United States of America (JETAA USA) and enhance its impact promoting U.S.-Japan relations. The first year of the project will involve fact-finding to collect and analyze information from the JETAA USA Working Group, local chapters and stakeholders in the U.S. and Japanese governments and local communities; enhance the jetaausa.com website, strengthen the online media Facebook and Twitter presence; help coordinate regional and national meetings/ conferences for participants from 19+ JETAA chapters; and other duties as required in order to carry out the mission of this position.
The Foundation seeks a part-time project director to:
consult with JETAA USA Working Group members and other members of the JET community throughout project period;
serve as a central point of contact; conduct fact-finding activities; monitor chapter activities and organize special outreach projects in designated regions;
maintain social networking presence (Facebook and Twitter);
further develop a website presence;
develop, conduct and analyze a survey to assess challenges facing JETAA USA at the chapter and national levels; identify best practices, and develop proposals for addressing those
Applicants will need to have strong organizational, communications (interpersonal, verbal and written) and technical skills (computing including database, website and social media). Successful candidates will also demonstrate creativity, innovation and a commitment to supporting the U.S.-Japan relationship.
Experience as former JET participant strongly preferred.
This position is part-time (2-3 days/ week) and expected to work closely with the USJBF Executive Director at the Foundation’s offices in Washington D.C.
Applications due by Wednesday, May 28, 2013, by email, postal mail or delivery service.
Email: info at bridgingfoundation dot org
Mail: U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation
1201 15th Street, NW, Suite 330
Washington, DC 20005
For more information, please visit the JETAA USA National Initiatives section on Building National Capacity.