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Associate Program Officer, Arts and Cultural Exchange (New York City)

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The Japan Foundation, New York

Associate Program Officer, Arts & Cultural Exchange

Established by the Japanese government in 1972, the Japan Foundation’s mission is to promote international cultural
exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and other countries. The Japan Foundation’s activities consist of three
major programs: 1) Arts & Cultural Exchange; 2) Japanese-Language Education Overseas; and 3) Japanese Studies and
Intellectual Exchange. For more information, please visit our websites at and

Description: The Japan Foundation, New York seeks an Associate Program Officer for the Arts and Cultural Exchange
program. This program promotes the introduction of Japanese arts and culture as well as exchanges between Japan and
the United States through various fields of arts and culture. This position will report to the Program Director of Arts and
Cultural Exchange.

Location: New York, NY

Key Responsibilities:
– Assist in the implementation of the Japan Foundation’s programs, with a particular focus on, but not limited to,
Performing Arts, Film, Literature, Visual Arts and Cultural Events.
– Manage the grant programs in Arts and Cultural Exchange by processing applications, maintaining program files
and documents, and communicating with prospective applicants and grantees.
– Coordinate logistics for in-house meetings as well as public events by planning venues, catering, transportation,
audio/visual equipment, materials, etc.
– Create program materials and publications (e.g. newsletters, fliers, and webpages) and assist in the proofreading
of documents.
– Conduct outreach activities and site visits throughout the United States as a representative of the Japan
– Collaborate and correspond with program staff at the Japan Foundation Tokyo Headquarters.
– Perform other duties and additional responsibilities as directed.

Required Qualifications:
– Bachelor’s degree. Master’s degree or equivalent work experience preferred.
– Legal authorization to work in the United States.
– Fluency, in oral and written communication skills in both English and Japanese; translation ability preferred.
– Willingness and ability to travel and attend occasional weekend events (travel is approximately several

A strong candidate will also possess:
– Superior written and verbal communication skills
– Excellent analytical and organizational skills, strong attention to detail, and the ability to multi-task
– Experience with and/or interest in international cultural exchange
– Experience with grant management and/or familiarity with institutions of Japanese arts and culture
– Understanding of Japanese arts and culture, and experience of living in Japan
– Proficiency in Microsoft Office software and social media

Salary and Benefits: Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include comprehensive medical, dental, vision, and
life insurance coverage, paid vacation and sick leave, etc.

Job Commencement: November 25, 2019 (or as soon as possible)

To apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, and one-page writing sample in English to

Deadline: October 9, 2019 at 10:00 AM (U.S. Eastern Standard Time).
Qualified candidates will be invited for an interview.

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