Career Opportunities


Japan Society, celebrating its 110th anniversary in 2017, is a world-class, multidisciplinary hub for global leaders, artists, scholars, educators, and English and Japanese-speaking audiences seeking to understand and appreciate Japanese art and culture. Japan Society also seeks to cultivate a dynamic relationship between the people and business communities of the United States and Japan through its multidisciplinary programs. Japan Society sponsors more than 100 events annually through its art gallery, performing arts program, film festival, speakers’ series, business and policy presentations, and Japanese language school. Japan Society is a nonprofit, nonpolitical organization located in a landmark building near the United Nations.

Japan Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce.

Qualified candidates are invited to apply for the positions delineated below.

Chief Development Officer
Director, Foundation and Government Relations
Japanese Language Instructor – Toyota Language Center (Part Time)
Senior Corporate Giving Officer
Visitor Services Associate (Part Time)

Chief Development Officer

Japan Society seeks an innovative and hands-on Chief Development Officer to lead and expand Development efforts, including: securing major gifts, maintaining productive relationships with Board members, and overseeing all fundraising efforts directed toward individuals, foundations, members, corporations and other potential funding sources. The CDO will work closely with the President of Japan Society, the Vice President of Finance and Administration, and the Board of Directors, as well as Program Directors, to fulfill ambitious fundraising goals, which include a combined annual goal of $7 million.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Board Development and Relations: Develop and grow relationships with the Board of Directors, and draw upon their talents and resources to enhance fundraising and community relations. Coordinate communications with the Board and Board sub-committees; organize and prepare materials, reports and financial briefings for regular Board Standing Committee meetings with a focus on strategies and outcomes.

  • Fundraising: Direct fundraising efforts, including establishing a strategic plan for fundraising and development activities, and ensure that goals are established and met. Provide hands-on oversight of Corporate, Government and Foundation, Individual Giving, and Membership functions, as well as the Society’s annual dinner and other special events. Build and cultivate a portfolio of high net-worth donor prospects, and design and implement in-person meeting plans to ensure that the President and Development staff meet with donors and potential funders on an ongoing basis.

  • Leadership: Manage a direct staff of six and overall staff of 17. Lead, motivate, and mentor Development staff, and maintain excellent collaborative working relations with program staff and other staff across the Society. Work with the Media and Marketing team to ensure Japan Society’s public face – online and through the media – is consistent with achieving the Society’s mission and fundraising goals. Partner with the President and the Vice President of Finance and Administration, playing a significant role in overall strategic planning and policy formation for the Society.
  • Bachelors degree or higher, and a minimum of ten years senior-level managerial experience with expertise in strategic planning, board relations and development, fundraising, program-building, people and budget management.
  • Managerial experience in a non-profit institution required, experience with nonprofit corporate giving—membership and sponsorship—is highly desirable.
  • Experience with individual giving in the art world is a plus.
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills.
  • Knowledge of Japanese business etiquette, customs and culture, and international issues • Knowledge and experience in fundraising ethics, research and cultivation practices, including proposal writing, gift processing, prospecting, and reporting.
  • Demonstrated ability to network and build external relationships.
  • Ability to manage staff and collaborate effectively with a diverse range of internal and external partners.
  • Willing and able to travel, and attend evening and weekend events.
  • Spoken Japanese language ability is a plus.

The ideal candidate will be an active, hands-on leader and team-builder with outstanding managerial, communication and relationship-building skills. The CDO must have a proven track record in fundraising, with demonstrated success in strengthening board, corporate and donor relations, and achieving measurable results in revenues generated or funds raised. The CDO will have a highly collaborative approach to working across all internal units of Japan Society, and the executive presence, commitment to the Society’s mission, and knowledge of Japanese culture, to serve as an ambassador of the Society.

To Apply:  Email your letter of interest and resume to the Director of Human Resources, at

Director, Foundation and Government Relations

Japan Society seeks a Director, Foundation and Government Relations to lead fundraising efforts to obtain restricted program support, general operating funds, and funding for capital projects from foundations and city, state and federal government agencies. The Director is responsible for developing a fundraising strategy and annual fundraising calendar, identifying new funding sources, stewarding current and prospective funders, drafting and editing proposals and reports, and supervising the department’s staff. The Director must be a proactive, innovative leader with superior communication skills who can expand Japan Society’s funding sources by identifying and stewarding new funding prospects. This position works closely with Japan Society’s President, Chief Development Officer, senior management, and program directors as a key member of the organization’s development team.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Establish the fundraising strategy, set priorities, develop and implement the annual fundraising calendar for foundation and government support;
  • Work with program directors and other key staff to develop project proposals;
  • Research and identify new funding sources and opportunities to expand foundation and government support;
  • Steward relationships with current funders, and cultivate new and prospective funders; Organize site visits and prepare guest lists for Japan Society events, openings, etc.;
  • Draft and edit grant proposals, reports, concept papers, acknowledgement letters, correspondence and other communications;
  • Supervise and mentor department staff. Assign and monitor staff projects;
  • Ensure accurate tracking of grant submissions, reporting, acknowledgements, correspondence, receipt of grants and pledges, and other relevant data;
  • Monitor compliance with grant and reporting requirements;
  • Maintain Japan Society’s DataArts profiles, New York State Grants Gateway, New York City HHS Accelerator, and Federal System for Award Management (SAM) required for government funding;
  • Coordinate with development and program staff on funding credit lines;
  • Serve as staff liaison to Board of Trustees Program Committee;
  • Administer departmental budget.
  • BA required, relevant master’s degree preferred;
  • Minimum seven years of fundraising experience with a demonstrated track record of success in securing foundation and government grants. Strong proficiency in the grants development process including prospect research, proposal and budget development, solicitation and gift management;
  • Outstanding writing skills with the ability to write persuasively and quickly. Strong verbal presentation skills essential;
  • Must be an innovative and strategic thinker, and able to implement new initiatives;
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to work well under pressure, and meet deadlines is essential;
  • Must possess strong interpersonal skills and be a team player;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and Raiser’s Edge or similar donor management software;
  • Familiarity with fundraising in the arts and cultural sector preferred;
  • Knowledge of Japanese society, culture and language a plus.

To Apply:  Email your letter of interest and resume to the Director of Human Resources, at

Part-time Japanese Language Instructor – Toyota Language Center

A part-time Japanese language instructor is sought to teach a semester-long Japanese course either once or twice per week. There are three semesters per year and each semester lasts for 10 weeks.
  • MA in a relevant field is preferred but not required
  • A minimum of one year prior Japanese Language teaching experience in a classroom setting
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills
  • Ability to teach all levels of Japanese language, including content-based courses
  • Knowledge of shodō a plus.
Hours: Classes start at 12:00 pm, 4:00 pm and 6:10 pm.  Each class lasts for 110 minutes.
To Apply:  Email your letter of interest and resume to the Director of Human Resources, at

Senior Corporate Giving Officer

The Senior Corporate Giving Officer works as part of the Development team to maintain and expand the corporate membership program while working closely with other Development Office staff members on Special Events and other projects as needed.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Work with the Director to devise strategies for recruitment and retention of Corporate Members and Sponsors, and to achieve Corporate Membership revenue goals, as assigned.
  • Arrange and participate in regular cultivation visits with existing and potential donors.
  • Identify and research new prospects.
  • Prepare correspondence, proposals, benefits, marketing materials, and reports for Corporate Membership & Sponsorship.
  • Cultivate corporate members to engage in additional opportunities in corporate support at Japan Society, including opportunities to hold events and to sponsor cultural, educational, and corporate and policy programming.
  • Work with Development Officer and other Development staff to process and send out monthly renewal, upgrade, and solicitation materials to all corporate members with phone follow-up.
  • Field inquiries via corporate membership phone lines, email inboxes and mail and answer questions.
  • Steward donors and fulfill benefit requirements and requests.
  • Work closely with Special Events team to sell tables to Annual Dinner.
  • Bachelors degree and a minimum of three to five years related development experience.
  • Must possess knowledge of corporate fundraising techniques and excellent interpersonal skills with strong ability to network, build external relationships, and cultivate corporate sponsors.
  • Excellent organizational skills, written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to handle multiple priorities required.
  • Knowledge of Japanese culture and Japanese language is desirable.
To Apply:  Email your letter of interest and resume to the Director of Human Resources, at

Visitor Services Associate – Part Time

The Visitor Services Associate maintains the Japan Society’s visitor service’s desk as an ambassador interacting with the general public. This includes greeting and welcoming visitors, answering questions, providing information about exhibits and programs, selling tickets, memberships, and catalogues.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Processing ticket orders and gallery admissions.
  • Selling memberships.
  • Welcome and assist visitors, trustees, donors, and vendors on the phone and in person.
  • Provide administrative support for related activities and projects.
  • Customer service experience.
  • Very good communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and comfort interacting with the public.
  • Ability to multi-task and to handle multiple phone lines.
  • Computer proficiency.
  • General office experience.
  • Must be dependable and punctual.
  • Must be comfortable working in various work environments including outdoors.
  • Knowledge of Japanese culture and/or language is a plus.
Hours: The position is part-time, approximately 15 to 20 hours per week. In addition to regularly scheduled weekly hours, the incumbent must be available to cover extra shifts on nights and weekends when necessary.
To Apply:  Email your letter of interest and resume to the Director of Human Resources, at

Updated April 19, 2017.

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