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
Education Program 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

Education Program Officer

The Education Program Officer plans and coordinates all aspects of the on-site and off-site student and family programs including the High School Summer Workshop and the annual family holiday programs. The Education Program Officer is responsible for the effective planning and implementation of program components including program content, logistics, collaboration with other institutions, and promotion of the events. The position requires meticulous organizational, program development, communication and networking skills in order to ensure the successful implementation of the programs. The Education Program Officer will work closely with the Director to produce and prepare budgets, project proposals, and other duties related to educational programming. Other responsibilities include producing timely content on the education and family programs for the department’s social media outlets.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Conceptualize and plan six (6) Family Festivities event and the two-week High School Summer Workshop taking place throughout the year. Responsibilities include securing guest presenters, performers, and related vendors, ordering books and materials, outreach and promotion of events to recruit student and family participants as well as school groups, and registration of participants for workshops and events.
  • Collaborate with other Japan Society departments on translation of descriptions of Education Department projects and activities for publication in the Society’s Annual Report, and the preparation of reports for the Development Department concerning funding for Education Department programs.
  • Promote Education Department events by securing promotional photography and video clips for use in Japan Society publications, website, and social media. Promote events on social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and Japan Society’s website.
  • Prepare financial reports on departmental budget, expense reconciliations, and program analysis. Work with Education Director and Finance Department on preparation of financial reports.
  • Collaborate with other Japan Society departments on translation of descriptions of Education Department projects and activities for publication in the Society’s Annual Report, and the preparation of reports for the Development Department concerning funding for Education Department programs.
  • Assist the Director and Senior Program Officer in the management of other education and family programs such as the Junior Fellows Leadership Program.
  • B.A/B.S. in Japan-related studies, education, international education, arts education, and/or equivalent professional experience. Master’s degree a plus;
  • 5+ years’ experience in education, international education, arts education, community education programs, and /or K-12 teaching. 2-4 years’ experience teaching in a Japanese school or American public/private/charter school and teacher certification preferred. Experienced at applying pedagogical principles to various learning scenarios;
  • Knowledge of Japanese history and culture. Experience teaching Japan-US relations a plus. Life/work experience in Japan is essential;
  • Professional-level speaking, reading and writing communication in Japanese and English.
  • Experience in networking with businesses, non-profit organizations, government, and schools in Japan and the United States desirable.
  • Knowledge of New York City public and private educational institutions.
  • Experience working in a high-paced environment with demonstrated ability to multitask.
  • Must be self-motivated, creative, observant, and able to work independently as well as collaboratively as a team member;
  • Strong administrative skills, well-organized, detail-oriented and possess advanced computer proficiency in MS Office required;
  • Past experience leading volunteer efforts a plus.
  • Flexible schedule with availability to work after-hours and weekends as needed;
  • Must be able to lift and carry 25 lbs.
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 and catalogs.
  • 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 July 24, 2017.

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