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
Individual Giving Associate

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

Individual Giving Associate

Reporting to the Director of Individual Giving, the Individual Giving Associate provides the administrative backbone for the Individual Giving Department, ensuring the smooth operation of all aspects of Japan Society’s membership and gift programs, including renewals; gift processing and acknowledgement; database management, data entry and recordkeeping; handling of member queries; special events assistance; and research.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage daily individual membership operations and other types of individual contributions, including the processing of solicitations, renewals, upgrades, and gift acknowledgements, with follow-up when necessary. Update individual records in Raiser’s Edge and SRO databases, as needed;
  • Field inquiries via the individual membership phone line and email inbox; providing member service/troubleshooting, referring more complex inquiries to appropriate Japan Society staff;
  • Manage and fulfill individual member benefit obligations and requests, including complimentary catalogues, gallery passes, and special offers;
  • Manage and implement plans for department campaign mailings, providing administrative assistance as needed, while managing all department electronic and paper filing systems;
  • Log department expenses for budget tracking, submit check requests to Finance Department;
  • Help recruit, train and supervise interns.
Membership Benefits/Special Events:
  • Organize logistics for member events, some in conjunction with Special Events or other departments;
  • Maintain and expand the Restaurant and Merchant Partners Program;
  • Negotiate and publicize special offers, incentives, and discounts for members;
  • Support the Annual Dinner, Gallery Benefit Auction/Arts & Culture Celebration, and other select special events.
  • Coordinate all membership/individual giving electronic and online communications, including scheduling the e-blast calendar with Japan Society’s Web Producer, drafting electronic messages and the monthly e-newsletter; and drafting/coordinating website updates;
  • Assist in drafting campaign communications for membership and annual appeal pitches in consultation with the Director of Individual Giving;
  • Assist with select Board-related duties including the Annual Board Appeal, Board welcome packages, complimentary membership packages, and Board Alumni Network.
Cultivation & Stewardship:
  • Assist with donor cultivation and represent Individual Giving at Japan Society programs and events;
  • Assist with research and identifying new membership and donor prospects in consultation with the Director of Individual Giving.
  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two to three years related development and/or administrative experience;
  • Must be a flexible and detail-oriented team player with ability to multitask;
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, writing, and oral communication skills are essential;
  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite is required including Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
  • Experience with database management is strongly preferred (Raiser’s Edge—including batching, queries and custom reports; SRO4 Ticketing System);
  • Knowledge of or interest in Japanese culture a plus;
  • Flexible schedule and assisting with evening and occasional weekend events is required.
To Apply:  Email your resume and cover letter to the Director of Human Resources, at

Updated June 14, 2017.

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