Polaris Project Japan | Public Outreach Officer

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Polaris Project Japan | Program Officer

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Degree Preferred: MA; BA required

Type: Full Time

Salary: $30,000 to $35,000 (DOE)

Start Date: Available immediately

Languages Required: English, Japanese

Position Description:

Polaris Project is an internationally recognized organization headquartered in the United States that has been working to combat human trafficking and modern-day slavery since 2002.  Polaris Project has operated a local office in Japan since 2004.  Polaris Project Japan (PPJ) seeks a Program Officer, who will be responsible for a variety of roles in a small office.  The Program Officer will work under the direction of the Japan Program Coordinator.  The position will be based in the Tokyo, Japan office.  The position’s continuance is subject to extended funding, secured currently for one-year.

The Program Officer will:

–Support all general programmatic activities including: victim outreach and identification, victim services, policy advocacy, prevention and youth empowerment, coalition and infrastructure-building, office administration, training and technical assistance, fundraising, strategic planning, leadership development, and grassroots community mobilization.

–Support the general administration of the PPJ Office, including a primary role in the training and coordination of volunteers and training materials development, office management, maintenance of timesheets, Salesforce data management, and response to general office inquiries.

–Play a leading role in public communications, including fashioning a public affairs strategy, managing communications materials, social networking efforts, awareness newsletters, and the PPJ website; and importantly helping to produce a quarterly analysis of trafficking trends in Japan.

–Play a leading role in fundraising, including donor development and relationship management; fundraising events and campaign management; pursuit, and management of grants.

–Play a leading role in legislative advocacy and PPJ’s role in the anti-human trafficking coalition, including interaction with the legislative and executive branch of the Japanese government and the dissemination of trafficking trends analysis to all relevant stakeholders.


At least three to five years of experience, preferably in the non-profit sector

Minimum three years of professional experience working in Japan

Knowledge of government agencies in Japan

Excellent organizational, written, and oral communication skills in Japanese

Strong command of both Japanese and English languages

Experience, competence, and confidence in supervising volunteers

Experience working in multicultural environments

Ability to set and balance multiple priorities, plan ahead, and anticipate programmatic needs

Solutions-oriented, collaborative, self-directed, and self-disciplined

Resiliently positive and energetic attitude

Focus on and commitment to human and women’s rights and interest in fighting human trafficking

How to Apply:

PLEASE DO NOT FAX OR MAIL YOUR APPLICATION. All application materials should be sent electronically as attachments to Applications@polarisproject.org.  Materials should include a custom cover letter, resume, and three references, plus any additional personal statements you may wish to include. The deadline for application is rolling, until a candidate is chosen, so early application is advised. Please write JAPAN Program Officer Position in the subject line of the email.