Job Opportunity: Program Manager- US-Japan Council

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The U.S.-Japan Council ( is an educational 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that promotes U.S.-Japan relations and is currently seeking a program manager who can comprehensively manage Council programs from program stage to implementation. The organization is focused on building people-to-people relations, through the leadership of Japanese Americans nationally and internationally, who connect American and Japanese leaders and industry experts to strengthen U.S.-Japan relations.

We are looking for an applicant who is committed to the goals of the organization and can bring experience in developing interesting programs that educate and engage audiences who are interested in U.S.-Japan relations. The program manager will be involved in developing and implementing programs with U.S.-Japan issues in areas such as economic cooperation, new technology and academic exchange. Hands-on event management and execution is required, and he or she must be able to multitask and work efficiently in engaging various resources. This position offers an opportunity to make impact in a fast-growing small, non-profit and an opportunity to network with prominent leaders at the forefront of U.S.-Japan relations. Fluency in English and Japanese is desirable.


* Develop, implement, and manage programs that support and promote USJC’s mission.
* Manage the Annual Conference, the Council’s largest event of the year, working collaboratively with staff, Board members, and Conference Committee members.
* Develop the Legislative Networking Project through managing legislative contacts, exchanges, and events.
* Manage the Council’s regional programs in designated locations including: East Coast, Midwest, and Southern regions in the U.S.; and Japan
* Work together with the President, Staff, Board of Directors, USJC members, policy centers and other experts to develop program contents and seek appropriate speakers.
* Create program budgets and plan resources for the implementation of the programs.
* Manage the day to day activities of the program, which involves coordination with speakers, planning logistics, managing event registration, and coordinating staff and volunteers.
* Work together with the communications staff for the promotion of events.


* Must have excellent organizational skills and the ability to work under deadlines, manage multiple priorities, and delegate effectively.
* Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work well in teams with VIPs, Board members, other staff members, and volunteers.
* 2-3 years program management experience (required)
* Experience in US-Japan related programs (preferred)
* Demonstrated ability to work well independently and on a team.
* Event management experience: small educational programs (approximately 40 attendees) to large-scale conferences (500+ attendees)
* Bachelors degree (required); Master degree (preferred)
* Fluency in English and Japanese is desirable.

To Apply:

Candidates should provide a cover letter, resume and 2-3 professional references to Please make sure you submit all necessary information and documents. Successful candidates will be requested back for a phone or in-person interview.

Annual salary will be dependent on experience. The U.S.-Japan Council does not sponsor visas to work in the United States or fund relocation to the Washington, D.C. area.