The Council seeks a talented, dynamic individual for a newly-created position of Executive Director, U.S.-Japan Council (Japan). The Executive Director will provide leadership and oversight of the Council’s general programs and activities and of the TOMODACHI Initiative. This will include responsibility for the implementation of program goals and objectives, providing leadership and oversight of program development and management, fundraising, communications and operations. The Executive Director will be based in Tokyo and manage the staff in Japan and will work closely with the U.S.-Japan Council (U.S.) staff in the United States.



  • Management:
    - Lead the U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) and TOMODACHI Initiative in Japan, working with the USJC (Japan) Board of Directors and Board of Councilors, USJC members and USJC staff as required.
    - Provide support for meetings of the Board of Directors and Councilors and associated governance requirements.
    - Manage the day-to-day activities of the Tokyo office, including supervising staff in Japan, and overseeing the management of interns, volunteers and consultants who may be assigned to work.
    - Ensure compliance with Council policies and procedures.
    - Provide information as required to professional advisors, including legal and financial counsel.

  • Programming: 
    - Manage program plans, budgets, etc., especially as they relate to Strategic Partner (larger, customized) programs.
    - Manage and oversee grant-making system of the TOMODACHI Initiative.
    - Manage and oversee program assessment and participant survey process.
    - Ensure quality program content.
    - Ensure reporting and monitoring of programs.

  • Fundraising/Donor Relations: 
    - Lead fundraising and donor relations efforts in Japan; solicit and secure donors to support the Council’s general programs and the TOMODACHI Initiative. Work collaboratively with key leadership and volunteers in fundraising efforts.
    - Maintain ongoing donor relationships in Japan.
    - Develop awareness of the USJC and TOMODACHI brand and programs through public speaking and networking opportunities in Japan.
    - Develop events in Japan to showcase/develop support for the Council and TOMODACHI among donors. 
    - Ensure that donor agreements and acknowledgement letters have been completed for all confirmed donors.

For a full list of responsibilities, please view the job announcement



  • Demonstrated commitment to U.S.-Japan relations.
  • Professional experience working on U.S.-Japan issues.
  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience working in Japan in a relevant field.
  • Experience managing and supervising staff.
  • Experience managing a budget.
  • Experience with fundraising and donor relations.
  • Experience managing a collaborative project preferably working with public and private sectors
  • Ability to work well with diverse stakeholders.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Bilingual/Bicultural Japanese and English (written and oral) skills required.
  • Experience with non-profit organizations desirable.


How to Apply

To apply, please send CV (resume) and cover letter to Executive_DirectorUSJCJ@usjapancouncil.org (please note the underscore in "Executive_DirectorUSJCJ") with the subject line "Executive Director, U.S.-Japan Council (Japan).” Review of applications will begin January 15, 2016.

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

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