TOMODACHI Marketing & Communications Manager

The Marketing & Communications Manager is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive strategic communications program to develop the profile and brand of the TOMODACHI Initiative among a diverse audience and stakeholders, including senior corporate executives, government leaders, program participants, donors, press and the general public. The Marketing & Communications Manager will work closely with teams within the TOMODACHI Initiative in the implementation of this mission, as well as with the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.  



  • Develop and implement a comprehensive marketing and communications strategy in collaboration with the TOMODACHI team.

  • Proactively pitch to the media to achieve positive exposure for the TOMODACHI Initiative and the U.S.-Japan Council as an organization.

  • Direct social media activities to engage audiences across traditional and new media.

  • Build the reputation of TOMODACHI and the TOMODACHI brand through excellent media relations, public relations activities, events and communications.

  • Develop effective communications materials, including flyers, PowerPoint slides, speeches, newsletters, sponsor reports, annual reports, and a promotional video.

  • Update and maintain the website and social media.

  • Provide high-quality writing in both English and Japanese, to include press releases, website copy, Facebook and Twitter updates.

  • Manage relationships with partner organizations, including communication advisors, PR firms, consulting/advertising/design firms, and freelance writers as appropriate.

  • Respond to the press as well as other donors/recipients/partners and internal stakeholders with requests for information/content.

  • Ensure coordination and integration of marketing and communications between all TOMODACHI partners, including the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, the Government of Japan and the U.S.-Japan Council.

  • Manage the use of the TOMODACHI logo, and the development and use of TOMODACHI merchandise.
    Other duties as may be assigned.

Desired Skills:

  • Strategic thinker with strong interpersonal, analytical and execution skills.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in both English and Japanese that will allow easy collaboration with many different stakeholders, including corporate leaders, senior government officials, and the press.

  • A native speaker of Japanese with fluency in English (required).

  • Self-motivation and ability to excel in a fast-paced and unstructured environment.

  • Exceptional organizational and project management skills, including the ability to work under tight deadlines and manage multiple priorities.

  • Ability to work independently and on a team.


Background and Training:

  • 5+ years’ experience in a marketing communications role or in a communications field, e.g. PR, public affairs, or journalism.

  • Familiarity with web development, and comfort using Twitter, Facebook, and other social media outlets.

  • Proven ability to take concepts and write copy suitable for website or presentations in both English and Japanese.

  • Bachelor’s degree (required) or above.


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 contacted for a phone or in-person interview.

Annual salary will be based on experience and qualification of the candidate. The U.S.-Japan Council does not sponsor visas to work in Japan or fund relocation.


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