Vice President, U.S.-Japan Council (Full-Time Position)

Overview of Organization 

The U.S.-Japan Council is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit educational organization that develops and connects diverse leaders to create a stronger U.S.-Japan relationship. Founded by Japanese Americans, the Council brings together leaders of the United States and Japan from across 

backgrounds, sectors, and generations to partner for a better future for the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. 

Position Summary 

The Vice President works closely with the President and the Board to develop and set the strategic direction of the organization, as well as to develop and maintain relationships with partners, donors, and government counterparts in the U.S. and Japan. The Vice President also plays an important role externally in the organization, speaking at events and representing USJC publicly. The Vice President has lead responsibility for development/fundraising for the organization. 



  • Support USJC President & CEO with strategic planning for the organization for presentation and discussion with the Board of Directors 

External Relations 

  • Act as a key external face for the organization in fundraising, public speaking and partnerships development 
  • Develop and maintain relationships with both U.S. and Japanese government counterparts as well as senior business leaders 
  • Help to lead the development of USJC’s programmatic focus on climate and ESG Development 
  • Develop and deliver on strategy to reach revenue goals for the organization, effectively leveraging USJC’s Board of Directors and Development Committee Members to assist
  • Develop revenue budget for the organization with the USJC President & CEO and CFO
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with USJC’s existing donors 
  • Grow USJC’s corporate and individual donor base, and increase overall revenue for the organization 
  • Identify grant/funding opportunities and develop grant/donor proposals and grant/donor reports, as needed 
  • Coordinate closely with leadership in Japan, as well as the TOMODACHI Initiative and Silicon Valley Japan Platform teams to ensure coordinated approaches to donors
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with institutions, foundations, corporations, implementers, and government entities who can support USJC 


  • Lead engagement with the USJC Development Committee, including reporting progress at Board of Directors meetings, as appropriate 
  • Lead, mentor and manage development team members, while maintaining close communication with the programs, communications and engagement teams
  • Conduct performance reviews, provide scheduled feedback, conduct special reviews, and provide regular informal feedback for direct reports 
  • Develop and deliver metrics of impact/fundraising progress reports on a regular basis for the Board of Directors 


  • Working with the Director of External Relations, nominate members on behalf of Board members, the President, or own networks. 
  • Develop relationships with members, cultivating relationships with potential corporate or individual donors 


  • Working with the Communications Team, develop development-related collateral, including pitch decks, development brochures, and event-specific materials, including donor-benefits 
  • Develop social media concepts to thank, engage and interest donors 


  • Working with the Programs Team, develop concepts and initial planning for new strategic programs. 
  • Represent USJC at programs funded or otherwise supported by USJC/TOMODACHI ● Develop content for key USJC programs 
  • Recruit speakers for key USJC programs 

Finance and Administration 

  • Support USJC’s President & CEO and COO in preparing financials, donor reports, and related activities. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 


  • 10-15 years’ work experience, including fundraising and non-profit work
  • Experience leading a team, staffing a Board of Directors, and managing a budget
  • Cross-cultural experience with Japan, especially corporations 
  • Established networks in U.S.-Japan relations, including corporate and government circles 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Ability to travel (when the public health situation is safe) and represent USJC at events outside of regular working hours 
  • Priority placed on candidates based in Washington DC and/or NYC
  • Salesforce experience (preferred) 
  • Japanese language (preferred) 


To apply, please send CV (resume) and cover letter to: [email protected], subject line, “Vice President.” Applications will be reviewed upon submission, with the intention to hire as soon as possible.

The U.S.-Japan Council is an EEO/AA employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.