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JCIE/USA Now Hiring a Full-Time Program Officer

The Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE/USA) seeks a full-time Program Officer to support our mission to promote US-Japan collaboration on common challenges and leadership on regional and global issues. Our programs aim for policy impact through leadership exchanges, intellectual dialogues among policymakers and scholars, and engagement of civil society and the international community.  In addition to US-Japan Political Exchanges, Congressional Staff Exchanges, US-Japan Women Leaders Dialogues, and philanthropic initiatives, our current programs address topics including global health, healthy aging, and strengthening democratic governance in Asia.

For information on how to apply, download the job announcement below:


Global Health Program Support (60%):
  • Drafting, reviewing, and editing English-language contents, including grant proposals, agreements, reports/articles, web posts, etc.
  • Keeping track of grant project timelines, reporting requirements, payment schedules, and deadlines.
  • Managing invoices, tracking program budgets, and submitting expense reports in a timely fashion.
  • Corresponding with donors, partners, vendors, event speakers/participants, and other parties as required to execute the Program.
  • Supporting joint projects by proactively attending planning discussions and by leading event execution under close coordination with both JCIE/USA colleagues and JCIE/Japan staff.
  • Monitoring and reporting on key developments and discussions on global health and issues relevant to our Program by attending external events and meetings on behalf of the Program team.

Supporting Other JCIE/USA Programs (20%) and Special Events (20%):
  • The position will also support the development and execution of JCIE’s other programs and special events in a capacity equivalent to the support provided for the Global Health Program. Such programs and events include our congressional exchanges, women’s leadership, quarterly executive briefings for our corporate sponsors and prospective donors, among others. The position will also occasionally be asked to support general office duties as needed to support our small team.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (e.g. Japan/East Asia Studies, Int’l Relations).
  • About 7 years of professional experience in a relevant field.
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated interest in US-Japan relations.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills with native-level English fluency.
  • Ability to stay organized and multi-task, while paying strong attention to detail and numeric accuracy.
  • Intellectually curious and flexible to work on new projects/tasks as needed to support the organization.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivities, with demonstrated ability to work in a team.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google platforms.
  • Ability to travel as needed to support program events and activities.
  • Authorization to work in the US (JCIE/USA is unable to provide employer sponsorship for a visa).

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Proficiency in written and oral Japanese. J-E translation experience a big plus.
  • Interest and familiarity in global health and development issues.
  • Experience in event planning and program management.
  • Experience with mass email marketing systems (e.g., MailChimp)
  • Proficient in using popular social media tools and website management (e.g., WordPress)

Compensation & Benefits:

  • Salary is commensurate with experience and is competitive in the US nonprofit sector. JCIE/USA offers support for health insurance and a 401k plan, paid vacation, and sick leave.
  • Normal working hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm with flexibility on start and end time and 1-hour lunch break. Additional flexibility in working hours is provided to accommodate occasional weeknight and/or weekend events.

How to Apply:

Expected Start Date: an ideal candidate will start on/around August 1, 2021, and work remotely until the organization resumes in-office operations later in the year.

How to Apply: To apply, please send your resume, one-page writing sample, and cover letter addressed to Ms. Staci Custus at info@jcie.org. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Only applicants who are selected for interviews will be notified. Cover letter should detail your interest in JCIE/USA, how your past experience relates to the above responsibilities, and your available start date. Include your name and the title “Program Officer” in the subject line. All attachments should be labelled “First Name Last Name_Document Title” (e.g. Taro Yamamoto_Resume).

JCIE/USA provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment, and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.