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Business initiatives associate

Japan Society of Northern California

This is a Part-time position in San Francisco, CA posted December 13, 2019.

Business Initiatives Associate (This is a part-time position, with the possibility of transitioning into a full-time position in the future.)The Japan Society of Northern California (JSNC) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to strengthen cooperation and understanding between the peoples of the United States and Japan by providing programs that help to expand knowledge, increase personal interaction and facilitate discussion of important issues.Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Business Initiatives Associate is responsible for working closely with the President, the Program Committee and other Board Members to organize, execute and promote the Japan Society’s programs and special events including various regular programming, the annual US-Japan Innovation Awards Symposium, and annual fundraising Gala dinner.

The Business Initiatives Associate will also work to understand member and community needs and develop new programming that meets those needs, particularly in the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship, and Young Professionals programming.We are looking for a new member of our team who is a go-getter and a self-starter who is able to thrive with minimal guidance.

This position is a great opportunity to work directly with senior executives, former US Government officials and leaders in the Japan-related community in the Bay Area, providing experience that will provide a sound foundation for a successful career in non-profit, public or private sectors.Job Responsibilities:Facilitate all logistical and related needs for programs.Promote Society events through newsletters to the Society membership, social media postings, and reaching out to community calendars, journalists, and bloggers.Create ideas to market the events, seminars, Japanese language classes, private tutoring, and corporate onsite classes to increase revenue.Initiate and manage relationships with a range of nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and businesses that can serve as program co-sponsors and venue hosts.Manage and facilitate all operational and logistical support for the Society’s annual Gala and Auction.Develop and implement new programs and special events to meet member and community needs, as compatible with the Society’s mission and programming goals.Prepare e-newsletters twice a month to promote upcoming Japan Society and community events.Update website content and post new event information.Oversee the Society’s social media presence, keeping content fresh, appealing and up-to-date.Track and report on various program performance metrics and present to COO, Executive Committee and Board of Directors as needed.Guide the work of interns to support the above activities.New idea for the program/ office Kaizen are highly welcomed.Other duties as assigned by the COO and president.Qualifications:Required skills:A high level of English language speaking and copywriting skills, particularly in social media outreach and content curation.Excellent oral communication, writing, editing and proofreading skills.Strong IT skill set including Adobe Creative Cloud, WordPress, Google Ads, Office 365, Slack, Dropbox, Salesforce, MailChimp, Eventbrite, etc.Quick learner of new platforms.Personable, outgoing, proactive, detail-oriented individual with outstanding organizational and multitasking skills.Ability to work efficiently with minimal supervision, as well as part of a small team.Enthusiastic about bringing people together through events.

1-2+ years of professional event planning/coordination experience, or equivalent experience with event planning/coordination through volunteer activities.BA/BS degree in a related field.Able to work a flexible schedule, including some nights and weekends.Able to lift 30 lbs.Desired skills:Nonprofit experience, volunteer management experience and/or experience working with nonprofit boards.Knowledge of and interest in Japan.Japanese language skills a plus, but not requiredCompensation:Part-time Position: 30 hours per week.Competitive non-profit salary.

Salary is commensurate with experience and the nonprofit environment.