Position:  Program Manager of Japan Bowl & Public Relations with Japanese Community
Reporting to:  Executive Director & Japan Bowl Director
Terms:  Permanent
Hours of Work: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday, some evenings and weekend work
Place of Work:  Japan-America Society Washington DC Office


The Japan-America Society has a special responsibility to the next generation of Americans, to help them learn about Japan as a country of its language, its history and culture, and its relationship with the United States.  For 25 years, Japan America Society Washington DC has been sponsoring National Japan Bowl.  It is an academic competition that tests the achievements of high school students who are studying the Japanese language and about Japan.  Every year over 250 students and teachers from around the United States participate in Japan Bowl.

Role and Responsibilities

Japan Bowl

  • Assist the Japan Bowl Director to achieve a successful Japan Bowl which is held every April
  • Work together with the Japan Bowl Committee to prepare 400 questions by PowerPoint
  • Plan the Japan Bowl budget, account for spending, and provide final financial reports to donors and the JASWDC Board
  • Manage the Japan Bowl registration process
  • Recruit, train and help volunteers perform effectively to achieve their responsibilities
  • Oversee and facilitate the registration process and setting up the venue
  • Assist in preparing the Japan Bowl Report after the event including survey data from students and teachers

Japan Commerce Association of Washington (JCAW) & JCAW-F

  • Manage the relationship between JASWDC and JCAW/JCAW-F
    • First point of contact for JCAW/JCAW-F
    • Support JCAW/JCAW-F events and programs
    • Manage JCAW/JCAW-F office agreement with JASWDC
  • Sakura Grant (JCAW-F)
  • Provide administrative support to JCAW-F’s Scholarship Committee
    • Collect and distribute applications
    • Manage grant distribution
  • Oversee the announcement of the grant and communication with recipients

Public Relations with the Japanese Community

  • Manage day-to-day communication with the Washington, DC Japanese community (i.e. Japanese companies, schools, newspapers, etc.)
  • Report on JASWDC events and programs in Japanese media
  • Manage JASWDC’s social media in Japanese

JASWDC Scholarship Programs

  • Provide administrative support to JASWDC’s Scholarship Committee
    • Collect and distribute applications
    • Set meeting for the committee
    • Communicate with and manage applicants and scholarship awardees

Support Signature Programs

  • Provide support for Annual Dinner, Japan in 20**, CineMatsuri


  • Strong understanding of both English and Japanese and writing skills of both languages (JLPT level N2 or higher)
  • Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Database Management


  • Manage volunteers to achieve their responsibility in timely manner
  • Communicate and work effectively with co-workers, committee members and volunteers
  • Pay attention to detail
  • Make decisions on the spot and coordinate the situation accordingly
  • Be flexible to change
  • Be creative and open to new ideas

Send cover letter & resume to Executive Director Marc Hitzig at mhitzig@jaswdc.org.