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Job Opening: Embassy Now Seeking JET Coordinator

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JET Program Coordinator,
Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C.

Posted October 19, 2016

Administering the JET Program is a challenging but rewarding job; accordingly, the JET Office at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. is seeking an individual with an exceptional work ethic and dedication to mission of the JET Program to join us.

About the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program

The JET Program is the government of Japan’s most successful exchange program, sending over 62,000 participants to Japan since 1987 to serve as Assistant Language Teachers and Coordinators for International Relations. The program aims to enhance English language education at the primary and secondary school levels, as well as to promote international exchange by fostering ties at the grassroots level between Japanese and foreign youth.

 Position Details

Title: Program Coordinator
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Location: JET Program Office, Embassy of Japan, 2520 Massachusetts Avenue NW, 20008

Please note: the Program Coordinator is an independent contractor to the Embassy and will not be deemed an employee of the Embassy for any purpose whatsoever. The Program Coordinator will receive compensatory time off for any overtime hours worked. This position does NOT include paid vacation, sick leave, or health insurance coverage. Candidates must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. green card holder. Screening will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Only successful candidates will be contacted. All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance.

Position Description

Under the supervision of the Education Counselor, the Program Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating the screening process for applications for all U.S. candidates, recruitment and interviewing of applicants in the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area, and preparing successful candidates for departure. This position will also involve liaising with the JET Alumni Association of Washington, D.C. and assisting with other projects within the Education Counselor’s portfolio as necessary.


  • Program promotion through recruiting events (career fairs, information sessions, etc.) and social media outreach efforts
  • Implementation of the online application system, application screening, and responding to applicant inquiries
  • Coordination of the review and interview processes, including scheduling and serving as point of contact with review and interview committee members
  • Planning and execution of events, including logistical support, coordinating volunteers, and conducting presentations
  • Communicate and collaborate with other JET Program Coordinators at Japanese Consulates in the U.S.
  • Other duties assigned at the discretion of the Education Counselor or senior JET Program Coordinators

Minimum Qualifications

  • S. citizenship or proper authorization to seek employment in the U.S.
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Strong English verbal and written skills
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with or knowledge of the JET Program
  • Experience working with international education/exchange programs
  • Social media and digital marketing experience
  • Japanese language ability

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter to jetprogram@ws.mofa.go.jp by Tuesday, October 25th.

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Job Opening at Embassy of Japan, Washington D.C.!

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Employment Opportunity:

Political Section Administrative Assistant,
Embassy of Japan in Washington DC

The Embassy of Japan is seeking a highly motivated, team-oriented individual for the position of Administrative Assistant. This individual is primarily responsible for managing the schedules and activities of diplomats in the Political Section. Please see below for a detailed listing of responsibilities.

The Embassy offers group health insurance coverage, paid vacation and sick leave. Working hours are 9:00 am – 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday, with lunch time receptionist duty once a month and the occasional weeknight and/or weekend event (paid overtime). Salary is commensurate with experience.

Please note: Candidates must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. green card holder. Screening will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Only successful candidates will be contacted. All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance.


  • Manage the schedules and daily activities of diplomats in the Political Section
  • Make appointments, develop itineraries, coordinate transportation for diplomats and guests, answer phone calls and other administrative duties
  • Maintain and update a contact list database
  • Help organize receptions, cultural events, meetings, and seminars
  • Other responsibilities as needed and appropriate

Required and Preferred Qualifications:

  • Fluent in English, basic Japanese language skills a plus
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • Flexibility and resourcefulness
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

How to apply:

E-mail your resume and cover letter to: pol.recruit.2016@ws.mofa.go.jp by October 31st

*Please no phone calls. Due to the high volume of resumes we receive, we cannot guarantee consideration of your application if the submission instructions are not properly followed.


Sayonara, Bahia!

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This summer we said goodbye to Bahia, who's served as our chapter president for many years. Goodbye, Bahia! We know this is a good move for you -- we'll miss you!

Bahia's Goodbye Letter:

Hello, Florida JET alumni and friends of JET!

I have had a wonderful experience as president of Florida JETAA for the past five and a half years, but now it’s time to move on. I’m relocating back to the Washington, DC region, near my hometown. Thank you all for your support, especially those of you who ran for office and volunteered at our events. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many prospective JETs and welcoming back JET returnees. Meeting members of the local Japanese community and fans of Japanese culture at our events has helped keep my love of Japan alive.

I’m excited that the community will continue to be in good hands after I’m gone. As per our by-laws, the officers are able to appoint someone to fill the remainder of a term if it’s vacated mid-term. Therefore, our current Vice President Jennifer Hwang (ジェニファー ホワン) will be taking over the position of President for the remainder of the term. Tom Gregorich , who has formerly held the positions of President and Treasurer, will be coming on to complete the term of Vice President. Between these dedicated individuals and the rest of our elected officers, Florida JETAA will continue to serve the community well.

We’ve accomplished a lot since I was first elected president! The dedicated work of our officers has resulted in expanding the reach of Florida JETAA. Each year we offer more events than every before in Tampa, Orlando, and Miami, including Japanese language events, movie screenings, and yukata bar crawls. I’m very proud that we are now able to better serve JET alumni across the state through increasing our Facebook presence. Our membership on Facebook has increased from 19 to 223 members over the past five and half years! We also now use MailChimp to manage our membership and connect with you all by email. We’ve overhauled our website, making floridajetaa.org a go to resource for JET alumni and friends. I know the team will continue to improve and grow our chapter.

Thank you and sayonara,
Bahia Simons-Lane

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Looking Back: 2016 Tampa Natsumatsuri

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This year, FL-JETAA celebrated the 11th year of the Tampa Natsumatsuri! On June 11th, around 700 guests came out to enjoy the games and performances provided by this FREE community festival -- an all time record for us! The festival was started by John McGee, former board member and current Tampa Region Representative. This year, Orlando Region Rep and former Treasurer Tom Gregorich signed on as Festival Director. Thank you both for all the hard work and the amazing time!

Visit the gallery to see more pictures from the festival.

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2016 JET Program Departure!

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Last Friday, we said goodbye to the newest batch of JET Program participants at a Farewell Reception hosted by the Consulate-General of Japan in Miami. This year, another 46 JETs from Florida were selected to teach all over Japan -- one of our biggest groups yet!

In a rare sighting, Bahia (President), Jennifer (Vice-President), Kyle (Secretary), Lauren (Webmaster), Wendy (South Florida Region Rep.) and Barbara Barret (former Info. Officer) were all together to see them off. We were also glad to be joined by some of our most active South Florida members, Jaclyn, Brian, Gabi, and Barbara.

Congratulations, everyone! We hope to hear about your awesome experiences soon enough!


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2016 Tanabata Hot Pot

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The Tanabata party in South Florida has been a yearly FLJETAA event for some time now, organized by Wendy Lo, our South Florida Region Rep. In the past, it was held potluck style, and everyone came in Yukata. Last year, our Chapter President Bahia hosted it at her house, and we were able to tie some wishes to the bamboo trees she had in her yard.

This year, we were unable to have the potluck at someone's house due to various circumstances. Instead, we decided to have a Tanabata Hot Pot Party! Thanks to the alumni that came out to Lemongrass Hot Pot in Boca Raton. Hope you enjoyed the buffet!

See full photo gallery.

2016 Tanabata Party at Lemongrass Hot Pot

2016 Tanabata Party at Lemongrass Hot Pot

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2016 Yukata Bar Crawl – South Florida

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Last month, we had our first Yukata Bar Crawl in South Florida. And what a great turn out! Around 30 people - Both JET Alumni and Friends of JET - came out to the Miami Coffee Kaiwa language meetup, then joined up with us for a night of bar hopping in Coral Gables, FL. Among the places visited: Small Tea, Books & Books, Sushi Samba, and The Bar. Although not everyone could get Yukata for this event, we hope that next time we can get more out there.

Don't live in South Florida? No worries! We're planning for other Yukata Bar Crawls around the state, so keep an eye open for information from your regional representatives.

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2016 Election Results

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Voting results are in! Help us welcome our new (and old) FL-JETAA Officers!
President: Bahia Simons-Lane
Treasurer: Sean Beckwith
Secretary: Kyle Litow
Information Officer: Justice Pitts

Also, a big welcome to our new Gainesville Region Rep, Katie Brunell!

If you're interested in joining our efforts, there are two open positions for Region Reps (Tallahassee & Treasure Coast). If you're interested in taking one on, please contact our Secretary: Secretary@florigajetaa.org.

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Voting Open: 2016 Board Elections

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Voting for the 2016 Florida JETAA board elections is now open through April 26th at 11:55 pm. Any votes received after this date will not be counted.

Read candidate Bios here.

Click here to cast your vote!

The positions up for election this term are President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Information Officer. All terms are 2-year terms. For more information about the responsibilities of these positions, please visit this link.

JET Program alumni who are registered members of Florida JETAA are eligible to vote. Friends of JET are not eligible to cast a vote.

Your vote will be kept confidential. Only the current Florida JETAA webmaster, Lauren Sorondo, who is handling the elections this year will see your vote. We ask for personal information to verify that you are a JET alumni.


Job Opening at Consulate-General of Japan in Miami

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Web Management & Media Relations - Consulate General of Japan in Miami

The Public Relations and Culture Department of the Consulate-General of Japan in Miami is hiring for one full-time Webpage Management and Media Relations position.  This is a temporary position that will run until March 2017. The primary responsibility of this position will be to maintain and update the Consulate’s website using the Consulate’s content management system. The secondary role will be to develop the Consulate’s media relations by working with a contracted PR company as the Consulate’s liaison.  Ideal candidate should be adaptable, fast‐paced, results oriented, creative, and knowledgeable of technology applications and software.

To apply, please submit your resume with a letter of recommendation from a professional reference to the Public Relations and Culture Department (Miwako.Patton@mi.mofa.go.jp) by April 8, 2016.

Click here for job details.

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