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The Japan Society of Northern California (JSNC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening cooperation and understanding between the peoples of the United States and Japan through programs that expand knowledge of Japan and foster personal interaction among the Japan and US communities of Northern California.

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The Japan Society of Northern California welcomes inquiries regarding volunteering to help us in our mission. Volunteer opportunities include short-term event volunteers, and longer-term volunteers. Please send inquiries to

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Marketing and Program Associate

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 COO, the Marketing and Program Coordinator is responsible for working closely with the Program Committee and, as needed, other Board Members to organize, execute and promote the Japan Society’s programs and special events including the Innovation Awards Symposium, the annual fundraising Gala and Auction, the Big in Japan business speaker series, special programming for Corporate members, and arts programming. The Program Coordinator will also work to understand member and community needs and develop new programming that meets those needs, particularly in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship, Young Professionals programming, and social events related to food and beverages.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Work with the President, Executive Director/COO and the Program Committee to develop long-range programming goals and implement strategies and processes for achieving those goals.
  • Facilitate all logistical and related needs for programs, including: securing venues, negotiating vendor contracts, making travel arrangements for speakers, managing volunteer staff, arranging catering and managing on-site logistics.
  • Promote Society events through email marketing and newsletters to the Society mailing list, social media postings, and reaching out to community calendars, journalists, and bloggers.
  • Implement strategies to increase the Society’s members, mailing list subscribers, social media followers, and press coverage.
  • Initiate and manage relationships with a range of nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, Meetups, networking groups 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 including: organizing gala committee meetings and taking meeting minutes; selecting and directing those involved (e.g. hotel staff, caterers, photographer, designer, printer, volunteers, interns, etc); tracking sponsorship activities and coordinating on-site logistics; managing the silent and live auctions; securing volunteers for the gala committee and support the day of the event etc.
  • Develop and implement new programs and special events to meet member and community needs, as compatible with the Society’s mission and programming goals. Responsibilities include: identifying unmet member and community needs, generating creative and appealing program ideas, researching and securing guest speakers, researching venues, developing program themes and content and arranging for sponsorship and/or underwriting, preparing corporate grant requests and reports, developing marketing campaigns.
  • Prepare e-newsletter 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 program results in terms of number of participants, revenue generation, profitability, audience satisfaction. Draft quarterly reports with summary of event, attendance, source of ticket sales, and lessons learned to the President, COO, Executive Committee and Program Committee.
  • Work with the President, COO and Office Administrator to formulate the annual programming budget.
  • Guide the work of interns and volunteers to support the above activities.
  • Other duties as assigned by the COO.



 Required Skills and attributes:

  • 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
  • Excellent oral communication, writing, editing and proofreading skills
  • Enthusiastic about bringing people together through events
  • Marketing and social media experience
  • Event planning and coordination experience, either professionally or through volunteer or extracurricular activities
  • Exhibits flair, creativity, and resourcefulness
  • BA/BS degree
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Salesforce
  • Some local travel required for events; Must be able to drive and provide own transportation (Mileage and parking reimbursed)
  • Able to work a flexible schedule including some nights and weekends
  • Able to lift 30 lbs.

Desired skills:

  • Knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, HTML5, MailChimp, WordPress
  • Graphic design
  • Nonprofit experience, volunteer management experience and/or experience working with nonprofit boards
  • Knowledge of and interest in Japan
  • Japanese language ability a plus, but not required


Competitive non-profit salary. Salary is commensurate with experience and the nonprofit environment.

Please send resumes with an attached cover letter to


Office Administrator


The Japan Society of Northern California is a public affairs 501(c) 3 non-profit with a mission to strengthen cooperation and understanding between the peoples of the United States and Japan through programs that expand knowledge, increase personal interaction and facilitate discussion of important issues.

The Office Administrator will assist the President, the Chief Operating Officer and the Board of Directors to achieve this mission by providing administrative and logistical support to facilitate smooth office and financial management. The Office Administrator reports directly to the Chief Operating Officer.

Office Administration:

  • Record & deposit checks, pay bills & expenses with close coordination with the Society’s outside Accountant.
  • Process credit card orders and refunds, and manage merchant account connections.
  • Process payroll and maintain HR & 401(k) plan records.
  • Coordinate staff and intern hiring, including recruitment and interviewing, and new employee intake procedures. Manage the Society interns.
  • Work with all vendors of insurance, office supplies, and equipment maintenance and outside contractors.
  • Maintain and update operations and procedures manuals.
  • Distribute mail, answer telephones, and respond to inquiries about Japan Society programs or other Japan resources in the Bay Area.

Membership and Donor Data Management:

  • Maintain the Society’s database in SalesForce, including overseeing recording dues, giving records, and contact information for current, prospective and past members.
  • Generate reports on SalesForce data as needed.


  • Maintain office IT and conduct regular backups and work closely with IT contractors.
  • Assist with General IT support, e.g. computer problem solving, installing software, etc.

Website and Social Media:

  • Regularly update the Society’s website including maintaining a suitable background according to the season.

Administrative Support:

  • Assist Executive Director with budget preparation and forecasting, and provide other support as needed.
  • Schedule, plan and prepare materials for Board elections, Board and committee meetings, and the Annual General Meeting, and take minutes as needed.
  • Maintain up-to-date Board contact information and all other Board-related documents.
  • Provide support for programs as needed.
  • Provide support to the annual Gala as needed.
  • Other projects as assigned.

Qualifications We seek an enthusiastic, highly organized, and positive team player, a quick learner who can work efficiently with precision and minimal supervision. Other valued qualities include professional attitude, an eye for detail and pleasant phone and interpersonal demeanor. Minimum two years administrative experience, with bachelor’s degree or higher. A preference shall be given to those with an Accounting degree and/or Non-profit accounting experience. Required Skills:

  • Superior organizational skills. Must be comfortable with multitasking and juggling competing priorities on tight deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to deal with a diverse, international staff, Board and membership in the San Francisco Bay Area and Japan.
  • Excellent command of MS Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) required.
  • Native level English fluency.
  • Able to lift 40 lbs.
  • Must be able to work flexible hours, including occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Some local travel required for events; Must be able to drive and provide own transportation (Mileage and parking reimbursed)

Desired Skills:

  • Quick Books experience highly desired.
  • Experience with monthly financial reports and annual audit.
  • Experience working with WordPress, simple HTML, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, and Photoshop.
  • Comfortable with using social media platforms.
  • Experience with salesforce or similar database programs.
  • Familiarity with Google Drive, Calendar, and Docs.
  • Knowledge of and interest in Japan.

Job Type: Part-time

Required education:

  • Bachelor’s

Required experience:

  • Administrative experience, with bachelor’s degree or higher: 2 years


Please send resumes with an attached cover letter to