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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.

Job Opportunities with Japan Society


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

Job Opportunities from our Corporate Members

We are proud to offer job listings from our many Corporate Members:

      • We are currently unaware of any additional opportunities.

If you are a corporate member and would like to submit a job listing, please read our submission guidelines here and then send your information to

2016 Gala Intern Position

The Gala Intern is a temporary position with a modest stipend that supports the Program Coordinator and JSNC staff in preparation for its Annual Award of Honor Gala on Saturday, November 19, 2016. Position requires a friendly, positive office demeanor, good organizational skills and attention to detail, and a capacity to multi-task. The intern is part of a small team, demonstrating initiative to solve challenges.

Required Qualifications:

  • Excellent computer skills including MS Word and Excel
  • Good record-keeping
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends as the Gala approaches and on the night of the Gala, Saturday, November 19, 2016.
  • Ability to commit to the position from start date through December 7, 2016 for five (5) six (6) hour days each week.
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds, bend, sit at a computer station, stand, and reach for extended periods of time.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Strong writing and proofreading skills
  • Experience with customized membership databases and data entry, such as salesforce.
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and/or Illustrator
  • Knowledge of Japanese culture

Job Duties:

  • Corresponding with vendors, donors, and partner organizations
  • Coordinating mailings (in-house as well as mail houses)
  • Updating Society’s database in salesforce
  • Coordinating pickup and delivery of materials for event
  • Responding to inquiries about the Gala via telephone and email
  • Assisting in preparing registration materials and organizing name tags
  • Providing on-site support the day of the Gala
  • Providing additional program and office support as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

The Japan Society of Northern California is an educational non-profit whose mission is to advance US-Japan collaboration, innovation, and understanding in a global context. Each year, the Society holds its Award of Honor Gala in the fall to recognize individuals and institutions which have demonstrated exemplary commitment to furthering the US-Japan relationship across a diverse range of interests.

This year the JSNC will recognize Hiroshi Mikitani, Chairman and CEO of Rakuten and founder of JANE (Japan Association of New Economy), and noted film director, producer, screenwriter, author, animator and manga artist, Hayao Miyazaki with the “Award of Honor”. We will also bestow the “World Imaginator Award” honors to Studio Ghibli which best known for its animated feature films and commercials.

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