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The JETAA Chicago Leadership is committed to creating an inclusive and supportive environment for everyone in our community. To learn more review our Community Conduct & Agreements.

Updated: Aug 14, 2018

Interested in being an officer in 2018 for JETAA Chicago ? Fantastic! All positions (except Treasurer) are open. You can find a brief description of what officer is responsible for below.

When you're ready, please submit your platform through this Google form. Platforms are due by September 1, 2018 - 9:00 am CDT.

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Officer Descriptions


The President is responsible for the organization as a whole and making sure the board is working to fulfill the mission of JETAA Chicago. This includes making sure paperwork is in order, managing the board, and supporting the events of JETAA. It also includes liaising with members of JETAA and the Japan community in Chicago. The President also communicates regularly with MOFA, CLAIR, USJETAA and JETAAUSA.

Vice President

The Vice President supports his or her fellow officers and the membership-at-large in fulfilling the mission of JETAA Chicago. This includes leading meetings, attending events, and monitoring activities to ensure a smooth process for the organization as a whole. The Vice President is also required to fulfill the duties of the President, Treasurer and Secretary should there be a time when they are unable to do so; this includes, but is not limited to, all of the responsibilities outlined in the respective position descriptions.


The treasurer is responsible for keeping the chapter within the budget, track donations, event expenses and event attendance throughout the year. In February the treasurer turns in proof of expenses and activities held the previous year that use GiA funds and in June they are responsible for proposing the chapter’s expenses for the upcoming year. Making sure both reports are done accurately and in a timely manner ensures that the chapter stays active and in turn can offer support to outgoing JETs and alumni.

Junior Treasurer

The Junior Treasurer is a one year position that eventually leads to the two-year treasurer position. The Junior Treasurer will shadow the treasurer and learn the role. They will also help with paperwork and any other tasks delineated by the treasurer.


The Secretary is responsible for taking minutes during board meetings and monthly member meetings. The Secretary also edits the minutes, sends them to the board for approval and to the JET Program Coordinators at the Consulate General of Japan in Chicago for record keeping.

Activities Coordinator

The Activities Coordinator is responsible for planning events for JETAA members ranging from sports clubs to quarterly dinners. The Activities Coordinator works to ensure that there are a wide range of activities with outside organizations, as well as within JETAA Chicago. Quarterly ‘Nihongo Dake’ dinners are planned by the Activities Coordinator.

Marketing Coordinator

The Marketing Coordinator handles JETAA Chicago’s presence on and offline. This includes social media posts, the monthly newsletter, website content, and event collateral. Helping promote Japan-related content to the community and returning the favor for others is key to maintaining visibility and strong communal ties.

Networking Coordinator

The Networking Coordinator works to connect alumni with each other and with opportunities in the area. Promoting networking both within the group and with outside groups by creating events such as “meishi exchanges” and collaborating with Japanese organizations in the area.

Outreach Coordinator

The Outreach Coordinator works to actively engage the people of JETAA. They help support the community marketing and operations strategies with programs for a diverse alumni base. Encourage and empower active/inactive alumni to get involved and serve as a connector to help build relationships that cultivate organizational growth and longevity. Responsible for coordinating the Outgoing JET initiatives, the Survival Series (3-5 events).

Philanthropy Coordinator

The Philanthropy Coordinator is responsible for fundraising efforts for JETAA Chicago. This includes soliciting donations, planning fundraisers, and working with the treasurer to ensure JETAA Chicago sends thank you letters and maintains relationships with donors. The Philanthropy Coordinator would also work with other board members to ensure that the annual Shinnenkai is a successful fundraiser.

*To run for President, you must have spent at least one year on the board.

**The Treasurer position is a two-year term.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

  • 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Asian-American Resource Center 8401 Cameron Road Austin, TX, 78754

  • Finding yourself in Austin later this month or know some JET alumni out there? Or perhaps you just like spreading the word of Japan-related events?

  • Well then, why not check out the Oita Japan Festival #OitaATX?

  • Activities Include

  • Japanese Food and Sake

  • Noodle Eating Contest

  • Kids Activities

  • Anime Festival

  • Artisan and Festival Marketplace

  • Cultural Performances (Taiko, Tea Ceremony, Kendo, and a Kimono Show)

  • Doing Business in Japan Seminar

  • Traveling to Japan Seminar

You can find more details here.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago

G to Y is putting on a kimono fashion show at the Kujira Japanese Art and Craft Community group exhibition opening reception this month.

Models will walk the obi runway!

The beautiful photographer 曮 -Enyen- , local koto musician Tokiko Kimura, and a popular sushi chef will also be in attendance, participating in the event.

Those interested in walking the runway are in luck! Volunteers are also being saught after to try on and display the kimonos.

For the most up to date information, register here or visit the Facebook group.

Admission is free.

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