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Program Manager – Full Time (Remote) for U.S.-Japan Council

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U.S.-Japan Council

Program Manager – Full Time (Remote: Washington, DC or continental U.S.)

The U.S.-Japan Council (USJC) ( is an educational 501(c)3 non-profit organization that develops and connects diverse leaders to create a stronger U.S.-Japan relationship. Founded by Japanese Americans, the Council brings together leaders of the United States and Japan from across backgrounds, sectors, and generations to partner for a better future for the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. USJC also administers the TOMODACHI Initiative (, a public-private partnership between the U.S.-Japan Council and the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, with support from the Government of Japan.

We are currently seeking a Program Manager who can offer managerial, administrative, and operational support to Council programs from concept to implementation. The Program Manager will be involved in developing, managing, and implementing new and existing USJC signature, regional, and other educational programs in areas such as bilateral security, trade, and other related issues; legislative and government affairs; business and civil sector engagement; climate and sustainability; technology and innovation; women, youth, and minority leadership; academic exchange, and more.

Candidates should be committed to the goals of the organization and bring experience in developing interesting programs that educate and engage audiences who are interested in U.S.-Japan relations. Hands-on event management and execution experience is required, and he or she must be able to multitask and work efficiently in engaging various resources in a fast-paced environment. This position is full-time remote work (Washington, DC or continental U.S.), and travel (domestic and international) will be required as needed. The Program Manager will report to the Director of Program Development.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Develop, implement, and manage signature, regional, and educational programs that support and promote USJC’s mission.

  • Manage educational exchange, delegation, and scholarship programs.

  • Provide lead and back-up technical support to virtual programs and events.

  • Work together with the President, Staff, Board of Directors, USJC members, think tanks and other experts to develop program content and seek appropriate speakers for virtual, in-person, and hybrid events.

  • Create program budgets and plan resources for the implementation of programs.

  • Manage the day-to-day activities of programs, which involves coordination with speakers, planning logistics, managing event registration, and coordinating staff and volunteers.

  • Work together with the communications staff for the promotion of events.


  • Must have excellent organizational skills and the ability to work under tight deadlines, manage multiple priorities, and delegate effectively.

  • Demonstrated effectiveness in working independently and as a member of a team and developing effective working relationships with Board & Council members, donors, staff, volunteers, and external stakeholders.

  • Event management experience: small educational programs (less than 50 participants) to large-scale conferences (500+ attendees).

  • Commitment to professional ethics in working with highly confidential, sensitive information.

  • Minimum 2-3 years event management, coordination, or related experience (required).

  • Extensive computer skills, including intermediate or higher-level proficiency with Microsoft Office (EXCEL, PowerPoint, and Word) and experience working with electronic online event management and communication platforms, as well as event delivery systems (Zoom).

  • Lives in the continental U.S. (required).

  • Bachelor’s degree (required).

  • English fluency (required); Japanese proficiency (preferred).

To Apply

Candidates should provide a cover letter, resume and 2-3 professional references to Please make sure you submit all necessary information and documents. Successful candidates will be contacted for a phone or virtual interview.

The U.S.-Japan Council does not sponsor visas to work in the United States nor relocation expenses.

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