Director, Education & Family Programs

Job Type

Full Time




333 East 47th Street
New York
New York
United States


The Director, Education & Family Programs is responsible for all aspects of Japan Society’s Education and Family Programs. This includes positioning Japan Society as a leader in the field of US-Japan educational exchange. The Director is responsible for program operations, supervision of Education Department staff, and development of new program initiatives. Key programs include the Junior Fellows Student Exchange Program featuring study-tours for American and Japanese high school students, professional development workshops for K-12 teachers, promotion of and development of dedicated curriculum website for educators, “About Japan: A Teacher’s Resource”, on-site programs at New York City public and private schools, and public programs for families and children. The Director is required to take an active role in fundraising, and to collaborate with the Development Department on raising funds for Education Department programs. The position requires travel to Japan, and extensive communication with Japanese partners. For more details regarding the Education Program, please visit





  • Develop and direct Japan Society’s Education and Family Programs;


  • Spearhead the development of new program initiatives to advance Japan Society’s educational programming;


  • Collaborate with other program areas to develop and implement joint programming to advance Japan Society’s role as a leader in US-Japan educational programming;


  • Function as a leader in the network of educational organizations, schools and teachers in the US and Japan. Establish beneficial partnerships for Japan Society with these entities;


  • Develop and conduct professional development programs for K-12 teachers. Obtain continuing education accreditation from the New York City Department of Education;


  • Expand the content and promote the use of Education’s curriculum website for educators;


  • Promote educational programs through Japan Society’s website, social media and related websites;


  • Develop and manage annual budget and monitor expenses for all Education initiatives;


  • Actively participate in fundraising efforts, and partner with Development Department on fundraising strategy, proposal development, campaigns, and events;

  • Supervise and mentor Education Department staff of two Educators and student interns.

Level of Language Proficiency

  • MA in Education, Japanese studies, or related field. Ph.D. desired;


  • Five or more years of broad educational experience working in a school (public or private), college or

university, or the educational sector;


  • Track record of achievement in educational program development with a focus on K-12;


  • Advanced academic background and knowledge of Japanese language, history, culture and customs;


  • Excellent oral and written communications skills in English;


  • Strong management and budgetary skills. Some experience in fundraising;


  • Ability to speak, read and write Japanese;


  • Familiarity with educational technology;


  • Flexible schedule able to accommodate evening and weekend programs. Ability to travel to Japan

  • 1-2 times per year for 1-2 weeks.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

To Apply: Email your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to the Director of Human Resources at