Sasakawa USA is a 501c3 non-profit located in Washington, DC involved in U.S.-Japan relations, providing conferences and seminars, think tank analysis, people-to-people exchanges and coordination of high-level dialogue between the two countries. Sasakawa USA is independent from but works closely with our sister foundation in Tokyo, Sasakawa Peace Foundation.
The Research Assistant reports to the Director of Programs and is responsible for programs related to science, technology, cybersecurity, foreign policy, security, economics and trade, and other issues. The Research Assistant handles logistics for events, programs and publications, and reviews and edits some of those publications. The Research Assistant collaborates with vendors, partner organizations, and researchers to find and present new information within the U.S.-Japan relationship. The Research Assistant may also engineer podcasts produced by Sasakawa USA. The Research Assistant position is full-time, non-exempt, and available starting August, 2017.
· Plan and organize events, programs and projects in both the United States and Japan on topics including science, technology, cybersecurity, foreign policy, security, economics and trade, and other issues
· Perform research on select U.S.-Japan issues
· Liaise with partner organizations in DC on joint projects
· Assist in budgeting and tracking expenses
· Assist in planning and developing new programs
· Other administrative responsibilities, logistical duties and other task as needed
· Bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies, International Relations, History, or other research field.
· Demonstrated interest in the U.S.-Japan relationship
· Excellent English language writing, editing
· Research experience
· Well organized, flexible, and eager to learn in a fast-paced environment
· Self-starter who enjoys working collaboratively with others
· Authorization to work in the United States
· Professional, “can do, will do” attitude
· Master’s degree in Asian Studies, International Relations, History, or other research field.
· Japanese language ability
· Event planning experience
· Informed of latest developments in U.S.-Japan relations
· Experience with podcasting and sound design
To apply, please send résumé and cover letter to Brian Graf (firstname.lastname@example.org) by July 27. Cover letter should detail your interest in Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, how your past experience relates to the above responsibilities, and your dates of availability. Include your name and the title “Research Assistant” in the subject line.
Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability, or genetic information.
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