Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan, American institution located in Washington, D.C. and dedicated to strengthening U.S.-Japan relations through education, programs, and research. Our programs focus on facilitating research on security, economics, business, trade, cybersecurity, and other common challenges. We also seek to improve public understanding of the U.S.-Japan relationship in the United States and strengthen people-to-people ties between the two countries through delegation programs, roundtable discussions, and public forums in and outside of Washington, D.C.
Sasakawa USA seeks an enthusiastic and proactive entry-level Program Assistant to join our outreach, research, and educational efforts on U.S.-Japan relations. Our efforts include events and activities for the policy community in Washington, D.C. and regional leaders in other cities, delegation program for emerging U.S. policy experts involving a visit to Japan, and grant programs facilitating better understanding among U.S. Congressional members and staff. The Program Assistant will provide administrative and logistical support to the Director for Programs in all program functions including, but not limited to: event planning, execution and follow-up; filing expenses and tracking budgets; internal and external coordination and communication; and preparation of grant proposals and reports. In addition, s/he will support our research activities as needed to develop new programs, and is encouraged to provide programmatic input such as suggestions for potential speakers and topics The Program Assistant will report directly to the Director for Programs and is expected to work in close coordination with other Program staff, Communications and the Finance & Administration teams.
An ideal candidate will start by June 1, 2019 or earlier.
To support our programs in Washington, D.C. and other cities, the program assistant will be responsible for the following tasks:
Sasakawa USA offers health insurance coverage, a 401k plan, paid vacation and sick leave. Normal working hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm with flexibility on start and end time, with a one hour lunch break and the occasional weeknight and/or weekend event (paid overtime).
To apply, please send resume, one-page writing sample, and cover letter specifying the possible start date to the attention of Ms. Kazuyo Kato by March 31, 2019. Only applicants who are selected for interviews will be notified.
Cover letter should detail your interest in Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, how your past experience relates to the above responsibilities, and your available start date. Include your name and the title “Program Assistant” in the subject line. All attachments should be labelled “First Name Last Name_Document Title” (e.g. Jane Doe_Resume).
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