Associate Program Officer

Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jan 29

Position description

Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA (Sasakawa USA) is pleased to announce an opening for a full-time Associate Program Officer position. 

Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA is a non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to deepening the understanding of and strengthening the relationship between the U.S. and Japan for the benefit of a free and open international community. Its activities mainly focus on security and diplomacy, through exchanges, dialogue, analysis, publications, and networking.

Job Summary

The Associate Program Officer will provide programming support for several of Sasakawa USA’s programs, working directly with the Director of Programs. This is a full-time position.

Primary Responsibilities Include: 

  • Assist Director of Programs in planning and executing programs, projects or events
  • Keep track of budgets and expenses for programs, projects or events
  • Conduct preliminary/background research for Director of Programs
  • Support to prepare outgoing grant proposals and reports
  • Organize and review incoming grant proposals and reports
  • Monitor social media and website content and coordinate with the relevant staff members to provide updates


  • Ability to succeed in both in-person and telework environments with a team spirit.
  • Master’s degree in a relevant field, such as International Relations, National Security, East Asian Studies, etc.
  • Demonstrated interest and understanding of U.S.-Japan relations with a focus on diplomatic and security relations.
  • Demonstrated interested and understanding of Japanese politics, economy, and society is preferred.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail with the ability to manage multiple tasks and competing priorities.
  • Experience developing and producing programs and events.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Publishing and editing experience preferred.
  • Proficiency with entire Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Some level of Japanese language proficiency is preferred. 

Working Hours

Working hours are 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, with a one-hour lunch break. Work will be conducted via telework during the COVID-19 pandemic, otherwise work is conducted at Sasakawa USA’s office at 1819 L St NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20036. There is potential for travel domestically and internationally once it is safe to resume in-person programming. Occasional weeknight and/or weekend work is required (paid overtime). 


Salary is commensurate with work and academic experienceHealth insurance coverage, a 401k plan, paid vacation, and sick leave are provided in accordance with the Employee Handbook. 

Application instructions

To apply, email resume, cover letter, and 1–2-page writing sample as pdf documents to Ms. Shanti Shoji. Email with the subject line: “First Name Last Name – Associate Program Officer Application.”

The cover letter should detail your interest in Sasakawa USA, how your past experience relates to the above responsibilities, and your available start date.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Estimated start date for this position is early March 2021. Only applicants who are selected for interviews will be notified.

Please note, candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States. 

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