Appointed Positions

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Project Manager

Goals: To help the AJET National Council successfully complete its survey report projects for the year. The Project Manager ensures that opinion exchanges with CLAIR and the three ministries are as useful to both sides and relevant to current JETs as possible.

Duties:

  • Coordinate and oversee the creation and writing of the annual surveys and reports
  • Present the results at the annual opinion exchanges
  • Help manage any other council projects to ensure they progress smoothly and meet deadlines

Skills:

  • Superior time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to communicate well with others and delegate tasks
  • Experience with project management or creating project timelines
  • Strong data analysis and writing skills

Contact  for more information

Director of Public Relations

Goals: The goal of AJET PR is to spread the word through the JET community (current and alum) and raise awareness about what we are doing, what we offer and how we can help in a tone consistent with that of National AJET.

Duties:

  • To write and manage public content for AJET
  • To direct all AJET promotional campaigns, and work to ensure that AJET is effectively represented to those we serve
  • To write and proofread everything posted throughout the National AJET social media outlets
  • The Director of Public Relations writes and manages public content for AJET (especially the bi-monthly Gazette newsletter), directs all AJET promotional campaigns, and works to ensure that AJET is effectively represented to those we serve.

Skills:

  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Work well with deadlines and be able to offer the Communications Team timelines and hard deadlines
  • Experience with newsletter and/or social media postings is a plus

Contact for more information

Director of Social Media

Goals: To maintain and update AJET’s social media presence. The Director of Social Media ensures that JETs are kept up-to-date on JET and AJET activities within their communities and throughout Japan through prompt social media updates.

Duties:

  • Post on Twitter regularly with information regarding AJET activities, teaching, life on JET, and more
  • Make posts on National AJET’s Facebook page with AJET-related news and opportunities
  • Coordinate with the Director of Public Relations to design posts
  • Respond to enquiries or private messages from the public made to all AJET’s social media
  • Work with an admin team to moderate a variety of JET special interest groups

Skills:

  • Strong familiarity of a range of social media platforms in particular Facebook and Twitter
  • Excellent writing skills and an eye for catchy social media content
  • Attention to detail, and strong proofreading skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at once, in a fast paced environment
  • Ability to stick to tight deadlines while accommodating to rapid changes
  • Communication and teamwork skills
  • Time management and organisational skills

Contact for more information

Website Coordinator (Two Positions Available)

Goals: To leverage AJET’s online resources to make the JET community aware of the AJET National Council’s activities through the AJET website. The Website Coordinator also supports the online needs of AJET’s Special Interest Groups, and facilitates communication between council members by maintaining AJET’s Google Apps email service. This role strives to deliver the most robust and accessible online experience possible to users by utilizing responsive web design and keeping up on the latest web technologies

Duties:

  • Maintain the WordPress installation and post content on AJET’s main website
  • Liaise with AJET’s hosting provider if issues with the service ever arise
  • Work with SIGs and their needs for webspace and email addresses
  • Administer AJET’s Google Apps account to provide email services to the AJET National Council

Skills:

  • Experience with WordPress strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of HTML/CSS (all of the pages and posts on the website are written in WordPress “text” editor mode)
  • Knowledge of Javascript/jQuery and PHP preferred (for making changes to WordPress plugins)
  • Knowledge of website hosting preferred
  • Knowledge of SEO preferred
  • Experience with Google Apps email administration preferred
  • Knowledge of scripting – particularly Google Apps Script – for maintaining AJET’s event calendar
  • Strong communication skills and the capacity to respond to email quickly to exigencies

Contact or for more information

Translation and Interpreting Coordinator

Goals: To make AJET materials and reports available in Japanese and facilitate communication between AJET, CLAIR, and the three ministries (MIC, MOFA, MEXT). The Translation and Interpreting Coordinator organizes and contributes to translations of AJET reports, and provides interpretation at opinion exchanges.

Duties:

  • Oversee a team of translators to facilitate translation of AJET surveys, reports, and other materials into Japanese.
  • Provide translations for reports, emails, and other materials as required
  • Proofread Japanese translations and liaise with native speakers to ensure quality of translated materials
  • Interpret at Opinion Exchange meetings with CLAIR and the three ministries
  • Assist the council in other tasks that require knowledge of Japanese

Skills:

  • Proficiency in written and spoken Japanese (N2 equivalent or higher)
  • Knowledge of formal written and business Japanese
  • Ability to produce translations on a set deadline
  • Ability to coordinate and work with a team
  • Translation and interpreting experience strongly preferred

Contact for more information.

Director of Alumni Relations

Goals: To be the bridge between past JETs (alumni) and current JETs. The Director of Alumni Relations (DOAR) works to strengthen the relationship between the JET Alumni Association (JETAA) and AJET by providing current JETs and alumni chances to interact and share their knowledge. The DOAR is also responsible for promoting AJET to the JET alumni community, which in return shares information and job opportunities to JETs.

Duties:

  • Be the liaison between JETAA, AJET, current JETs, and alumni (as well as other supporting organizations like the consulates, CLAIR, etc.)
  • Aid in JETAA-alumni projects, and create new JETAA-AJET projects
  • Write promotional articles for third party websites and publications
  • Work on join alumni/current JET events
  • Meet with various chapters of JETAA and JET collaboration, along with creating new contacts through attending networking events
  • Create opportunities for webinars, fliers, or videos for pre and post JET through JETAA and other avenues
  • Maintain and expand a database of current JETAA chapters, contacts, executive members and goals
  • Work closely with the Director Alumni Resources

Skills:

  • Time management skills regarding the undertaking and completion of several projects concurrently
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills
  • Capable of working productively both as an individual and within a team
  • Flexibility and commitment as many online and in-person meeting happen in the evenings or on weekends
  • Consistent ability to reach and exceed set goals.

Contact for more information

Director of Alumni Resources

Goals: To manage the networking and employment resources for current JETs and alumni. The Director of Alumni Resources builds solid ties between JETs and alumni by bridging opportunities between the communities, and relaying information and employment prospects between the two in coordination with the Director of Alumni Relations.

Duties:

  • Manage the AJET Job Listings Facebook group, and LinkedIn groups
  • Respond to inquiries
  • Source job opportunities from various organisation, company, and employment pages
  • Filter job advertisements that come through to AJET
  • Attend and organise networking events
  • Give guidance to and connect individual JETs with suitable professional opportunities
  • Work closely with the Director of Alumni Relations

Skills:

  • Ability to communicate with JETs and JET alumni in a timely manner
  • Time management skills regarding the undertaking and completion of several projects concurrently
  • Ability to access Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google Groups frequently
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills
  • Capable of working productively both as an individual and within a team

Contact for more information

Director of Affiliate and Community Relations

Goals: To support the JET community through specific programmes and relationships. The Director of Affiliate and Community Relations both serves as a liaison for the Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and maintains the AJET hospitality exchange service, Tatami Timeshare.

Duties:

  • Assist existing SIG communities, and help new SIGs flourish
  • Oversee the production of annual reports from each SIG
  • Manage the Tatami Timeshare service and associated social media
  • Promote inter-prefectural interaction and travel via Tatami Timeshare, events, and more

Skills:

  • Excellent electronic communication skills
  • Ability to use Google Sheets, Forms, and Maps
  • Knowledge of Facebook group management
  • Openness to allow a broad range of special interests to have a voice
  • Organisational skills and long-term planning capability

Contact for more information

Director of Online Publications

Goals: To oversee publication of AJET Connect Magazine, and to pride oneself on creating a creative platform for JETs and other expatriates in Japan. The Director of Online Publications works to not only ensure consistent timing and quality for these publications, but to improve and expand upon them by reaching new audiences and establishing new features.

Duties:

  • Act as head editor of Connect, in a dual project manager and copy editor capacity
  • Interview, hire, and work with a team of section editors, copy editors, and social media moderators to produce monthly content for the magazine
  • Ensure high standards for grammar and content quality
  • Communicate schedule to all team members, assign tasks based on skills and position
  • Ensure that the many moving parts involved in the creation of Connect Magazine work seamlessly every month
  • Work closely with the Head of Visual Media and the design team on the look and layout of Connect each month, offering feedback and suggesting changes
  • Act as the public face for AJET Connect Magazine, liaising with not only the AJET National Council about magazine-related matters, but also with outside organisations and publications

Skills:

  • Superior time and project management skills required
  • Strong organizational skills required, due to mass content and necessity of advanced planning
  • Strong English language and editing skills preferred
  • Superior communication skills, to maintain lines with not only their team, but also with a large network of people outside the magazine as well

Contact for more information

Head of Visual Media

Goals: To ensure that all AJET content is visually consistent and clear in print and web. The Head of Visual Media designs, updates, and maintains the branding of AJET through its publications, including AJET eConnect newsletter, and AJET Connect Magazine.

Duties:

  • Manage, design and edit the layout and visuals for the Connect publication
  • Coordinate with the Director of Public Relations and Director of Advertising on advertising for Connect
  • Supply requests from the AJET Council for visuals, such as graphics, pamphlets, posters, and business cards.
  • Work on enhancing the appearance of AJET reports
  • Determine branding guidelines, and maintain consistency and uniformity of images

Skills:

  • Knowledge of design tools, such as the Adobe Suite
  • Experience in the design industry preferred
  • Time management skills and prompt response rate
  • Superior teamwork skills (potential for sudden deadlines, constant feedback and increase in workload)

Contact for more information   

Director of Advertising

Goals: To get the best deals for JETs. The Director of Advertising liaises with external companies in order to negotiate discounts, giveaways, and special deals for JET Programme participants, in return advertising to JETs.

Duties:

  • Decide what advertising opportunities can be offered to companies in return for their special offers to the JET community
  • Be proactive in maintaining regular contact with companies and organisations which can offer products that will interest and benefit JET Programme participants
  • Attend meetings with the Communications Team (+ Director of Public Relations and Director of Social Media) monthly

Skills:

  • Answer emails in a timely and appropriate manner
  • Diligence in all communications
  • Exceptional time-management and organisational skills to keep up with communication
  • Maintain an up-to-date record of current partnerships
  • Proactivity and tenacity toward contacting companies
  • Ability to demonstrate fairness to all of AJETs partner companies and organisations
  • Utilize an online calendar for AJET community to discover events/deals
  • JLPT N2 level Japanese or above preferred, but not essential

Contact for more information

Director of Professional and Education Development

Goals: To assist JETs in becoming more skilled and accomplished educators and professionals. The Director of Professional and Education Development (DPED) gathers educational and professional articles, materials, courses, and resources that JETs can use to improve the quality of their professional and personal lives during their experience on the JET Programme. Additionally, the DPED maintains a selection of up-to-date tools for Japanese language study and helps JETs to broaden their skill-sets and prepare themselves for transition into other careers after their tenure on the JET programme has ended.

Duties:

  • Connect professionals with those of similar interests to broaden networks, enable new projects, and create support for existing initiatives
  • Seek to establish and maintain relationships with professionals and resource providers for the benefit of JETs
  • Oversee the Outstanding Educators Program TEFL discount awards and the National AJET database and resource directory
  • Identify new opportunities for professional and educational growth to share with the JET community
  • Negotiate and provide opportunities to speak at and attend conferences and enroll in teaching courses, in Japan and online

Skills:

  • Strong work ethic, computer, and communication skills as well as online collaboration tools
  • Passion for team work and collaboration
  • Effective time management skills
  • Passion for improving the overall quality of JETs’ skills and lives
  • Passion for meeting deadlines, creating and completing complex projects
  • Experience creating standards and improving project or procedural efficiency

Contact for more information  

Director of Digital Resources

Goals: To maintain and update current website resources, and to create new resources.  The Director of Digital Resources strives to improve the daily lives and adventures of current and future JET Programme participants

Duties:

  • Research gaps in information that JET Programme participants need that are not readily available on other forums/websites
  • Scan JET forums and Facebook pages to identify lacking information, and recruit volunteer contributors to write relevant information pages for AJET.net
  • Write information and develop new resource sections for the website
  • Edit and organise website sctructure and contents (links, pages, menus)

Skills:

  • Team-leading and task delegation skills
  • Excellent research skills
  • Time and project management skills to keep deadlines and determine deadlines

Contact for more information.

Director of Volunteering

Goals: To inspire involvement in the JET community to engage in volunteering opportunities. The Director of Volunteering organizes events through National AJET, proactively seeks out volunteer opportunities with other organisations, and offers guidance to JET volunteers.

Duties:

  • Maintain and update volunteer database on National AJET website
  • Develop and implement strategies to foster volunteerism and recruit new partnerships
  • Assist the JET community in finding service opportunities
  • Coordinate and promote volunteering initiatives

Skills:

  • Experience in project management
  • Proactivity and a strong work ethic
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Excellent research skills
  • Passion for community service

Contact  for more information

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