Arts program coordinator sought, International House of Japan, Tokyo

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PART-TIME JOB IN JAPAN: Arts Programs Coordinator, International House of Japan

In its longstanding mission to support the US-Japan relationship through the arts, the Creative Artists Program of the Japan-US Friendship Commission (JUSFC) annually sends five mid-career US artists to spend three to five months in Japan, to further their artistic experience and research into Japanese art and culture. Artists are selected through a highly competitive process organized by the NEA, and in Japan are supported by the Arts Program at the International House of Japan (IHJ). In order to promote this dynamic and artistic cultural exchange, the program is pleased to announce an open search for an Arts Programs Coordinator.

The successful candidate will have excellent native English speaking and writing abilities and familiarity with a broad range of contemporary American art. Duties shared between program associates include pre-departure support and orientation for incoming fellows; planning, moderating, and interpreting for Artists’ Forum events; consulting on art-related and practical matters; and producing written communications in English for public release as well as internal reporting. As such, the following qualifications are also required: fluent Japanese (speaking, reading, listening) and knowledge of art, culture, and life in Japan; digital media fluency; and willingness to share professional contacts with incoming artists. Possession of Japanese working visa is required.

The Arts Programs Coordinator must commit to working 1-2 days at IHJ per week, and more as necessary. About five Artists’ Forum events per year will require late nights. Remuneration shall be in the range of 1,000,000 – 1,400,000 yen/year, plus commuting expenses. Beginning date: May or June, 2017.

Information about the program is available here:



To apply, please send to the following materials:

CV; an informal essay regarding a work of art in any genre (500-1000 words, perhaps in the style of a blog entry); and a list of two references with phone numbers and physical location. Deadline: March 21, 2017. Candidates must be available to interview in Tokyo at the end of March. Please contact Sawako Nakayasu at with any questions.