Job Opening: Lead Project Assistant, Hyogo Business and Culture Center [part time]

job opening - 5Position Title: Lead Project Assistant (Part-time contract position)
Location: Seattle, WA
Education: 4-year degree
Position Immediately available, preferred start day October 1st, 2015

Wage: $15.00/h (Less than 29 hours a week ) +DOE
Benefits: Bus Pass

Major responsibilities:
1. Event Management & Coordination
The successful candidate will be responsible for planning and executing events, Recruiting/ managing volunteers, fundraising, generating event content, producing/ distributing marketing materials, etc. Some examples of event related duties include:
o The Washington State Japanese Speech and Skit Contest: Organize and execute this event by arranging facilities, funding, and contest prizes in addition to coordinating judges, event MCs, VIPs, volunteers and contest committee members. Candidate must also develop contest guidelines, oversee participant applications, and event promotion.
o HBCC / WATJ Summer Institute: Coordinate and organize yearly teaching seminar for Japanese teachers of Washington State.
o Local Community Japan: Related Events: Coordinate HBCC participation at Japanese cultural events such as, Cherry Blossom Festival, Aki Matsuri, Sakura Con and others.

2. Sister City Programs
o Support and strengthen sister city relationships by attending relevant events and act as a liaison between city representatives. Help to establish new sister city relationships.
o Interface with local organizations.

3. Intern Manager
o Hire and manage quarterly interns; assigns duties and responsibilities; communicate with program coordinators at Hyogo Pref. University, UW and Bellevue Community College, government officials and volunteer organizations.

4. Office Information Technology and Management
o Oversee office IT systems and electronic presences. Manage social media sites, digital marketing, and the HBCC website. Advise office staff on IT-connected issues and support all staff and interns with IT issues.

5. Marketing Project Support
o Assist Marketing Manager with promotional activities and on site events. Event planning and creation of promotional materials. Help with organizing market research. Translate reports from Japanese to English. Assess result from marketing campaigns. Develop and publish press releases.
The HBCC project assistant will also have joint responsibilities in greeting visitors, answering phones and providing general assistance with other office projects as necessary.

Minimum Qualifications:
A 4-year bachelor’s degree in a relevant field from an accredited institution; experience living and/or working in Japan; Japanese language proficiency; and high-level English proficiency and excellent communication skills.

Additional Requirements:
The ideal candidate for the position will also have the following skills:
• The ability to work independently on multiple projects on deadlines in a fast, efficient manner.
• Be well organized and able to multitask effectively.
• Have experience in event coordination and a working knowledge of Hyogo prefecture/Kansai area.
• Have experience in accounting of the company/organization.
• Have above average technical proficiency in Office / DTP software; IT and telecommunications experience.
• Be able to work in a disciplined way under minimal supervision

How to apply:
See details on HBCC’s original posting.

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