Executive Director

Japan America Society of the State of Washington

About Us:

The Japan America Society of the State of Washington (JASSW) is celebrating our 100th Anniversary in 2023.  We are based in Seattle, dedicated to promoting friendship and understanding between the people of the State of Washington and Japan. We strive to pursue this objective through programs and events which foster our mission. With a small team of dedicated professionals and a strong network of volunteers, we work tirelessly to make a positive difference in the lives of stakeholders.

Job Overview:

We are seeking a dynamic and experienced individual to join our team as the Executive Director.

As the Executive Director, you will be responsible for carrying out the goals and objectives set forth by a 45-member board by overseeing all aspects of our organization’s operations, including strategic planning, program development, fundraising, grant writing, financial management, and team leadership. You will report directly to the Board Chair and work collaboratively with the leaders of the board of directors, staff, and community partners to ensure the organization’s continued growth and success.


  • Provide strategic leadership and vision to guide the organization’s mission and goals.
  • Develop and implement strategic plans, programs, and policies to further the organization’s objectives.
  • Lead and manage a small team of dedicated professionals, providing guidance, support, and mentorship.
  • Oversee the organization’s financial management, including budgeting, fundraising, and grant writing.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with community and government partners, donors, and stakeholders.
  • Represent the organization at community events, conferences, and public forums.
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant laws, regulations, and reporting requirements.


  • A bachelor’s degree or higher, preferably in international relations, business or nonprofit management or related field.
  • Minimum of 3 years of leadership experience in the non-profit sector, preferably in a similar role.
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively with a large volunteer board, its executive committee and board leadership.
  • Proven track record in strategic planning, program development, and organizational growth and successful implementation.
  • Strong financial management skills, including budgeting and fundraising experience.
  • Strong communication and English language skills, both oral and written. In addition, Japanese language proficiency strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a volunteer board.
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships and collaborate with diverse stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, motivate and manage a small but close-knit team towards achieving common goals, and championing employee growth and retention.
  • Working knowledge of both Japanese and American business cultural practices. Actual experience desired.
  • Working knowledge of and experience with Japan, and Japanese customs and culture.
  • Knowledge of the local Seattle community and non-profit landscape is desired.
  • Passion for and commitment to the organization’s mission and values.
  • Working knowledge of and effective use of social media is desired.
  • Access to personal automobile is desired.

Application Process:

To apply for the position of Executive Director, please submit the following documents:

  1. A cover letter outlining your qualifications and why you are interested in the role.
  2. Your updated resume/CV, highlighting relevant experience.
  3. Contact information for three professional references.

Please email your application to ExecSearch@jassw.org with the subject line “Executive Director Application – Selection Committee.” Applications will be accepted until August 31, 2023.

JASSW is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Thank you for your interest in joining JASSW. We look forward to receiving your application!

Japan America Society of the State of Washington (JASSW)

3010 77th Ave SE, Suite 102
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Phone: (206) 374-0180






List of Our Past Interns

Koki MatsumuraJanuary 23, 2023 ~ March 30, 2023
Harin ParkOctober 3, 2022 ~ January 20, 2023
Chihiro MatsuoJune 29, 2022 ~ September 2, 2022
Moena YamakawaJune 29, 2022 ~ August 19, 2022
Jiwoo JungApril 4, 2022 ~ July 31, 2022
Satoshi MikiJune 2022
Isami February 24, 2020 ~ April 3, 2020
RioFebrary 3, 2020 ~ Febrary 27, 2020
DaichiFebruary 3, 2020 ~ February 27, 2020
Tomohiro IshiiJanuary 2020 ~ February 2020
Naoki KokubuNovember 1, 2019 ~ 
Randy UnJuly 2019 ~ September 2019
Tomomi July 1, 2019 ~September 13, 2019
Nanami KikuchiAug 7, 2019 ~ August 30, 2019
ChirikoJuly 2019 ~
Misako SatoJuly 22, 2019 ~
Kana KitahamaFebruary 6, 2019 ~ April 30, 2019
Aya OgataFebruary 1, 2019 ~ February 26, 2019
Yuno TanifujiJanuary 28, 2019 ~ March 30, 2019
Shari MonsonOctober 2018 ~ Febrary 2019
Midori NakanoAugust 16, 2018 ~ August 31, 2018
Hiroki IshiiJune 26, 2018 ~ August 31, 2018
Yuka MuroiFebruary 7, 2018 ~ March 2, 2018
Lee Hyung WooFebrary 2018 ~ June 2018
Nao MiyamotoJanuary 28, 2018 ~ April 1, 2018
Hitomi Kase January 2018 ~
Ryoko YamamotoOctober 11, 2017 ~
Raymond SimOctober, 2017 ~
Chihiro KurokawaOctober 9, 2017 ~ December 1, 2017
Tomomi TsukadaAugust 25, 2017 ~ September 13, 2017
Shohgo MiuraJuly 6, 2017 ~ 
Jumpei AsakuraEnd of February 2017 - Mid-March 2017