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YCAPS is hiring!

We are seeking a new program director for the Getting to Know Japan webinar series.



The Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies (YCAPS) is a non-profit organization that enables professional growth and fosters grassroots connections with world-class expertise. We are seeking a Program Director for the Getting to Know Japan webinar series.

Please review the job posting carefully and send inquiries to

Director, Getting to Know Japan Webinar Series, Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies (YCAPS)

Job Summary:

YCAPS leads the Getting to Know Japan webinar series in partnership with the Japan Foundation of New York. This weekly webinar series is specifically designed to assist the approximately 110,000 Americans living in Japan as a part of the U.S. military presence in learning about and gaining greater appreciation for Japan’s culture and society. Each webinar features a subject matter expert who presents on a topic related to Japan’s culture, history, or politics and a moderated Q&A session led by the program director.

The Getting to Know Japan webinar series program director will lead this vibrant education initiative during its third year. The program director is expected to brainstorm webinar topics, recruit speakers, advertise the series, moderate the live webinars, and upload the recordings for public use. The program director is also responsible for maintaining a strong relationship with the donor and adhering to their reporting requirements.

We seek an innovative, curious leader ready to take initiative and reliably deliver world-class events each week. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter who works well independently. The ideal candidate will also have good communication skills: this position requires extensive coordination with YCAPS staff members and volunteers, program sponsors, subject matter experts, and program participants worldwide. In summary, the program director must have the capacity to manage the Getting to Know Japan webinar series while also directly supporting YCAPS’ growth at large.

Employees must be ready to work remotely and manage their own schedule. Candidates do not have to be physically present in Japan, but they must be available to support webinars in Japanese mornings (9 AM-12 PM) and early evenings (6 PM-9 PM). This is a full-time or part-time position.

Candidates must hold the following qualifications:

  • Genuine drive to improve Americans’ understanding of Japan. Enthusiasm for the YCAPS mission and the Getting to Know Japan webinar series.
  • The maturity and self-discipline to work independently to develop and execute programming while supporting and coordinating with the larger YCAPS team.
  • Experience in work related to managing non-profit activities, adult education, online education, training and/or professional development.
  • Experience editing and posting videos.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • Bachelor’s degree or considerable experience
  • Comfort with the speaking roles and technology involved with delivering webinars.
  • A desire to grow with a dynamic organization.

Ideal candidates will also hold many of the following attributes:

  • Master’s degree in Asian/Japanese studies, communications, education, or a related field.
  • Be a SOFA-sponsored individual in Japan or be personally familiar with the experiences of military service members, DoD civilians, and SOFA-sponsored family members while stationed in Japan.
  • Experience developing and implementing programs with foundations and corporations, including managing program budgets and fulfilling grantor/donor/tasking authority reporting requirements.
  • Experience moderating online education and/or training.
  • An established network of experts in Japanese culture and society.
  • Demonstrated ability to network and build external relationships.
  • Knowledge of Japanese business etiquette, language, customs and culture, and international issues; experience working with Japanese-style organizations and colleagues in a Japanese business setting.
  • Experience developing social media campaigns (e.g. Facebook ads, Twitter, Mailchimp)
  • Experience in budgetary management
  • Japanese language skills


  • Commitment: 25-40 hours per week (negotiable depending on the candidate); flexible schedule
  • Holidays: All US and Japanese official holidays.
  • Salary: As negotiated.
  • Period of employment: The current grant for this position starts March 15 2023 and ends March 15 2024. Therefore, the position would start March 15 with potential for flexibility for the right candidate. The position may be renewed if Getting to Know Japan program funding extends beyond March 2024.
  • Work location: Remote. Employee must have a setting conducive to productive remote work and distraction-free video and audio calls. Webinars must be delivered in a professional manner. Webinar equipment will be provided by YCAPS.
  • Residency requirement: Individuals in Japan should have legal status to work or be prepared to work under a visa sponsored by YCAPS. Individuals outside Japan must have the appropriate privileges to work from their location.

To Apply:

  • Send a resume and cover letter to
  • We plan to accept applications for this job until filled. We will contact qualified individuals for video interviews and conduct them on a rolling basis. Only successful candidates will be contacted.
  • YCAPS provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status,sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. For more information about YCAPS, our mission, and the webinar series see