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Programme Officer Vacancy - Japan Foundation

Programme Officer – Position Vacant

The Japan Foundation London                                                

Salary: £23k to £25k depending on experience and qualifications

Expected start date: Early January 2015


The Japan Foundation is Japan’s principal organisation for international cultural exchange.  We work principally in the fields of Arts and Culture, in Japanese Language Education, and in Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange.  The Foundation’s activities are coordinated through our headquarters in Tokyo as well as through our cultural centres in over 20 countries across the world. The Japan Foundation London coordinates all of the Foundation’s programmes within the UK. 


The Japan Foundation London is seeking to appoint a Programme Officer to carry out the general administration and programming of its work in the area of Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange.

This is a full-time, permanent position, based at our office in central London. Applicants must already be eligible to work in the UK.

Working for the Deputy Director, the post holder will manage all grants applications within this field from initial screening through to grant project completion, and will be responsible for organising and promoting public lecture events and academic seminars/workshops. They will also maintain the Foundation’s public relations portfolio including overseeing the office e-bulletin, website, and social media accounts. Other duties will include proof reading documents in English, liaising as appropriate with other UK based organisations, and acting as a resource for fellow Japanese staff on all matters relating to the UK, including assisting with all general office maintenance arrangements. 

The successful appointee will be qualified to at least first-degree level. Practical knowledge of the UK higher education system would be an advantage as well as broad general knowledge of UK policy and practice of international cultural and intellectual exchange. Proven administrative skills, the ability to work effectively as a team player and excellent IT skills are all essential requirements. IT skills should include proficiency in all MS Office software and intermediate ability in Photoshop.  The appointee must have excellent written and spoken communication skills in English (native speaker level or equivalent). Upper intermediate Japanese language ability (N2 or above of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test) would be desirable.  Previous experience of organising and promoting events would be advantageous.


The deadline for applications is Monday 1st December 2014. Interviews will likely be held between Thursday 4th and Thursday 11th December.

Please send your CV and covering letter by post to Yui Ishikawa, Deputy Director at the address below, outlining the reason for your application and your experience and suitability for the role. Applications will only be accepted by post. Should you be unable to apply by post, please contact us before applying.

Enquiries: Please contact Hal Parker on 020 7436 6695 or e-mail

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to: Ms Yui Ishikawa, Deputy Director, Japan Foundation London, Russell Square House, 10-12 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5EH, UK