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Employment Opportunities


The close-knit JCCH staff have varied interests, but they do share one commonality: their combined efforts to see the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i continue to grow and mature as an institution that preserves and educates about the Japanese American experience in Hawai‘i.

Thank you for your interest.

Director of Programs


The Organization
The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, a non-profit organization based in Honolulu, strives to strengthen our diverse community by educating present and future generations in the evolving Japanese American experience in Hawai‘i. Founded on May 28, 1987, the Center celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012. The Cultural Center has 5,000 members and connects to more than 30,000 residents and visitors through its programs and events. The Cultural Center features a historical exhibition, community gallery, library/archive center, the Kenshikan martial arts dōjō, the Seikōan Japanese teahouse, and a Gift Shop.

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS is a member of the management team reporting to the president/executive director and is responsible for developing, planning and implementing educational programs to schools, membership, visitors and general public, organizing the cultural festivals, managing special projects related to the preservation of Japanese American history and teaching the lessons of the Japanese American experience in Hawai‘i. The Director of Programs works collaboratively with the Director of Communications & Development and Director of Finance & Administration.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Develops programs for the statewide membership and general public related to the JCCH permanent exhibit, Okage Sama De, traveling exhibits, and on other mission-related topics and issues as determined by the president/executive director and the board of directors.

Works with the president/executive director on strategic planning for program development to serve the local community and neighbor island communities.

Organizes and oversees the statewide cultural and educational outreach to schools and teachers.

Organizes and oversees the cultural festivals and activities on O‘ahu and at the JCCH.

Assists with grant writing and proposal development in order to secure private support for program activities from individuals, foundations and corporations.

Serves as project manager on designated grants and ensures project complies with grant requirements and is completed on time and within budget.

Develops measurements to evaluate programs and outcomes to ensure accountability and quality work.

Works collaboratively with the Volunteer Coordinator to engage volunteers in educational outreach, school tours, cultural festivals, and special events.

Works collaboratively with the Director of Communications & Development on JCCH publications, newsletters, press releases and other activities to promote JCCH to the public and membership.

The Director of Programs must be able to work well independently and within a team environment, and be creative, flexible, driven by strategic thinking and a problem solver.

Requires management experience in a non-profit organization with previous experience supervising, training, evaluating staff and working with volunteers to advance the mission and priorities of the organization.

Experience with historical collections, exhibitions, archival collections, curriculum development, organizing small and large-scale events and public programs.

Knowledge of the Japanese American experience in Hawai‘i and passion for preserving and/or teaching the history of Japanese Americans in Hawaii.

Experience developing and monitoring program budgets; experience with full range of business functions and systems, including strategic planning and program development.

Must possess exemplary communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to work with a diverse constituency of volunteers, members, donors, groups and organizations.

Possess outstanding organizational and management skills to manage multiple assignments and duties.

Experience with federal, state, corporate and foundation grant writing is a plus.

Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook.

Bachelor’s degree and experience working in a leadership position in a non-profit environment; Candidates with a degree in Education, Library Sciences, Collections, History or related experience writing, editing, teaching is highly desirable for the position.
To Apply:
Please submit a cover letter and resume to: miyashiro@jcch.com. Position is posted until filled.

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