Associate Director of Programs


Job Description 

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, a small non-profit organization that promotes understanding and cooperation between Asia and the United States, seeks an associate director of programs in its Washington, D.C. office.  Working with the Foundation’s executive director and deputy executive director, the majority of the associate director’s responsibilities will be focused on the following programs:


• Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program.  

-A one-year fellowship program established by the U.S. Congress in 1994 to cultivate a cadre of U.S. government officials with expertise on Japan and Japanese language ability.


• U.S.-Japan Network for the Future

­ -A two-year program designed to build and enhance a network of Japan specialists that can bring diverse expertise and perspectives to the bilateral policy-making process in the mid- and long-term.


• U.S.-Korea Scholar-Policymaker Nexus

-An important new two-year U.S.-Korea initiative designed to invest in helping a rising generation of U.S. academic scholars who have real expertise on Korea become more relevant to and involved in the policymaking process.

Job Posting Date:  May 17, 2013

Job Closing Date: May 24, 2013

Job Responsibilities

Program responsibilities include working independently and as part of a team to develop, promote, implement, recruit participants, and fulfill reporting requirements for each of these programs.  This position also requires extensive coordination with Foundation staff in Montana and Tokyo, cohorts of program participants throughout the United States and in Japan, and U.S. government and Embassy of Japan officials. 

Job Requirements

Competitive candidates will have Japanese language ability, expertise on the United States government and government of Japan, experience developing programs with foundations and corporations, and experience managing a program budget.  Candidates must be willing and interested in learning about policymaking and the U.S. government budgeting process.  Experience working on federally-funded programs or on Capitol Hill would be helpful.  Some domestic and international travel may be required.

Strong candidates will have at least two years of work experience and a master’s degree.  Computer skills and strong written and communication skills are essential.  Must have a sense of humor and be able to work independently and as part of a team.  U.S. citizenship or current work visa is required.  

How To Apply

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