Founded in 1970, the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth serves as a catalyst for engaging Japanese and Americans in the business, education, public policy, and arts and culture sectors. To promote mutual understanding and foster international ties, the Society’s objectives include international exchange and support of sister city programs and agreements. After nearly 50 years, the organization has established important relationships and partnerships locally, regionally and nationally to serve the entire Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Because of significant regional corporate relocations and investments, interest in the Society has surged. Due to strong leadership, an impressive volunteer base, and its stellar reputation, the Society is well-positioned to thrive in the rapidly changing North Texas landscape.
After 21 years of leadership under its previous Executive Director, the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth seeks a leader who can capitalize on the surge of interest. S/he will collaborate with the supportive and engaged board to grow corporate membership, expand its unique and highly-regarded programming, and increase fund development efforts. S/he will also oversee all the Society’s operations, including fiscal management, administration, and human resources. In addition to passion for the Japan-America Society’s mission, the ideal candidate possesses a track record as an innovative and entrepreneurial business professional and a solid understanding of Japanese culture and the factors that facilitate networking and activity on local and international scales. Specific responsibilities include:
Ensure that the organization always remains mission-focused and that budget, staff and priorities are aligned with the mission;
Deliver a balanced portfolio of effective programs and events;
Ensure cultural authenticity, relevance, and quality in all programs/activities offered by the Society, including rigorous and timely evaluation and adaptation or curation as required;
Collaborate with the Board of Directors in developing, refining and implementing a strategic plan and annual priorities to guide the organization;
Communicate effectively with the Board and provide information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions;
Actively engage Board members in the Society’s activities and foster effective teamwork between the Board and Executive Director;
Support the development and continuity of a strong Board of Directors;
Work with the Board on strategic visioning, planning and implementation;
Oversee a communications plan to raise the Society’s profile and publicize its programs to the community;
Actively represent the Society in the community, cultivating and maintaining positive relations with Society members, volunteers, community partners, funders and other key stakeholders;
Represent the Society in the National Association of Japan-America Societies (NAJAS);
Fund Development and Membership
With the Board, seek corporate support through sponsorships and membership;
Seek grant support as available/appropriate and manage grants received;
Oversee the successful planning and execution of the Society’s fundraising events: 1) Sun & Star Legacy Award Dinner and Silent Auction; and 2) Sun & Star Golf Classic;
Manage the Society’s membership program to grow and sustain a strong base of financial and human resources; communicate effectively, deliver value, maintain records;
Prepare an annual budget for approval by the Budget Committee and the Board;
Monitor the budget to maintain a sound financial position; prepare monthly financial reports for the Board;
Approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board and administer the Society’s funds according to the approved budget;
Ensure that sound bookkeeping/accounting procedures are followed;
Ensure compliance with IRS requirements;
Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operations of the organization and manage resources effectively;
Maintain official records;
Ensure compliance with the Society’s policies and procedures;
Ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations;
Sign and manage official agreements on behalf of the Society within the authority delegated by the Board and with advice from the General Counsel as appropriate;
Recommend staffing requirements for operational needs and program delivery;
Recruit, interview, and select staff for positions approved by the Board;
Manage staff resources effectively, coach and mentor to improve performance, encourage professional development;
Oversee the implementation of human resources policies and procedures, including an annual performance review process; and
Administer employee benefits.
A creative and forward-looking strategic thinker who sees the “big picture” and can identify future needs, develop strategies, establish priorities, and proactively and innovatively address complex issues to fulfill the organization’s mission.
A financially savvy and politically astute leader with keen analytic, organization and problem-solving skills which support and enable sound decision making and the ability to delegate and guide investment in people and systems.
Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage and develop high performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives and manage a budget.
At least ten years of overall professional experience, including experience in a supervisory capacity that allowed her/him to develop exceptional interpersonal and management skills.
Experience with strategic planning, budgeting, human resources, and marketing, including the ability ultimately to increase financial support for the organization.
Experience hiring, mentoring, motivating and leading a staff and comfortable delegating to competent second-line leadership while still retaining ultimate accountability.
Strong marketing and public relations experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders.
Experience with networking, building partnerships with other organizations, and forging cooperative efforts between and among staff, and other organizations.
Track record as an action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative business professional.
A solid understanding of the Japanese culture and awareness of factors which can bring about networking and intercommunity activity at both the local and international level.
Strong written and verbal communication skills, including strong presentation skills with the experience and proclivity to be an outgoing spokesperson, relationship builder and fundraiser.
Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.
Passion, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed.
Passionately committed to the Society mission.
About Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth
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