Job Opening: Director of Japan Programs, Earlham College

job opening - 5Earlham College invites applications for a director of Japan-related programs. Earlham is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges dedicated to furthering education and scholarship about Japan. The Director of Japan Programs is responsible for administering Earlham’s study abroad programs in Japan (Japan Study and Japan SICE) and other duties related to Japan-related program development and outreach. This is a full-time position on a three-year renewable contract. Salary is commensurate with qualifications. This position will start in late summer 2016.

Link to position announcement

Responsibilities of the position include:

  • Management of two core study abroad programs:
  • Japan Study: established in 1963, this program is a year-long student and faculty exchange program managed by Earlham College with participants from institutions of the Great Lakes Colleges Association and the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, with Waseda University in Tokyo.
  • Japan Studies in Cross-Cultural Education (SICE): established in 1973, is an Earlham College semester-long program based in Morioka, Japan.
  • Contribute to Earlham College’s Japan-related academic programs through teaching, curricular development, and co-curricular programming.
  • Administrative oversight and leadership in program development.
  • Regular visits to program sites in Japan to consult with partners and promote program interests.
  • Interaction with and promotion of program interests among GLCA/ACM member institutions.
  • Arrangement of faculty professional development, including exchanges and conferences for Earlham and GLCA/ACM colleges.
  • Recruitment and selection of students for the SICE and Japan Study programs.
  • Management of offices and staff at two locations in Japan and at Earlham.
  • Financial oversight of programs.
  • Coordination of student internships.
  • Program assessment.

Desired qualifications:

  • Terminal degree in discipline related to Japanese Studies, Ph.D. is highly preferred;
  • Experience in higher education settings as a faculty member or administrator;
  • High levels of proficiency in reading and speaking Japanese and English;
  • Cultural fluency in communications with Japanese higher educational institutions;
  • The ability to administer and develop quality study abroad programs;
  • The ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies and to advocate for program interests to local, regional and national constituencies;
  • Experience in budgeting and accounting;

A complete application includes:

  • A letter of application outlining how the applicant meets the desired qualifications;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • A visioning statement outlining the applicant’s approach to Japan-related educational programs at Earlham College;
  • Names and contact information of three people who can provide professional assessments of the applicant.

Please e-mail application materials as a single PDF to Mary Owens at, with the subject: JS Director application.

Review of applications will begin February 28, 2016 and continue until position is filled.

Please direct inquiries to Eric J Cunningham at

More information about Earlham College can be found by visiting

More information about Japan related programs at Earlham can be found at  and

Affirmative Action: Earlham College continues to build a community that reflects the gender and racial diversity of the society at large, and, therefore, we are particularly interested in inviting and encouraging applications from African Americans, other ethnic minorities, and women. Earlham also is eager to solicit applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Earlham is an AA/EO employer.

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Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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