Two Job Openings at Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai’i

Institution: Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai”
Location: Honolulu, HI
Positions: Director of Education; Collections Librarian

The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai’i is currently seeking applicants for two positions: Director of Education, and Collections Librarian.

Director of Education

The Director of Education will oversee two major programs of the JCCH: Tokioka Heritage Resource Center and JCCH educational programming to inspire and engage children, local residents and visitors.

The Tokioka Heritage Resource Center provides public access to a repository of resources that help fulfill JCCH’s mission to educate present and future generations in the Japanese American experience in Hawai‘i. The collection of resources includes 5,500 books in English and Japanese. Primary source materials include archival collections, oral history transcripts, and a historical photo collection. Other materials include print and digital versions – plus a searchable index – of the Hawai‘i Herald newspaper; vertical file materials of news clippings and pamphlets; and audiovisual materials, including a large collection of old phonograph records of Japanese music popular in Hawai‘i during World War II. The online library catalog includes catalog records for books, archival materials, oral history interviews, and vertical file materials. In addition to the collections, services provided include non-commercial translation services, genealogical research assistance, and a Japanese name consultation service. In recent years, the Resource Center has served as an incubator for projects and initiatives such as the preservation of the Honouliuli Internment Camp which led to JCCH’s effort to establish the Honouliuli National Monument, a film documentary “The Untold Story”; publications such as an English translation of Haisho Tenten by Seikei Furuya; and the development and distribution of high school curricula related to internment in Hawai‘i.

Job Summary: The Director of Education is primarily responsible for the general management of the JCCH Tokioka Heritage Resource Center and provides the vision to develop and lead innovative Resource Center programs and projects. The Director of Education will oversee the Educational and Cultural Specialist to enhance the educational programs for visitors to Okage Sama De (a permanent exhibit on Japanese-American history and life in Hawai’i), Honouliuli National Monument and special projects that advance the preservation, access and/or integration of the Resource Center special collections with JCCH’s historical gallery and educational programs.

Education and Experience:
College degree required plus three years’ experience working in museum, library, foundation or agency collecting and organizing paper documents, photographs, recordings, electronic data, film, video. Preference given to candidates with a graduate degree in Museum Studies or Library Sciences.

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Collections Librarian

The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i seeks a knowledgeable, motivated, and collaborative individual for the position of Collection Librarian to perform original and complex cataloging for multiple formats, including monographs, newspapers, maps, serials, music and audiovisual material, of specialized materials on the Japanese American experience in Hawai‘i housed in the JCCH Tokioka Heritage Resource Center. This position reports to the Director of Education.

Education/Experience: Graduate degree in Library Sciences. Minimum of 1-2 years of professional experience in a library setting or similar non-profit environment working with collections, cataloging and archiving. Knowledge of relevant cataloging, metadata, and encoding standards, Destiny Library Management System preferred. Experience or general knowledge of Japanese and/or Asian American history. Ability to speak Japanese language is desirable but not required.

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About Travis

I am a scholar of Japanese & Okinawan history with a particular interest in the history of arts and culture, and inter-Asia interactions, in the early modern period. I have been fortunate to enjoy the opportunity to live in Okinawa for six months in 2016-17, and in mainland Japan on multiple occasions, including from Sept 2019 to now.
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