Job Opening: President and Executive Director, Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i

Position Title: President & Executive Director
Institution: Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i
Location: Honolulu, HI

Start Date: Flexible: November 2018 to January 2019

From official job posting on

For more than 30 years, the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i (the “Center”) has been dedicated to preserving the history and culture of Japanese Americans in Hawai‘i. The Center’s mission is:

To be a vibrant resource, strengthening our diverse community by educating present and future generations in the evolving Japanese American experience in Hawai‘i. We do this through relevant programming, meaningful community service and innovative partnerships that enhance the understanding and celebration of our heritage, culture and love of the land. To guide us in this work we draw from the values found in our Japanese American traditions and the spirit of Aloha. The vision of the Center is expressed as follows:

We aspire to co-create a society where a deeper knowledge of one’s heritage and a profound understanding of oneself will enable enlightened connections among all people.

The Center seeks a new President & Executive Director who has a passion for the mission and vision of the Center. The Center’s new leader must have proven management skills; financial/ business discipline; fundraising; facilities management; strategic thinking ability; expertise in coalition building; excellent written and oral communication skills; organizational and decision-making experience; and an understanding of the local political
and community culture of Hawai‘i. This position requires working some evenings and weekends.

The President is the general manager and chief executive officer of the Center and, subject to the oversight of the Board of Directors, is responsible for the supervision, direction, and control of the business of the Center.

1. Send cover letter explaining your interest in the position, resume, and the names of 3 people who have worked with you in the past 3-5 years (include telephone and e-mail address) to the Search Committee Chair, Attn: Mr. Ken Hayashida, JCCH Board Chairman, c/o
2. Cover letters and resumes will be reviewed by Search Committee beginning August 15, 2018 and will continue until a candidate is selected.
3. The Search Committee will begin its interviews in September and may continue
through October 2018.
4. The Search Committee will recommend one or more candidates to the JCCH Board of Directors for final interview and approval at its fall meeting. The start date is flexible; preferably between November 2018 and January 2019.

For the full job description, see

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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