Visiting Education and Engagement Coordinator - Japan House (A1700282)

Champaign, IL
May 11, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Visiting Education and Engagement Coordinator

Japan House, College of Fine and Applied Arts

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The College of Fine and Applied Arts (FAA) Japan House at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a unique cultural organization that shares traditional Japanese Arts and Culture through an immersive and authentic setting. It is the mission of Japan House to bring about cultural understanding, to offer exposure to new perspectives, and, ultimately to give a necessary refuge for all to embrace tranquility in an experiential environment. Through the sharing of Japanese aesthetics and traditional arts, built particularly around the time-honored art form of Chado, the Way of Tea, Japan House provides an essential opportunity for students of the College and University and the broader community to gain a deeper sensitivity towards diverse cultures.

Japan House seeks a dynamic, high energy, creative, collaborative Visiting Education and Engagement Coordinator to develop, deliver, and lead programs that focus upon sharing Japanese Arts and Culture and cultural awareness and enrichment for University students, donors, and the broader community.

Major Duties and Responsibilities
  • Develop, shape, and implement weekly curriculum for internship program; advise, assign and provide direction on activities, responsibilities, and projects; assist student interns in the development of programs for students that will enhance their appreciation for culture and cultural differences; track progress of all intern-related projects until their completion; and supervise paid and unpaid student interns.
  • Participate and assist in academic classes offered during the year that expose students to traditional Japanese arts and cultural practices. Primary focus will be on the set up and organization of the activities taking place during the offered class.
  • Assist and coordinate educational programming in conjunction with student internship program, other University units, and community partners that fosters programmatic cultural opportunities focused on multiculturalism and diversity for K-12.
  • Organize and coordinate volunteer opportunities ranging from office support (mailings, data input); gardening assistance (maintenance and beautification); special community events (Matsuri, end-of-summer festival), and intern project assistance (Bazaar).
  • Develop, plan, and implement major programs, workshops, and cultural events to engage the community, current donors, and prospects for Japan House.
  • Work with the Director and Assistant Director to formulate and implement strategies to support the goals and mission of Japan House.
  • Serve as Japan House representative and participate in University events that increase visibility for Japan House.
  • Build strong working relationships with other FAA units and other University units and programs that intersect with Japan House goals and mission.

The work schedule requires evenings and some weekend events, and the ability to move and set up cultural displays and presentations for programs.

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Demonstrable ability to create and implement programs or experiences for diverse target groups in a university setting.
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills.
  • The ability to establish effective working relationships with students, the community and staff of all levels, faculty, colleagues, and alumni.
  • Sensitivity to the needs of a diverse student population, including international students.
  • Successful experience coordinating programming for not-for-profit or educational organizations.

  • Master's degree.
  • Experience in, or knowledge of, Japanese arts and/or other Asian arts.
  • Teaching experience with K-12 and/or university or college level students.

This is a full-time, benefits-eligible visiting academic professional position appointed on a 12-month service basis. Salary will be commensurate with experience. The expected start date is Summer 2017. This position may become regular at a later date subject to the availability of funds.

Application Procedures:

To ensure full consideration, please create your candidate profile at and upload your cover letter, resume, and the names/contact information for three professional references as a single PDF file by May 24, 2017. Applicants may be interviewed prior to this close date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. For further information regarding application procedures, contact Melissa Madsen at The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

Organization Name: Japan House
College Name or Administrative Unit: Fine and Applied Arts
Category: Academic Professional
Open Date: 05/10/2017


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