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Position Announcement

Program Officer

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, a non-profit promoting understanding and cooperation between the United States and Asia, seeks a full-time Program Officer for its Washington, DC office.

Working with the Foundation’s President and Vice President, the majority of the Program Officer’s responsibilities will be focused on the following programs:

Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program

  • A one-year Fellowship program established by the U.S. Congress in 1994 to cultivate a corps of U.S. government officials with expertise on Japan and Japanese language ability.

U.S.-Japan Network for the Future

  • A two-year program designed to build and enhance a network of Japan specialists who can bring diverse expertise and perspectives to the bilateral policy-making process in the mid- and long-term.

Program responsibilities include working independently and as part of a team to develop, promote, implement, recruit participants, and fulfill reporting requirements for these programs. This position also requires extensive coordination with Foundation staff in Montana and Tokyo, cohorts of program participants throughout the United States and in Japan, and U.S. government and Embassy of Japan officials.

Competitive candidates will have experience in U.S.-Japan relations, expertise on the United States government and government of Japan, experience developing programs with foundations and corporations, and experience managing a program budget. Candidates must be willing and interested in learning about policymaking and the U.S. government budgeting process. Experience working on federally-funded programs or on Capitol Hill would be helpful. Some domestic and international travel is required.

Strong candidates will have at least two years of work experience, Japanese language ability, and a master’s degree. U.S. citizenship or current work visa is required.

Starting Salary: $40,000 to 55,000 commensurate with experience.

Applicants may send a resume and cover letter to

Application deadline: February 26, 2020.