Texoma JETAA – Events / Elections / Jobs and more

What’s Happening: Beginning of 2013
Hello TEXOMA JETAA community,

It has been quite a while since our last mass email but we have lots to cover. I was informed by most of the alums in attendance at the returnee reception that, in fact, email is their preferred method of being updated on events, so I would like to depend more on a monthly email update than just on our Facebook group (but please join and check the Facebook page for smaller updates and events).

Here is what is currently in the works:

1) TEXOMA JETAA OFFICER ELECTIONS – CALL FOR PLATFORMS – Any and all Texoma area JETs are encouraged to submit a platform by Thursday February 7th for the the following positions:
*Vice President
*Webmaster and Site Editor
*Newsletter Editor

—-Further information about the elections can be found later in this email—-

2) PUB TRIVIA – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 @ PORCHSWING PUB – Pub Trivia is still alive and well but we are always looking for new blood. We have a regular group of about 4-6 JETAA members who play on the 1st Wednesday of the month (sometimes more often) but newcomers are more than welcome. Please remember that the team sizes are capped at 7 people so if you are not a member of the facebook group “Texoma Jetaa” please join and RSVP if you plan to attend so we can reserve enough tables and adjust team sizes accordingly.

3) LEO BAR COCKTAIL MIXER EVENT @ THE ASIA SOCIETY – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7 – The Japan America Society of Houston’s Young Professionals Group is co-hosting the Leo Bar event for February. If you have not yet gotten to explore the new Asia Society building in the museum district this is a great opportunity to see the amazing building and rub elbows with a diverse crowd of youthful movers and shakers of the Houston area. No reservations or admission fees, so feel free to stop by. Leo bar link is below:


-The Japan festival will be held in April. There is a position on the JFEST organization committee open and if any JET is interested please let Ryan or I know ASAP. The position is for Opening Ceremony Coordinator.
-Online sign-ups will be live on the Japan Fest website soon for anyone interesting in helping to help during the actual events of the festival

5) World Affairs Council of Houston’s Japanese Foreign Language

“This program will be held on Monday, April 22^nd from 10:30 to 1:30 p.m. with approximately 85 high school students and their teachers celebrating the students dedication and hard work in learning Japanese in school. The students are carefully selected by their teachers.

The purpose of the program is to honor these students and reward them for their hard work. The program offers guest speakers, table hosts, a beautiful lunch, decorations and finally a certificate at the end of the program. Attached you will find a flyer that I have used for teachers to register their students. It can give you more detailed information. In April, we also celebrate six other languages as well – they are German, Italian, Arabic, Spanish, French and Chinese and this is our 13^th year of doing so. The business community continues to support us in so many ways not only monetarily but with their attendance as table hosts. The table host sits with 9 students at a table, speaks in the language of the day and helps the student to understand the many ways careers can be enhanced by learning a second language. The table host is important and key to the success of that student returning to his training and feeling motivated by its many benefits.”

Any professional JET Alumns with Japanese ability please let me know if you have interest being a table host

JETAA: I have a new employment prospect that has come up, this time in our own Houston Consulate office. We are looking for a new Consular Service Clerk (Visa). Candidates must have strong written and verbal Japanese ability. Traditionally, this position has been offered only to local Japanese natives, but our office wants to open it up to the JETs. If you want to strengthen your language skills and spend time learning more about Japanese legal culture and researching interesting requests. Candidates who enjoy researching and helping others in addition to language and cultural ability will be considered. For a full summary of the position, please email me at jetcoord@ho.mofa.go.jp (mailto:jetcoord@ho.mofa.go.jp)


—New York Career Forum 2013 —
Date: February 22 & 23, 2013 (Fri. & Sat.)
Place: The Altman Building (New York, New York)
http://www.careerforum.net/event/ny/index.asp?ref=201341〈=E (http://www.careerforum.net/event/ny/index.asp?ref=201341〈=E)

If any groups or alums are starting to gather or want to start in any of the non-Houston cities, let us know and we might be able to provide some planning and financial support.

We remain eager for any event ideas JET alums in the area might have. Let us know by email or post in the facebook group.

FINAL NOTES: Hopefully everyone is well and the recent returnees are adjusting to being back home. If you are not a member of the facebook group, it is called TEXOMA JETAA, and members often post short notice social events or just Japanese news or articles. Now that the new year is in full swing, we look forward to improving and expanding the offerings of our TEXOMA chapter. Hope to see or hear from more of you in 2013.


Role: Coordinate all activities. Chair general meetings, monthly socials. Liaise with outside organizations.
Incumbent: Drew Himmelreich

Vice President
Role: Assist in coordination of all activities. Chair special projects as defined by the President or the Executive Committee. Manage membership requests and work with webmaster to update member list as necessary.
Incumbent: Jessica Parker

Role: Record information from meetings, distribute minutes, assist Executive Officers in administrative tasks.
Incumbent: No incumbent running.

Role: Develop annual budget. Secure funding from CLAIR and MoFA. Provide guidance to the board members on funds available for activities. Monitor bank account.
Adam Hammick

Webmaster and Site Editor
Role: Ensure function of website and mass e-mail system. Update member list and ensure website has up to date information.
Incumbent: Dusty Downing

Newsletter Editor
Role: Edit and publish quarterly newsletter.
Incumbent: Ryan Pauley

If you are interested in helping coordinate events in your area of Texas or Oklahoma, please contact us. We are particularly interested in setting up and supporting local chapters in the Austin/San Antonio area, the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, Tulsa, and Oklahoma City.


Texoma JETAA – Events/Job Openings/Volunteer Opportunities

Hello Texoma JETAA members,

We try to limit our mass emails to everyone but there are few things I wanted to everyone to know about.

1. CAMPING TRIP (Oct. 5-7)
Next weekend is the central Texas camping trip at Garner State Park. We still have spots and would love to see you there. Sign up is below:

2. JETAA nationwide officers meeting in San Francisco (Late October)
Adam Hammick and I will be attending this conference on behalf of Texoma JETAA and welcome any feedback from our members before we go. Do you have event ideas or questions? Let us know and if we don’t know the answer we can ask the big shots in San Fran.

3. Job openings
a. “The Japan Business Association of Houston, Women’s Committee, is in need of private lesson language teachers that are available during the day. Though no date has been set, they would like to invite any applicants to come to JBAH for interview with potential clients. If you are interested, please e-mail shree@jashouston.org (mailto:shree@jashouston.org) and she will give you further details.”
b. “My name is Joe E. Stephens, III and I am a Human Resource Recruiter at Goodman Global, Inc… I am in search for an Administrative Assistant that is fluent in English and Japanese. If you know anyone who may be interested, please give them my contact information” Mr. Joe E. Stephens, III Human Resources Recruiter Goodman Manufacturing Company, L.P. 5151 San Felipe – Suite #500 Houston, Texas 77056 Office: (713) 263-5403 (tel:%28713%29%20263-5403) Fax: (713) 861-4991 (tel:%28713%29%20861-4991) Career Site: www.CareersatGoodman.com Email: Joe.Stephens@goodmanmfg.com (mailto:Joe.Stephens@goodmanmfg.com)

4. Volunteer opportunities
The leader of the Japan Festival committee approached me to see if I or any of our JETAA members (2 total) would be interesting in joining their planning committee. “The festival will be on April 13-14, 2013 at Hermann Park, and the committee will meet monthly, bi-monthly and then weekly as the time get closer. As the festival will be the 20th, we would like to put our heads together to make the festival better than ever, and special.” If you have interest please email me at president@texomajetaa.org (mailto:president@texomajetaa.org)

As always any requests or recommendations on how we can improve our chapter are welcome so email us anytime.

Thank you,
Drew Himmelreich
JETAA President

Job Posting: Consulate General in Atlanta

The Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta is seeking a Special Assistant to the Consul General. The incumbent will be expected to perform the following duties:

  • Coordinate communication between the Consulate General and U.S. federal, state, county and city leaders.
  • Research, analyze, and report on political trends, developments, and elections in the five state consular district of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.
  • Research, draft, and edit public remarks to be delivered by the Consul General.
  • Assist in the planning and execution of special events.
  • Serve as moderator of public events.

The incumbent should have a bachelor’s degree, strong writing skills, and knowledge of the political situation in the Southeast United States. While Japanese language skills are not mandatory, a background in Japanese culture and language would be beneficial. Interested applicants should send their cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to seimu@aa.mofa.go.jp by March 31, 2012. No phone calls please.

Job Posting: Interactive Response Technologies

Interactive Response Technologies (IRT) is seeking Japanese speakers for its downtown call center. The position involves assisting Japanese-speaking individuals seeking employment in the United States.

If you are interested, please contact:
Elaine McFarlane
Recruiting Manager,
Human Resource Department
Interactive Response Technologies (IRT)
Houston, Texas
713-830-1717 (office)
713-227-1275 (fax)

Job Posting: JASK Executive Director

The Executive Director at Japan-America Society of Kentucky is leaving and they are looking for someone to fill the position. The JASK Executive Director position is open until July 18 – some applications are already under review.  We would be thrilled to have you suggest the position to your contacts.  Apply via Monster.com here. JASK is also selling prints of a beautiful, original, painting as part of their ongoing fundraiser for tsunami relief.  Details here.

Job Posting: Political Researcher at D.C. Japanese Embassy

The Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. is looking for a political researcher. More information here.

Embassy of Japan, Washington, DC
Employment Opportunity
Political Researcher


The Embassy of Japan is seeking an individual for the position of Political Researcher. The Embassy offers group health insurance coverage, paid vacation and sick leave. Salary is commensurate with experience month.


Candidate must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. Green Card holder.
Work Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


Principal Responsibilities

  • Giving a daily briefing to diplomats on key US politics developments reported by major newspapers.
  • Researching US political trends in general and specific events and developments of significance.
  • Assisting diplomats in meeting with individuals such as Congressional staff and political consultants.
  • Other responsibilities as needed and appropriate.


  • Language Skills
    Fluent English and Japanese. Ability to write a formal letter and other official documents in good English and Japanese.
  • Ability to use a computer and applications such as Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
  • Office experience preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Political Science or equivalent experience.

How to apply
Please send your resume with cover letter no later than June 15, 2011.
By Mail:
Attn: Political Section
Embassy of Japan
2520 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008
By E-mail:


* Inquiries will not be answered by phone or in person. Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Position at the Consulate-General of Japan at Houston

Title: Political and Economic Affairs Assistant

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Benefits: Paid vacation, medical/dental insurance, US federal and some

Japanese national holidays

Working hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday; some evenings and

weekends required for special events and receptions


Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

・Research and analyze political and economic issues for the states under the Consulate’s jurisdiction (Texas and Oklahoma), with a heavy concentration on local industries and regional politics

・Write daily news reports summarizing relevant local, regional, national and Japan related news articles

・Maintain news databases

・Assist with preparation and planning of events and receptions

・Write speeches and presentations for diplomats

・Assist in writing of letters to officials

・Assist other sections of the Consulate as required

・Other administrative duties and assisting the diplomats with day-to-day tasks


Required Qualification:

・College degree in a related field

・Native-level English ability

・Strong organizational and communication skills

・Proficiency in all Microsoft Office applications

・Japanese language skills (favorable)



Consulate-General of Japan at Houston

909 Fannin Street, Suite 3000, Houston TX 77010


To Apply:

Interested candidates should mail, fax, or e-mail their resume and cover letter to Ms. Mary Javier (Fax: (713) 651-7822, E-mail: mary.javier@cgjhou.org). Deadline for submission is Friday, May 20, 2011. Please do not call with regard to your application status.

Job Posting: Consulate-General of Japan, Seattle, WA

Employment Opportunity for Executive Assistant

The Consulate-General of Japan is seeking an Executive Assitant to perform a variety of administrative tasks and duties.

The Requirements for this position are:

1. Excellent English skills and office experience
2. Proficient computer skills
3. Flexibility and diligence

Send resume and cover letter by April 28 to:

Consulate-General of Japan
Attn. Yukio Motoe
601 Union Street, Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98101

or email to:
kanri [at] cgjapansea.org

More information may be found here.