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The ideal candidate will provide technical guidance to the Chief of Staff relating to changes and developments of YFU’s IT systems and processes. In addition to possessing the technical knowledge to learn the back end of YFU’s IT systems, the IT Operations Manager can clearly and effectively communicate changes, issues, and outcomes to YFU stakeholder staff and customers. The IT Operations Manager has an overall understanding of YFU’s mission and organizational goals and makes decisions and recommendations to align the IT Department to those goals and budget considerations. The position can think strategically, but can also act with a direct hands-on-approach to resolve issues and interface professionally with customers.

Kakehashi Program Coordinator and Group Leader

Jennifer McKendree

Status: Independent Contractor 

Location: Various locations. Please see description below.

Reports to: Director of Program Development


Youth For Understanding (YFU) advances intercultural understanding, mutual respect and social responsibility through educational exchanges for youth, families and communities.  Through the exchange experience, YFU participants gain intercultural understanding, learn mutual respect, and develop a sense of social responsibility. Their experience abroad gives them leadership competencies necessary to meet the challenges and benefit from the opportunities of a fast-changing global community.

Position Summary:   


Youth For Understanding USA (YFU) is running a one-week program called Kakehashi program for groups of Japanese high school and university students as well as professionals, with a focus on increased diplomacy between Japan and the U.S. This is a grant-funded program, coordinated through YFU USA. During their one-week stay in the U.S., the students are expected to make presentations on Japan to various American audiences, visit the Embassy or Consulate of Japan, interact with American youths, discover contributions made by the Japanese or Japanese-American individuals and organizations, and make a final presentation on their experience in the U.S. There may be host family programs during their stay, depending on availability. The students make ever-lasting bonds with other students and community members and continue to contribute to the deepened Japan-U.S. diplomatic relationship.

The program’s duration is 6 days and 7 nights, and contractors are expected to arrive at the program site two days prior to the delegation’s arrival.

This is a great opportunity for those candidates with experience in/with Japan or foreign cultures, with youths, and for those whose schedules would allow a commitment to stay in a hotel for one+ week at a time. Japanese language skill or familiarity with the Japanese culture/society is a plus, but is not required; much more important is the attention to details, customer-service orientation, ability to work as part of a cross-cultural team, and diplomatic skills.


The role of the Coordinator/Group Leader has two major parts: pre-program trip design/coordination and program execution/chaperoning. The contractor will plan and finalize travel details according to the program requirements, serve as a Group Leader throughout their stay in the U.S., and submit necessary reports upon completion of program. Prior years’ trip itineraries will be made available to the Contractor if relevant, and Contractor should design each trip using his/her own research and network in accordance with the program goals.


Create and deliver a meaningful and mission-driven program for the Japanese students through careful planning.  


  • Contractor will design trips for the Japanese delegation that would meet the diplomatic goal set forth by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, by using his/her research results and network in and about the assignment sites;

  • Contractor will travel by him/herself to the program site one-to-two days prior to the delegation’s arrival to check on program sites, and travel with the group throughout their stay in the U.S. Transportation (bus and driver) will be provided during the Japanese delegation's stay, but the contractor will have to secure his/her own transportation during the "pre-arrival" site checks (mileage is reimbursable). The assignment sites currently under consideration are Washington, DC; Seattle; California, and/or Texas. Contractor does not necessarily have to reside in these cities/states; however, Contractor is expected to already possess, or quickly acquire, knowledge of the area to sufficiently plan a customized trip for the delegation.

  • Contractor is expected to fully participate in YFU’s online training to equip him/her for this assignment, and to schedule a weekly one-on-one online meeting with YFU staff during regular business hours (Eastern Standard Time).


Trips will take place for 7-8 days in duration between the months of October, 2018 to March, 2019. YFU is willing to work with the successful candidate to assign trips that are most appropriate and convenient for the Contractor.


 Payment will be $2,750 per program and will be provided in a lump sum after the conclusion of the program.

If you are qualified and interested in being considered for this position, please submit your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements at the career site.

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