Job: Japan Youth Venture Director

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WANTED: JAPAN Youth Venture Director

Ashoka ( is the world’s largest association of social entrepreneurs — men and women who are creating new institutions and system-changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. Since 1980, Ashoka has pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship, electing and connecting more than 2,000 individuals with system-changing ideas in over 70 countries.

Ashoka’s Youth Initiative has harnessed the innovations and efforts of Ashoka’s social entrepreneurs in the field of youth development to create the Youth Venture program that is building a movement of young social entrepreneurs.  (See Ashoka believes that young people globally are key to Ashoka’s overall vision of developing a productive, innovative and engaged civil society.  By investing in and building a movement of young social “Venturers” around the world, Ashoka aims to change fundamentally the role of young people in society and to foster in young people the motivation, skills and opportunities to become leaders and social change makers.


  • Spread and adaptation of Ashoka’s Youth Venture program within Japan
  • Program management, including operationalizing, budgeting, monitoring and evaluating the youth social entrepreneurship program
  • Development and ongoing relationship management of corporate and social sector partners
  • Capacity building of partner organizations’ program coordinators/facilitators
  • Fundraising and strategic planning for program sustainability
  • Marketing and market research

what it takes:

  • Believe strongly in the ability of youth to lead social change
  • Be entrepreneurial, creative, self-motivated and a problem solver
  • Fluency in English required
  • Have 5-10 years of relevant experience, especially as a leader
  • A strong track record of innovation and systems-building regardless of previous employment
  • Have experience in creating system change with youth
  • Have strong conceptual and analytical skills
  • Have strong project management and problem solving skills
  • Have strong interpersonal, relationship building, and facilitation skills
  • Have strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Be collegial and comfortable with working in teams
  • Capacity to effectively communicate with – and engage – various stakeholders from all sectors
  • Have strong ethical fiber

Ashoka’s Hiring Criteria:

  • Entrepreneurial: Has started up and sustained creative, system-changing initiatives in their school, college, workplace, and/or has successfully pioneered a venture of his/her own
  • Collegial: Strong intellectual capabilities to understand sophisticated concepts easily, see how they fit together in new ways, and able to inspire as well as learn from colleagues
  • Innovator for the Public: Has a genuine, proven commitment to creating social impact through innovation in the social sector
  • Ethical Fiber: Is a trustworthy leader, confidant and friend.
  • Bold self-image: Has self-perception and confidence that allows for the envisioning and implementation of large-scale, systemic innovation


Position available immediately. Please send a resume, cover letter addressing the above hiring criteria to Catherine Boran at
Include “Japan Representative” in the subject line. Only qualified candidates will be contacted.

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Filed in: Job Postings • Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

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