Job Opportunities

The Asian Rural Institute (ARI) is seeking a qualified candidate to serve as regular staff members.
ARI is an extraordinary and unique environment for you to work and develop your abilities and leadership.

Job Opportunities:

    1. Admissions(1)
    2. Fundraising and Supporter Relations(1)
    3. Meal Service – FEAST(Food Education and Sustainable Table) (1

Program Coordinator – Admissions Section (1)

Actively recruiting participants from rural communities whose activities, goals, and values align with the overall vision of ARI is critical for ARI to achieve its mission of building an environmentally healthy, just and peaceful world. To create a healthy, diverse and resilient learning community through ARI’s Rural Leaders Training Program, each year the Admissions Section seeks both to broaden their reach outside of ARI as well as engaging the entire ARI community to participate in the recruitment process. Admissions staff and volunteers support all ARI’s programs to create a welcoming environment for ARI’s participants and build a community of learning.

Scope of Responsibility:

The Admissions Program Coordinator serves as a full-time staff member in an organization that designs and facilitates innovative training in leadership, sustainable agriculture and community development for grassroots leaders from around the world. This position involves multi-faceted duties that require leadership, good communication skills, improvisation, versatility, and kindness.

At ARI, participants are not just subjects who study and learn, but essential messengers who tell us the realities of rural lives of the world and who are co-creators of the training. After participants graduate from ARI, they become a vital asset because they will send and spread the messages and learning of ARI to the world. The future success of ARI hinges on the quality of the participants recruited each year.

The Admissions Program Coordinator reports directly to the Curriculum Manager and collaborates with a diverse network of staff, volunteers, supporters, churches, and non-profit organizations to recruit exceptional participants for ARI training, strengthen ARI graduate networks, and support ARI’s programming.

The ideal candidate is responsive to community needs while holding high admissions standards that align with ARI’s core values. They should possess strong written and verbal communication skills, in English (ARI’s common language), embrace diversity and equity, and collaborate well with many different people from different backgrounds.

Job Responsibilities/Duties:

Recruitment and Admissions Management (70%):

  • Develop realistic recruitment goals and effective recruitment strategies in collaboration with ARI staff. Engage at least 135 organizations in recruitment activities; deliver 55 completed application to screening committees and assist them to select at least 30 final candidates.
  • Developing recruitment materials (both print and online).
  • Perform office and administrative tasks to track and manage applications, facilitate the screening process and support candidates in their preparations to arrive at ARI.
  • Develop work plans and budgets and manage Admissions Team activities to achieve those goals. Manage the work of section volunteers and Training Assistants.
  • Tracking and reporting performance objectives.
  • Communicate with partners, churches, non-profit organizations and others to identify recruitment opportunities. Strengthen recruitment materials.
  • Manage participants’ passport and visa matters, and travel to and from ARI.

Assisting Graduate Outreach (15%)

  • Support Graduate Outreach initiatives.
  • Help plan, and host seminars and workshops led by graduates and their organizations.
  • Communicate with graduates and help manage and update ARI’s graduate databases.
  • Identify and help develop training opportunities for potential recruitment agents.

ARI Training, Community Support (15%)

  • Facilitate classes that support ARI’s training. Coach and mentor select participants.
  • Draft reports and articles for ARI publications, including brochures, newsletters, journals, annual reports, and
  • Participate in daily Foodlife work on the farm as well as various community events.

Required Qualifications:

  • Applicants agrees on Asian Rural Institute’s Mission
  • Almost all the communication in this section is in English. Therefore, a high English communication proficiency is required.
  • Proficient using Microsoft Office Suite (MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint). Proficiency with SMS platforms and CMR software such as Little Green Light.
  • Priority will be given to those who is over the age of 25 and under the age of 45, and who can make a long – term commitment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Education: Bachelors degree
  • Work Experience: prefer to have several years
  • Overseas experience in Asia, Africa, the Pacific or Latin America.
  • Experience working in diverse communities.
  • Experience managing staff and volunteers.
  • Experience with curriculum design, experiential education, and reflective practice.
  • Experience with and understanding of religious tradition.
  • A person whose age is under 40 and can work long-term
  • ARI’s foundation is rooted in Christianity, and most of the staff and participants are Christians. ARI prefers applicants who can relate to and work well in such a place.
  • Agricultural / Rural Experience
  • Japanese communication skills are advantageous to communicate with Japanese Embassies Ministries regarding visa and immigration procedures.

Salary:

ARI’s salary is based on the salary scale of public high school teachers in Japan.

Benefits:

Medical:  Japanese Private School Insurance.
Relocation assistance available to qualified applicants.
Pension available to qualified applicants.
Additional home leave for overseas applicants.

To Apply:

Please submit:

  • A current Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of motivation (less than two pages)
  • Letter of reference from an employer, volunteer organization, church or similar.

To:

Ms. Kaori Sakuma, ARI General Manager, at: kaori_sakuma@ari-edu.org

By:

Application Deadline:June 30, 2019(please email documents by this date)

Work start date:  August 1, 2019 (negotiable)

Location:

Asian Rural Institute
442-1 Tsukinokizawa, Nasushiobara
Tochigi-ken, 329-2703
Japan


Fund Raising and Supporter Relations (1)

Type of Work

  •  Fund-Raising and Supporter Relations: Fund-Raising (30 million yen annually), Supporter Assistance (approx. 2,000people), Management of Data Base (around 6,000 data), etc.
  • Plan and Manage the Domestic Programs: Expanding supporter network, managing projects for publicity events, visiting organizations and individuals, etc.
  • Public Relations: Drawing up applications and reports for supporters, visiting supporting organizations and aid organizations, networking, etc.

Required Qualifications:

  • Applicants agrees on Asian Rural Institute’s Mission
  • Applicants who can conduct administrative affairs both in English and Japanese.
  • Proficient using Microsoft Office Suite (MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint). Proficiency with SMS platforms and CMR software such as Sales Force.
  • Priority will be given to those who is over the age of 25 and under the age of 45, and who can make a long-term commitment.
  • ARI’s foundation is rooted in Christianity, and most of the staff and participants are Christians. ARI prefers applicants who has understanding in Christianity, and who can relate to and work well in such a place.
  • Japanese communication skills.
  • Obtained driver’s license.

Preferred Qualification:

  • Experience working in diverse communities.
  • Experience in fund raising and networking or NGO sector.

Salary:

  • ARI’s salary is based on the salary scale of public high school teachers in Japan.

Benefits:

  • Medical: Japanese Private School Insurance.
  • Pension available to qualified applicants.
  • Housing assistant, Family Allowance.
  • Additional home leave for overseas applicants.

To Apply:

Please submit:

  • A current Curriculum Vitae.
  • Statement of motivation both in English and Japanese. (less than two pages, A4 size)
  • Letter of reference from an employer, volunteer organization, church or similar.

To:
Ms. Kaori Sakuma, ARI General Manager, at: kaori_sakuma@ari-edu.org

By:
Application Deadline:June 30, 2019(please email documents by this date)
Work start date: August 1, 2019 (negotiable)
Date of Interview
To be informed later

Location:

Asian Rural Institute
442-1 Tsukinokizawa, Nasushiobara
Tochigi-ken, 329-2703
Japan


Food Coordinator – Food Education and Sustainable Table (FEAST) section (1)

Type of Work

FEAST (Food Education and Sustainable Table)
Produce food and share harvests at the table-a daily job that is the basis of the Asia Rural around 15 countries, volunteers and staff members together surround the dining table. We would like you to go beyond just providing food, and work one step further and realize that it is an important part of the training.
※ There is detailed explanation from the present staff on the back side.

Required Qualifications:

  • Applicants agrees on Asian Rural Institute’s Mission
  • Applicants who can conduct administrative affairs both in English and Japanese.
  • Basic computer skills – proficiency in Word, Excel etc.
  • Priority will be given to those who is over the age of 25 and under the age of 45, and who can make a long-term commitment.
  • ARI’s foundation is rooted in Christianity, and most of the staff and participants are Christians. ARI prefers applicants who has understanding in Christianity. who can relate to and work well in such a place.

Preferred Qualification:

  • Experience working in diverse communities.
  • Experience managing staff and volunteers.
  • Experience with curriculum design, experiential education, and reflective practice.
  • Experience with and understanding of religious tradition.
  • Agricultural / Rural Experience
  • Japanese communication skills are advantageous to communicate with Japanese society.
  • Obtain driver’s license, dietitian or cook license.

Salary:

  • ARI’s salary is based on the salary scale of public high school teachers in Japan.

Benefits:

  • Medical: Japanese Private School Insurance.
  • Pension available to qualified applicants.
  • Housing assistant, Family Allowance.
  • Additional home leave for overseas applicants.

To Apply:

Please submit:

  • A current Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of motivation both in English and Japanese. (less than two pages, A4 size)
  • Letter of reference from an employer, volunteer organization, church or similar.

To:

Ms. Kaori Sakuma, ARI General Manager, at: kaori_sakuma@ari-edu.org

By:

Application Deadline:July 31, 2019(please email documents by this date)

Date of Interview:

To be informed later

Start of Contract

April 1, 2020 (If someone who can start work from Feb or Mar is welcomed)

Location:

Asian Rural Institute
442-1 Tsukinokizawa, Nasushiobara
Tochigi-ken, 329-2703
Japan

 

1. What is FEAST section coordinator?

A. Organizing section members: delegating work, care for the members emotional, health, spiritual, relationship with each other, create comfortable atmosphere and environment.

B. Food: Food is the center of the training program. Managing food ingredients most importantly ARI produces – and to do this, coordinator needs to build a healthy relationship with all production section leaders to feed community members throughout the training program.

C. Management of section money and food ingredients: See that the money is efficiently used and submitted at the end of the month and we need to control the consumption amount so that we have sufficient food amount in the kitchen always. And to do this, Coordinator needs to know how to assess the vegetable situations in the fields to be able to harvest appropriate amount each time.

D. Management of food in the events (both expected and unexpected ones).

E. Care about community members health using ARI produces (nutrition).

F. Class Lectures: Nutrition classes and Home Economic Management class. (If the person is qualified)

2. What is the joy in work in FEAST section?

The joy of FEAST section is being able to create a good environment in the community through sharing of food in Koinonia. ARI is a very high diverse place and YES there are times when we cannot understand each other’s food cultures since food is directly related to our emotion and in many ways sensitive. But in many ways, from the kitchen peace building starts in a place like ARI. Everybody is busy working in different places but when eating time comes people gather together -regardless of classes or religious backgrounds and tiredness from work, people sit side by side with one another chatting, laughing, sharing… scooping out food from the same bowls …it’s a joy to see them! FEAST plays a core role in the entire training program and even when sometimes we are overwhelmed with workload still the greatest joy of FEAST section is putting food on the table for the joy of everybody!