- 2015 Officer Elections -

JETAA Chicago is holding its annual officer elections this October. Voting will take place online from Thursday, October 1 – Monday, October 5 at 5:00 PM. A special email with voting instructions and a link to the poll will be sent at that time.

Interested in running? All positions are up for grabs and detailed descriptions are below. Whether you’re new to JETAA or have been around for many years, we’d love for you to throw your hat in the ring! Serving on the JETAA Chicago Board is a wonderful way to gain professional experience and develop the future of our chapter.

Candidates must submit their name; JET years and placement; a short statement of interest for the position and any goals; and a photo to info@jetaachicago.com by Wednesday, September 30. Newly elected officers will begin their terms in November and serve for one year.

Now is an exciting time to get involved with JETAA as we begin to pursue non-profit status, lead the way in Outgoing JET initiatives, and continue to provide for the JETAA and Japanese community in the Midwest. Please reach out to info@jetaachicago.com with any questions.

• Strategize ways to further the goals and mission of the organization
• Preside at all meetings
• Prepare meeting agenda
• Supervise officers & agents
• Liaise with community members and organizations
• Speak at public functions
• Execute final authority over budget related activities or events

Vice President
• Preside in absence of the president
• Assist President in forwarding the goals of the organization
• Act as internal point of contact related to all activities and events for officers or members
• Maintain Google events calendar
• Fulfill necessary responsibilities in the event of a vacant board position
• Manage efforts of the Activities and Outreach Coordinators

• Prepare and distribute executive board meeting minutes
• Submit monthly post-reports to the Consulate
• Write and mail monthly web-letter
• Solicit officers, member and community for contributions to the monthly webletter
• Send special e-announcements to members when necessary
• Record event attendance in Events Google doc
• Arrange for cross-promotion of events/activities between relevant businesses and organizations
• Update Webmaster and Marketing Coordinator on relevant activities for promotion on website and social media

Treasurer – please note that Senior Treasurer is a 2 year role and not up for election this time around.
• If interested in the Deputy Treasurer position, please contact Steven Sundstrom at treasurer@jetaachicago.com.

Marketing Coordinator
• Create promotional materials for all events
• Design images for online outreach
• Make event specific logos
• Create brand images for use on the website
• Support promotion of all events and community activities
• Create Facebook events for all JETAA activities
• Manage all social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, and Linked In

Activities Coordinator
• Support or delegate annual sporting events and/or league memberships
• Plan quarterly nihongo dake events
• Manage educational activities including Japanese language programming, cultural events, and academic activities.
• Support the annual Shinnenkai, a book club, JLPT study groups, etc.

Networking Coordinator
• Plan and execute annual career development workshop; manage subcommittee
• Organize networking events for recent returnee JETs
• Arrange quarterly networking meet-ups

Outreach Coordinator
• Support all philanthropic and volunteer activities and events
• Encourage participation by new and general members of the community
• Plan and execute 3-5 Outgoing JET Initiative activities and events

Philanthropy Coordinator
• Plan and execute at least one fundraising event per year; manage subcommittee
• Liaise with community organizations and local businesses
• Identify philanthropic organizations that JETAA community would be interested in supporting
• Work with Treasurer to arrange all monetary transactions

• Maintain organization website with news, officer information, and event information
• Add resources to the website regarding the JET Program, information for outgoing JETs, and life in Chicago
• Maintain Google calendar
• Create event registration pages
• Manage Google site to ensure all communications, templates, and historical information are properly stored
• Revise online communications templates as needed
• Maintain member database and contact information
• The Webmaster position need not be a JET alumnus/a

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Employment Opportunity (as of 9/25)


The position is 幹部候補生。 S/he will be working as a logistic specialist, potentially rotated among import, export and domestic operations in the Elk Grove Village location. S/he may also be sent to the Toyota facility to work as an inside logistic coordinator in preparation of becoming a branch manager. Please contact Mori Wong if interested.

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Recent Returnees Farmer’s Market Meetup (9/27)


Whether this is your first time in Chicago or you’re back for good, we’re glad to have you here! On Sunday, September 27th, we’ll be having a JETAA Chicago outing and we want to see you there! We’ll wander on over to the Logan Square Farmer’s Market for some good local eats and drinks! This is a great chance to meet members of JETAA and to learn more about one of Chicago’s many neighborhoods.

For more information check out this link and please RSVP on our Facebook Event page!

Let’s meet at the Illinois Centennial Monument right at the middle of Logan Square. It’s got a big eagle on the top! You can’t miss it. Look for us with our red JETAA Chicago bags, we’ve got one for you, too!

Date: Sunday, September 27, 2015
Time: 12:00 – 3:00 PM
Location: Logan Square Farmers Market (3107 W Logan Bl, Chicago, Illinois 60647)

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JET Program Information Session Help!

The Japan Information Center is looking for JET Alumni to help with their JET PROGRAM INFORMATION SESSION on Saturday, September 26th, from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM. They will provide a $50.00 stipend to each JET alum who helps.

They need one alumnus to work our Reception table, and 5 to give 15 minute presentations on one of the following topics:

1) What Does an ALT Do?
2) What Does a CIR Do?
3) Placements / Living Conditions
4) Money Matters (Salary, Benefits, Living Expenses, Budgets)
5) Culture Shock and Cross-Cultural Communication

If you’re interested in helping, please contact Austin at austin.gilkeson@cg.mofa.go.jp and specify what roles you’d like to do.

Thank you!

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*Junior Treasurer Announcement*

JETAA Chicago will fill its Junior Treasurer position this October to work alongside Senior Treasurer, Steven Sundstrom. Please let us know if you are interested, or have questions about the role. The Treasurer controls funds we receive through annual Grant-in-Aid from the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) (see this link that explains why). As the Junior Treasurer, you would support the Senior Treasurer to determine funding for our local activities, keep records up-to-date, and correspond with CLAIR New York on use of grant funds.

This is a volunteer position, and there is no requirement for previous financial training, but any previous experience with budgets and holding a bank account will be a benefit. JETAA Chicago operates as a charitable organization and is now applying for non-profit status, so the Senior Treasurer will focus on that endeavor. The Junior position is a wonderful opportunity for someone to gain financial experience in a dynamic organization with a modest budget.

Please contact treasurer@jetaachicago.com with questions or information about why you might be selected as our next Junior Treasurer.

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