Japan Partnerships Manager (ジャパンパートナーシップマネージャー), Venture Cafe Global Institute - Cambridge, MA

Cambridge, MA
Venture Cafe
Full-time

Japan Partnerships Manager, Venture Cafe Global Institute

Venture Café Global Institute (VCGI) and Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) are seeking to hire a Japan Program Manager to support the growing Captains of Innovation program based the Cambridge, MA, where this position is also based. This person will also staff the Japan Desk as a type of “Madoguchi”, the welcoming point for Japanese companies coming to tap into CIC and Boston’s innovation ecosystem. This person must be fluent in Japanese language and culture.  

VCGIとCIC(ケンブリッジイノベーションセンター)はケンブリッジ(MA)において成長中のキャプテンズオブイノベーションプログラムを支援するための日本パートナーシップマネージャーを探しています。この担当者はジャパンデスクとしてCIC やボストンのイノベーションエコシステムに参入する日本企業の窓口業務も担い、日本語だけではなく文化にも精通している必要があります。

ABOUT CAPTAINS OF INNOVATION

Captains of Innovation is a cross-sector program of VCGI, which helps corporations accelerate the rate of innovation and introduces them to emerging talent and ideas.  The program assists with the full spectrum of innovation to help conceive, develop and commercialize ideas, products and services as well as connect corporations to startups, entrepreneurs, and innovation thought leaders. Corporate partners join in order to find new technologies and business models as well as understand emerging technology and market trends that may disrupt their industries.

ABOUT VENTURE CAFE AND THE VENTURE CAFE GLOBAL INSTITUTE

Venture Café’s mission is to connect innovators to make things happen. Founded in 2009 at CIC, Venture Café is now a global movement of local nonprofits working to build stronger and more inclusive innovation ecosystems and accelerate and enhance the innovation process, in cities around the world. It does this through its use of programming, physical spaces, storytelling, and broad innovation engagement.  There are currently Venture Cafes in 5 locations globally.
Venture Cafe Global Institute (VCGI) is a Public Benefit Corporation, owned by CIC, created to support the global network of independent Venture Café organizations. VCGI offers training, resources, and guides expansion to new sites. It also deploys our flagship corporate-startup connections program, Captains of Innovation, around the world.

ABOUT CIC

CIC is a community of startups. Our mission is to make the world better by helping create powerful innovation ecosystems. We do that by helping innovators and entrepreneurs launch new ventures quickly and efficiently, giving them a resource-rich environment in which to succeed. We serve approximately 1,400 companies across seven buildings in Cambridge, Boston, St. Louis, Rotterdam (the Netherlands) and Miami (and more on sites on the way!). Our mission is to change the world through innovation by developing innovation ecosystems that enable exceptional entrepreneurs to create new products and companies better and faster. We do this by creating world-class infrastructure and programming for innovators, including high quality, flexible office space; shared wet-lab facilities; public, civic innovation spaces; and targeted initiatives to help entrepreneurs grow their companies.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

As a fast growing program, Captains of Innovation is seeking to attract top-notch talent for its team. The primary focus will be supporting the recruitment and implementation of Japanese corporations to engage as members of the program, while also contributing to our ongoing efforts to grow Venture Cafe to Japan over the next 1-2 years. This person will be tasked with building strong relationships with senior management at Japanese companies.

Additionally, as a primary leader of the local Greater Boston innovation ecosystem, CIC and VCGI play the role of convener, connector, and guide for the community, welcoming visitors and companies from around the world.  Therefore, we are looking for a dynamic professional to strategically represent us as the VCGI “Madoguchi”, the welcome point, for the growing number of Japanese delegations visiting and building a presence in CIC and Boston/Cambridge regularly.

The ideal candidate will possess the following characteristics:

-A native Japanese speaker and fluent in English. Must be able to produce professional, high quality business communications in both languages
-A natural passion for startups, innovation, and entrepreneurship and a great connector/networker. A broad and strong network within the Boston innovation community and great, natural connector/networker
-Strong relationship building skills and communication skills, with stakeholders ranging from solo entrepreneurs to government authorities.
-Strong consultative skills and the ability to translate business goals into program delivery and services
-Desire to support expansion of Japanese companies to the Boston area
-Experience with sales and marketing activities
-Ability to self direct, anticipate problems and needs
-Team player who is personable, happy to help others, and naturally drawn to a very busy, continually-evolving environment
-Independent, trustworthy, and continually willing to learn

応募要件
ー日本語が母国語(レベル)の方で、日米両言語で質の高いビジネス会話(読み書き含む)ができ、コミュニケーション能力が高い方
ースタートアップ、イノベーション、アントレプレナーシップに関して情熱があり、ボストン界隈のイノベーションコミュニティに強いネットワークがあり、適切なコミュニティや人に繋げられるネットワーカー
ー行政担当者から個人の起業家まで、国籍問わず広い層の人といい関係、強い関係を構築する能力、コミュニケーション能力があり、社会の利益のために働けること
ー強いコンサルティング力、ビジネスのゴールをプログラムに落とし込むことができサービスを提供できること
ー日本企業のボストンエリアへの進出を支援したい
ーセールスやマーケティング活動の経験がある
ー高い自己管理能力、問題やニーズを予想する能力
ー人柄のいいチームプレーヤーで、周りを助け、非常に忙しく、常に変化している環境に自然に適応できる人
ー自立していて、信頼でき、学ぶ事が好きな人

GENERAL OVERVIEW OF RESPONSIBILITIES

This person will be a member of the Venture Café Global Institute staff and report to the Executive Director of Captains of Innovation. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
-Provide key sales support for Captains Innovation Program to engage Japanese companies
-Manage and directly deliver the Captains of Innovation scope of services for Japanese companies, and when appropriate, coordinate with individual member Cafes within the VCGI Network
-Coordinate and lead tours of CIC’s main campuses and affiliate partners (e.g. District Hall Boston)
-Actively support the fundraising and expansion efforts for Venture Café Tokyo -- coordinated with CIC Expansion Team
-Bridge Japanese corporate needs to VCGI and its Network members
-Occasional liaison role for the Japanese Consulate
-Complete a wide variety of tasks independently to satisfy client needs
-Develop and maintain strong relationships with corporate partners
-Serve as a resource for building relationships within the Japanese business community within CIC, and as an overall ambassador for the CIC/VCGI brand and product

REQUIREMENTS

-Strong preference of a bachelor's degree or significant relevant experience; advanced degree welcome
-At least 5 years of professional experience
-Willingness to travel as needed (limited, but may include a few trips to Japan and attendance at the VC Global Gathering)
-Interest in a long-term role. We are a growing company, and we like to hire people who can grow with us over the years
-A native Japanese speaker and fluent in English. Must be able to produce professional, high quality business communications in both languages
-Strong network in the Boston innovation ecosystem
-Due to the time difference between Japan/USA and because this role is based in Cambridge, MA, this role will require working outside of working hours (e.g. early morning, late evening) to accommodate Japanese partners

ATTRACTIONS OF THE JOB

-Access to incredible opportunities and networks: You will be meeting and working the foremost leaders in innovation along with a proven team
-Personal and professional growth. This is a great opportunity to learn and develop skills within the epicenter of the innovation community in Cambridge/Boston, and develop relationships and expertise in markets around the world
-Fun, startup environment with the resources of an established company. You’ll have autonomy, and the excitement of working in a fast-paced, intense environment while also having the support and experience of a 200+ employee company behind you
-Cool, creative clients. The ~1400 (and growing) clients and staff at CIC are sharp, diverse, motivated, and work in mostly startup high tech and life sciences companies
-Great, central location. CIC is a stone’s throw from the Kendall Square MBTA Red Line stop
-Fun people in a funky environment. What does our staff love most about working here? Their colleagues! Chic tech workspace that inspires innovation and community. Kitchens with Italian soda machines, peanut M&Ms, a bounty of fruit, kettle cooked chips, and so much more
-Access to Venture Cafe Kendall, the largest networking gathering in the entrepreneurial community in the Boston area

Compensation is commensurate with experience plus 100% of the cost of a premium healthcare package, long and short-term disability, life insurance, and 3 weeks of vacation from the start (more with tenure). Regular annual raises based primarily on performance.

VCGI and CIC are committed to building teams that reflect the fabric of the cities we support. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, ancestry, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, Veteran status, or any other legally protected status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation please let us know.