Advancement Officer for Japan and Asia

Division Function/Position Summary:

The Office of Institutional Development in the Division of the President at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) seeks a dynamic and energetic individual to serve as Advancement Officer for Japan and Asia region. Reporting to the President, Advancement Officer for Japan and Asia serves as a critical leadership team member and an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting OIST.

This position is responsible for fundraising and development activities in Japan and Asia. The successful candidate will help forge new relationships to build OIST’s visibility, impact, and financial resources. Advancement Officer for Japan and Asia will also design and implement a comprehensive plan to develop critical external alliances by cultivating individual and philanthropic support.

This individual is responsible for developing a mid to long-term strategy to expand fundraising operations in Japan and Asia to establish and implement the infrastructure needed to grow OIST’s external income through the solicitation of major gifts, special events, and corporate and foundation support. He/She will expand and diversify the OIST donor base/pipeline and supervise the team to secure funding for new initiatives. In addition, the Senior Advisor will work closely with the board of governors and board of councilors and support board members as they take on a more active fundraising role.

This individual will report to the President and supervise the fundraising staff based in OIST’s Office of the President. The individual will travel between OIST and mainland Japan as needed and may be required to travel internationally on occasion.


1919‐1 Tancha, Onna‐son, Okinawa, Japan 904-0495


  1. Develop a mid to long-term strategy to expand fundraising operation in Japan and Asia.
  2. Create and lead the implementation of annual action plans for growing philanthropic fundraising for OIST in Japan and Asia through strategic event planning, target networking, systematic identification, and cultivation of prospective donors and philanthropic partners in alignment with OIST’s vision and mission.
  3. Participate in strategic discussions and development programs to strengthen the university’s financial resources. (Or: Collaborate with the Secretary-General, Vice President for Finance Administration, and Dean of Research to develop and implement OIST’s financial strategy.)
  4. Develop and implement a comprehensive development strategy to include corporate, foundation, etc
  5. Have primary responsibility for developing and executing all proposals; write and archive all proposals with a long-term relationship-management approach.
  6. Monitor all donor information; provide and present statistical analysis to board and senior leaders
  7. Establish connections with and arrange meetings for OIST leaders, including the President, to solidify relations with industry and philanthropy. Establish a strong alumni network with Graduate School and develop events and projects for the network.
  8. Lead and oversee the successful implementation of the current corporate furusato nozei donation project (2022 to 2026), develop and execute related marketing plans. Further, explore opportunities for establishing an individual furusato nozei donation scheme for OIST in cooperation with Onna Village and the OPG.
  9. Oversee the integration between fundraising in Japan/Asia and fundraising in the U.S. for successfully achieving the overall university fundraising goals,
  10. Frequent travel to Tokyo to build and cultivate fundraising networks and assist in the development of an advisory group in Tokyo.


Advancement Officer for Japan and Asia will be an expert, innovative, visionary, and collaborative leader with outstanding management and communication skills who can motivate a team, inspire and excel within a highly distributed organization.
He/She will understand the complexity of fundraising and works across multiple geographies and cultures and must possess the cultural awareness necessary to work with global staff, donors, and board members.

  1. Many years of experience in fundraising, with at least four years of experience in a senior development leadership role strongly preferred. Experience must demonstrate the ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies in a university or similar environment.
  2. Strong organizational, supervisory, and demonstrated skills in supporting and leading a team. An ability to streamline work volume to maintain bottom line efforts amid multi-tasking and daily re-prioritizing.
  3. Experience in producing fundraising materials and solicitation strategies.
  4. Experience in leadership of major gift-giving, capital campaigns, planned giving, and endowment and knowledge about trends in these areas.
  5. A motivation to learn and the ability to be flexible to changing conditions in the field and within the organization
  6. Excellent Japanese and English public speaking, presentation, and written communication skills.

Report to 

President & CEO

Starting Date 

As early as possible

Term & Working Hours 

Term: Full-time, fixed term appointment for 1 year/2 years. Contract initially with 3-month probationary period (inclusive). This contract may be renewed.

Working hours: 9:00-17:30

Compensation & Benefits 

In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations


  • Relocation, housing and commuting allowances
  • Annual paid leave and summer holidays
  • Health insurance (Private School Mutual Aid )
  • Welfare pension insurance (kousei-nenkin)
  • Worker's accident compensation insurance (roudousha-saigai-hoshou-hoken)
  • Access to Child Development Center
  • Access to Schooling Options
  • Language Educateion
  • Recource Center (Daily Life Support in Okinawa)

How To Apply 

Apply by uploading your submission documents HERE*.
*This is a secure file uploading system for handling confidential materials.

Submission Documents 

  • Cover letter in both English and Japanese
  • Curriculum vitae in both English and Japanese
  • Names and contact information of 3 referees, one of which should be a previous employer

* Applicants whose native language is Japanese are required to submit both documents in English and Japanese.
* Please be sure to indicate where you first saw the job advertisement.
* Prior to the start of employment all new hires are required to successfully complete a background check. Personal information including employment history and academic background should be submitted to third-party administrators after a conditional offer of employment.

Application Due Date 

2022/07/14 *Application will be screened upon arrival, and the selection will end once the position is filled.


  • OIST Graduate University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, students and staff. The University strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.
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