Manager For Philanthropic Relations

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 Manager for Philanthropic Relations. This individual will assist OIST in developing and cultivating networks with philanthropists, foundations, and corporations to assist in building strategic relations and securing external funding. The position will report to the Senior Advisor for Institutional Development.

The ideal candidate will be bi-lingual in Japanese and English, have extensive experience cultivating networks in the above areas, and will possess working knowledge in philanthropic giving and fundraising and be comfortable interacting with leaders from industry and philanthropy.

Structurally, this individual will report to the Senior Advisor for Institutional Development and be part of the Office of Institutional Development based in OIST’s Division of the President. The individual will travel between OIST and mainland Japan as needed and may be required to travel internationally on occasion. The Manager of Philanthropic Relations will participate in regular strategic meetings via videoconference and/or in-person with the Institutional Development team.


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


  • Seek out opportunities for OIST to raise its visibility throughout Japan and suggest appropriate institutional links that will be beneficial to OIST
  • Assist in the creation of an action plan for developing philanthropic partnerships with Okinawa-based companies and high-capacity individuals to maintain an active list of 75 to 100 individuals
  • Identify, qualify, cultivate, and solicit donors as well as assist with donor stewardship, and assist with fundraising-related events in Japan
  • Frequent travel to Tokyo to build and cultivate fundraising networks as well as assist in the development of an OIST Tokyo Advisory group
  • Establish connections with and arrange meetings for OIST leaders, including the President, in order to solidify relations with industry and philanthropy
  • May also help OIST build long-term philanthropic ties with alumni


  • Ability to contribute positively to a small but dynamic international fundraising team
  • Excellent communication skills in English and Japanese and comfort with proactively reaching out to individuals and organizations in Japan
  • Ability to work independently while also maintaining regular communication with the team
  • A self-motivated individual capable of managing a case load of 75 to 100 individuals with potential for philanthropic giving
  • Possess an entrepreneurial approach to fundraising
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and ability to learn to use OIST’s fundraising platform
  • Skilled at working with an international and multi-cultural team committed to diversity
  • Possess a passion for OIST’s mission and a commitment to higher education
  • Desire to continually grow and take on new responsibilities as needed

Report to 

Senior Advisor for Institutional Development.

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.

Compensation & Benefits 

In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations
*Competitive, according to skills and experience. 

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)

How To Apply 

Apply by uploading your submission documents HERE*.
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Submission Documents 

  • Cover letter in English (and Japanese if available)
  • Curriculum vitae in English (and Japanese if available)
  • Names and contact information of 3-5 referees, one of which should be a previous employer

Application Due Date 

Janurary 31st, 2020 (Applications will be screened upon arrival)


  • 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.
  • Information provided by applicants or references will be kept confidential, documents will not be returned. All applicants will be notified regarding the status of their applications.
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