Newsletter - December 29, 2011
End of the Year Meeting (Bonenkai) round-up
Shinnenkai Announcement
JET Interviews - Call for Volunteers

End of the Year Meeting (Bonenkai) round-up:

About 40 JETAASC members gathered at Yamato Westwood for the yearly Bonenkai.  This year, in light of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, the JETAASC held a raffle in support Smile Kids Japan, a JET-founded nonprofit dedicated to providing aid to children affected by this year's natural disaster in the Tohoku region of Japan.  JETAASC members raised about $600 for Smile Kids Japan.  

Comment period for JETAA USA bylaws - join the debate with your vote!
In other matters covered at the meeting, JETAASC is participating in a larger debate about the governance of JETAA USA.  The new bylaws are currently up for a vote.  The comment and question period is taking place right now and closes on January 15, 2012.  
This is an important stepping stone that provides JETAA USA with a foundation from which to grow. Although there were several different documents guiding the organization, there was no overarching governing document to give structure to JETAA USA. We have included and expanded upon the existing JETAA USA guidelines so that we have one clean document that governs our organization. We believe these bylaws be a strong foundation for our organization while allowing us to conduct JETAA USA business at effective levels.   Take a look at the document and participate in the debate by clicking on this link.

Farewell to JET Program Coordinator Angel Bridgeport-Curtis
After more than ten years of service to the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles and to the JET Program and JETAASC Community, Angel Bridgeport-Curtis announced her resignation from her position as the JET Program Coordinator during the announcements portion of the Bonenkai.  JETAASC Board Chair, Nancy Kikuchi highlighted that so many JETs from Southern California and Arizona relied on Angel's support during the years as they started their journey on JET.  Angel will be sorely missed at the Consulate but as an alumna, will still be a part of the JETAASC community.  Mr. Julian Ely will be taking over Angel's responsibilities at the Consulate in the interim.

JETAASC 2012 Beginning of the Year Meeting (Shinnenkai)
Come ring in the New Year with JETAASC!  We are excited to announce that our Shinnenkai will start with a tour followed by dinner at San Antonio Winery, the only producing winery in Los Angeles and the last of more than one hundred wineries that once lined the Los Angeles River Basin.  
WHEN:  Saturday, January 14, 2012; Tour starts at 4:00 p.m., dinner starts at 5:00 p.m.  Event ends at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE:  San Antonio Winery, 737 Lamar Street, Los Angeles, CA  90031
WHO:  JET Alumni and Friends of JET
COVER:  $15/person includes dinner, drink for the "kampai" or toast, and a guided tour of the winery

WHEN:  February 21 – 24, 2012 (Tues. – Fri.), from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
WHERE:  The location is the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC); 244 S. San Pedro St., Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA  

For further questions or details, email Julian Ely:
Thank you for always helping in the JET selection. 


Job Position:
Temporary JET Program Coordinator at the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles

Job Details/qualifications:
î  JET Program alumni (within the past 3 years – is given consideration)
î  Flexible
î  Able to "possibly" work some overtime/Saturday
î  Has reliable transportation
î  Experience with the Microsoft Office Suite
î  Trustworthy, reliable, detail oriented, and a self starter
î  VERY organized
Duties to include:
î  Data entry
î  Much copying and handling of documents
î  Interview scheduling
î  Answering questions regarding interviews
î  Assisting with other Information and Culture Center projects, as needed
This full-time temporary position begins February 1 and ends February 29 – plus or minus a few days.  The wage is $100/day, non-negotiable.  It does not include social security or parking/transportation.  This is an exciting time to help out the JET Program and a good learning experience regarding the JET Program interviewing process. 
If interested, contact Julian Ely today or ASAP at 213-617-6700 ext. 336.  Then e-mail your resume to and please type "arubaito" in the subject line.

Job Position:  Teacher Preparation Candidate at Urban Teacher Center in Baltimore.

Job Details:  The Urban Teacher Center (UTC) is a four-year, alternative teacher preparation program that operates in the Washington, DC region (and soon in additional cities).  Each cohort participates in an intensive year-long residency, followed by a three-year teaching commitment in a high-need urban elementary, middle or high school.  UTC residents prepare to become highly competent teachers; in addition to the clinical experience, they also enroll in a Master’s of Education program that is directly relevant to the urban teacher.  All UTC teachers are part of an unprecedented commitment to student performance:  only those who can demonstrate that they can improve student learning will complete the program.  Over time, UTC teachers will be among the most expert and results-oriented in the nation.   For more information, visit us on the web at  Our upcoming application deadlines for the 2012-13 school year are:  October 15, 2011, December 15, 2011, February 15, 2012, April 15, 2012 and May 15, 2012.  The program for the 2012-2013 school year will begin in late June 2012.  The application is available via the UTC website at
Contact::  Kerry Whitacre Swarr
Director of Human Capital
Urban Teacher Center – A Great Teacher Every Time
OFFICE  410-662-6600
CELL  410-446-3463

The following jobs are from  

Job Position: Flight Attendants – Japanese Speakers at Delta (Los Angeles, CA)

Job Details:

JOIN OUR CREW OF FLIGHT ATTENDANTS – Individuals fluent in English and Japanese required.

Please sit down, fasten your seat belt, prepare your career for take-off and get ready to embark on an amazing journey that, if you are willing to be dedicated and work hard, could allow you to meet thousands of people and see the world at the same time!

Our Flight Attendants are truly the face of Delta and must be passionate about maximizing each customer’s experience while elevating the Delta brand. A Delta Flight Attendant is expected to deliver sparkling service and demonstrate a graciousness that will be remembered by our passengers. In return, Delta offers employees industry leading benefits, competitive salaries, designer uniforms, worldwide travel privileges and ample opportunities for career advancement. Truly, the sky is the limit in terms of a career with Delta Air Lines!


Candidates must be authorized to work in the US and be 21 years of age or older. A high school diploma/GED and passport are required. 2 years of college or equivalent customer service experience is preferred. Bilingual in English and Japanese required.

Click here for more details.

Job Position: President and Chief Executive Officer at Japanese American National Museum (LA)

Job Details:

Reporting to the Museum’s Board of Trustees, the President & CEO will bring critical leadership to the Museum with responsibility for the overall performance of the institution. The successful candidate will be a visionary and inspirational leader, with responsibility for enhancing both the external face of the institution and the internal operations that will allow the Museum to meet its educational and programmatic objectives in an increasingly challenging economic environment and to continue to grow and fulfill its mission. The President & CEO participates as an ex-officio member of a national board, working with the Board in charting the course of the Museum’s response to changing audiences, donors, members, and other stakeholders throughout the United States (including Hawaii) and Japan. The Candidate will also interface with the Museum’s Board of Governors, chaired by Secretary Norman Y. Mineta (a current trustee) and formerly chaired by Senator Daniel K. Inouye; Governors serve as regional ambassadors for the Museum.

The President & CEO will supervise a staff of approximately 40 full-time equivalent employees. He/She is responsible for an approximately $7 million annual budget. A significant portion of the President & CEO’s responsibility will be leading and working closely with the Museum’s staff to maintain current and prospective relationships with donors, volunteers and stakeholders and establish new relationships with those constituencies.

Click here for details.

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