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Industry: CIC Offices – Platform

Company: CIC

CIC is seeking a proactive and detail-oriented individual to join our Japan Desk team as a Project Associate. This person will support the growing Japan Desk initiative, aimed at helping Japanese startups explore opportunities for Boston expansion and help Japanese corporations establish their local presence and connections in the Boston/Cambridge ecosystem. In addition to event management responsibilities, this role will support Program and Project Managers in various aspects of project execution.


CIC’s mission is to fix the world’s problems through innovation ecosystems, and we believe a way to do this is by building connections between innovation ecosystems of different nations. CIC has chosen to focus on the particularly high-potential opportunity of deepening relations between Japanese and American innovators, given the size of both countries’ economies as well as the significant cultural and language barriers that exist between them.

Accordingly, in 2016, CIC inaugurated the Japan Desk. The Japan Desk is CIC’s Boston-based touchpoint for Japanese and Japan-adjacent companies. In partnership with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and the Consulate General of Japan to Boston, among others, we support the work of Japanese CIC clients in the Greater Boston Area. This support includes making introductions to key players in the Boston innovation ecosystem, running Japan-focused connection and networking events, giving Japanese-language tours, and providing briefing services for companies seeking to establish a presence in Massachusetts.


As Project Associate, you will focus on managing events (including various types of tours we conduct) as part of the Japan Desk’s projects and programs. You will also support the Program and Project Managers in various aspects of project execution.

Assisting Program and Project Managers:
• Support Program and Project Managers in project planning and execution, including scheduling meetings, preparing agendas, and documenting meeting minutes.
• Assist in research tasks, data collection, and analysis to support project objectives.
• Contribute to the development of project plans, presentations, and reports.
• Help maintain project documentation and files, ensuring information is organized and easily accessible.

Event Planning and Coordination:
• Collaborate with the Program or Project Manager to conceptualize event ideas, themes, and objectives.
• Plan and organize all logistical aspects of events, including venue selection, catering, transportation, and audio-visual requirements.
• Coordinate with vendors, suppliers, and partners to ensure timely delivery of services and materials.
• Develop and maintain event timelines and schedules to ensure all tasks are completed on time.
• Oversee event setup and breakdown, including managing staff and volunteers.
• Serve as the primary point of contact during events, addressing any issues or concerns.

Participant Management:
• Handle participant registration, including managing RSVPs and attendee lists.
• Provide excellent customer service to participants, addressing inquiries and providing necessary information before, during, and after events.
• Coordinate participant accommodations and special requests as needed.

Communication and Promotion:
• Assist in developing event marketing materials, such as invitations, flyers, and promotional emails.
• Utilize various communication channels to promote events and increase attendance.
• Coordinate with the marketing team to ensure consistent messaging across all promotional materials.

Post-Event Evaluation and Reporting:
• Collect feedback from participants and stakeholders to evaluate event success and identify areas for improvement.
• Prepare post-event reports summarizing key metrics, feedback, and lessons learned.
• Assist in the analysis of event data to inform future event planning and decision-making.

Work Schedule:
• The Japan Desk team works on a hybrid schedule, with three-in office days per week (typically Tuesday-Thursday) and two days when you are welcome to work remotely.
• Given that many of our stakeholders and counterparts are located in Japan, you may be asked to adjust your working hours as needed.


As a vital team member, you will contribute to the success of our initiatives through your organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to multitask effectively.

The ideal candidate will possess the following characteristics:
• Genuine passion for supporting Japanese early-stage companies and other players in the innovation ecosystem. You are excited to foster innovation and contribute to the success of emerging companies.
• Comfortable with ambiguity and able to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. You are flexible and able to pivot when necessary to meet the needs of the startups and the program.
• Team player attitude – personable, happy to help others, and naturally drawn to a busy, continually changing environment.
• Self-starter. You are comfortable setting and working towards ambitious goals, and you know when to make decisions and when to escalate.
• Strong presentation and public speaking skills for program promotion and events.
• Experience in delivering events and programs that support the growth and development of early-stage startups.
• Strong task management skills to ensure the smooth operation of the accelerator program. You are detail-oriented without losing the big picture and efficiency.
• Ability to identify challenges faced by the project team and/or stakeholders and provide creative solutions.
• Resourceful in connecting startups with relevant resources, expertise, and opportunities.
• Stay updated on industry trends, emerging technologies, and market dynamics.

• Bachelor’s degree in hospitality, business administration, marketing, event management, or a related field, or equivalent experience.
• At least 2 years of professional experience in program or event planning and coordination.
• Excellent organizational and time management skills, with the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build and maintain strong and cooperative relationships with diverse stakeholders.
• Detail-oriented with a focus on delivering high-quality events and exceptional customer service.
• Proficiency in G Suite/Microsoft Office suite and other relevant event/project management business software.
• Business-level fluency in Japanese and English languages (Level 2 or above, both oral and written).
• Willingness to travel as needed.

If you don’t meet all the requirements or qualifications but bring some other unique skills and experience that would be valuable in this role, please apply and highlight those attributes for us in your cover letter.

• Starting compensation is commensurate with experience.
• 100% company-paid premium healthcare and dental benefits.
• 100% company-paid long- and short-term disability, and life insurance.
• 401k (must be 21+).
• 23 days of PTO accrued annually (more with seniority), plus thirteen paid holidays from the start.


In addition to helping our clients achieve great things, we work to ensure that our employees are healthy and supported. Some of the benefits of being here include:
• Fun people in a dynamic space. We pride ourselves on finding driven and bright collaborators who are eager to lend their own unique skills to the team, as well as to our inspiring clientele. The number one reason CICers say they like working here is because of their colleagues!
• Personal growth. This is a great opportunity to learn and develop skills within the epicenter of the innovation community at a growing company.
• Access to a nursing room, secure bicycle parking, a gym, shower rooms with towels, and discounted services and memberships on resources to make your life happier/healthier such as gym memberships, tech and design support, hotel stays, and other fantastic options.
• Central location. CIC Cambridge is a stone’s throw from the Kendall Square MBTA Red Line stop. CIC Boston is centrally located in downtown Boston and is within walking distance to the Blue, Green, Orange, and Red line.


CIC is a global leader in building and operating innovation communities. Founded in 1999 in Cambridge, MA, CIC is one of the first companies to offer flexible office space and coworking options, providing a platform for the world’s most impactful entrepreneurs to innovate better and faster.

We have locations in Boston, Cambridge, Philadelphia, Providence, Rotterdam, St. Louis, Warsaw, and Tokyo and are growing into other cities within the US and abroad. CIC has supported over 6,000 startups, growth companies, and branches of larger organizations, representing for-profit, mission-driven, and non-profit sectors across a wide array of industries.

CIC co-founded a number of mission-aligned organizations including Venture Café, CIC’s primary public benefit programming partner, and CIC Health, offering COVID-19 testing services to companies and the public.

We invite you to explore all our openings and learn more about our teams here.

CIC is committed to building teams that reflect the fabric of the cities we support. We welcome all 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. Any other human expressions and experiences not mentioned here are equally welcome. If you require an accommodation please let us know. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

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