Careers at SPJA

The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation “SPJA” is a 501(c)6 mutual benefit non-profit trade organization actively seeking to fill multiple positions in various fields to help with the organization's growth. The SPJA is ideal for someone seeking to make a difference in a culture-based community, providing not only operational support to the organization but helping to promote a positive work environment for both employees and volunteers.

Experience Requirements: Coordinator candidates should have a minimum of 3 years of related work experience, Manager roles require a minimum of 5 years of experience, and Director roles require a Minimum of 10 years’ experience. You must have strong leadership skills as all paid roles within the organization require leading teams and managing vendor relationships. An ideal candidate will have strong consensus-building skills, tremendous personal integrity, and dedication to superior customer service. They will be hands on workers who are self-starters and have excellent communication skills in addition to strong technical skills required of the specific position.

To apply: Please submit a resume in PDF and brief e-mail introduction to hr@spja.org with the position of interest in the subject title. Please note that resumes submitted in alternative formats may not be viewable and make result in a failure to apply. The positions listed below require different skill sets and applying for multiple positions at once will decrease your likelihood for consideration.

Senior Entertainment Manager

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To apply: Please submit your application using the link at the bottom of the job opening you are interested in. Please note that resumes submitted in alternative formats other than Word or PDF may not be viewable and make result in a failure to apply. A cover letter is not required, but highly encouraged. The positions listed below require different skill sets and applying for multiple positions at once will decrease your likelihood for consideration.

The Senior Entertainment Manager brings our event to life. You’re responsible for the management, maintenance, coordination, and support of all entertainment programming and content execution for SPJA events and you lead the employees and volunteers who help you get it done.

Major responsibilities

  • Content & Programming Execution: execution and logistics for content & programming strategy of SPJA’s event which have excess of 800+ hours of programming such as concerts, panels, workshops, interactives, streaming, and other content related programming.  Close collaboration with the Director of Operations, Directory of Industry, Director of Content, and executive team plus successful communication with partners, talent, agencies, and external management staff.
  • Relationship Building: retaining and communicating with existing entertainment relationships both domestically and internationally plus Guest of Honor Relations, ensuring an exceptional experience for our high profile guests.
  • Administration of Entertainment department travel, event calendar, and expense reporting and the development of department standards and operating procedures.
  • Volunteer Management within Entertainment division such as Main Events, Guest Relations, Programming, etc.  Support and recruit a volunteer event team in excess of 500 volunteers.
  • Vendor Management in which you source, negotiate, and manage performances of key third-party vendors such as audio & visual, event ticketing, decorator, etc.
  • Planning & Budget Management:  Develop, track, and manage all functions of the Entertainment department budgets including forecasting, planning, and compliance with SPJA finance policies and procedures.
  • Managing, coaching, and developing 4-7 direct entertainment reports such as Entertainment Manager and various division level managers’ adherence to company objectives and procedures. Recruit and develop teams of entertainment volunteers for SPJA related events.

Requirements

  • You easily explain your ability to grow and develop both employee and volunteer teams
  • You can describe why you call yourself an “Excellent Project Manager” and wow us with examples- keeping in mind this role balances thousands of projects, big and small
  • Impress us with your multi level Brand Management savvy and ability to engage talent, panels, licensing, domestic streaming, and pop culture
  • You bring 5+ years of proven results in event planning and/or operational management experience in the anime and/or video game industry
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Advertising, or Business related degree preferred
  • This role speaks to the world about our events, so fluency in Japanese is strongly preferred
  • You bring hustle, our events involve walking all day
  • You apply good judgement, high ethics and calm problem-solving skills, even under pressure.
  • Must be able to attend meetings, conferences and events (including social functions) as necessary.

Benefit
Medical, Dental, Vision, 401(k) and more

To apply please use the link below to submit an application, including your resume in Word or PDF format. Please note that resumes submit in alternative formats may not be viewable and make you ineligible to apply. A cover letter is not required, but highly encouraged.

https://spja-the-society-for-the-promotion-of-japanese-anime.hiringthing.com/job/56621/senior-entertainment-manager


To apply please submit a resume in PDF format and brief e-mail introduction to hr@spja.org with the position of interest in the subject title. Please note that resumes submit in alternative formats may not be viewable and make you ineligible to apply.