External job announcement (internal applicants welcome)

Position: Art Director

Program: Corporation-wide

Reports to: Chief Business Development Officer

Classification: Unpaid internship

Organization overview:

Founded in the philosophical works of the distinguished Prof. Richard Buckminster Fuller, original designer of Tokyo Tower (among many, many other things) the mission of the Tokyo Global Engineering Corporation Charitable Trust (“TGECCT”) is to apply currently accepted scientific principles to the design of projects that cannot be implemented until the emergence of a global state.  Headquartered in the East Azabu neighborhood of Tokyo, TGECCT has volunteers around the world, with well-educated persons, such as university professors, as the organization’s advisors, and learners, such as university students, as the participants.  None are remunerated, nor do they feign unremunerative intent.

TGECCT has two divisions, and two corporate boards: the Operations Division and the Support Division, and the Board of Investors and the Board of Advisors.  Within the Operations Division exist the following departments: Bioengineering, Nanoengineering, Civil Engineering, Space Engineering, Global Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Systems Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Environmental Engineering.  Within the Support Division are the following bureaus: Art, Business Development, Communication, Diversity, Econometrics, Editing, Finance, General Counsel, Grants, Health, Human Resources, Information, Innovation, Knowledge, Networking, Philanthropy, Procurement, Reputation, Scheduling, Strategy, Threat Analysis, Translation, and Workforce Education.

Position overview:

The Art Director / Chief Art Officer (AD/CAO) will serve as a member of the Corporation’s management and as a voting member of the TGECCT Outreach Committee.  In collaboration with the CBDO, the AD will articulate and implement a corporate art program for the agency that focuses on effective growth and outreach.  


In coordination with the Chief Business Development Officer and executive officers, the AD will play a key role in the Corporation by focusing on how TGECCT visually represents itself.  The AD

a. Ensures the Corporation’s desired message and image are conveyed to consumers.

b. Coordinates the Corporation’s overall visual aspects of advertising and media campaigns and coordinates the work of other artistic and design staff members, such as the Corporation’s graphic designers.

c. Oversees the page layout of the Corporation’s catalogs, news pieces, and journals.

d. Chooses cover art for the Corporation’s books and periodicals.  Often, this work includes publications for the World Wide Web; so, the AD oversees production of imagery for websites used for publication.

e. Collaborates with art and design staff members of advertising agencies, public relations firms, and book, magazine, or newspaper publishers to create designs and layouts.

f. Explains the design elements of projects to inspire other participants.

g. Keeps projects on budget and on time, developing budgets and timelines as needed.

h. No travel is required; however, university students seeking internship placement in Tokyo have some options available to them, pending approval from universities assigning grades.

i. Other duties will arise from time to time and will be assigned to the internship participant.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree preferred; graduate degree in art, art business, or a related field is strongly desired.
  • Leadership experience in non-profit, for-profit, government, or philanthropic sectors, working on art or related issues.
  • Demonstrated experience managing a high-performing team in a multi-tiered structure to include professional development and mentorship.
  • Comprehensive working knowledge of organizational planning, organizational structure, budgeting, administrative operations, and fundraising.
  • Strong relationship builder, with the ability find common ground, build consensuses, and strengthen collaboration among diverse stakeholders.
  • Strong global awareness and astuteness.
  • Ability to successfully navigate in a quickly paced, outcome-driven, entrepreneurial environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusiveness, and empowerment.

To apply:  

Please complete a TGECCT Form 17, Internship Application, which can be obtained from TGECCT’s Human Resources Branch at the e-mail address featured on the “Careers” webpage.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  TGECCT offers this position as a highly competitive unpaid internship.  TGECCT does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of anything that otherwise lands the worst of corporations in court, and prides itself in its pointedly anti-discriminatory policies, while demanding the same of all its internship participants.  All persons that believe themselves capable of performing all of the tasks outlined in this announcement should apply without delay.

Screening process:

Qualified applicants will be evaluated by the TGECCT Human Resources Branch’s rating panel to determine the most qualified applicants and will be based upon the degree to which qualified applicants meet the preferred qualifications. The rating panel will refer the top applicants to the selecting official for consideration.  

Please follow all instructions very carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


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