Business developement in Tokyo Global Engineering Corporation, Japan, Internship, International students

PHOTO CREDIT: Government of Japan, November 22, 2018.  Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses a meeting of the Japan Council for Science, Technology, and Innovation, saying, “we will enhance the research environment with a focus on promising young researchers.”  TGECCT’s headquarters is 1.82 kilometers from the Prime Ministry.

External job announcement (internal applicants welcome)

Position:  Deputy Chief Business Development Officer

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 Deputy Chief Business Development Officer (DCBDO) will serve as a lead assistant of the executive management, assisting the TGECCT Planning Committee, and assisting the TGECCT Outreach Committee.  In collaboration with the CEO and CBDO, the DCBDO will assist in articulating and implementing a business plan for the corporation that focuses on effective growth, assist in overseeing implementation of the business plan in close coordination with TGECCT’s Planning and Outreach Committees, assist in building new partnerships to grow and sustain the organization, manage special pilot projects, and assist the CBDO in serving in a high-profile role representing TGECCT’s CEO during key meetings, to stakeholders, and the mass media.

The DCBDO will assist in overseeing a portfolio that includes: 1.) business planning, 2.) communications, 3.) partnerships, and 4.) special projects.  The DCBDO will maintain strong connections to TGECCT operations departments to introduce new organizations, to transition special projects for longer-term sustainability, and to meet the needs of key partners.  The DCBDO will also assist the CBDO in serving as a staff liaison to the Board of Investors and engaging the Board frequently under the direction of the CEO.


In coordination with the Chief Business Development Officer and executive officers, the DCBDO will play a key role in the Corporation by focusing on TGECCT’s business development and planning.  The DCBDO will:

  • Assist the CBDO in serving as co-chairperson of the TGECCT Planning Committee (with the Chief Strategy Officer) and work directly with the members of the Planning Committee, TGECCT’s Board of Investors, and TGECCT’s executive officers to maintain and enhance the strategic plan with the following five components:
    • Increase TGECCT volunteer pool, including larger anchor organization relationships.
    • Augment existing strategic model.
    • Explore options for growth.
    • Develop the TGECCT Boards of Investors and Advisors.
    • Build TGECCT infrastructure capacity.
  • Assist the CBDO in serving as a member of the TGECCT Outreach Committee and work directly with the other members of the Committee, TGECCT’s Board of Advisors, and TGECCT’s executive officers to maintain and enhance the outreach plan with the following five components:
    • Increase TGECCT project portfolio, including larger university and government relationships.
    • Augment existing outreach model.
    • Explore options for outreach.
    • Develop the TGECCT Operations Division.
    • Build TGECCT outreach capacity.
  • Assist the CBDO in overseeing and growing TGECCT’s Finance Branch, including assisting the CBDO in managing TGECCT’s Chief Financial Officer.
  • Assist the CBDO in supervising TGECCT’s Planning Board officers that are not executives, namely, the Chief Philanthropy Officer, the Chief Grants Officer, Chief Procurement Officer, and the Chief Financial Officer.
  • Help the CEO and CBDO develop business relationships and partnerships around the globe, especially in underrepresented areas.
  • Expand TGECCT’s fundraising efforts in close partnership with TGECCT’s Board of Investors and in line with TGECCT’s strategic plan.
  • Oversee special pilot projects including coordinating partners and managing staff, working closely with TGECCT staff to set, track and achieve goals; and build and develop their business skills.  Coordinate with the Deputy Chief Strategy Officer on developing these new program ideas and pilot projects and on integrating successful pilots into the Support and Operations Divisions.
  • Deploy resources efficiently and effectively toward organizational goals, working with staff to balance workload and effort, and provide regular feedback so that key staff members can continuously improve their supervision and mentoring skills.
  • Develop a team-based environment to motivate and inspire participants to work collaboratively toward business goals, by clearly developing Corporation’s annual business plans, by implementing the business plans, and by mentoring.  
  • Coordinate with the Deputy Chief Workforce Education and Development Officer to identify and create leadership and professional business-development opportunities for TGECCT participants.
  • Assist oversight of the budget-development process and maintain a high level of fiscal responsibility.
  • Support fund-development efforts through the promotion of TGECCT’s semi-annual fundraising efforts, proposal writing, and partnering with the CBDO and CEO to steward funding relationships.   
  • Play an active role in strengthening and maintaining the management and governance culture and practices that reflect the organization’s philosophy.
  • Assist the CBDO in acting as a staff liaison for the TGECCT Board of Investors to provide guidance and help strengthen their connection to the organization’s mission, services, and service constituents.
  • Monitor emerging needs and interests among key stakeholders such as clients, governments, philanthropists, and universities.  Determine best practices within corporate culture and charity fields.
  • Represent TGECCT and TGECCT’s CBDO on relevant committees and task forces, as well as at conferences, committee meetings, and training sessions.
  • No travel is required; however, university students seeking internship placement in Tokyo have some options available to them, pending approval from universities assigning grades.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusiveness, and empowerment.
  • Impeccable communication skills, both written and oral, with the ability to represent the organization externally across a wide range of stakeholders and constituencies.
  • Ability to navigate a quickly paced, outcome-driven, entrepreneurial environment.
  • Strong global awareness and astuteness.
  • Leadership experience in non-profit, for-profit, government, or philanthropic sectors, working on growth, business development, planning, 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.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and evaluate complex business data.
  • Strong relationship-building skills, with the ability find common ground, build consensuses, and strengthen collaboration among diverse stakeholders.
  • Undergraduate degree preferred; graduate degree in business or public administration or a related field is strongly desired.

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. A four-page flow chart that illustrates various application procedures is available here.

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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