External job announcement (internal applicants welcome)
Reports to: Chief Knowledge Officer
Classification: Unpaid internship
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 (“TGEC”) 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 North Aoyama Ward of Tokyo, TGEC has “employees” around the world, with well educated persons, such as university professors, as the organization’s advisors, and learners, such as university students, as the laborers. None are remunerated, nor do they feign unremunerative intent. TGEC 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, Environmental Engineering, and Communication Engineering. Within the Support Division are the following bureaus: Art, Business Development, Communication, Diversity, Econometrics, Editing, Employment, Finance, General Counsel, Grants, Health, Information, Knowledge, Networking, Philanthropy, Procurement, Reputation, Scheduling, Strategy, Threat Analysis, Translation, and Workforce Education.
TGEC seeks an inspiring, collaborative, and strategic leader to become its next Editor-in-Chief (EiC). The successful candidate will be committed to the Corporation’s mission and will serve as the leader of its journal bureau. Working in partnership with the Chief Knowledge Officer, the EiC will be an integral member of the organization’s leadership team and will be responsible for all of the Corporation’s publications.
As TGEC prepares to expand to all of the world’s ten most populated cities in 2017, this is a prime opportunity for the EiC to be the principal architect of a growing corporate publication program. The EiC will build on existing publication efforts and aggressively pursue new opportunities for publication distribution in support of TGEC’s mission, vision, and strategic plan.
The job involves making technical reports and academic articles clear and accessible to a broad audience, including members of the public. The work routinely entails substantive editing, copyediting, and proofreading, but also includes reviewing and reorganizing drafts, providing writing assistance, and rewriting portions of drafts.
Essential job accountabilities:
The incumbent of this position directs the mission and oversees the work of the Journal Branch. Duties include, but are not limited to the following:
• Serves as a voting member of the TGEC Outreach Committee and works directly with the other members of the Committee, TGEC’s Board of Advisors, and TGEC’s executive officers to maintain and enhance the outreach plan with the following five components:
o Increase TGEC project portfolio, including larger university and government relationships.
o Augment existing outreach model.
o Explore options for outreach.
o Develop the TGEC Operations Division.
o Build TGEC outreach capacity.
• Coordinates and oversees the JournalBranch’s employees, contracts, technology, and budgetary resources.
• Works with senior leadership, other branch managers, and employees across the Corporation to compile material for the Corporation’s journal and other publications.
• Serves as the Corporation’s primary point of contact regarding publication matters.
• Serves as principal English grammarian for the Corporation.
• Supervises a team of subordinates, the majority of whom are located around the world. All communicate using English, and no knowledge of the Japanese language is required.
• Ensures workforce acumen is developed for continuous improvement to meet publication needs.
• Develops and sustains relationships with other editors, officials at state commissions, and partner organizations.
• Maintains a flexible leadership style that empowers staff through active communication and delegation, and that promotes intra- and inter-departmental teamwork.
• Fosters an environment of achievement and ensures staff accountability for excellence through clearly defined, measurable goals.
• Creates a climate that promotes positivity for others and acceptance of alternative ideas and approaches, as well as the highest ethical standards and practices.
• Embraces diversity as a strategic advantage.
• Seeks to offer professional-development opportunities that promote the growth of individual team members and strengthen team performance.
• No travel is required; however, university students seeking internship placement in Tokyo have some options available to them, pending approval from universities assigning grades.
Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
The ideal candidate will possess exceptional editing skills, and equally outstanding oral and written communication skills. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated exceptional editing experience in an organization of similar or larger size, or equivalent experience in another field, along with the following additional experience and attributes:
• Undergraduate degree preferred; graduate degree in English or a related field strongly desired
• Broad editorial skills ranging from being able to reliably guide authors in writing and organizing drafts, to making complex and difficult drafts clear and graceful, to proofreading with a superior eye for detail
• Thorough understanding of English grammar and syntax
• Sensitivity to style and to nuances of tone and meaning in writing and editing
• Experience with technical subjects and quantitative information presented in tables and graphs
• Ability to be comfortable and effective in a process for composition and review that involves suggestions and changes from many people
• Ability to work comfortably with a desktop-publishing system
• Ability to handle pressing tasks under deadlines
• Intense desire to lead and innovate
• Demonstrated ability to build, supervise, and motivate teams and individuals in a collaborative manner
• Supervisory experience strongly preferred
• Technological savvy, with excellent computer skills
Please complete a TGEC Form 1, Application for Employment, which can be obtained from TGEC’s Employment Branch at the e-mail address featured on the “Careers” webpage. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. TGEC offers this position as a highly competitive unpaid internship. TGEC 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 employees. All persons that believe themselves capable of performing all of the tasks outlined in this announcement should apply without delay.
Qualified applicants will be evaluated by the TGEC Employment 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.