External job announcement (internal applicants welcome)

Position: Chief Knowledge Officer
Program: Corporation-wide
Reports to: Chief Executive 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 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, and prides itself in its pointedly anti-discriminatory policies, while demanding the same of all its employees. 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, Threat Analysis, Translation, and Workforce Education.

Position overview:

The Chief Knowledge Officer (CKO) will serve as a lead member of the executive management, as a voting member of the TGEC Planning Committee, and as a voting member of the TGEC Outreach Committee. In collaboration with the CEO, the CKO will articulate and implement a vision for the agency that focuses on effective expertise, offer expert knowledge to TGEC’s Planning and Outreach Committees, review research to grow and sustain the organization, manage special pilot projects, and expertly advise TGEC’s CEO.

The CKO will oversee a portfolio that includes: 1.) knowledge management, 2.) research and literature reviews, 3.) advisement, and 4.) special projects. The CKO will maintain strong connections to TGEC operations departments to introduce new research, to survey research for special projects, and to meet the knowledge needs of key partners. The CKO will also serve as the primary subject-matter expert to the Board of Investors and engage the Board frequently under the direction of the CEO.


In coordination with the Chief Executive Officer and executive officers, the CKO will play a key role in the Corporation by focusing on TGEC’s future development and directions. The CKO will:

– Serve as a voting member of the TGEC Planning Committee and expertly advise the members of the Planning Committee, TGEC’s Board of Investors, and TGEC’s executive officers to maintain and enhance the strategic plan with the following five components:
o Increase TGEC job pool, including larger anchor employer relationships.
o Augment existing strategic model.
o Explore options for growth.
o Develop the TGEC Boards of Investors and Advisors.
o Build TGEC infrastructure capacity.
– Serve as a voting member of the TGEC Outreach Committee and expertly advise the members of the Outreach 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.
– Oversee and grow TGEC communications efforts including expertly advising TGEC’s Chief Information Officer.
– Ensure that the Corporation’s decisions reflect the needs of the Corporation’s business partners.
– Anticipate changes in both technology and the business practices of the Corporation to ensure that the Corporation’s programs fully meet knowledge-management objectives.
– Ensure that the Corporation’s architectures and plans provided are effective and consistent with current research.
– Exercise expert responsibility in the Corporation for developing and implementing improvements to improve communication and collaboration among all stakeholders.
– Provide strategic direction and advocacy to manage knowledge assets and programs throughout the Corporation.
– Ensure the availability of collaborative technologies that support knowledge leadership goals and objectives.
– Guide and support knowledge-management initiatives within the Corporation and between the Corporation and other corporations and stakeholders.
– Foster cooperation with other corporations, educational institutions, nongovernmental, not-for-profit, and private-sector organizations regarding knowledge-management and workforce-planning initiatives, practices, and standards.
– Advise the CEO regarding relationships and partnerships around the globe, especially in underrepresented areas.
– Deploy resources efficiently and effectively toward organizational goals, and provide regular feedback so that key staff can continuously improve their knowledge and expertise.
– Play an active role in strengthening and maintaining the management and governance culture and practices that reflect the Corporation’s philosophy.
– Monitor emerging needs and interests among key stakeholders such as clients, governments, philanthropists, and employers.
– Represent TGEC and TGEC’s CEO on relevant committees and task forces, as well as at conferences, committee meetings, and training sessions.

Preferred qualifications:

– Leadership experience in non-profit, for-profit, government, or philanthropic sectors, working on growth, business development, strategy, 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 compile complex data for planning purposes.
– Impeccable communication skills, both written and oral, with the ability to represent the organization externally across a wide range of stakeholders and constituencies.
– 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.
– Undergraduate degree preferred; graduate degree in business or public administration or a related field is strongly desired.

To apply:

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.

Screening process:

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.

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