Oregon Nikkei Endowment

Japanese American History Museum
A project of Oregon Nikkei Endowment

121 NW 2nd Ave
Portland, OR  97209
(503) 224-1458

Museum hours:
Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, noon to 3 p.m.

$5 adults, $3 students/seniors
free for Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment

Job Announcement

Education Manager, Oregon Nikkei Endowment, Portland, OR

Oregon Nikkei Endowment seeks an Education Manager to oversee Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center's Education, Family, and Public Programs. The Education Manager will work closely with staff to conceptualize, design, and carry out educational programming for all audiences.

Applications due at Oregon Nikkei Endowment 5:00 PM on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. THIS IS NOT A POSTMARK DEADLINE. Applications can be hand delivered or mailed to Oregon Nikkei Endowment, 121 NW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR  97209, or emailed to info[at]oregonnikkei[dot]org.

View the job description (pdf) here.

View the application for employment (pdf) here.

Oregon Nikkei Endowment

Founded in 1989, the mission of Oregon Nikkei Endowment is to preserve and honor the history and culture of Japanese Americans in the Pacific Northwest, to educate the public about the Japanese American experience during World War II, and to advocate for the protection of civil rights for all Americans.

Oregon Nikkei Endowment developed and operates two significant projects centered in Portland’s Old Town Chinatown neighborhood, which originally existed as Japantown. These projects commemorate the history and culture of Oregon's Nikkei ("Nikkei" refers to any person of Japanese descent whose permanent residence is outside of Japan) as a reminder to all people about an often neglected chapter of American history. The Oregon Nikkei Endowment was incorporated in 1989 as a 501(c)(3) corporation to benefit the public through charitable and educational pursuits. The Oregon Nikkei Endowment has developed two major projects:

  • The Japanese American Historical Plaza at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, dedicated in 1990, memorializes the importance of civil liberties guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution. The park, rededicated in 2010 and designed by the award-winning landscape architect, the late Robert Murase, presents the 100-year history of the Nikkei (Japanese Americans) in Oregon through landscape and poetry by Lawson Inada, the former Poet Laureate for Oregon; and
  • The Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, opened in 1998, serves as a focal point for the preservation and sharing of the history and culture of the Japanese American community. One of the most important chapters in the Japanese American experience is the forced internment of 120,000 persons of Japanese descent during the Second World War. This fuels our commitment to the preservation of civil rights for all Americans. The Oregon Nikke Legacy Center is a venue for cultural and research activities and an invaluable resource for the exploration of the experiences of Japanese Americans and their role in Oregon's multi-cultural community.



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