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Arts and Crafts Staff

Sakura-con’s Arts and Crafts department is currently seeking outgoing, crafty individuals to fill out our ranks for the upcoming 2020 convention!  This entry level position is a great chance to learn about and demonstrate traditional Japanese crafts such as origami, shibori (fabric dying), kanzashi (fabric folding) and more!

Arts and Crafts Staff Requirements:

    • Aged 16 years (with a guardian on premises) or older by the start of the convention.

    • Work at least 16 hours over the course of the convention, including a mandatory training meeting on Thursday, April 18th at 7 PM.

    • Be on time to all assigned shifts.

    • Be comfortable with instructing attendees and guiding them through crafts. (You’ll be trained!)

  • Be polite, thoughtful, and comfortable around younger attendees.

Customer service experience is a plus! Knowledge of crafting is not required, but definitely a bonus!

Are you a knitter, writer, illustrator? Free craft time means you too can bring out your own projects when attendees don’t require assistance!

Are you interested? Of course you are! Contact arts.and.crafts@sakuracon.org for more information or to apply!

Staffing for Japanese Guest Relations

What is ANCEA/Sakura-Con?

From ANCEA website:

The Asia-Northwest Cultural Education Association (ANCEA) is a registered non-profit corporation. Every year, ANCEA participates in various cultural and educational events. Sakura-Con is ANCEA’s main event and realization of the ANCEA mission to educate about Asian Culture, with a focus on Japanese Animation, Comics, Gaming and Cultural Arts.

Sakura-Con is the oldest and most well-attended anime convention in the Pacific Northwest. Sakura-Con features cultural exploration and education through traditional and contemporary media, arts and entertainment. Sakura-Con includes: musical performances, Guest of Honor participation, discussion panels, games, contests (costumes and skit performances), theaters, traditional Asian arts and an exhibitors’ hall for the sale of Anime related merchandise by third party vendors.

ANCEA is a membership-based all-volunteer organization. The controlling administrative body for ANCEA (and thus Sakura-Con) is an Executive Board that’s main function is to put on the main ANCEA event, Sakura-Con, and to generally steward the ANCEA mission.

The Executive Board is democratically elected by the voting membership (volunteer staff) after first being nominated by the general member pool (Sakura-Con attendee members and volunteer staff). No member of ANCEA or staffer of Sakura-Con is paid for their participation as per the organization’s Bylaws.

Sakura-Con attendee members are encouraged to become more fully involved and are invited to attend all General ANCEA/Sakura-Con meetings and to consider joining the volunteer staff. They are also encouraged to attend “Team Sakura” events which include listings of local Asian Cultural events.

Secondary ANCEA events have included various tables, appearances and productions at local arts and cultural festivals including: the Seattle International Children’s Festival , Aki Matsuri in Bellevue Washington, Densho’s Sushi Sake Fest and at the Seattle Public Library Annual Staff Day. Additional members events have included a Hong Kong Film night, Japan Day with the Seattle Mariners and discounts at local events such as the Seattle Symphony’s Final Fantasy series.

ANCEA and Sakura-Con are regularly recognized by national, state and local officials. Examples include: The Japanese Consulate General in Seattle, who regularly speaks at Sakura-Con’s Opening Ceremonies, Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire and Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels. In 2009 Mayor Nickels proclaimed April 9th to be “Sakura-Con Day” in the City of Seattle.

For more information, check the Sakura-Con website at http://sakuracon.org.

Why Staff at Sakura-Con Japanese Guest Relations?

    • Interact with guests of honor at personal level.
    • It is great way to keep your Japanese skill current.
    • We have great people in our team of various backgrounds. We are all friendly, and passionate about what we do.
  • It’s one more thing you can write on your resume.

Position Responsibilities

As the case with the all staff positions at Sakura-Con, both of these positions are volunteer positions and there are no monetary compensations. Sakura-Con is a 100% volunteer-run convention.

For Attending Liaisons

    • Coordinate personal communications between other staff members, attendees, and others inside and outside of the convention.
    • Attending liaisons are responsible for managing his/her guest’s schedule inside the convention as well as taking them to sightseeing and meals.
    • Interface with other staff and industry members during relevant convention activities.
    • Convey requests and inquiry from a guest to the convention and vice-versa.
  • Attending liaisons may be assigned as a floater as needed. Floaters are tasked for supportive assignment rather than for particular guests.

For Stage Interpreters

    • Attend to event (panel/press sessions) at Sakura-Con and provide formal interpretation services between guests and general audiences.
  • Familiarize with contents pertinent for the guest he/she is interpreting for.


Linguistic Requirements

    • Applicants must possess a level of conversational Japanese skill appropriate for most typical business settings.
  • Stage interpreters must be able to communicate in more strict context, as well be comfortable speaking in front of general audiences.

Japanese Language Proficiency Expectations

Judging if your Japanese skills are good enough for the assignment is often tricky as everyone has different background. Therefore, the following is more of a guideline rather than the rule. These are there to help you determine if your Japanese language skills are appropriate for the assignment.

    • Especially if you are not a native Japanese speaker (or have not immersed to Japanese speaking environment for at least few years), having experience in college level formal Japanese language training would be ideal.
    • As a general guideline, attending liaisons should have a Japanese language skills equivalent of JLPT N3 level or above, and event interpreters should have language skills equivalent of JLPT N2 level or above.
    • We will not expect your Japanese to be native, but it must be good enough that you can carry out conversation in manner appropriate for business settings. Rather than evaluating these aspects of skills individually, we value more of the balance in Japanese language/cultural skills. Generally speaking, as long as you meet certain baseline, we will have an assignment appropriate for your level. If you are not sure if your Japanese is good enough for the assignment, we are more than happy to help you determine your skills for you.
    • Honorific Speech – Though it is not expected that you will be perfect; which can be difficult for even native Japanese speakers, knowing some honorific speech is expected. In the context of your assignment, you do not have to be overly formal, but at least knowing how to speak in politely will be expected.
    • Cultural Context – Sometimes there are situations where cultural sensibilities are in play. While, it is not always easy to perfectly identify and correct these issues, you should have understand these cultural sensitivities exist while you are dealing between Japanese guests and attendees as well as staff of the convention. In some cases, there are politically incorrect (that may not be so for other party) questions that can arise from either party; and you should be able to assist in moderating such instances.
    • Some Japanese reading skills are preferred as you may encounter cases where you may need to understand written Japanese brought by our guests. However, this is not critical and we are more than happy to offer assistance as needed. Japanese writing skills, let alone handwriting Japanese is not generally required. Some skills of typing in Japanese may be required if you are interested involving in pre-convention functions.
  • We do not require Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), but if you do have any JLPT accreditation, please let us know when applying.

Attendance Requirements

    • Be available all day from Thursday evening to Monday on a week of the convention.
    • For both positions, being able to stay onsite for the duration of the convention and days with assignment.
    • Attending liaisons are assigned all day. (we do not take shifts)
    • Stage interpreters are assigned to each events he/she is assigned to, but expected to be on site and available as on-call basis.
    • If you have to start late or end early, please let me know; in some cases adjustments are possible, however, please note this may limit your assignment options.
  • We will need some staffs for the Tuesday after the convention. If you are available, please let us know.

Other Requirements

    • 21 years or older preferred. But if you are 18 years or older, please inquire if you meet other requirements.
    • While the extended knowledge of the Seattle area is not mandatory (but please familiarize yourself as much as you can), but is a big plus for attending liaisons.
    • Stage interpreters may be required to comprehend relevant topics for anime and manga and music production, as well as title/artist specific terms in fairly short notice.
    • Each staff is responsible for arranging his/her methods of arriving and leaving the convention center as well as expenses related to that.
    • Must be able to attend to the assignment with a high degree of professionalism, integrity and focus. We strive to be the most professional sub-department of the convention.
  • Please remember, you will be representing the convention with high level of visibility. Abusing perks and privileges will not be tolerated.

Communications Requirements

    • The all positions require working mobile phone during the convention. You are also expected to be able to receive communication via E-mail and through websites before the convention.
    • A smartphone and data plan will make things much simpler for us, especially when considering routine communication can involve 20 to 30 people in the group. Currently, we primarily use LINE and Signal and maybe some others, however, this is a subject to change when there are better alternatives.
  • When a staff choose to not be compliant with this, it is his/her own responsibility to coordinate communication and stay up to date with the rest of the team. This will inevitably limit your assignment possibilities.


Please E-mail hideki@sakuracon.org with the following:

    • A brief introduction of yourself.
  • Please state relevant qualifications and activities as appropriate

In addition, please provide the following if available:

    • Your Resume or CV
  • A reference from current Sakura-Con staff if you have – with their name and position. Having a reference from current and past Japanese Guest Liaison may help expedite process.

Programming Department

Programming Support Staff

The Programming Department is looking for Programming Support Staff (AKA Zombies) to help the 2020 convention run smoothly! Support Staff provide fill-in assistance wherever needed between attendees, room content, and the rest of Sakura-Con staff.

As Programming Support Staff, we have several responsibilities during our shifts:

  • Roaming in pre-set areas to look proactively for staff that need assistance, checking in on Panel Moderators to assist as needed for larger crowds.
  • Assist/fill in for Panel Moderators, ensuring live panels go smoothly.
  • During each shift, we have one person at a time on call in the office in case we need a “runner” to send on tasks like bringing needed items, unlocking doors, etc.
  • We basically fill in wherever gaps in support are found.

Since the position involves moving around the convention, Support Staff volunteers get to see the sights while fulfilling volunteer hours and playing a critical role in eh success of our beloved Sakura-Con!

Support Staff Requirements:

  • Be responsible, helpful, and show up for all required meetings and shifts.
  • Be able to work a minimum of 16 hours during the convention.
  • Be comfortable talking with large numbers of people, problem solving in groups, and taking charge to resolve problems.
  • Be familiar (or be dedicated to becoming familiar) with the convention rules.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must be physically capable of standing for long periods of time, and walking long distances.

For more information please email progadmin@sakuracon.org.

Assistant Room Support Coordinator

Programming Administration is currently seeking an organized and communicative individual to join our management team as an Assistant Room Support Coordinator. This person will help their Coordinator manage a team of Room Moderators who ensure that room content begins and ends in a timely manner, attendees enter and exit the room appropriately, and that all convention rules and policies are adhered to in the room.

Assistant Room Support Coordinator Job Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Coordinator in hiring and scheduling Room Moderators
  • Oversee Room Moderator staff during Sakura-Con
  • Be the first point of management contact and solutions facilitator for the room content providers and attendees inside of rooms

Assistant Room Support Coordinator Job Requirements:

  • Be a good team player
  • Effective verbal and written communication
  • Provide clear instruction to team members remotely
  • Comfortable providing leadership to staff
  • Adapt to rapidly changing situations
  • Ability to maintain readiness for long periods of time
  • Availability by email consistently throughout the convention year
  • Availability for moderate work loads the last 6 weeks before the convention
  • Previous Sakura-Con experience preferred

Please email progadmin@sakuracon.org for any enquiries.


The Programming Department is looking for Room Moderators to help the 2020 convention run smoothly!

Room Moderators are the link between attendees, room content, and the rest of Sakura-Con staff. They ensure the smooth and safe operation of room content, uphold convention rules inside their room, act as a liaison between room content providers and the rest of Sakura-Con staff, and record basic information about the panels to ensure the Programming Department provides the best content year after year!

Whereas some volunteer jobs take up valuable convention time, being a Room Moderator is awesome because it gives you a chance to watch panels while you volunteer!

Room Moderator Requirements:

  • Be responsible, helpful, and show up for all required meetings and shifts.
  • Be able to work a minimum of 16 hours during the convention.
  • Good personal hygiene.
  • Be comfortable talking with large numbers of people, problem-solving in groups, and taking charge to resolve problems.
  • Be familiar (or be dedicated to becoming familiar) with the convention rules.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must be physically capable of standing for long periods of time, and walking long distances.

For more information please email panel.mods@sakuracon.org.

Sakura-Con Merch Team

Sakura-Con is looking for staff at it’s merchandise booths. The Sakura-Con Merch team sells cool, exclusive swag that you can’t get anywhere else.

Promote and sell Sakura-Con merchandise. Greet and engage all customers who come to the booth.Should be able to stand or sit for long periods of time. Prefer prior experience handling money and running credit/debt card transactions.Some light lifting needed. This is an at-convention position. Minimum age for staff is 16, Must be 18+ to work in the Exhibits hall location. Customer service skills desired.

Don’t want to work during con? The merch team is looking for a handful of people to help out on Thursday (Day 0) and Sunday afternoon with unpacking, counting, and re-packing our inventory. Some limited hours during con will be required.

Please email merchandise@sakuracon.org if you have any questions.

Line Entertainment Volunteers

Love making others smile? Enjoy meeting new people? Line Entertainment is the place for you! Join us as we make waiting in line just as fun as the panel inside.

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Must be 18+ years old
  • Volunteer for at least 16 hours during the convention.
  • Be responsible, helpful, and show up for all required meetings and shifts.
  • The perfect person for this position is creative, comfortable being in front of crowds, and sociable.
  • Must be physically capable of standing for long periods of time and walking long distances.
  • Possess great communication skills and demonstrate respect when interacting with attendees and other convention staff.
Questions? Comments? Quemments?
For more information email: Line.Entertainment@Sakuracon.org

Souvenir Guide Coordinator (conbook)

This Coordinator creates a published convention guide for use by Sakura-Con Attendees. Part of creating this publication involves the coordination of content from various Sakura-Con departments.This requires creating a format for receiving these files (dropbox has worked well) and communicating with the teams regarding process, deadlines and proofing. Finally, the Souvenir Guide Coordinator must hire and support some general support staff positions, such as copy editors and an assistant. Duties also include general publication support from time to time.


  • Graphic Design experience and/or education is required.
  • Expertise in Adobe Suite and access to the programs needed for this project is required (or the ability to get it).
  • The ability to check email at least once a day is required, and the ability to reply promptly (48-72 hours).
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work positively, with a “customer service” attitude with other volunteers
  • Leadership experience
To apply, please email publicity@sakuracon.org and include a resume and examples of your graphic design and publishing work.

SAS Openings

Sakura Attendee Services is currently looking for volunteers age 18 and older in the following roles:

Floor Staff:

Floor staff are responsible for patrolling the floors of the convention center and will be interacting with our attendees and convention center staff to provide policy monitoring and crowd control.

Package Check Staff:

Responsible for checking in and storing packages and props during certain Main Events. Please note this position requires volunteering during the evening hours to approximately 2:30AM on Friday and Saturday of the convention.

SAS Office Staff:

Tracks SAS radio sign outs, SAS staff hours, and assists operations dispatch in contacting SAS. Also assists with creation of incident reports when needed.

Peace Bonding Staff:

Responsible for manning the peace bonding booths during the hours that Registration and the Exhibitor‘s Hall are open. Peace bonding staff ensure that all weapon props comply with convention policy and maintain the peace bonding contracts.

Events Staff:

Responsible for crowd control and policy monitoring during all main events and dances.

All staff are required to volunteer a minimum of 16 hours during the convention. To apply, please contact SAS@sakuracon.org with the following information filled out:

  • Name:
  • Phone:
  • Email Address:
  • Primary position for consideration:
  • Additional positions you’d be interested in:
  • Years of experience in SAS:
  • Years of experience as convention staff:
  • Any additional experience that would be relevant:
  • Any additional comments:
  • Age at time of convention:


Registration Line Control Staff

Multiple positions available.

Registration Line Control staff are our feet on the ground to help keep our Registration lines running smoothly. From load-balancing lines to answering questions, if you enjoy a quick-paced and adaptive environment, this position is for you. The majority of this position will require you to be on your feet for extended periods of time, however, we can accommodate special needs as necessary, with advance notice. Applicants must be friendly but loud when required. Be ready to adjust to a dynamic environment and be ready to think on your feet. Please contact membership@sakuracon.org  if you are interested in staffing for this position.

Registration Development Staff

Multiple positions available.

The Registration Development Team is looking for web developers, designers, technical writers, and project managers to help build and maintain the Sakura-Con registration software system, and other internal software for Membership.  This person will be involved in helping develop software that extends from the member application portal, through the core systems that process attendees, and out to metrics and monitoring tools.  Development staff participate in all aspects of the development process including planning, design, implementation, and support.  This is an opportunity to gain practical software engineering experience, or add to your portfolio.  Prior experience with any of the following is a plus:  JavaScript, SQL, Python, or the Django Web Framework.  Please contact membership@sakuracon.org if you are interested in this position.

Registration Staff

Registration is always looking for more general staff. As the first contact with most attendees, customer service is paramount to being a successful Reg staffer. Previous computer skills, cash handling skills, and extensive customer service skills are a must. However, we do have a few positions available for clerical work as well. Please contact registration@sakuracon.org if you are interested in this position. This position requires you to be 18 years old or older.

RPG Gaming Master General Staffer

We are looking for volunteers to run RPGs! This position requires the standard 16 hours of volunteering and covers some expenses associated with volunteering, such as membership (please see our Volunteer page). To apply, please complete a Volunteer Application or contact gaming@sakuracon.org.

Front Desk Reception

Reception is the front desk for the convention’s main offices, and its main purpose is to help staff and attendees alike to find the information or resources they need to answer their questions.

This position requires good customer service skills, a calm head, and the ability to solve problems. Customer service experience and prior Sakura-Con attendance are strongly preferred.

If you think you’d be a good fit for this, send a short resume to reception@sakuracon.org and include the following form (filled out, of course)

  • First Name:
  • Last Name:
  • Age:
  • Primary E-Mail Address:
  • Telephone Number:
  • Are you available for Sakura-Con Staff Meetings?
  • Are you planning to be at the convention on Thursday?

AV (Audio/Visual) Volunteers

We are currently looking for staff for our AV department.  General duties are to assist with setup and strike of all of the Audio/Visual gear for the convention (minus main stage).  You will also be providing support for the panels and events making sure they get up and running.  This is a learning position, so AV experience is not mandatory, but helpful.  You will be assisting your team lead with any last minute troubleshooting, Meet & Greets for people’s events and general AV duties.

Please contact as operations@sakuracon.org