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Teaching at an international school can be a rewarding and enriching experience that provides internationally-minded teachers with the opportunity to educate children from many different cultural backgrounds and also to work in a cooperative environment with other teaching professionals from around the world. In addition, it provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience living within the culture of the host nation.
"KIST is the 5th international school I have worked in and I am enjoying it very much. From a teacher's point of view, it is a very organized school; warm and friendly. From a personal point of view, I simply love Japan and the people I have met here." (Elementary School teacher, UK)
At K. International School Tokyo, in addition to working with students in regular classes, our teachers also have the opportunity to lead after-school cultural or sporting activities, coach school sporting teams, attend school camps and overseas tours and more. In addition, many of our teachers live nearby the school campus and have developed a closely-knit community through which they enjoy a variety of social events and activities outside school hours.
In the main, teachers are recruited annually using the services of Search Associates and other international recruitment agencies as well as through participation at international recruitment fairs around the world. We also accept direct applications by e-mail during the main recruiting period between December and February. Direct applications are only be accepted during this period. Due to the volume of applications received, applications are not considered outside this period (unless a specific need exists and vacancies have been posted) and are not kept on file. In general, most positions will be filled by February or March. In addition, due to constantly changing needs, we are unable to respond to individual inquiries regarding employment throughout the year.
Forthcoming recruitment fairs:
"This is my first experience teaching abroad and I am thoroughly enjoying every minute of it. As an educator, working within the IB framework is very motivating because I can see how my students are developing as individuals as they learn." (Secondary School teacher, Australia)
Requirements for full-time teachers
In order to ensure a quality education for students, KIST employs only suitably qualified and experienced teachers. The minimum employment requirements for full-time teachers are:
- Bachelor's degree relevant to teaching area.
- Valid teaching registration certificate issued by a governmental professional teacher regulatory authority.
- Two years' full-time teaching experience as a certified teacher relevant to the position being applied for, or be graduates of the IB Diploma Programme.
- Native or fluent skills in English (or Japanese for Japanese language teaching positions).
- Eligibility for an appropriate working visa (for foreign nationals).
- Previous experience working within an IB curriculum or knowledge of the IB programs is a distinct advantage, although not essential as training is provided.
- Computer literacy and IT skills.
- No criminal convictions.
- Availability for employment (i.e. not under contract with another employer)
As the initial contract of employment is for two years, only teachers prepared to commit to this period should apply. In addition, please note that KIST is not an English conversation school. Applications that address the applicant's desire to become an "English conversation teacher" will not be considered for a position.
KIST is aligned with the recommendations of the International Task Force on Child Protection and aims to maintain a high standard of effective recruiting practices with specific attention to child protection.
Applying for full-time employment
If applying through a recruitment agency, please follow the procedures as required by the particular agency. Direct applications for full-time teaching positions are accepted between December and February. If you wish to be considered for a position, please send the following items to the Director of Personnel at email@example.com only with the title “Teacher application: Your name (Your area of expertise)” in the subject field:
- Your complete resume, including details of teaching qualifications, relevant experience and an outline of your educational philosophy.
- A cover letter explaining the specific aspects of KIST that interest you and the contribution you could make.
- Contact details for at least two recent professional references.
- A recent photograph.
- Personal details, including marital status and information on any child dependents.
- Details of visa status (if currently living in Japan).
"It is hopeful and comforting to know that the KIST leadership team values true dialogue, transparency and teacher agency." (Elementary School teacher, Colombia)
Due to the importance of ensuring a suitable match between you and the school, please ask yourself the following questions before submitting an application:
- Why do you want to work at an international school in Japan?
- Why do you want to work within an IB curriculum?
- What are the aspects of KIST that interest you?
- Are you prepared to support the various operational policies in place at KIST?
After receiving an application, it will be screened by members of the school's Administration Team. In most cases, the application will be the first point of contact between you and the Team. It is your opportunity to convince the Team that you are worth interviewing. Applicants who meet the requirements for full-time teachers and have submitted all required items as outlined above may be invited to participate in an on-site or online interview (via Skype) to demonstrate how they meet the following criteria:
- Knowledge, skills and ability to implement innovative inquiry-based curriculum programs to ensure quality outcomes for a range of students.
- Interpersonal and communication skills applicable to effectively dealing with individual students, class groups, other staff members and members of the school community.
- Achievement in short and long term planning, preparation and resource management.
- Achievement within a collaborative working environment.
- Commitment to professional development and teacher reflection.
- An understanding and commitment to the school's founding principles and operational policies.
Successful applicants are required to submit various documents including copies of teaching qualifications, passport and visa documents, a police clearance certificate, a medical examination report and various other documents as part of the employment process.