Current vacancies

All teaching positions have been filled for 2019-20. No further applications are being accepted for Early Childhood/Elementary/Secondary positions at this time.

KIST is currently recruiting for the following positions. (Scroll down to view more information about the roles.)


- No positions available


- Administrative Assistant* (July 2019)

Applications should be e-mailed to the Director of Personnel at with the title "Job Application: Your Name - Position Title" in the subject field. Applications must include:

  • A cover letter outlining experience related to the position and explaining the specific aspects of KIST that interest you.
  • A complete resume, including details of qualifications and relevant experience.
  • A one-page statement outlining your personal philosophy of education (for teaching positions only).
  • Contact details (e-mail preferred) for at least two recent professional references, including from most recent supervisors.
  • A recent photograph.
  • Personal details, including information on any dependents.
  • Details of visa status and expiry (if currently living in Japan).

Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged by return e-mail; however, due to the volume of applications received, we regret that we are unable to contact each applicant individually if not selected to progress to the interview stage.

Positions marked with an asterisk (*) are local hire positions. Applications will only be accepted from persons currently living in Japan or who have already made firm arrangements to move to Japan. Relocation and housing allowances are not provided for local hire positions.

The details shown on this page are subject to change without notice.

Educational Division

No positions available 

Operational Division



Administrative Assistant*

Base Secondary School
Period July 2019 - July 2020 (Possible annual renewal depending on appraised work performance and school needs)

- Translate written communications (Japanese/English and English/Japanese).
- Maintain electronic and paper-based records.
- Schedule appointments, take minutes at meetings, and liaise with courier companies.
- Coordinate orders and distribution of consumables.
- Liaise with families regarding school area-related administrative issues.
- Provide interpretation at meetings, information sessions, parent conferences etc.
- Respond to telephone, e-mail and personal inquiries related to the school area.
- Assist with the running of area events and activities.
- Perform general word processing, data input and clerical work (e.g. filing, photocopying).
- Perform student supervisory tasks (e.g. playground duty) and other duties as requested.


- Native Japanese proficiency required in all areas (reading, listening, reading and writing) together with advanced proficiency in English. Must be able to compose written communications in Japanese to a native level that do not require checking or proofreading. (Applicants selected to proceed to the interview stage will be required to participate in activities to assess their language skills.)

- University degree required.

Visa sponsorship available for foreign nationals (according to eligibility).

- Working hours 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday with 60 minutes total break time. Occasional Saturdays for annual whole-school events (working hours may vary). Attendance at a number of evening events during the year may also be require.

- TEFL/TESOL certificate and/or classroom teaching credentials highly desirable.

- Reimbursement for commuter expenses up to a maximum of 40,000 yen per month.

- Health insurance and employment insurance available.

- Meals subsidy available.

- As a local hire position, applicants must currently live in Japan. Relocation and housing allowances not provided.

Posted April 12, 2019