CDC Group Leader

Tedako Child Development Center (CDC)
The CDC opened on OIST campus in 2013 with the goal of developing an educational environment for the children of all OIST staff and students. The CDC is a Ninka-Gai Hoikuen, we aim to provide high-quality childcare and early childhood education for children aged 0-6 years old in a bilingual (English and Japanese) environment.

Our Bi-Lingual Environment
Currently, the CDC holds about 160 children aged 0-6 years old who come from countries all over the world. To support the diverse needs of the children being raised in Japan, our communication with children is Bi-lingual (English and Japanese) in our Partial Immersion Program. Daily activities are divided into morning and afternoon sessions, and the language of communication is balanced between native level English and Japanese speaking Classroom Staff to support the efficient acquisition of both languages. Each classroom with children over the age of 1 has one classroom staff dedicated to speak English and at least one Japanese speaking classroom staff. Classroom staff only interact with the children in one language and additional support staff are assigned to the classroom depending on needs of the classroom and staff to child ratio requirements.


1919‐1 Tancha, Onna‐son, Okinawa, Japan 904-0495


As part of continued efforts to improve the educational environment for children of employees and students, OIST is seeking to appoint a full-time team leader for OIST’s Child Development Center (Infant/Pretoddler/Toddler/Preschool/Kindergarten) Program.  The team leader will assist the management and classroom staff in the daily operation of the preschool program for children ages 2 months to 6 years of age. This includes supervising classroom staff and aids and working with the CDC Director and CDC Management Team to facilitate the further growth and development of our preschool program.

  1. Supervisory (20%)
    • Observe and give feedback for CDC candidates at circle time interview for new classroom staff
    • Participate in onboarding of new classroom staff and contribute to trainings and professional development of staff
    • Plan work shifts, approve time sheets and supervise staff members in accordance with OIST/ CDC policies and procedures.
    • Perform classroom inspections and provide feedback to classroom staff.
    • Perform bi-annual observation and give feedback for classroom staff
    • Provide a basic performance evaluation for classroom staff
  2. Classroom Support (65%)
    • Advise classroom staff on appropriate target outcomes, teaching methods, behavior management and curricula for preschool programs
    • Attend field trips as necessary
    • Support classroom staff to complete administrative procedures
    • Cover classroom to ensure ratios for planned/unplanned leave and for staff shortage
    • Work to ensure consistency in operations among group leader team, and throughout the CDC
  3. Communication (10%)
    • Communicate information about the law as it applies to preschool policy, education, school curriculum, rules and expectations of local government
    • Update the CDC Management Team at regularly scheduled meetings with information regarding the care and safety of children as well as any staff or operational issues and parent concerns.
    • Give feedback to the CDC Management Team from classroom staff to assist the CDC Director to create and implement policies and procedures.
    • Attend and participate in meetings, center events, and parent meetings as requested.
    • Work with classroom staff to create and distribute monthly preschool newsletter.
    • Update the website, email distribution lists and required forms as needed.
    • Support parent teacher communication.
    • Serve as a point of contact for parents who have concerns about classroom.
    • Present at Parent Orientation.
  4. Other (5%)
    • Support the collection of necessary data and information for decision making and reporting.
    • Support in the translation of communication and center documents.
    • Assist with other daily duties as needed.



  1. Hoikushi
  2. Computer literacy
  3. Leadership experience in a teaching environment
  4. Excellent communication skills in English and Japanese
  5. Valid Japanese driver’s license


  1. Degree in Early Childhood Education
  2. CPR/ First Aid Certification
  3. Experience in the design of curricula for nursery & preschools
  4. Experience in an international preschool environment, and or experience in preschool outside of Japan

Report to 

Child Development Center Director

Starting Date 


Term & Working Hours 

Full-time, fixed term appointment for 1 year. Contract initially with 3-month probationary period (inclusive). This contract may be renewed. 

Mon-Fri, 7.5 or 9 hour/day work shift between 7:30 - 18:30 *CDC operation hours (8:00-18:00)
(Total working hours per month = 7.5 hours/day × prescribed working days of the month)

Compensation & Benefits 

In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations


  • Relocation, housing and commuting allowances
  • Annual paid leave and summer holidays
  • Health insurance (Private School Mutual Aid )
  • Welfare pension insurance (kousei-nenkin)
  • Worker's accident compensation insurance (roudousha-saigai-hoshou-hoken)
  • Access to Child Development Center
  • Access to Schooling Options
  • Language Education
  • Recource Center (Daily Life Support in Okinawa)

How To Apply 

Apply by uploading your submission documents HERE*.
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Submission Documents 

  • Cover letter in English (and Japanese if available)
  • Curriculum vitae in English (and Japanese if available)
  • Copy of education-related certifications, if available

* Japanese nationals are required to submit both documents in English and Japanese
* Up to 3 references may be requested during the final interview stage.
* Prior to the start of employment all new hires are required to successfully complete a background check. Personal information including employment history and academic background should be submitted to third-party administrators after a conditional offer of employment.

Application Due Date 



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