CDC Pre-School Teachers

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) is a model for change in education and research with the best international graduate students, working side by side with world-class faculty in modern well-equipped laboratories. Beautifully situated on the island of Okinawa, OIST relies on a cross-disciplinary approach, with an emphasis on creativity and exchange, to offer unique, individualized graduate training. OIST is a university with no departments, eliminating artificial barriers between people working in different fields, but many nationalities, with students and faculty being attracted from all over the world. Concentrating initially on Neuroscience, Molecular Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Environmental and Ecological Sciences and Physical Sciences, OIST is bringing some of the best brains in the world to Okinawa to transform the way science and education is done in the global academic world.

Position summary:

To provide nursery and early-childhood education for the children of staff, students and faculty of the University, we have established a Child Development Center (CDC). The preschool program of the CDC provides excellent quality nursery care and early childhood education for 70 children in English and Japanese from the ages of 2 months through to 6 years. It is expected that the center will become a leading example of high quality early childhood education in Japan.


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


To provide excellent quality childcare for infants and children of employees and students, OIST is seeking to appoint nursery and preschool teachers for children from the ages of 2 months to 6 years. The teachers will support the children of OIST staff by fostering growth in the areas of social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development through hands on and interactive play in a creative structured environment by:

  1. Maintaining a safe nursery environment
  2. Guiding infant and child development in social and academic areas
  3. Assessing developmental progress
  4. Creating supplemental work for specialized learning.
  5. Communicating children’s progress with parents
  6. Collaborating with other teachers and administrators



  1. Early Childhood Education certification or equivalent experience
  2. Highly competent English or Japanese Speaker
  3. Excellent communication and organization skills
  4. Effective behavior management skills


  1. Experience with teaching in a multicultural or bilingual classroom environment


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

Starting Date 

on or after April 1, 2018

Working Hours 

7.5hr shifts, Shift (1) 8:00-16:30, Shift (2) 9:30-18:00


In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations

Annual salary: 2.4 million yen ~ 3.8 million yen (Job class: Administrative staff I, A1)


- 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)

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

* Please be sure to indicate where you first saw the job advertisement.

Application Due 

March 15, 2018 (Applications will be screened upon arrival)

Postal Address 

HR Recruiting Support Section

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University

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

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* OIST Graduate University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, students and staff. The University strongly encourages women and minority candidates to apply.

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