Director of Communications

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST; see is a dynamic graduate university of science and technology in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. The school is located on 85 hectares of protected forestland overlooking beautiful shorelines and coral reefs. The campus is striking architecturally, and the facilities are outstanding. There are no academic departments, which facilitates cross-disciplinary research. Superb resources and equipment are provided and managed to encourage easy access and collaboration. English is the official language of the university, and the research community is fully international, with more than 50 countries represented. After only ten years OIST is rapidly gaining recognition in the worldwide academic community as a model for excellence in research, education, and innovation.

Division Function/Position summary:

The Director of Communications is a seasoned strategist, an expert writer, and a talented people manager who is equally comfortable brainstorming big picture plans as they are thinking about the nuances of a particular word. They have experience reaching local and national audiences that would benefit from learning about the work being done at OIST. The Director will report directly to the Vice President of Communication and Public Relations (VPCPR) and work closely with internal and external stakeholders. They will oversee external communications and directly support OIST’s goals. Your tangible contributions lead you to further career advancement.


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


  1. Help position OIST’s education, research, and innovation across multiple channels for varied audiences ranging from prospective students and faculty, government, policymakers, business, donors, scientific community, and local community.
  2. Provide leadership, mentorship, and coaching to media, digital, community relations, and translation teams.
  3. Devise, implement, measure, and report on integrated strategic communications and content plans to advance awareness, engagement, and advocacy.
  4. Write (in Japanese) and/or edit corporate communication materials, including news releases, articles, brochures, speeches, presentations.
  5. Direct proactive and integrated media relations, social media, content strategy, digital/website, and community relations.
  6. Identify opportunities, challenges, and emerging issues faced by the organization locally and nationally.
  7. Advise on crisis communication and responses (in Japanese) to high-impact situations, including campus-wide emergencies and reputational issues.
  8. Oversee the day-to-day activities, including budgeting and planning.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, writing, marketing, or business administration. Master’s degree is an asset
  2. Ten or more years of progressive experience in communications, including strategic and tactical work
  3. Extensive management and leadership experience, including coaching and developing team members
  4. Superior writing, substantive editing, copyediting, and proofreading skills in Japanese (native level)
  5. Strong verbal and written communications skills in English
  6. Understanding of and appreciation for Okinawa’s society
  7. Strong network of media, business, and/or government officials is an asset
  8. Experience in science communication is an asset
  9. Experience in translation and/or interpretation is an asset
  10. Experience working in an international or multicultural setting is an asset

Report to 

Vice President, Communication and Public Relations

Starting Date 

As early as possible

Term & Working Hours 

Term: Full-time, fixed term appointment for 1 year/2 years. Contract initially with 3-month probationary period (inclusive). This contract may be renewed.

Working hours: 9:00 - 17:00 (Discretionary)

Compensation & Benefits 

In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations
(Expected salary range: 7.7M JPY ~ 14.3M JPY)


  • 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
  • Resource Center (Daily Life Support in Okinawa)

How To Apply 

Apply by uploading your submission documents HERE*.
*This is a secure file uploading system for handling confidential materials.

If you have any questions, please contact us at recruiting[at]
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Submission Documents 

  • Cover letter in both English and Japanese
  • Curriculum vitae in both English and Japanese
  • Up to three original work samples

* Applicants whose native language is Japanese are required to submit both documents in English and Japanese.Cover letter in both English and Japanese
* Please be sure to indicate where you first saw the job advertisement.
* 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 

2022/09/30 *Application will be screened upon arrival, and the selection will end once the position is filled.


  • 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 applications from underrepresented groups.
  • Information provided by applicants or references will be kept confidential, documents will not be returned. All applicants will be notified regarding the status of their applications.
  • Please view OIST policy for rules on external professional activities
  • Further details about the University can be viewed on the OIST website