Director of Emergency Response, Health and Safety

OIST is searching for an experienced Director for OIST emergency response, health and safety activities.  The Director will co-ordinate the efforts of the Occupational Health and Safety Section and the OIST Health Centre. The Director will also act as Emergency Response Co-Ordinator.  Areas of accountability include laboratory and fieldwork safety, industrial health, personal health and wellbeing, school health and safety, and emergency planning and training.

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Director will be responsible for ensuring that OIST complies with all Japanese Health and Safety laws.  The Director will facilitate the Occupational Health and Safety Committee, Field Work Safety Committee and any Emergency Response Committee.  The Director will work with the Head of Occupational Health and Safety and the Industrial Physician to plan and implement safety and health promotion activities. The Director will collaborate with key internal and external stakeholders to ensure OIST emergency preparedness, response and recovery.


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


  1. Ensure OIST compliance with all Japanese Health and Safety laws while implementing international best practices where appropriate.
  2. Collaborate closely with the relevant divisions/sections of OIST and external emergency services to implement an emergency preparedness plan and play a key role in emergency response and recovery by providing expert instructions and solutions.
  3. Lead the immediate OIST response to any serious incident, communicating with OIST community and liaising with emergency services.
  4. Undertake regular safety audit of OIST campus to identify and remedy potential hazards that could lead to a major incident or contribute to its severity.
  5. Co-ordinate the OHS Section and the OIST Health Center to ensure health checks, stress checks and appropriate follow up actions are carried out in a timely manner.
  6. Support the Occupational Health and Safety Committee, Field Work Safety Committee and any Emergency Response Committee.
  7. Plan and implement safety, health and wellbeing promotion activities.
  8. Oversee reports and related documents on occupational health and safety as required by law.
  9. Perform other duties assigned by the Chief Operating Officer



  1. At least ten years relevant experience in safety management, preferable experience in major incident prevention and/or response 
  2. At least five years of managerial experience
  3. Master’s degree or above in a relevant area or equivalent Health and Safety qualification, such as medical doctor, occupational health doctor, Emergency Service qualification.
  4. Practical knowledge of relevant laws and regulations including Fire Prevention Law.
  5. Fluent written and spoken Japanese, business level English.
  6. Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment, experience preferred.
  7. Effective computer skills, ability to carry out daily tasks using MS Office and other enterprise applications

Report to 

Chief Operating Officer

Starting Date 

As early as possible

Term & Working Hours 

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

Working hours: 9:00-17:30(Discretionary)

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)

How To Apply 

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or send by post to the following address:
HR Recruiting Section
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
1919-1, Onna, Onna-son, Okinawa 904-0495, Japan

Submission Documents 

  • Cover letter in both English (and Japanese if available)
  • Curriculum vitae in both English (and Japanese if available)

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Application Due Date 

Applications deadline will continue until the position is filled. (Applications will be screened upon arrival)


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