Education Coordinator

As part of continued efforts to improve the educational environment for the children of its employees and students, OIST is seeking to appoint an Education Coordinator. The Coordinator will provide an English language arts program for foreign students enrolled in Japanese elementary schools and serve as the point of contact/liaison for families requiring information about schooling options in Okinawa.


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


  1. Oversee and develop educational support programs for families of OIST employees and students
    • Communication of currently available educational options
    • Liaison between schools and parents
    • Assist in school enrollment procedures
    • Network with learning institutions (elementary, middle and high schools) in Okinawa
    • Maintain and update schooling options webpage, including educational resources
    • Organize and host orientation seminars with local international schools
    • Monitor/update/evaluate school subsidy program
    • Collaborate with Resource Center to plan and deliver the school tours program and manage applications to local Japanese schools.
  2. Provide an English language arts program (instruction in reading, writing and spelling in English for foreign English-speaking children attending Japanese elementary school (OIST international classroom)
    • Design and update an English language arts curriculum for 6-12-year-old children (i.e., elementary school age).
    • Prepare the learning environment by setting up learning centers and gathering/sourcing of supplies and materials.
    • Deliver, i.e., teach, an English language arts curriculum for 6-12-year-old children in the afternoons at Seaside House.
    • Assess participating children’s educational needs and progress.
    • Provide reports/progress updates to the parents of participating children
  3. Participate in School Aged Program’s (SAP) Holiday Programs
    • Collaborate with the SAP Director in the design and implementation of holiday program activities.



  1. A teaching qualification as an elementary school teacher from an English language education system (USA, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Australia)
  2. Native English speaker
  3. Experience in the design of curricula for elementary schools
  4. Excellent communication skills
  5. Driver’s license
  6. At least 2 years post-graduation teaching experience


  1. Experience with bilingual education programs
  2. Leadership experience in a teaching environment
  3. Five years of teaching experience

Report to 

Vice President for University Community Services

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: Flextime (core time 10:00-15:00) 7.5 hrs per day (Multiplied by prescribed working days per month), but will need to be able to work until 17:30 or 18:30 depending on class schedule

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 

Apply by uploading your submission documents HERE*.
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or apply by emailing your Submission Documents to:
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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 

  • Letter of intent in English (and Japanese if available)

  • Curriculum vitae in English (and Japanese if available)

  • Copy of teaching license

  • Names and contact information of 3 referees, one of which should be a previous employer

* 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 

March 31, 2021 (Applications will be screened upon arrival)


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