School Age Programs Teacher

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST; see is a dynamic new graduate university of science and technology in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. The university is located on 85 hectares of protected forestland overlooking beautiful shoreline and coral reefs. The campus is striking architecturally, and the facilities are outstanding (OIST campus video tour). There are no academic departments, which facilitates multidisciplinary research. Outstanding resources and equipment are provided and managed to encourage easy access and collaboration. English is the official language of the University, and the university research community is fully international, with more than 50 countries represented. OIST is rapidly gaining recognition in the worldwide academic community as a model for excellence in education and research.

Division Function/Position Summary:

OIST now has almost a thousand people studying or working on campus, and their overall wellbeing is seen as a key to their success at OIST and the success of OIST as an institution as well. In this regard, the University Community Services Division oversee the provision of campus-wide community services that enhance lives of students, staff and families at OIST. The Division is responsible for the management of existing welfare services including: the Child Development Center, the Ganjuu Wellbeing Service, the Resource Center, and the development of Recreation Services.  Some of these sections are financed through fees collected from the users of the services as well as the government subsidies to the University.   Staff members in this division strive to foster a spirit of teamwork where ideas are welcomed, conflicts are resolved in a positive and respectful manner, and diversity is valued. 

The School Age Programs Teacher is responsible for carry out programs for children after school as well as during the summer holidays and other school breaks.  The successful candidate will be a strong communicator who enjoys working with school age children.  Over the next two to three years, the number of children in these programs will steadily increase as will the number of different programs offered. The School Age Programs Teacher will collaborate with other School Age Programs teachers as well as with the teachers from the preschool and other members of University Community Services. 


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


  1. Conduct developmentally appropriate programs for school age children
  2. Maintain an effective, well-organized and safe physical setting for the school age programs
  3. Supervise and support school age children in small and large groups
  4. Conduct appropriate behavior management practices
  5. Support the School Age Program Director with completing administrative tasks related to registration, payment and enrollment for all programs as requested
  6. Adhere to organizational policies and procedures
  7. Communicate with families, as appropriate, by responding to emails and phone calls in a timely manner and support the production of an electronic newsletter


  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university, required
  2. 2-3 years’ experience in implementing programs for children and/or young people
  3. Strong organization, planning and administrative skills
  4. Understanding of child development principles
  5. Excellent communication skills
  6. Native level English (writing, reading and speaking); bilingual in Japanese is an advantage
  7. Effective computer skills including experience with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); ability to track data and produce reports
  8. Commitment to diversity and inclusion

Report to 

Senior Manager of 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: 7.5 hours per day, 5 days per week (Mon-Fri); 10:00-18:30 for after school programs; either 07:30-17:00 or 09:00-18:30 (with longer lunch breaks) during holiday programs

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 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 

  • Curriculum vitae in English
  • Application letter outlining your interest and suitability for the advertised position.
  • Names and contact information for at least two people from whom confidential references may be sought

* 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 

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


  • 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.
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