Current status of this position: position filled
Tsukuba International School develops critical thinkers and lifelong learners by providing opportunities for inquiry, creativity, and discovery, where respect for self, others and the environment is a core value.
TIS is an IB World School authorized to implement the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP) of the International Baccalaureate (IB). We are a candidate school for the Diploma Programme (DP) and we are currently working toward gaining authorization to offer the DP from August 2017. (Note that candidate status does not guarantee that authorization will be granted.) Our students range from age 3 to 18.
We are seeking an English language learning support teacher to start in August 2016. The successful candidate will lead the “Essential English Program”, a multi-grade class of students who would otherwise not be able to access our programs due to a lack of proficiency in the English language. The students in the program will be primarily in the upper elementary grades (i.e. 8-10 years old). The teacher will also offer support and guidance to teachers of students in all grades who are not fully proficient in English. This may include offering professional development sessions that will help teachers improve their ability to support students who are not proficient in English. The English language learning support teacher will provide after-school lessons (i.e. Enrichment) to students in all grades who are not fully proficient in English. The teacher will share additional responsibilities (for example, pastoral care of students, playground supervision, organizing school events) with the other teachers at the school.
As TIS is an IB World School, experienced IB teachers will be given preference, although certified teachers with a strong interest in transdisciplinary studies, collaborative planning, and the International Baccalaureate programmes are encouraged to apply.
Pledge of Non-Discrimination
Tsukuba International School is an equal opportunity educator and employer. We will not discriminate against any student, prospective student, employee, or job applicant on the basis of race, color, gender, nationality, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We will take measures to ensure against such discrimination in all of our services and practices.
The following are non-negotiable credentials for applying for this position.
- Native English proficiency.
- University degree in education (preferably with specialization in supporting learning needs) from a country with an English language-based curriculum. (A degree in “Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language” is not sufficient.)
- Qualifications to teach in a jurisdiction with primarily English-based education. (This means that the candidate must be a certified teacher in a country such as Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or the United States.)
- Valid and up-to-date first aid and CPR certifications (or willing to obtain or update certification within a few months of starting)
NOTE: All successful candidates will be required to submit a criminal history background check, or similar, for all countries that they have worked in as a condition of employment.
Range of Experience
We will give preference to candidates with the following kinds of experience.
- Experience supporting English language learning
- Experience supporting learning in a school environment
- Experience supporting learning at various grade levels
- Experience working within the International Baccalaureate framework
- Experience working at an international school, or in a multicultural environment
- Experience with collaborative planning
- Experience living in Japan, or living abroad
Salary: based on experience
School Year: Late August to June
Vacation: 10 days paid personal leave, Japanese national holidays, plus fall, winter, spring, and summer vacations
Visa sponsorship: available
Relocation: will pay for flight to Japan (for applicants who are currently residing overseas) and assist in finding accommodations
Please see our page on Tsukuba to learn more about living and working in the city.
Submit a resume outlining your education and employment history (including your current position). Attach a one-page cover letter stating why you are interested in this position and what you could contribute to our school. Applicants chosen for interviews will be required to provide contact information for three references, preferably former employers or mentor teachers, and copies of relevant degrees, certificates, and background checks. Applications can be sent by email (preferred) or postal mail. Interviews may take place in person or by web conference. If you have a web camera and a Skype account, please mention that in your cover letter.
Tsukuba International School
Attn: Ms. Shaney Crawford
Tsukuba, Ibaraki, JAPAN
Please write: “English Language Learning Support Application” on the envelope.
Please submit your documents as PDF files or in plain text. Use the subject “Learning Support 2016”.
Applications are due by July 31, 2016, but we encourage candidates to apply as soon as possible. Applications will be considered as soon as they arrive and the position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found. We hope to make the final hiring decision by August 1, 2016.
Please note that Tsukuba International School is school where all classes are taught in English, NOT a private company that teaches English conversation lessons to children and adults; therefore, we will only consider applicants who have proper teaching qualifications (i.e. a degree in education, preferably specializing in elementary, middle, or high school education). A TESL/TEFL certificate and/or Bachelor degree in a subject other than Education would not be enough to meet these standards.
Only those candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. Documents that are submitted to the school will not be returned.
We look forward to hearing from you.