Current status of this position: accepting applications

Profile of School
Tsukuba International School (TIS) offers an international education for children from age 3 to 18 (preschool to Grade 12). We are an IB World School authorized to implement the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), and Diploma Programme (DP) of the International Baccalaureate (IB). We are accredited by the Council of International Schools, and we are members of the Japan Council of International Schools (JCIS) and the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS). We are also officially recognized as an educational entity by the government of Ibaraki Prefecture.

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 Position

We are currently seeking a full-time IB DP Group 3 (History / Global Politics) and Theory of Knowledge (TOK) teacher to start on August 1, 2019. Candidates with a background in guidance, college, and career counselling are especially welcome.

Our maximum class sizes are as follows.

  • Grade 10 – maximum 22 students
  • Grade 11 – maximum 22 students
  • Grade 12 – maximum 10 students (for this year)

The successful candidate will teach the following five classes.

  • Grade 10 Individuals and Societies (expected cohort size: 18 students)
  • Grade 11 History (SL/HL) OR Global Politics (SL/HL) (expected cohort size: 10 to 12 students)
  • Grade 11 Theory of Knowledge (expected cohort size: 17 students)
  • Grade 12 History (SL only) (cohort size: 6 students)
  • Grade 12 Theory of Knowledge (cohort size: 9 students)

The teacher will share additional responsibilities (for example, pastoral care of homeroom students, organizing school events) with the other teachers at the school.

As TIS is an IB World School, experienced IB (MYP/DP) teachers will be given preference, although certified teachers with a strong interest in inquiry-based learning and collaborative planning will also be considered.

Job Description: Teacher

The role of the teachers is to work with the coordinators and the principal to provide an education to students that is in line with the school’s curriculum and goals.

Teachers report to their respective IB Coordinators.

Specific responsibilities include:

A School Guiding Statements

  • Understand the philosophy of the school and work to uphold the school’s guiding statements (mission, vision, school-wide learning objectives, definition of international-mindedness, pledge of non-discrimination, policies).
  • Understand and act in accordance with school policies and procedures
  • Pledge to protect all children in the care of the school.

B Teaching and Learning

  • Design, prepare and deliver high quality lessons to suit the individual needs of all students in line with the International Baccalaureate programmes offered at the school.
  • Create challenging and engaging learning opportunities for all students based on the latest educational research and models of inclusive practice.
  • Complete all planning documentation (weekly lesson plans, unit planners, long-range plans, etc.) on time (by the specified due date) and to a good standard.
  • Contribute to the review and development of curriculum at all levels as directed by the school leadership team.
  • Assess and monitor student progress and provide prompt and meaningful feedback so that all learners can see success and improve.
  • Keep accurate and meaningful records of student progress.
  • Complete student reports and portfolios, in accordance with the guidance given by the school, on time (by the specified due date) and to a good standard.
  • Seek ways to collaborate often and openly with colleagues to share new ideas, approaches and professional knowledge.
  • Communicate accurately and regularly with parents regarding their child’s learning.
  • Select and manage resources efficiently in the classroom.
  • Provide an attractive and engaging classroom environment which should be kept clean, tidy and well-organized.
  • Maintain constant awareness of the individual needs of all children, including those with special educational needs (SEN) and those for whom English is an additional language, and actively plan for progress.

C School Culture

  • Interact with colleagues, parents, and students in a positive, friendly, and co-operative way.
  • Participate actively in all-school events. Active participation includes volunteering to assist in all events in some way, and potentially leading a major all-school event.
  • Participate actively in and occasionally lead weekly assemblies.
  • Participate in house league events and activities.
  • Prepare presentations for parents/the public at special events.
  • Arrive promptly to school, to classes, and to meetings.

D Operations

  • Ensure that students are adequately supervised at all times.
  • Ensure the well-being and safety of all students.
  • Attend weekly and monthly collaborative meetings and staff meetings.
  • Assist in first aid when necessary.
  • Ensure that school equipment and resources are used in a respectful way by all members of the school community.

E Faculty and Staff

  • Participate actively in ongoing professional learning.

The above lists are not comprehensive. Other duties may be assigned, based on the school’s needs and the employee’s capabilities.


The following are non-negotiable credentials for applying for this position.

  • Native-level English proficiency.
  • University degree in education (preferably with History specialization) 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 teaching Individuals and Societies, History, Global Politics, and/or Theory of Knowledge
  • Experience teaching at the high school level
  • Experience teaching in the Middle Years Programme or the Diploma Programme of the International Baccalaureate
  • Experience teaching at an international school, or in a multicultural environment.
  • Experience teaching non-native speakers of English.
  • Familiarity with inquiry-based learning.
  • Experience with collaborative planning.
  • Experience living in Japan, or living abroad

Working Conditions

Salary: based on experience
School Year: late August to June
Benefits: commuting allowance, housing allowance, enrollment in the school’s insurance plan (私学共済), employment insurance
Vacation: 10 days paid personal leave, all 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 accommodation

Please see our page on Tsukuba to learn more about living and working in the city.

Application Process

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 and certificates. 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.

Applications must be sent by email to the following address.

jobs at tsukuba international school dot org

Please submit your documents as PDF files. Use the subject “DP History Teacher: August 2019”.


Applications are due by March 1, 2019, 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 fill the position by April 1, 2019.

We apologize, but 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.