You will need to have strong language teaching skills, a good understanding of Japanese adult learners, as well as a genuine interest in helping our students reach their goals.
You must be punctual, organized, and responsible as you will be working with not only our students, but also our team of instructors, counselors, and managers.
We believe in continuous learning and self-improvement so being proactive in developing your skills and knowledge will help you succeed in your role.
We aim to foster a positive, cooperative work culture as each employee plays a key role in achieving both our day-to-day and our long-term organizational goals.
Specific job descriptions and candidate requirements may be found in our job postings. Interested candidates can apply by submitting a CV and cover letter via the job posting, although account registration for the job website it is posted on will be required. CVs and applications sent via direct email will not be processed.
For any inquiries regarding the application process, feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the staff in our branches will not be able to process your application or answer inquiries regarding recruitment.
Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for further screening.
Candidates who pass initial screening must complete interviews and reference checks before receiving a final offer of employment. The timeline would depend on both the company and the candidate’s availability for interviews, the number of applicants, and responses from references.
We only accept candidates with a valid working visa in Japan.
Job ads are posted when positions become available, so immediate to short-term availability is highly preferred.
Interviews are not paid, but all days of initial training during onboarding are paid.
Conversational level at minimum.
A visa with valid working status in Japan is required for employment. If we will become your main employer, we can provide supporting documents for visa renewal.
A Specialist in Humanities/International Services visa is required for positions where the employee works over 28 hours per week. However, Student or Dependent visa holders may apply as long as they have obtained the necessary special permission to work stamps from the Immigration Bureau.
For candidates with an Instructor visa, you will need to change to a Specialist in Humanities/International Services visa if we will be your main employer. If your main employer is still the one for which you need the Instructor visa, then you will not need to change. However, you will need to obtain a special permission to engage in activities outside the status of residence from the Immigration Bureau.
Except for independent contractors who can submit their own availability, schedules are offered based on the needs of the school and will be fixed for the duration of the contract. Most contracts will require availability to work on evenings and on at least one weekend day as these are our peak times.
Although your schedule should not change from week to week, our operations team may ask for changes in shift days, times, or locations if there are business needs or circumstances such as sudden lesson requests or a sick instructor needing cover. Any such change will be communicated beforehand and the employee may choose to accept or not.
Instructors are paid for all lesson slots on their fixed scheduled whether it is booked or not. However, these slots are still considered work time and students may book into unbooked lesson slots last-minute. Instructors are thus required to remain in the school and may only leave during break time.
For independent contractors, bookings for all submitted available times are not guaranteed and only booked lesson slots as of midnight will be paid. However, if a lesson was booked but cancels on the same day, it will be paid.
Transportation expenses are paid.
This will be decided when you are hired. We will consider where the instructor lives as well as the demand in our branches. Traveling in between branches may be required depending on scheduling needs, but travel time will be counted as a paid lesson slot.
Full-time and part-time employees are entitled to paid leave after 6 months of employment. Paid leave entitlement will depend on the number of days the employee is contracted to work.
Our schools are open on public holidays so work attendance is required. However, we have school closures for Golden Week, Obon, Christmas, and New Year.
For part-time employees and independent contractors, school closure dates are unpaid but instructors can request for extra shifts to make up for the time.
Successful completion of onboarding is required before an instructor officially begins teaching. Onboarding will comprise of a half-day company orientation typically followed by two full days of practical skills training. There will also be ongoing training and follow up support over your first 1-2 months on the job.
Our students are adult Japanese learners with levels ranging from beginner to advanced. Japanese support may be required for some low-level learners.
There is no need to prepare teaching materials other than the student textbook, but instructors (except for independent contractors) are given paid preparation time at the start of their shift to plan for their day’s lessons.
English is the main medium of instruction during lessons, although use of Japanese for beginner classes is allowed if it is purposeful and helps moves the lesson along. All the same, we encourage all our instructors to continue honing their Japanese language skills as it is useful for understanding low-level students and Career Navigators (Japanese student counsellors) who may not all speak English fluently.
Dress code in all schools is strictly professional business attire.
Aside from teaching, instructors are also asked to create student reports after their midway and final lessons as a way for us to give students feedback on their progress. This can be completed during the lesson or within the given 10-minute wrap up time following each lesson.
Instructors and their line managers can discuss other duties the instructor is interested in taking on (i.e scheduling, quality control, curriculum, etc.) and, if approved, these would be assigned as special non-teaching slots on their fixed schedule.