• Location:
    Okayama, Japan
  • Salary:
    Commensurate with public school teachers in Okayama per month
  • Job Type:
    Full Time
  • Accommodation:
  • Contract Length:
  • TEFL hours required:
    120+ hours
  • Start Date:
    1st Apr 2023
  • Degree Required:
  • School Type:
  • Reference:
  • Number of Vacancies:
  • Application Deadline:
    Oct 31, 2022

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Job Details

Employment Opportunity: From April 2023

Position: Full Time Elementary School Teacher (tenured-track position)

Notre Dame Seishin Women’s University Affiliated Elementary School (NDSE), Okayama City

They are a private Catholic elementary school in Okayama city. At NDSE, they have a unique partial-immersion program. Students will study core subjects of Math, Science and English in a full-immersion environment. Other subjects will be taught in Japanese by a homeroom teacher. Therefore, teachers applying must have a unique composition of experience and skills necessary for this position. The first year will be a probationary period and, upon mutual agreement to renew, the next contract will be automatically renewed until retirement. Only those intending to work long-term should apply.  This is an exciting opportunity for anyone looking to establish themselves in a community and build their teaching profession.


Bachelor degree or higher

Minimum 2 years of teaching experience in Japan.

Native-level English Proficiency

Valid working visa

A long-term commitment


English immersion subject instruction (Math, Science, English).

Working with Japanese homeroom teachers and parents.

Assessment of student progress.

Communicating student progress with parents and homeroom teachers in Japanese.

Curriculum revision and development.

Participation in all school events and training.

Involvement in all club, committee and sub-committee responsibilities.

Weighted preference will be given to applicants with:

-Additional certification in fields of ESL/EFL/Early Childhood Education.

-Experience teaching in Elementary schools or with young children.

-An elementary school teaching license from an accredited educational organization.

-Communicative level of Japanese.

-Familiarity with Japanese Kanji.

-Demonstrative commitment to professional development.

-Some ICT skills (ROIRO, Office, Smartboard, Tablet Applications).

-Ability to put school teaching principles into practice and plan effective lessons.

-Ability and experience teaching EFL students.

-Ability to read Japanese teacher’s manuals and textbooks and express content in a meaningful, and interesting way.

-The proper disposition to handle the rigors of lesson observation, peer assessment and schedule adjustments.


Salary is in accordance with the pay scale for municipal Okayama school teachers and therefore is based on age, experience, and responsibilities with set raises until retirement.

Bonus: Twice a year (June and December)

Contract Term: Starts from April 2023. The first year is probationary and then after that will automatically renew until retirement.

Insurance: Health insurance, pension, unemployment insurance, workers compensation insurance

1st-Application Period begins September 18th, 2022 and ends October 31st, 2022.  Interviews will be held via Zoom.

Re-applicants are accepted if their standing has improved since the last screening.

Selection Process:
1.  CV and Cover Letter Screening. (Please state your speaking, and reading level in Japanese on your CV.)
2.  Only applicants chosen from (1) will be contacted for a video interview. (2nd screening)
3.  The final applicants chosen from (2) will be asked for a face to face interview in English and some Japanese. (Barring unexpected circumstances such as pandemic lockdown or being in another country, the applicant will be expected to appear in person for the final interview.)


Weighted preference will be given to those having relevant certifications.  (CELTA/TESOL/Early Childhood Ed.) A communicative level of Japanese is necessary for this job.  Kanji is a plus.


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