Kansai International Academy

Kobe, Japan

Position Type: Teacher

Contract: Full-time

School: Early years and kindergarten

Location: multiple campuses in Kansai and Kanto

Closing Date: March 31, 2022

Job Start: As soon as possible

Kansai International Academy (Kobe) has an elementary school and is an IB World School offering the Primary Years Programme. We also have a secondary school in Kobe and is a candidate school for IB Diploma Programme.

We are not an English conversation school. We teach IN English rather than teach English so applicants must be aware of the challenges associated with holistic education as opposed to language instruction and be proactive about their own professional development. We welcome well qualified, highly motivated and committed teachers to apply for a rewarding career opportunity.

Currently, we are seeking teachers particularly for the following positions:

Main Classroom Teacher Positions for Ages 1-6 (early years and kindergarten)

We focus on various aspects of the children’s development, such as linguistic development, mathematical development, knowledge and understanding of the world, and creative development. It is a full school year position, with teachers being responsible for teaching one class of students together with a bilingual Japanese teaching partner.

Applicants must have experience caring for and teaching young children. A qualification in early childhood care or a degree or graduate diploma in education is strongly preferred. For some positions, we offer an earlier starting date followed by some initial training.

Since our academic year has already started, successful applicants may start as a trainee/substitute teacher taking on the classroom teaching position the following school year.

Full time teaching duties as a classroom teacher.
Assessment of student progress.
Fundamental care and supervision of students.
Toilet training, including diaper change.
Assistance with curriculum revision and development.

Bachelor's degree
Ability to apply curriculum principles in practice and to plan effective lessons.
Ability and experience teaching students for whom English is not their first language.
Teaching certification or qualification in early childhood strongly preferred.
Experience working with young children.

We have established a successful curriculum and a strong support network for our teachers. Teachers with BA or BSc in Education will receive monthly qualification allowance.

Travel expenses are paid up to a maximum of 25,000 yen per month and health insurance is provided in addition to the salary.

Please attach a cover letter addressed to our school and is relevant to the position you are applying for.

KIA is committed to students safeguarding and well-being which is in line with the United Nations Policies on Child Protection. We expect all employees and volunteers to share the same commitment. By applying, you are confirming that you have never harmed or been accused of any wrong doing involving children. Successful candidates will be required to undergo relevant background checks.

Due to the large number of applications we get, we will only contact applicants deemed suitable for an interview. Make sure your cover letter is addressed specifically to Kansai International Academy and includes why you would like to work at our school and how you think your skills and experience could add to our academic environment. This is not an entry-level job and positions are extremely competitive. Having numerous years of ESL teaching experience or being multicultural will not be enough to warrant an interview. Please give some specific references to our educational environment, philosophies and approaches based on the information from our website, and let us know how you would fit into our team.

Before applying, be sure that you are at least meet the minimum requirements of having a Bachelor's degree, experience working with children and a valid working visa.

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Application Form

Section 1

1. Personal Details

2. Teaching Qualifications

3. Education

List all your school results and qualifications, most recent first. Please include dates as well as school and university names and locations.

Institution Name/Location Qualifications/Results Dates Action

Section 2

1. Current Employment Details

If currently not employed please list most recent employment details and dates.

Current employer name*
Current employer postal address*
Current employer country
Current employer website
Current post held
Current monthly salary before tax, in JPY.*
Type of school
Number of students on roll
Date appointed (YYYY-MM-DD)

2. Previous Teaching / Employment Experience (most recent first)

Type of School Country Name of School/Company Post Held Number on Roll Dates Action

3. Personal interests, including extracurricular activities

4. Details of any significant illness during last 2 years, including days off sick in last 12 months


1. Referees

Referees must be previous Head Teacher or line managers. Colleagues will not be accepted as referees.

School Name / Company Name*
Professional relation to you*
May we take this reference now?*

School Name / Company Name*
Professional relation to you*
May we take this reference now?*

School Name / Company Name*
Professional relation to you*
May we take this reference now?*

2. Availability

Please indicate any dates you are not available for interview
Please indicate the date of availability to start working



This is a post which involves working directly with children. You are therefore required to declare whether you have any criminal convictions.

Please Note

>>If your application is successful, prior to taking up your post, you will be required to undergo a background check. This will require you to complete a separate consent form and to provide more than one piece of documentary evidence of your identity.

>>Although a criminal record involving offences against children is likely to debar you from appointment of this type of post, the existence of other criminal convictions will not necessarily be a bar to employment.

>>Any criminal record information arising out of the background check process will be discussed with you before any final decision is made about your employment.

Are you or have you ever been the subject of a disciplinary procedure related to your work with children? If yes please give details here.*

Do you have any convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings or equivalent in other countries in which you have lived? If yes please give details here.

Are you included in any list of people barred from working with children in any of the countries in which you have lived? If yes please give details here.

Visa Status and Validity Period (if currently in Japan)

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KIA places the highest priority in protecting the students in our care. By submitting an application form, you are stating that you have never harmed children, adolescents or vulnerable people either physically, sexually or emotionally. You are also stating categorically that there is no reason why you should not work in a school setting with children. You also confirm that you are free from any criminal record, spent or otherwise, in any jurisdiction, with regard to offenses (or cautions/warnings) which may be deemed relevant to employment with young people at KIA. You also consent to KIA conducting a full background check on you as a condition of any contract offer made, and understand that KIA has the right to rescind any offer of employment should there be any concerns raised through those checks. Prospective employees are also informed that any adult behaviors which contravene a professional standard of decency/respect, constitute sexual, physical or emotional abuse and/or are otherwise an infringement of a student’s right to physical and emotional safety are grounds for immediate dismissal. You understand that you will be asked to sign this statement at the time of accepting any offer of employment from KIA.

KIAでは、児童・生徒の保護を最優先に考えています。KIAの職務に応募をすることは、これまでに子ども、青少年、または弱者に身体的、性的、情緒的な危害を加えたことがないことを表明していることになります。また、教育施設・学校という子どもと関わる仕事をしてはいけない理由はないと申告しているとみなします。さらに、いかなる法域においても、犯罪歴、留置歴、その他の犯罪歴がなく、KIAにおいて児童・生徒と関わる雇用に関連していると考えられる犯罪(または注意・警告)に関与したことがないと確認します。また、応募の際の条件としてKIAがあなたの身元調査を行うことに同意し、それらの調査を通じて懸念が生じた場合には、KIAが雇用の申し出を取り消す権利があることを理解しています。また、候補者においては、雇用後に職業上の行動規範や尊敬の基準に反したり、性的、身体的、精神的虐待、および/または身体的、精神的安全に対する子どもの権利を侵害する行為が認められれば直ちに解雇となります。KIA からの雇用の申し出を受け入れる際には、この内容に同意する署名が求められることをあらかじめご理解ください。

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Only complete applications, including all the documents listed above, will be considered. It should be understood that nothing in this form constitutes a contract.