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Canadian International School Tokyo
Faculty vacancies 2021-2022

CIS Tokyo is interested in receiving resumes from teachers who may be interested in teaching positions for the 2021-2022 school year. CIS Tokyo is an accredited Canadian school in Japan. The language of instruction is English.  CIS currently employs 45 teachers. These positions are from September 2021 to June 2022. Holidays and breaks roughly follow those at any Canadian school.

The school consists of an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program from grades K3-5. Grades 7-12 include subjects as in a junior senior high school in Canada. Specialist teachers are assigned to specialist teacher areas. Enhanced curriculum and Advanced Placement study is offered in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Geography, Psychology, Mathematics, English and other elective subjects.

Teachers are required to have completed a teacher training program which includes a “practicum” or similar supervised practice teaching experience. Teachers who are hired will be required to obtain Canadian teacher certification. The school will help with that application process.

Any  teacher who would wish to be considered for a position at CIS Tokyo for the 2021-22 school year is asked to please forward his/her resume to the Head of School at Teachers who are considered will be contacted by e-mail to plan for an “in person”, “ZOOM” or “SKYPE” interview. Positions are open until filled.

Positions which are currently available for 21/22 include:

Position 1     Grade K4 Teacher - Osaki Campus – Building A

This Osaki Campus K4 class consists of 4-year-old students, who will be moving into the K5 program of studies at CIS Tokyo Nakameguro Campus for their 2022-2023 school year.

Basic qualifications include a postsecondary degree in Education. Teachers who are being considered will be contacted by e-mail.

Position 2    Grade 6 Science / PE Teacher

This position includes teaching Grade 6 Science to two classes and grade 6 and 8 Physical Education Classes.

Position 3     Elementary teachers – Nakameguro Campus – Building B.

Teachers are encouraged to indicate interest in the following position/s which may become available in the near future due to recent increasing enrollment trends. These are full-time elementary homeroom teacher positions for the 21/22 school year. This placement is at the CIS Tokyo, Nakameguro Campus (K5-5). Teachers with experience and/ or training in the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP) or a similar program, are encouraged to apply.

Junior and Senior High School Vice Principal
(50% administration, 50% teaching)
2021-2022 School Year (September-June)
April 9, 2021

CIS Tokyo is receiving resumes from administrators and teachers interested in the following Junior/Senior High Vice - Principal Position for the 2021-2022 school year. CIS Tokyo is an accredited Canadian school in Japan. CIS accreditations include International Baccalaureate (IBO PYP), Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), Advanced Placement (AP) and Canadian Ministry of Education (PEI).

Candidates require graduation from a recognized postsecondary institution with an undergraduate degree or equivalent in Education. A graduate degree, and experience in junior and senior high projects and/or administration, will be assets.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume, and introductory letter to the school. Candidates chosen for an interview will be contacted by e-mail. This position is open until filled.

Job Title:        Junior/Senior High Vice Principal
Responsible to:     Head of School and Principals
Relationships:     Membership/Chairperson - administrative committees. These include School Leadership Team and Principals’ Group.
Description:    50% Vice Principal / 50% teaching duties

CIS Junior and Senior High Vice Principal, is a senior leadership position within The CIS Tokyo organization. Collaborating with the Head of School and Principals, the VP role will include opportunities to contribute to the future direction of CIS Tokyo.

CIS Tokyo is an accredited International Baccalaureate World School in central Tokyo. Accreditations include WASC, Advanced Placement, IB, and Prince Edward Island Canada, authorization. Teachers with experience and/ or training in the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program are encouraged to apply. The language of instruction is English.  

All applicants are required to have completed a degree or equivalent in Education in addition to any other qualifications they may have.

Please forward your resume to the Head of School, Teachers who are being considered will be contacted for an interview in person or using ZOOM/SKYPE.

These positions are open until filled. Thank you.

Benefits for CIS Tokyo teachers are outlined below.


Substitute Teachers
CIS always has need of substitute teachers to cover classes while the regular teacher is at a professional development workshop, or absent due to illness. If you live in the Tokyo area and have teaching experience and would like to be placed on the school's substitute teacher list, please contact the principal. You should send a cover letter and a brief resume showing your education and teaching experience, as well as the names and e-mail contacts of three references.

Robert Pittman
Head of School
Canadian International School Tokyo
Employment Details
Initial teaching contracts are for one year. After the first year, the teacher and school may mutually agree to provide a two-year contract or continue with one-year contracts. Initial contracts are for 10 months (September-June Probationary), while all subsequent one and two-year contracts are for 12 months from August to July.
Teachers are required to apply for Canadian teacher certification within the first two months of employment. Thus, all teachers must have completed certified teacher postsecondary training, including a “practicum”, and thus be eligible for certification in Canada. A police background check/vulnerable sector check or equivalent is also required for Canadian teacher certification. Copies of university transcripts and certificates will be required prior to an interview being scheduled. Interviews can be conducted in person or online.
CIS Tokyo Teacher Benefits
The starting salary for new teachers is competitive with other international schools in Asia. The CIS teacher salary scale recognizes full time teaching experience prior to employment with CIS, and subsequent teaching experience gained while teaching at CIS Tokyo. The salary scale also recognizes teacher qualifications including years of post-secondary education and degrees obtained.
Additional salary bonuses may be available for teachers who, in consultation with school administration, are requested to accept additional curricular and/or administrative responsibilities.
Accommodation, Commuting and Airfare Allowances
A monthly housing allowance is paid to teachers.  An annual return airfare is provided for those teachers who initially reside in another country or city. Also an allowance is also provided for daily transportation to and from work.
Working VISA and Accommodation Assistance
The school aids in locating and contracting housing upon entry into Japan. Assistance is also provided for teachers in their application for a Japanese work VISA, as required.
Medical Insurance
Medical insurance is provided through the Japanese National Health plan or a private international health insurance/travel insurance plan. The school will pay 100,000 yen/year towards an international health plan or one half of the Japanese National Health plan premium.
10 days per school year are provided for sick leave.
Within a school year, teachers are provided with 8-10 professional development and administrative days. Access to “in-school” and external in-service is also provided on a rotating basis for teachers. International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement (College Board of the US) workshops form a significant part of the PD opportunities for teachers. Other PD opportunities in subject areas for junior and senior high are also available.
Leave of Absence without pay may also be approved in consultation with the principal.
Japanese Employment taxes
Canadian teachers are liable for Japanese national and local taxes on income earned in Japan.
Robert Pittman
Head of School
Canadian International School Tokyo


Please refer to the Japanese version of this website.
Canadian International School
5-8-20 Kitashinagawa Shinagawaku Tokyo Japan
TEL: 03-5793-1392
FAX: 03-5793-3559
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