Thank you for your interest in working at Yokohama International School. YIS enjoys an excellent reputation for being a great school, a warm and welcoming community, and a rewarding place to work. We offer a competitive package, excellent professional learning opportunities and the chance to work with talented professionals from around the world. We are looking for excellent teachers who are passionate about education and wish to contribute to school and student life in a variety of ways.

YIS is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education and employment. We do not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational, admissions or employment policies, but may take into account factors including a student applicant's prior educational and linguistic background for purposes of admission in order to fulfill the school's mission of providing education in the English language to the international community. Furthermore, as an international school founded in 1924 and arising out of the spirit of internationalism that prevailed following the formation of the League of Nations, Yokohama International School supports the principles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

YIS promotes and protects the rights of children to physical and psychological well-being. In line with the school's Student Protection Policy and Guidelines, we implement safe recruitment procedures to ensure that all potential members of staff undergo comprehensive criminal background checks. We also require references from previous direct supervisors for all finalist candidates.

Current Opportunities

If you are interested in working at our school, we encourage you to continue to check this webpage regularly; new vacancies are posted as they become available. Please see below for current job postings.

Please note: At YIS we receive hundreds of applications each year for a limited number of positions. We apologize that we are not able to respond to each applicant individually and will only contact those whose applications we wish to pursue further.

Faculty Vacancies

ES Vice Principal/ PYP Coordinator

As an established PYP School, we are looking for an Elementary Vice Principal and PYP Coordinator to support the development of the Elementary Curriculum and leadership of the Elementary school through fostering trust, creativity and innovation by promoting and supporting leadership in others, building teams and creating a collaborative culture of learning.

The Vice Principal/PYP Co-ordinator collaborates with the ES Principal, Senior Leadership Team, teachers, students and parents providing leadership with a focus on improving learning within the YIS context and the IB Primary Years Program.

Our ideal candidate will have extensive teaching and leadership experience in a PYP school and is confident in leading an experienced  and enthusiastic team of educators. Experience leading curriculum development within the PYP is highly desirable. We are looking for a person who can lead with compassion, humor, humility and sensitivity. They will be approachable, available and resilient.

The new Vice Principal will assume his/her new role in August 2020.

Interested candidates should apply by the 30 September 2019

Please include a letter of application, CV including the names and contact details of at least three referees, one of which must be your current Principal and or Head of School.

Please see the ES Vice Principal/PYP Coordinator job description for more details of the position.

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Secondary Math Teacher

Teaching at YIS is always an exciting opportunity and we have a unique opportunity for the right person. We are looking for an experienced IB math teacher to cover for a maternity leave, for a fixed period of 1 year (January through till December 2020). Working with our inquisitive and friendly students in the Middle and High School in MYP and DP programs, we are looking for a teacher who has experience working with this age group and within at least one of these programs. 

This is a 1-year fixed term contract. Overseas applicants will be eligible for full foreign employee benefits, including flights, medical and housing.

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Substitute Teachers

We are looking for teachers to join our pool of substitute teachers - currently we are particularly seeking elementary and Japanese language teachers as well as those who teach in middle school and high school.

The pool is used, as required, to cover half or full day teacher absences, mainly due to illness, maternity/paternity leave or attendance at educational workshops. The substitute will be required to have a current teaching certificate.

Whilst we are only looking for applicants already living in Japan the school may help applicants obtain a work permit if he or she holds a dependent visa.

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Administrative Vacancies

There are no vacancies at present.

To apply please click the button below stating the exact name of the post you wish to apply for. Please submit a letter of application, your CV and the names and contact details of at least 3 referees, one being your present Principal or Head of School.

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In Our Words

At YIS, we actively communicate our ideas on education and leadership, thus nurturing an environment of pedagogical dialogue and dynamic inquiry. "In Our Words," is an outlet where administrators, teachers and staff share their thoughts, ideas and observations about teaching, learning and community, to spark conversations and growth throughout the school.