Work at YIS
Our dedicated faculty and staff reflect the international nature of our community, representing over 16 different nationalities, and have tremendous collective breadth and depth of experience in international education. Above all, our teachers are passionate and inspiring educators who guide and support students to develop their skills, understandings and dispositions so they can make a positive difference in the world around them
IB Continuum School
We offer the continuum of IB programs (PYP, MYP, DP) and our faculty all have IB teaching experience.
Average Faculty Tenure
People enjoy working at YIS and tend to stay for many years.
With faculty and staff from over 16 countries, internationalism is at the heart of our school culture.
Student Teacher Ratio
Small classes enable teachers to know their students well, address individual needs and cater for a range of learning styles.
Click on the link below if you wish to begin the application process. You will need to upload a cover letter of application and your CV (resume), and provide the names and contact details of at least three referees, one of whom should be your present Principal or Head of School (or direct supervisor for administrative positions). If you have worked for less than 6 years in your current place of employment, please provide referee contact details from previous employment, either Head of School or Principal. Please be advised that reference checks may be conducted at any time from when applications are received.
Aligned with the recommendations of the International Taskforce on Child Protection, we hold ourselves to a high standard of effective recruiting practices with specific attention to child protection. In line with the school's Student Protection Policy and Guidelines, our staff undergo annual training and updates in Safeguarding and Child Protection and we also provide the same training to a variety of other providers and partners that we work with. Applicants to YIS undergo background checks and multiple reference checks and, as a condition of employment, must sign on to a code of conduct as stipulated in their employment contracts and Student Protection Agreement.
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.
A Strong Past, A Bright Future
YIS enjoys an excellent reputation for being a great school, a warm and welcoming community, and a rewarding place to work. Since 1924 YIS has been located across from Harbor View Park in a quiet residential neighborhood in the historic Yamate Bluff district, which was the site of Yokohama’s first foreign community when Japan opened to the world in the 1850s. The campus offers a safe and green environment near some of Yokohama's most pleasant neighborhoods. It is also very convenient for families who choose to live in Tokyo, which is just over 30 minutes away by express train.
In January 2022 we will be moving to a larger, newly built campus in the nearby Honmoku area, which is less than 2km away. The new campus is located in a mixed-use commercial and residential area, with parks, shopping and an array of affordable housing choices nearby. Development of the new campus is a tremendously exciting opportunity involving input from throughout our community to create a purpose-built facility that will usher the school into its second century. Although the new campus will allow for some growth in student numbers, we want to maintain our close sense of community as a medium-size school and will limit enrolment to 800 students.
In addition to offering a competitive package, we provide 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.
Professional Learning at YIS is focused on developing teachers skills and pedagogy and is responsive to the needs of our students. Our Professional Learning systems center around growth, the impact we can have on our students, and the learning we can share with our colleagues. We draw on the expertise of our colleagues through our Professional Growth Plan, as well as the opportunities in our region and beyond. We have an exciting range of networks with schools across Asia who help us explore, question and extend our pedagogy in order to improve learning for all students. As we believe of our students, we expect our teachers to be inquirers, risk takers and leaders of their own learning.
Find out more about our Professional Learning Program.
Living in Japan
Japan has a deserved reputation as a safe, clean and welcoming country with a rich cultural heritage, great natural beauty and travel opportunities in all seasons. Its highly efficient transportation systems, affordable daily conveniences and wide selection of foods for all diets make it an easy place to live. Although the Japanese language is a challenging one to learn, the general level of English ability has improved and with the proliferation of technology, language barriers are addressed more readily than before, making many aspects of Japanese society more accessible to the international community.
Find out more about Life in Japan.
Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination
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, gender expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of our 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.