Work at YIS
Our dedicated and experienced staff reflect the international nature of our community, representing over 18 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. Our working environment combined with the abundance of cultural and outdoor activities Japan has to offer allows our staff to achieve a personalized work life balance representative of our mission, Live, Learn, Lead.
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 23 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.
Applicants for teaching positions require a minimum of a university degree, a teaching qualification and three years post graduate teaching experience. For administrative and support staff positions, prior work experience in an international school or other educational setting is highly valued.
All applications should be submitted through the online application on the website.
Faculty Vacancies for 2023 - 2024
Administrative Staff Vacancies for 2023 - 2024
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. The school opened in 1924 as one of the world’s first expressly international schools in the historic Yamate Bluff district, the site of Yokohama’s first foreign community when Japan opened to the world in the 1850s. Throughout its long history, the school has been recognized as an innovative leader in its field and has helped support the growth of Yokohama as a center for international business.
In January 2022, marking an historic milestone, Yokohama International School relocated from the original location of the school’s founding to a new purpose-built campus in the nearby residential neighborhood of Honmoku. Designed by world-renowned architects Kengo Kuma & Associates, our new home offers notable teaching and learning advantages, and has captured the essence of who we are as a school community. Designed for learning, every space on the campus is considered a learning space, and as such, the new campus has laid the foundation for supporting our growth and development in our second century.
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.