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Kansai Christian School is seeking qualified applicants for the following:

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Head of School / Principal

Kansai Christian School is seeking a school leader who is a committed Christian and a professional educator to begin the 2019-2020 school year in August 2019. KCS has been in existence for almost 50 years and currently serves 48 students of diverse ethnicity and culture in grades 1 through 12.  As a small school, the staff share a diverse range of responsibilities and the head of school must accept a variety of roles as required.  

Qualifications:

  • ·         Teaching experience
  • ·         Active believer in Jesus Christ with membership in an established Christian church
  • ·         A desire for Christian service in Japan
  • ·         Prior leadership experience in an educational institution
  • ·         Willingness to serve at least two years, with the possibility of extending
  • ·         Principal credentials, willingness to earn them, or commensurate experience

Other desired qualities or experience:

KCS is currently in its first year of accreditation candidacy with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), anticipating approval for accreditation in the spring of 2021. As such, a candidate with experience with the accreditation process (particularly with WASC) and the skills to create and organize the various components required for accreditation would be highly valued.

Job Description:

The principal of KCS is expected to carry out leadership responsibilities as well as share a portion of the teaching load. This typically entails teaching two sections of academics at the middle or high school level. The particular classes taught are determined by the abilities of the principal and the needs of the school with regard to current teacher staffing. Responsibilities include the following.

  • ·         Leading the staff and students in pursuing the school’s mission
  • ·         Reporting to the Board of Operations
  • ·         Overseeing the admission of new students
  • ·         Overseeing the school’s academic program
  • ·         Student discipline and safety
  • ·         Staff recruitment, hiring and orienting
  • ·         Staff evaluation
  • ·         Staff professional development
  • ·         Maintaining accreditation
  • ·         Facilities Management

Kansai Christian School is a wonderful place to serve, with a caring and supportive staff. A small school presents unique challenges and diverse responsibilities, but it also provides significant opportunities to impact the lives of students and the Christian mission in Japan. If you believe you have the skills and experience the school desires, along with a heart for Christian service in Japan, you are invited to complete the application here: http://www.kansaichristianschool.com/contact-us-1/employment

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TEACHERS, Elementary / Middle School / High School

Kansai Christian School (KCS) is seeking one or more full time teachers beginning in August 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year and beyond. Grade level and subject-area placement will be determined by the successful candidate’s experience and credentials, along with the needs of the school. 

  • Deliver quality instruction in accordance with Board-approved curricula in assigned grade levels and content areas
  • All instruction is in English: Qualified candidates must speak and write in native-level English. 
  • Experience with American curriculum and pedagogy
  • Teach a daily Bible class
  • Provide differentiation in instructional materials and techniques to accommodate varying abilities, language levels, and learning styles
  • In collaboration with other staff, prepare students for various school events
  • Assist with playground duty and other support tasks as assigned
  • Seek to continually improve content knowledge and teaching strategies that maximize student learning
  • Attend staff meetings and contribute to staff professional and spiritual development
  • Comply with and implement school policies individually and with students
  • Applicants with valid teaching credentials and/or experience will be preferred
  • Experience on a school accreditation team will be highly valued
  • Japanese language ability is helpful, but not required.
  • While KCS has no denominational affiliation, staff are expected to have an active Christian faith that is demonstrated on a daily basis in interactions with staff and students.

KCS operates on the American school calendar and relies heavily on American curriculum standards. All instruction (other than specific language classes) is conducted in English and provides seamless transition of missionary and expat families to and from schools and universities in the West. It is imperative our teachers be native English speakers to uphold this high level of English in all academic areas.

As a small school maintaining its goal of serving missionary families, KCS remains a small, no-frills school with a strong Christ-centered focus. The staff, families, and students form a supportive and caring community that strives to demonstrate exemplary Christian service as well as academic excellence. KCS is a 1-12 grade school so teaching assignments are frequently across multiple grade levels and content areas; however, our student / teacher ratio is low and provides great flexibility and opportunities for building strong relationships.

Direct compensation for your work at KCS will provide for much of your livelihood; however, many teachers receive supplemental support through affiliated mission organizations or from churches and friends in their home countries. This helps meet the cost of additional living expenses in Japan, as well as keeping staff connected with the greater body of believers and their home church communities. Teaching assignments are for a minimum of two years, but some staff have been involved with the school for decades. Because the school is located outside of a major metropolitan area, the area surrounding the school enjoys small-town feeling and relatively low cost of living. 

Living and working in Japan can be an immensely rewarding experience. Most foreigners with a degree of cultural sensitivity will find the Japanese culture welcoming and endearing. While Japan embraces many Western influences, it still has an extremely low percentage of Christians (less than 1%). Opportunities for Christian ministry are plentiful but not without challenges as overcoming language and other cultural barriers can be frustrating at times. If you are interested in obtaining more information about how you can make a difference as a missionary teacher, please don't hesitate to contact us.

KCS is a non-profit zaidan hojin and can directly sponsor work visas in Japan.

Please contact Mrs. Clark at office@kansaichristianschool.com if you have questions or to submit application materials. You are invited to send a cover letter and your resume directly to this address.

Thank you!

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The school appreciates your interest and welcomes the opportunity to review your application and keep it on file for future openings. If you are interested, please contact: office@kansaichristianschool.com.



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