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Know, Value, Care

ASIJ’s commitment to “Know, Value, Care” starts with the student-teacher relationship. We should know what interests, motivates and inspires them — academically and emotionally.

In being known, each child will feel recognized and valued. A caring environment provides safe spaces for taking on challenges, making mistakes, and growing. Teachers who join ASIJ’s faculty will also be known, valued, and cared for in a professional culture that asks them to contribute their best work and be part of something larger than themselves.

ASIJ is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture and we encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, citizenship and disability.

Our Faculty

ASIJ’s faculty members demonstrate a strong commitment to our program and as a result, turnover is low and the average tenure is approximately nine years.

Teachers work hard, set high standards for their students and themselves, and they expect and see the same qualities in their colleagues.

We believe that purposeful work builds purposeful students and purposeful teachers. School is more than a series of artificial or isolated experiences, but should instead be a rich and meaningful component of our lives and community. We want our teachers to learn alongside their students, to engage with genuine questions and puzzles, and to work to tackle meaningful challenges, design original solutions, and model compassion and a sense of duty to others.

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Teacher Qualifications

All candidates must have received at least a BA or BS from an accredited university or college. Graduate degrees are preferred. Applicants must have an active teaching license from a state, province, or governmental authority and certification that covers the specific teaching assignment for which they are applying, both in subject matter or specialized role and grade level. Candidates need to have at least 5 years of full-time classroom experience, including two years in an assignment similar to the one for which they are applying. Finally, we give priority to candidates who have training and experience with specific curricular or programmatic concerns. These priorities are detailed in the job descriptions posted for each role.

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The American School in Japan is committed to ensuring that all students are safeguarded and protected from all forms of violence, abuse, exploitation, and neglect. Upon employment, all faculty and staff members are required to sign a student protection agreement, and undergo a background check.

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The Bigger Picture

Our publications below offer additional insights on the impacts of your gifts.