Job: Head of Library (K-12)

6.3.16 – Head of Library Department & ICT (K-12)
International School of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo, Japan

Sarah P’s comments:  This is a late posting for the school year beginning next fall.  Reviews are mixed, I advise reading International School Reviews, but I do not see many postings for Japan and it is an established school.


The International School of the Sacred Heart (ISSH) takes great pride in the quality of its academic program; the cornerstone of which is the belief in nurturing the whole child.
Located in central Tokyo, ISSH was founded in 1908 and belongs to a worldwide network of the Schools of the Sacred Heart.

ISSH is a Catholic school with a co-educational Kindergarten (ages 3-5) program and an all girl’s program from Grade 1 through Grade 12. The school offers an international curriculum with Advanced Placement (AP) courses in Grades 11 & 12 and the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) in Kindergarten through Grade 4. ISSH prepares its students for universities in Australia, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, and other countries. Most of our graduates are accepted into colleges and universities of their first choice in various fields around the world. The student body represents approximately 50 nationalities with a teaching staff from over 15 countries. ISSH is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS).

Minimum Teaching Requirements:

  • Support the school’s philosophy and goals
  • Three to five years of full-time teaching experience, preferably in a multi-cultural international school setting
  • Valid teaching credentials in the subject area for which you are applying
  • Preferred Master’s degree
  • Good technology skills
  • Experience with AP or other external exams (IB, A Level) (preferred)

Application Requirements:

  • Cover letter describing why you want to work at ISSH and how you can contribute to our school and its goals
  • Current CV
  • Contact information with email address and telephone number for three referees who are familiar with your performance as an educator
  • Clear copies of your current teaching credentials
  • Official background check required

Who To Contact:

Yvonne Hayes
International School of the Sacred Heart
4-3-1 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo 150-0012 Japan
Fax: 81-3-3400-3496

News: Travels in Japan…

4/17/15 –  Here is a picture of the International Library of Children’s Literature in Tokyo I recently received from a fellow Florida librarian which she snapped on a recent visit to Japan:

Stephanie in Japan

Stephanie Katz

Reference Librarian – Information Services
Neighborhood Services Department || Manatee County Public Library System  

Central Library ||  Bradenton, Florida

Sarah P’s comments:  Stephanie is also Editor-in-Chief of 805, a new literary magazine supporting emerging writers, poets, photographers, and artists, and where I am an editor as well.  Please submit!

Job: K-12 Head Librarian

9/25/14 – K-12 Head Librarian
Osaka International School, Osaka, Japan

The position

We are looking for an IB experienced librarian who can support teaching and learning and is a visionary for a 21st century library. A detailed overview of the position, the selection criteria and responsibilities is available here (pdf file).

The post is tentatively scheduled to begin in August, however an earlier start date is a possibility.


Please apply through the online application form. You should include an attachment comprising: a letter of application which addresses the specific post criteria addressed in the job description; a 1 page statement of philosophy of education; and a resume that includes the names, email addresses and contact telephone numbers of three referees, including most recent supervisors.

Sarah P’s comments:  Fall is the beginning of the recruiting season for international school librarians.  I post what I consider the most worthy positions (and sometimes the notorious as a warning) however if you are interested in school positions I advise you to join TIE (The International Educator) to see the whole list of what is available.  Note: this position has a potential mid-year start date so if you can be available then you might have a jump on the competition.

Job: Assistant Professor in e-Science

9/25/14 –  Assistant Professor in e-Science
University of Tsukuba, Japan

The University of Tsukuba in Japan has an opening for an “Assistant Professor in e-Science”. The faculty seeks applicants, who are capable of conducting research and education of e-Science with expertise in any of the following areas: (1) e-Scientific research process; (2) science technology policy regarding to open access and open data; (3) research data management, data curation and training functions in research library; (4) developing e-Science infrastructure such as data repository, electronic laboratory
notes, and data analyzing tools.

Close date: 31st Oct 2014.  More information can be found:
Please send your informal inquiry to


Sarah P’s comments:  It is rare to see a position open in Japan.  It’s very specialized but if you have anywhere near the qualifications – science background and conversational level Japanese, apply…