Job Opportunities

Position Vacancy: Preschool Director


The Employees Welfare Association (EWA) of U.S. Embassy Tokyo is seeking an individual for the position of Preschool Director for the Mitsui Gardens International Preschool located at the U.S. Embassy Housing Compound in Akasaka, Tokyo.


OPEN TO:                  All interested parties

POSITION:                Preschool Director

OPENING DATE:     January 10, 2018

CLOSING DATE:      January 31, 2018

WORK HOURS:        Full time, 40 hours per week

SALARY:                   Based on experience and qualifications



  1. U.S. taxes will be deducted for U.S. citizens and green card holders.
  2. This position is not a U.S. Federal Government position.
  3. The EWA will not sponsor work visas in Japan. Candidates must obtain a residency permit that allows full time work privilege.



The EWA is a private association of employees of the U.S. Embassy Tokyo.  The EWA-managed Mitsui Gardens International Preschool has a current enrollment of 75 children, ages 18 months to five years, and a teaching staff of 15.  The Preschool operates from September to June, with a summer program from June to August.


Information about the Preschool is located at:



The Preschool Director reports to designated EWA Board Member(s) and is responsible for managing the strategic direction of the Preschool, establishing and managing the Preschool budget and finances, management of all Preschool staff, setting Preschool curriculum based on accepted U.S. preschool standards, communication with parents and the external community, recruitment of students and staff, and management of the Camp Wakaba summer program.



  1. Education: University Degree in Early Childhood Development, Education Administration, or related education field is required.
  2. Prior Work Experience: 5-7 years of experience in the early childhood development field is required. Experience as teacher and manager of teaching staff is strongly desired.  Experience as a director of an accredited preschool is desirable.
  3. Language Proficiency: Fluent written and spoken English. Native English speakers need not submit relevant scores.
  4. Knowledge:
    1. Good working knowledge of U.S. preschool curriculum and practices.
    2. Good working knowledge of early childhood development
  5. Skills:
    1. Ability to set and implement strategic goals and policies, manage finances, manage teaching staff, set and implement age-appropriate curriculum based on U.S. standards, and communicate with parents and external community.
    2. Working knowledge of child development theories, practices, and application.
    3. Ability to effectively communicate and maintain professionalism when interacting with the Board, the preschool staff, and parents.



  1. Qualified candidates able to obtain a residency permit in Japan are encouraged to apply.
  2. A successful background investigation will be required prior to employment.



Interested applicants for this position must submit the following or the application will not be considered:

  1. A current resume or curriculum vitae.
  2. Copies of all test scores, certificates, copies of degrees earned or school/college transcripts that address the qualification requirements of this position.
  3. A copy of residency permit in Japan that allows full time work privilege or statement of ability to obtain.




U.S. Embassy Tokyo

EWA Administrative Assistant

U.S. Embassy Housing Compound

2-1-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku

Tokyo, 106-0032