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As an international school, HIS seeks teachers who hold a valid teaching certificate, have experience teaching in international schools, and have experience teaching in their grade and subject area. HIS is a Reggio Emilia-inspired, International Primary Curriculum and International Middle Years Curriculum school. The Advanced Placement program is a defining part of the high school curriculum.

As a highly collaborative teaching environment, we look for teachers who bring a collaborative spirit to working with colleagues, a willingness to work with students from diverse backgrounds, an interest in participating in school activities and sports, and a readiness to be a part of helping HIS achieve its goals in areas of curriculum. As outdoor education is main feature of our school's program, we also seek teachers who are both interested in and have developed skills in this area. 

We have many applicants each year and cannot respond personally to all of them; we will respond to candidates who most closely meet our potential needs and we will keep those candidates' resumes on file. The HIS salary and benefits package is competitive within Japan and Asia.

Hokkaido is an exceptionally beautiful place to live, and many of our teachers enjoy outdoor recreation including hiking, camping, fishing, and winter sports including skiing and snowboarding.

Current Open Positions at HIS

Hokkaido International School posts job openings for the following school year in the fall previous and would welcome your resumes and inquiries.

Positions for the 2017 ~ 2018 School Year 

(1) All-School Physical Education Teacher - (This position has been filled

(2) Internship - Residential Program Coordinator / Sub Teacher - This position is for a young, qualified male educator keen to get their foot in the door into international education. Applicants must be interested in working closely with teens (ages 13 ~ 18) in the school's residential program. The Residential Program Coordinator will have their own apartment within the boy's dormitory facility and will design and support weekend excursions and experiences that help the dorm residents to access the cultural and outdoor educational experiences available in Sapporo and Hokkaido. In addition to working in the residential program, the individual will also given ample opportunities to substitute (for additional pay) across the programs of the school. Due to visa requirements and the nature of the, this applicant must be under 25 years of age.

(3) Early Years Classroom Teachers - (This position has been filled

For more information, contact Head of School, Barry Ratzliff at

**Due to our Outdoor Education Program, HIS has a preference for hiring teachers with experience and a keen interest in supporting, leading and potentially teaching in or Outdoor Education Program. 

(4) Niseko Summer Program:

Native English Teacher Wanted for HIS Niseko Seasonal School:

HIS Niseko is currently accepting applications for an experienced, qualified, native-English speaking and qualified teaching position.

This paid position will require the teacher to participate in the academic and outdoor activities of our seasonal school and help out with lunch supervision. 

HIS Niseko will provide the teacher with residence for their time spent on campus.

The contract will run for two weeks from March 20 to March 31Please see our link and contact Barry Mernin for further details:

Telephone - 0136-55-5252

Barry Mernin 
Teaching Administrator and Seasonal School Coordinator
Hokkaido International School Niseko

How to Apply

If you are interested in employment for the 2017-2018 academic school year, please send as email attachments (pdf attachments or Word documents) a cover letter, current resume with references, and letters of recommendation to the Head of School, Barry Ratzliff, at Please label files with the applicant's last name.

HIS Curricular Commitments

As a professional learning community, HIS has incorporated the following aspects of education as defining components of who we are. Incoming teachers are expected to be professional upholders of these commitments through ongoing professional development in these areas and through instructional methodology and participation that incorporates and supports these agreements.

HIS is committed to:
  • Being a data-informed school which seeks to improve student achievement through the use of in-house and external data collections.
  • Providing greater learning opportunities through multiage classrooms.
  • Supporting the individual needs of students through differentiated instruction.
  • Providing well-rounded and highly professional units of study through collaborative planning.
  • Maintaining a professional staff that is integrally involved in the ongoing process of curricular development.
  • The implementation of the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) as the cornerstone of collaborative instruction.
  • The alignment of the secondary program with AP and AP offerings.
  • Offering students academic challenges through the existence of “Honors Level” work in each secondary class.
  • Providing support to English language learners through the integration of ELL instructional techniques and collaborative planning with the ELL department and the creation of “Developing” work in each class.
  • Teaching reading and writing through the Units of Study, Reading Pathways and Writing Pathways Workshop approach developed by Lucy Calkins.  
  • The integration and mainstreaming of ELL students into the classroom with collaborative support from ELL teachers.
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