Thank you for your interest in career opportunities at UWC ISAK Japan. We seek to employ individuals who are eager to join a diverse, engaged and supportive community at our beautiful campus in Karuizawa, Japan. Due to the volume of inquiries we receive, we are unable to respond to each submission, but if your qualifications fit our needs, we will contact you. While all applications are kept on file, we encourage you to re-submit application materials as new openings are posted.

Why Choose UWC ISAK?

Our Motto

One Life.
Realize Your Potential.
Be a Catalyst for Positive Change.

Our Mission

At UWC ISAK Japan we empower each other to be transformational leaders who explore new frontiers and make a positive impact today and in the future.

Our Values

We believe not only in the power of education, but also in the power of young people to become catalysts for positive change. We aim to create an environment where students learn to identify what is most important and needed, take action in the face of discomfort, use diversity as a strength, and support others in this practice.

What We Love

Progressive work culture that encourages innovation and action-taking in a supportive environment.

Mission-driven school culture: We are working for positive change in the world.

Opportunities to interact with students from around the world and support their growth.

Friendly, casual work environment (family atmosphere)

We are constantly evolving! Opportunities to work with different teams and tackle new projects.

International work environment with colleagues from around the world.

Growth opportunities: professional development, in-house workshops and retreats.

Opportunities for all employees to join campus events and activities (including events that family members can join as well).

Beautiful location in Karuizawa with ample opportunities for outdoor activities (hiking, biking, skiing, skating, curling etc.) and plenty of great restaurants, art galleries.

70 minutes from Tokyo by bullet train.

Join Our Team

If you don’t see a position that suits you in our Current Openings section, be sure to register your profile with us and we’ll contact you about future employment opportunities.

Current Openings

Associate Director of University Advising

High School
Full time

Fundraising Officer

High School
Full time

Alumni and Community Engagement Officer

High School
Full time

IT staff / Registrar

High School
Full time

UWC ISAK Japan Statutory Auditor Opportunity 

Communications Specialist

Community Liaison Staff

High School
Full time

IT Systems Administrator

High School
Full time

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Our Stories

Alvaro Lopes

Facilities Team

Alvaro was raised in a small brazilian town populated by Portuguese, Japanese and Italian immigrants. He holds a elementary teaching degree and taught for several years in Brazil before moving to work in Nagano prefecture during the Japanese economic boom in the electronics sector. After visiting 42 prefectures in Japan thanks to his previous job, he finds Karuizawa to be the best place in the country. He joined UWC ISAK Japan as Community Supporter and was later integrated the Facilities team where he can express his love and talent for repairing things and working “behind the scenes”. He enjoys having a huge group of Japanese and international friends thanks to UWC ISAK’s community. During the Covid-19 crisis, he was often the first member of the UWC ISAK community that students would see upon arriving in Japan at the airport, where Alvaro would be waiting to shuttle them to campus.

I always get very emotional at graduation. When students come here, they are kids. When they go, they are adults. Being there and watching that makes me feel like I could work for free. It’s magic. I try hard to not cry. Sometimes kids connect again with me years later and remind me of very small things, brief moments and conversations, and how meaningful they were to them. It has taught me to better value these ‘small’ moments.

Keiko Sato

Community Liaison Manager

As an elementary school student, Keiko moved with her family to the State of Colorado in the US. The experience had a tremendous impact on Keiko and influenced the direction of her life and career, where she spent nearly two decades designing, coordinating and supervising international academic exchanges. Before joining UWC ISAK in 2019, Keiko had long been following the school’s activities. She now feels very at home at UWC ISAK Japan, because here you can be different. She feels comfortable expressing her views at all times, even to the Head of School. She is happy to let go of the old Japanese saying ‘出る杭は打たれる’, or “the nail that sticks out is hammered down.”

This was my first time working in such a diverse place. When one of my former colleagues said: “diversity is beautiful, but diversity is hard”, I didn't understand. But now, I think I do. UWC ISAK Japan is a place where you can learn and grow your understanding of different types of diversities: gender identity, race, and so much more. Every day, I broaden my horizons. In a real sense.

Taymour Bouran

Faculty (Humanities, TOK)

As a Jordanian who was born and raised in Abu Dhabi, studied in Canada (BA from UBC) and Norway (Modern International and Transnational History MA, University of Oslo) and now lives in Japan, Taymour has a strong understanding of our students who struggle with the question “where are you from?” At UWC ISAK Japan he ensures that students understand the importance of History throughout their UWC ISAK Japan journey from Humanitites in Grade 10 to Theory of Knowledge in Grades 11 and 12. His approach is conceptual rather than memorization-focused. Taymour started his PhD at Sophia Universiy in April 2022. He studies how Japanese High Schools teach their students about the Ainu population –an indigenous community in Northern Japan and hopes to strengthen the understanding of indigenous cultures among UWC ISAK Japan students.

UWC ISAK Japan is the kind of school people have the privilege to work at only in their late career, yet I was fortunate enough to teach here early on in my professional and academic journey. The school offers us a lot of freedom and flexibility, which makes us want to do our best. And I feel like only top students come here. It’s such a pleasure to teach to such motivated, polite, and honest young minds.

Olivia Boissel

Communications & Alumni Engagement Manager

Born in the outskirts of Paris but raised in a rural village of 2000 residents in Provence, South of France, Olivia always had an appetite for discovering the world and especially East Asian cultures. She studied Literature at Waseda university and Tokyo University of Foreign Languages as an exchange student from Sciences Po Paris, and worked in publishing in Paris and Beijing before starting free-lancing in Japan as a translator, copy-editor and French teacher. Her passion for words led her to serve as a Communications staff for UWC ISAK Japan Summer School 2021. She liked the school’s energy so much she left Tokyo for Karuizawa to work as a Marketing and Communications manager full time with us.

Joining UWC ISAK Japan is meeting an incredible community of students, staff and faculty from around the world. All come with their own experiences, cultures, languages and gather here to learn how make society better through education. It's a very inspiring workplace.

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Imagine… if there was an ISAK lower school!

Dear Friends of UWC ISAK,

UWC ISAK is celebrating its 10th anniversary! We are proud of where we’ve come from, and we are excited about the next decade.

At this important milestone, we are wondering – in pursuit of broadening our impact, could an ISAK Lower School be considered as one of the options and would it be feasible? A school that embraces ISAK values and vision for a better future?

As we embark on this journey, if you would like to participate in possible market research and receive updates, please subscribe to our mailing list.