School Nurse - UWC ISAK Japan

School Nurse




Salary will be determined based on experience - Estimated range 4.4 million JPY(before taxes/withholding)

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UWC ISAK Japan is a three-year international, fully boarding high school and part of the United World Colleges movement. Our campus is located in the resort town of Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan, and our campus is home to 200 students from 80+ different countries, as well as world-class faculty and staff from Japan and around the globe.

The School Nurse (SN) supports and promotes the health, safety, and well-being of students and the school community, as well as encouraging healthy behaviors and implementing preventative measures and activities. The nurse is responsible for cooperating with other faculty and staff, in addition to working with external medical staff. There is the possibility of living on the school campus. The SN will be required to be ‘on call’ on some weeknights.


  • Manage UWC ISAK Japan’s onsite health center serving students, faculty, and staff
  • Work closely with Head of Operations to decide annual budget for the health center
  • Work with the second nurse, who is the other full-time member of the department, providing training and support for each other as and when needed.
  • Work with the second nurse, to ensure nursing shifts, including on-call duty is assigned.
  • Prepare and update required documentation for the new student enrollment process. This may be required over the summer break
  • Coordinate with healthcare providers outside of campus for students, faculty and staff as needed
  • Translate for ISAK community with doctors/medical personnel at hospitals/clinics/medical providers
  • Serve as liaison between the school, family, and community healthcare providers to ensure a healthy school environment
  • Serve as consultants with counselors and faculty for medical questions
  • Provide medical health check-ups and vaccinations based on the School Health and Safety Act and MEXT requirements
  • Monitor immunizations, manage communicable diseases/allergies, and assess the school environment including the cafeteria to prevent injury and ensure safety
  • Providing healthcare to students, staff, and faculty with acute or chronic health problems
  • Oversee community infection control measures and actively participate in creating school safety plans for any health emergencies that may occur on campus
  • Oversee medication administration, health care procedures, and the development of healthcare plans
  • Make decisions related to the delegation of healthcare tasks as directed by state laws and professional practice guidance
  • Maintain inventory of supplies and first aid kits for students and adults on campus
  • Provide students' accident reports and submit claims to the school health insurance program
  • Oversee monthly onsite occupational health walk through and participate in the Safety and Health Committee with HR and local doctor
  • Maintain continuity among nursing teams by documenting and communicating actions, irregularities, and continuing needs.


  • Licensed nurse with more than three years of experience as a nurse or school nurse, preferably experience in an international school field
  • English and Japanese language skills required (both oral and written)
  • Strong records management and computer skills
  • Ability to collaborate with others as part of a team
  • Require excellent organization as multitasking and communication skills
  • Knowledge of the Japanese medical/healthcare systems
  • Be a self-starter and self-motivated
  • Valid Japanese or international driver’s license
  • Understand the aim and philosophy of UWC ISAK Japan


  •  Salary will be determined based on experience. Estimated range 4.4 million JPY(before taxes/withholding).
  • Health insurance through the Shigaku Kyosai (Private School Mutual Aid) health plan
  • Free lunch in the school cafeteria on weekdays during the school year
  • Annual paid leave, summer break, and winter break (Nurse is expected to work during the fall and spring break if students remain on campus)
  • Professional development allowance (100,000 JPY / year)
  • Employer-provided technology including laptop and smartphone
  • Commuting allowance


All employees must adhere to and ensure compliance with the School’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy at all times. If, in the course of carrying out their duties, a teacher becomes aware of any actual or potential risks to the safety or welfare of children in the School, they must report those concerns to the DSL (Designated Safeguarding Lead) or DDSL (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead) immediately.


Please submit the following documents to [email protected] by February 6, 2023:

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Note: The selected candidate will need to complete a criminal background check before the start of employment. UWC ISAK Japan will be responsible for the cost of the background check.



UWC makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.

Our Distinct Identity

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.

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 understand and appreciate different perspectives, challenge themselves academically and emotionally, and develop their innate potential as change-makers who can 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.

Our motto

Our school motto reflects our hopes for and dedication to all UWC ISAK Japan students as they journey through one of the most important and exciting times of their lives.

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

Leadership Education at UWC ISAK Japan

Part of our distinct identity as a UWC is our focus on leadership, specifically leading ourselves and leading with others.

We believe in transformational leadership.
Who is a transformational leader?
A transformational leader is someone who consistently identifies what is most important and what is needed, takes action in the face of discomfort, uses diversity as a strength, and supports others in this practice. With continuous practice, a transformational leader creates positive change within self and the community at large.

A transformational leader consistently applies these foundational skills of leadership:

  • Awareness: Deeply observes oneself and the environment, and understands what is important for self and the greater good.
  • Connection: Empathizes with members of a community, understands their diverse potentials and values, and supports them towards a common goal.
  • Action Taking: Steps out of one's comfort zone to courageously bring ideas to life.
  • Self-Discipline: Responds positively to challenges with measured reflection, growth mindset, resilience and optimism.
  • Creativity: Generates innovative ideas and questions and builds upon those of others

Leadership is a practice.
Leadership is not a position or status that a selective group of people earn, whether by the virtue of their economic or social position in society or their innate demeanor or personality. At UWC ISAK Japan, we believe that leadership is a practice. This practice is integrated into our curriculum​, and we believe that with practice, individuals can grow and integrate the essential skills of leadership.

About UWC

Founded in 1962, UWC (United World Colleges) is a global education movement that makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. UWC is comprised of schools and colleges in 18 countries, with national committees and selection contacts in more than 155 countries. UWC fosters a lifelong commitment to social responsibility, and to date has inspired a network of 60,000 alumni who believe it is possible to work for positive change. 

The majority of students attending UWCs are selected by UWC national committees. In support of the belief that education should be independent of a student’s ability to pay, 70% of national committee selected IB Diploma students receive full scholarships. The UWC movement places a high value on experiential learning, outdoor education, service and other cultural understanding, alongside the academically challenging International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).

About UWC ISAK Japan

UWC ISAK Japan is Japan’s only full-boarding international high school and the newest member of the United World Colleges movement. Following the Japanese school system, UWC ISAK is a three-year high school, with all students in grades 11 and 12 following the IB Diploma Programme curriculum. The school is accredited by the Japanese Ministry of Education (MEXT) and all graduates receive a Japanese high school diploma. Currently approximately 200 students from nearly 80 countries attend UWC ISAK Japan, with 70% of students receiving full or partial need-based scholarship support. 30% of enrolled students are Japanese, with the remaining 70% coming from homes outside of Japan.


Karuizawa is located in Nagano Prefecture, home to the 1998 Winter Olympics and fondly referred to as the “Roof of Japan.” Karuizawa has been attracting an international mix of visitors since the late nineteenth century. The mountainous climate keeps Kaurizawa cool and comfortable during Japan’s summer months, making it a popular escape from Tokyo’s heat and humidity. Karuizawa experiences four seasons with regular snow in the winter which generally lasts from early December through February. Monthly temperatures average between 21 and -5 throughout the year.

While the full-time population of Karuizawa is around 20,000, the population of the town increases dramatically during the summer tourist season. From Tokyo, it takes approximately 70 minutes to reach
Karuizawa station on the Shinkansen (Japanese bullet train).
Karuizawa is a favorite destination for outdoor enthusiasts and offers year-round recreation including hiking, cycling, tennis, golf and skiing. In addition, a vibrant arts & crafts scene includes art galleries and museums, a performing arts center, a symphony hall, and a community symphony. There are also many good restaurants with wide ranging cuisines, a large upscale outlet mall with designer shops, a variety of onsen hot springs and a local volcano, Mt. Asama.

UWC ISAK Japan is located on the outskirts of Karuizawa, in a quiet residential community and the school is not within easy walking distance to a train station or a large supermarket. Schooling options for faculty children are limited to the local public schools where all instruction and communication is in Japanese. We are not able to guarantee admission to UWC ISAK for faculty children in grades 10-12 or to guarantee scholarships if faculty children are admitted.

For more information about the town of Karuizawa, please go to the following website:

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