Jobs With Rainbow Bridges
Rainbow Bridges is an American-owned English language academy in Fukuoka City with a mission to make the world a better place. We’ve been in operation since 2005 and offer delivery lessons for students of all ages, produce learning materials, and build open-minded communities.
Check this page for opportunities to join our team. Click the position titles to learn more.
Take Your Teaching Skills to Another Level:
Are you looking for a growth-oriented teaching position?
With us, you’ll develop your ability to lead others more effectively, hone your communication, technological, and teaching skills, and work on a supportive team that wants to see you succeed. Together we will inspire and prepare the children of today for the challenges of the future with open-mindedness, communication and problem-solving skills, and mindsets of active learning.
We offer this chance in the form of a part-time teaching position, primarily for children. We’re searching for an engaging person who loves children, learning, and helping others to learn, and who is open to a long-term commitment to our community.
What you'll do
You’ll start as a part-time teacher of English for children, facilitating classes in our student-centered curriculum that inspires kids to want to learn English. You’ll also take part in staff meetings and professional development sessions. Furthermore, according to your specific skill set, we offer the opportunity for you contribute to the school in ways beyond normal classroom teaching, such as with computer skills or abilities in art, music, or other fields.
What you'll accomplish in the first year
* Learn how to be effective teaching in our student-centered approach
* Lead periodic teacher meetings and possibly present at conferences or expos for teaching organizations
* If desired, take one or more of our project director positions in curriculum, extended reading, events, materials development, social media, blog, website, or music and video
What you'll need
If you think you can accomplish the above, we want to hear from you. Realistically, you’ll need the following:
* At least a bachelor’s degree and the ability to learn complex concepts quickly
* Excellent native-level English communication skills to enable you to contribute positively to staff meetings and participate in professional development
* Interpersonal skills to understand your diverse students, finding their motivation and personal talents
* Japanese proficiency to enable you to get to know students better
* A love of children and life to keep your head up through the challenges of teaching and help you inspire young learners to have fun developing themselves to the best of their abilities
We are looking to set the successful candidate up with 1-3 days a week of work to start, with applicants needing to be available to teach on Thursdays and Saturdays at minimum. As the school is expanding and in a time of transition, we would like to hire someone who can remain flexible with scheduling and take on more work in the future. Candidates with a valid driver’s license and vehicle to travel around Fukuoka will be favored.
Reasons to be excited
* Encourage students to find a lifelong love of learning
* Work in an open-minded, bilingual, synergistic environment
* Be a part of a young and growing organization connected to cutting-edge English language teaching influencers throughout Japan and around the world
* Help children and teachers everywhere with our original learning materials as well as educational music and videos
* Earn substantial paid vacation (full-time only) and time off
* Enjoy daily opportunities to learn, grow, and make the world a better place
* Position: English Teacher
* Status: Part-time to start
* Salary: Part-time pay starts at about 3,500 yen per class taught; we would like to move the successful candidate quickly into a full-time or special part-time salaried position
* Trial: 3-6-month trial period
* Start: September if possible
* Location: Fukuoka City: Class locations vary; Headquarters in Arae, Jounan-ku
How to apply
Please send your resume with a photograph and a cover letter to Tristan Scholze at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the cover letter, we expect to read about what student-centered teaching means to you, and how you may be able to contribute to the school in ways beyond teaching, so please take time and care in your application. Please visit our school’s bilingual website to learn about what we do and consider how you might fit into our school’s culture.
The education revolution
“Civilization is a race between education and catastrophe.” – H.G. Wells
Is our world’s education good enough now to meet the challenges of the 21st century? Would you like to do something about it?
Rainbow Bridges began with recognizing that true learning comes from within the learner, because learning what one wants to learn is enjoyable and empowering. Helping others find their love of learning and develop skills to face the challenges of this new century is what we do.
The study of communication, language and culture can open people’s minds and hearts to creative ideas and a greater understanding of themselves, their society, and others. Being an independent school, we can take a revolutionary approach to helping all students realize and develop their natural individual talents.
Our thoughts on education are inspired by the videos in this playlist, starting with Sir Ken Robinson’s “Do schools kill creativity?”