Tsukuba City has posted a hiring notice for a Coordinator of International Relations (国際交流員) position on their home page. CIR jobs are generally positions within a city hall or other municipal office arranging community events and international awareness. Some CIR positions include teaching community classes or visiting public schools as a guest teacher. Here's the scoop:
Application Deadline: Jan. 22, 2011 ---
Job Title: 国際交流員 (Coordinator of International Relations) Type: 12-month contract employee Qualifications: An individual of any nationality who graduated high school and university courses of study in a region where English is the native or an official language. High-level Japanese ability. (CIR positions usually expect about a JLPT-2 [or N-2, in the new format]). Must have a valid working visa. Duties: Translating documents, interpreting for foreign residents, making and receiving telephone calls (in Japanese or English), participating in or interpreting for local international pursuits. Working Hours: 8:30 - 17:15, three days per week, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays. Remuneration: Monthly, 150,000 yen, before taxes. Travel expenses reimbursed. 12 paid holidays per annum. Insurance: No shakai hoken.
Application Deadline: Jan. 22, 2011 If your application is accepted, you will be asked to attend an on-site interview and interpretation test on February 2.
The pay of this position gears it more towards individuals nearby or with preexisting ties in Tsukuba. By the way, this is the second or third January in a row that I have seen Tsukuba advertising for a CIR; it may be worth checking this one out again in subsequent years.