Friday, January 14, 2011

Job Spotlight: Tsukuba City CIR Position

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
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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.


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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.

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