Vice President for Communications and Public Relations

Japan (JP)
18 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
18 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
Vice President for Communications and Public Relations

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST; see is a dynamic new graduate university of science and technology in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. The university is located on 85 hectares of protected forestland overlooking beautiful shoreline and coral reefs. The campus is striking architecturally, and the facilities are outstanding (OIST campus video tour). There are no academic departments, which facilitates multidisciplinary research. English is the official language of the University, and the university research community is fully international, with more than 50 countries represented. OIST rapidly is gaining recognition in the worldwide academic community as a model for excellence in education and research. Under the leadership of the President, Dr. Peter Gruss, OIST is now embarking on an exciting new stage of growth to double the size of the University by 2023.

Position summary:

Reporting directly to the president, and serving as an integral member of the executive leadership team, the Vice President for Communications and Public Relations (VPCPR) is responsible to promote, enhance and protect OIST’s reputation and brand awareness across the globe. 

Responsible for the development of OIST’s internal and external communication strategy, the VPCPR will develop a world-class communications plan for OIST, directly managing OIST's varied and integrated communications products and services including: newsletters and other print publications; web, enews, and other online communications such as social media; and other media and public relations. S/he serves as an ambassador and spokesperson for the organization and will build relationships with the multiple media outlets.  

OIST offers working in and with a vibrant international scientific community. Currently, our Communications and Public Relations’ Division consists of five sections including media, community relations, conference and workshop, digital services, and language.  The VPCPR is expected to redesign the division’s structure and function so that it is aligned with the future vision of OIST, bringing to the table fresh perspectives and innovative ideas. The VPCPA will have full support of President and the executive leadership in executing this task.

We seek a highly-skilled and seasoned professional who has exceptional interpersonal communication skills and a deep appreciation of science with experience in getting things done at an organization where many things are still new and in need of development.


  • Relocation, housing and commuting allowances
  • Annual paid leave and summer holidays
  • Health insurance (Private School Mutual Aid )
  • Welfare pension insurance (kousei-nenkin) 
  • Worker’s accident compensation insurance (roudousha-saigai-hoshou-hoken)

Submission Documents:

1) Cover letter in English (and Japanese if available) that details experience and fit relative to the responsibilities and qualifications for the position.
2)  Curriculum vitae in English (and Japanese if available) with educational and employment background, including names and contact information for at least three references. 

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Starting Date:
On or after February 1, 2018

Application Due Date:
January 15, 2018 (Selection process will start as the application is received)

Application Address:
Please submit all required application materials by email to:

Or send documents via post mail to:
Recruiting Team, HR Management Section
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
1919-1, Tancha, Onna-son, Okinawa 904-0495, Japan

* OIST Graduate University is an equal opportunity educator and employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, students and staff through proactive policies.  We provide a family-friendly working environment, including a bilingual child development center on campus. The University strongly encourages women and other underrepresented groups to apply.
* Information provided by applicants or references will be kept confidential, documents will not be returned. All applicants will be notified regarding the status of their applications.
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