Senior Manager for Academic Development

Japan (JP)
27 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
30 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
Senior Manager for Academic Development

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. Outstanding resources and equipment are provided and managed to encourage easy access and collaboration. English is the official language of the University, and the university research community is fully international, with more than 50 countries represented. OIST is rapidly gaining recognition in the worldwide academic community as a model for excellence in education and research.

Role Summary:

The Office of the Dean for Faculty Affairs supports the expansion and development of Faculty at OIST. As part of its aim to recruit and maintain an internationally renowned research and educational staff profile, we are recruiting a senior manager in academic development whose role will be to develop the tools to advance the Faculty members in their roles as researchers, teachers, and managers in the University. Such a role will involve integration with the Office of the Dean of Research, the Gender Equality and Human Resources Division, the Office of the Dean of Graduate School, and the Technology Development and Innovation Center, all of whom have an interest in the development of the research and academic staff at OIST.

Senior Manager for Academic Development will serve as Deputy to the Dean of Faculty Affairs and play the role of chief administrator for the Office of Dean of Faculty Affairs. 


Senior Manager for Academic Development
Office of the Dean for Faculty Affairs

Working Location:

1919-1 Tancha, Onna-son, Okinawa, Japan 904-0495


1.    Develop and implement research and education related human resources management strategies in collaboration with the relevant Divisions across campus.
2.    Develop and/or update and implement a transparent system for academic assessment and performance management, including rewards for academic achievement, and resolution of disputes. 
3.    Ensure that the necessary training and learning opportunities are provided for professional development of the Faculty and Research Unit personnel. 
4.    Assist the development of a strategic staffing and personnel budget plan to meet the future needs of the Research Unit.
5.    Deputize for the Dean in supervising the functions of the Office of Dean of Faculty Affairs.


1.    A Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business, Law, Organization Development, or other fields relevant to academic human resources management 
2.    Experience and proven ability to operate in an academic setting
3.    At least ten years of experience in the administration of human resources management processes 
4.    Experience working in an international organization that employs people from around the globe
5.    Experience with academic tenure system that are commonly practiced at major research universities in Europe and the US
6.    Supervisory experience
7.    Demonstrated commitment to building a diverse and inclusive organization
8.    Outstanding interpersonal relationship building skills
9.    Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English


Full-time, fixed term appointment for 2 years. Contract initially with 3 month probationary period (inclusive). This contract may be renewed.  

Working hours:

9:00-17:30 (Discretionary)


In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations
Annual salary: 9.7 million ~ 15.1 million yen (Job class: Senior Manager, A6)


  • 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:

  • Cover letter in English 
  • Curriculum vitae in English
  • Names and contact information of 3~5 referees, one of which should be a previous employer

* Please be sure to indicate where you first saw the job advertisement. 

Report to:

Dean of Faculty Affairs

Starting Date:

As early as possible

Application Due Date:

April 30, 2018 (Applications will be screened upon arrival)

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

* The 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. Applications from women and other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged. See the Gender Equality Division website (
* 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.
* Please view our policy for rules on external professional activities 
* Further details about the University can be viewed on our website (