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Attention for Japan/Japanese related job seekers:

HAJAS received a full time job opening notice from JCCC.

JCCC is looking for a candidate to fulfill the full-time Japanese professor position starting in Fall 2019.


Assistant Professor, Japanese Language

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Job Description

Johnson County Community College is looking to fill a full-time faculty position in the Foreign Languages department to teach Japanese language courses. JCCC is located in Overland Park, KS, the second largest city in the state of Kansas and part of the greater Kansas City Metro. The Kansas City Metro is known for its museums, restaurants, and music and art scenes. JCCC is similarly dedicated to creating and maintaining a rich cultural community, with an award-winning contemporary art museum and center for the performing arts located on campus.
JCCC is looking for a diverse pool of applicants for a full-time faculty position in the Foreign Language Department to teach Elementary, Intermediate and Conversational Japanese courses. The Foreign Language Department offers courses in French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish and is part of the Communications Division. Many of our students are non-traditional, military veterans, immigrants, international and first-generation college students. JCCC has a diverse student population and is dedicated to increasing its diversity.
The successful applicant for this job will teach the equivalent of 15 credit hours per semester in Japanese. This person will perform other duties expected of full-time faculty, including maintaining scheduled office hours; developing and revising curriculum; developing and implementing course and program assessment of student learning outcomes; participating in department, division and college meetings; serving on committees; participating in any Japanese related initiatives at JCCC; collaborating with and observing adjunct faculty teaching Japanese and other languages; collaborating and working successfully with other full-time faculty in the Foreign Language department; and other duties as assigned. Teaching assignments could be any combination of face-to-face day or evening courses, hybrid or online and are subject to change as needed. 
Additional responsibilities:
• Provide extra and co-curricular opportunities for Japanese language students.
• Participate in the planning and administration of all departmental initiatives.
• Participate in on-campus events promoting languages. 

All of the following are required for consideration:

·       CV/Resume

·       Cover letter of 1-2 pages that addresses the required skills in the job posting and your teaching philosophy

·       3 letters of recommendation: at least one letter from a supervisor, and one from a colleague with whom you currently work

Letters of recommendation should address the following topics:

·       Ability to work well and collaborate with others

·       Ability to work independently on departmental initiatives

·       Familiarity with proficiency-based language learning

Letters of recommendation can be emailed directly to jcccjobs@jccc.edu or can be mailed to Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Box 46, Overland Park, KS 66210.

Required Skills

·       M.A. in Japanese or an MA in a related discipline with at least 18 hours of graduate work in Japanese as required by JCCC Higher Learning Commission criteria

·       Demonstrated ability to teach elementary and intermediate level Japanese language courses

·       Demonstrated excellent communication and collaboration skills

·       Documentation from ACTFL (OPI) of Advanced Mid or higher in Japanese

Preferred Skills

·       Demonstrated knowledge of using technology in the classroom

·       Demonstrated understanding of the climate of post-secondary institutions

·       Demonstrated knowledge of ACTFL World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages

·       Ability to teach Chinese, French, German, Russian or Spanish with Higher Learning Commission credentials. 

·       PhD in Japanese, East Asian Languages or Cultures, or  Linguistics with a focus on the Japanese language

Required Experience

·       2 years teaching experience at the post secondary level and/or 4 years of high school teaching experience

·       Experience teaching Elementary and Intermediate level Japanese courses

Preferred Experience

·       Use of ACTFL World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages

·       Experience teaching Chinese, French, German, Russian or Spanish at the post secondary level and/or 4 years of high school teaching experience

·       Experience using technology in the classroom

Benefit Information:

Click here for a summary of our benefit information. For a summary of our adjunct faculty compensation, click here.

Every employee of the college is expected to treat all members of the college community with dignity and respect demonstrating professional, courteous and respectful behavior and engage in constructive conflict resolution, when needed.


In accordance with the college policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. Individual hiring departments at JCCC may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions as part of the applicant selection/hiring process. Many departments require those selected for hire to submit a certified transcript for all degrees obtained. For full consideration, applicants are encouraged to apply prior to the review date listed in posting.

Johnson County Community College welcomes the application of any qualified candidate and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, disability, age, religion, genetic information, marital status, veteran's status, sexual orientation, or other factors that cannot be lawfully considered.

If you are an applicant requesting assistance or a reasonable accommodation in the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 913-469-3877, or email.

For a summary of all disclosures (Background check, Clery Act, ADA, EOE, etc) refer to the links on our Career page.

Job Location

Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Position Type



Competitive rate of pay

This post will be removed at 4 p.m. on

March 22, 2019

Hours per Week


Work Hours/Days

The hours for this 9-month contract will be Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and evening hours as needed to teach night classes or other departmental duties

Special Instructions

All of the following are required for consideration: CV/Resume, cover letter, letters of recommendation. Official transcripts will be required upon hire. Candidates selected for interviews will be required to do a 30-minute teaching demonstration for the committee. Applications received without all of the required documents will not be considered.



If you are interested in interpreter/translator positions (From English to Japanese, from Japanese to English),

Bridging The Gap Interpreting, LLC may need you.

Please visit https://www.kansascityinterpreting.com

If you know of any Japan-related job openings, please mailto:hoa.japanamericasociety@gmail.com.

If you are the employers looking for personnel skilled in Japanese, please mailto:hoa.japanamericasociety@gmail.com.

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