Learning Advisor Position Available, April 2020


The Self-Access Learning Center (SALC) will be expanding its advising team from April 2020 and has a vacancy for one learning advisor.

Please read on for the job description and application procedures.


 The Self-Access Learning Center (http://www.kandagaigo.ac.jp/kuis/salc/) at Kanda University of International Studies (http://www.kandagaigo.ac.jp/kuis/english) has an opening for a learning advisor. This position is at the lecturer level and is for a two-year period commencing April 2020. There may be an option to renew the two-year contract twice up to a maximum of six years by mutual agreement.


Kanda University of International Studies is a private university dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in international studies, particularly in the areas of foreign languages, intercultural communication, Japanese culture, linguistics, and international studies. There are four departments: English, International Communication, Asian Languages, and Spanish and Portuguese. The SALC works alongside each of these departments to provide all students with support for developing autonomous learning and with planning and directing their own language learning. The university also has a graduate school program, a Japanese Language and Culture Program for Foreign Students [Bekka], and a six-month program for International Educational Services’ [IES] students.

KUIS enrolled its first undergraduate students in April 1987, and graduated its first class in 1991. In total, there are approximately 3500 students. The university is accredited by the Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology and is situated in Makuhari, Chiba Prefecture. Makuhari is approximately 40 minutes by train from Tokyo. The university is set in an educational zone with other universities and educational facilities. Makuhari Messe Convention and Exhibition Center, the World Business Garden, international hotels, new apartment complexes, shopping facilities, sports clubs and several parks are a part of this new community.


The SALC was founded in June 2001 with just three full-time staff members. Since that time, it has grown to its current complement of 18 full-time staff members including the director, two principal learning advisors, eight learning advisors, five assistant managers, and two production designers. It also employs around 35 part-time student staff. Learning advisors come from a number of different countries and normally conduct advising sessions in English, however, advising in Japanese and some other languages is also available. The purpose of advising is to support learners in their endeavors to become autonomous language learners. This is done in a number of ways, for example through providing self-access resources, offering workshops, providing self-directed learning modules, teaching credit courses where students learn how to create and follow their own personalized learning plan, supporting learning communities, and through one-to-one advising sessions. Advising occurs in face-to-face and written form in the KUIS context. Students are encouraged to become more responsible for their own learning both inside and outside the classroom and the SALC team work closely with the English Language Institute (ELI). The ELI comprises around 65 lecturers who teach English language classes to each of the university departments. The SALC is a social learning community housed in a brand new purpose-built facility which receives more than 1000 student users per day. Students come to study and practice English, socialize, attend events and get language and learning support, teachers, learning advisors, and other students. Learning advisors participate in ongoing training and professional development and participate in research as part of the Research Institute for Learner Autonomy Education (RILAE). 


1. Academic

 A Master’s Degree in the area of teaching English as a second/foreign language, Applied Linguistics, language education, or some closely related field.

2. Experience

At least two years’ experience in teaching English and/or languages, particularly at post-secondary level. Experience in advising language learners and/or with developing learner autonomy. An interest in learner autonomy, motivation, and self-directed learning is essential. Prior experience of living and working in Japan would be an advantage.

3. Language skills

Applicants should have sufficient language proficiency in English in order to carry out day-to-day duties, conduct research, attend meetings, conduct advising sessions, teach, and give workshops. The ability to also conduct advising sessions in Japanese or other languages would be an advantage (the main languages that students are studying at KUIS are English, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, Indonesian, and Vietnamese). 

4. Personal

  • A positive, cooperative, supportive disposition.
  • A strong interest in working with undergraduate students in both in-class and outside-class is essential. 


Learning advisors are expected to be at the university for five working days per week during academic semesters, for eight hours per day (normally from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm or 10.00 am to 6.00 pm).

All learning advisors are involved in the following:

1) Advising students during two fifteen-week semesters per year. Advising can involve, for example, advising on learner development and/or working with learners on self-directed learning modules, meeting with individuals or small groups of students, facilitating workshops for students, providing weekly written feedback on students’ work, interacting with students in the SALC and supporting their self-directed learning, and providing initial and ongoing orientations of SALC services and materials to students. 

2) Supporting students who visit the Learning Help Desk in the SALC (around three times per week).

3) Ongoing curriculum and materials development work related to credit courses and modules.

4) Participation as a member of one of the Research Institute’s project teams typically engaging in activities related to the SALC curriculum, materials, communities, and advising. Opportunities exist for developing research skills and publishing/presenting work.

5) Participation in the SALC Professional Development Program which involves proactive reflection on and development of advising skills.

6) Attendance at weekly SALC meetings, training sessions, and other special meetings which may be called from time to time.

7) Attendance at special ceremonies and events conducted by the university including entrance exams and ceremonies, for example: the Entrance Ceremony, the Graduation Ceremony, and an Open Campus Day.

8) Participation in the Freshman Welcome Party.

9) Cooperating with the Public Relations section of the university in the promotion of the university to high schools students and other interested parties



  1. Gross annual amount including bonuses (before tax): Years 1 & 2: ¥ 5,000,000
  1. The salary is payable in monthly amounts
  1. There are two bonus payments: September and March


  1. Private Research Allowance: ¥ 100,000 plus financial support towards attending national and international conferences
  1. Transportation: ¥ 100,000 to defray expenses of taking up appointment for overseas appointees
  1. Commuting Allowance: Applicable costs of daily travel between residence and University
  1. Contract Completion Payment


  1. SALC Website (for visitors, English): http://www.kandagaigo.ac.jp/kuis/salc/ 
  2. KUIS 8 website (for visitors, Japanese): http://www.kandagaigo.ac.jp/kuis/kuis8/ 
  3. KUIS 8 website (for students): http://kuis8.com/ 
  4. SALC News blog (for KUIS staff): https://salcnews.wordpress.com/ 
  5. The Research Institute for Learner Autonomy Education (RILAE): https://kuis.kandagaigo.ac.jp/rilae/ 
  6. Relay Journal: https://kuis.kandagaigo.ac.jp/relayjournal/ 
  7. Studies in Self-Access Learning Journal: http://sisaljournal.org/ 


To apply please complete this online Google form  (goo.gl/forms/QcG8j5MRDoT2l27i2). Be  ready to enter the following information on the form:

  • General information (name, address, nationality, contact details)
  • An online link to a recent photograph of yourself
  • Your educational background (degrees/diploma, institutions, locations, dates)
  • Your teaching/advising and other work experience (positions, employers, locations, dates)
  • Research interests and details of publications and presentations
  • Language skills and other relevant skills
  • Contact details of three referees
  • A covering letter

If you are unable to complete the form, you may contact the search committee by email: salcrecruitment@kanda.kuis.ac.jp

The deadline for applications is September 14th, 2019.