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Careers at Cerulean

Cerulean Education is committed to the recruitment, engagement, and ongoing professional development of inspiring, intrinsically motivated, and academically exceptional coaches, consultants, and administrators. Currently available positions are outlined below.


If you are passionate about education and interested in being notified when other positions become available in the future, please send your CV along with a cover letter outlining your skills and ambitions to Indicate in the cover letter if you are interested in (1) full-time or part-time employment and (2) hybrid or remote opportunities.

Academic Coach for G6-12 Students (Full-Time, Hybrid in Tokyo)

Cerulean seeks an Academic Coach who will work one-on-one and in groups with students enrolled in grades 6-12 at international and boarding schools in Japan and abroad. The coach will support each student on their path to achieving ambitious goals, such as identifying, gaining access to, and succeeding at highly selective high schools, boarding schools, summer programs, and colleges that align with their values. The coach will also teach skills-based workshops and preparatory courses for standardized exams. When not working with students, the coach will spearhead the creation of teaching and training materials.


This is a full-time hybrid role with workdays spent in our Shibuya office, online, and on-site at partner schools in the Tokyo and Yokohama areas. The successful candidate will receive 4-6 weeks of training in our coaching methodologies and pedagogical philosophy before beginning work with students. During their first year, the successful candidate will also be required to complete professional certification programs with the National Association for College Admission Counseling, the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching, and the Strong Interest Inventory (a restricted psychological instrument used for career exploration and counseling). Tuition for these courses will be paid by Cerulean.

To apply for this role, please email the following materials as PDF files to Name each file in a uniform manner (such as Lastname_Firstname_CV).

  • CV or resume (required)

  • Cover letter outlining relevant experiences and interest in the position (required)

  • 250-500 word statement of coaching or teaching philosophy (optional, albeit preferred)

  • If available, prior client testimonials or student evaluations (optional)


We endeavor to respond to all applicants within one month of receiving materials. Finalists for the role will be asked to supply two professional references. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; the role will be filled by August 2024. Finalists who are not offered the position will have the option to indicate if they would like to be considered for future full-time or part-time career opportunities at Cerulean.

Required Qualifications

  • Fluency in English

  • Bachelor's degree from an academically rigorous program in education, psychology, counseling, creative writing, cultural studies, or other relevant field

  • 3+ years of full-time work experience as a coach, teacher, tutor, or educational consultant

  • Proven track record of academic and professional excellence

  • Superior abilities in speaking, writing, and providing encouraging and actionable feedback

  • Unimpeachable punctuality (for all meetings with students and clients)

  • Steadfast commitment to academic integrity and professional ethics

  • Humility, empathy, and kindness to others

  • First-rate soft skills: emotional intelligence, curiosity, time management, active listening, intercultural competence, adaptability, camaraderie, critical thinking, and growth mindset

Preferred Qualifications

​In addition to all required qualifications:

  • Fluency or working proficiency in Japanese and/or Mandarin Chinese

  • MA or PhD in education, psychology, counseling, creative writing, cultural studies, or other relevant field

  • Prior experience as a university admissions officer or faculty member

  • Prior experience in project, summer program, or study abroad program management 

  • Prior experience and relevant certifications in middle or high school teaching (any subject)

  • Prior experience and relevant certifications in counseling or social emotional learning

  • Interest in living in Tokyo long-term

  • Interest in contributing to the operation and expansion of Cerulean

Role Specifics

  • Start Date: July or August 2024

  • Employment Type: Fixed-term employee for year one, permanent employee from year two.

  • Working Days: Friday to Tuesday or Wednesday to Sunday

  • Working Hours: Flex with Core Hours of 3PM-8PM on weekdays and 1-6PM on weekends

  • Location: Hybrid (2-4 in-office days per week, depending on student scheduling)

Compensation and Benefits

  • 5-8M JPY per annum, commensurate with experience

  • Commuting allowance

  • Health, pension, and labor insurance contributions

  • Visa sponsorship in Japan

  • Paid leave

  • Paid professional development opportunities

  • Joyful, trusting, and collaborative work environment

  • Opportunity to support ambitious students and mission-aligned parents

  • Path to career advancement within Cerulean as a coach, consultant, and/or partner

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