Modern Language Teacher (Japanese)

Faculty / Temporary

Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH

Position Summary:  

The Modern Languages department seeks a passionate and energetic Japanese language instructor to fill a full-time, one year teaching position for the 2024-2025 school year, beginning August 2024.  Candidates should be interested in being part of a collaborative group of teachers and working with highly motivated high school students in a diverse, mostly residential community.

Temporary housing with associated residential duties may be available.

Position Requirements

Candidates should be prepared to teach all levels of the target language and respective literature and culture. Position duties include:

  • Instruct through discussion and explanations in the target language.
  • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students.
  • Prepare, administer, and grade tests and assignments.
  • Prepare materials and activities for all classes.
  • Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students’ varying needs and interests.
  • Maintain accurate and complete student records.
  • Oversee and evaluate students’ performance.
  • Maintain continuity and consistency in the Modern Language curriculum, follow departmental guidelines for content and assessment, and meet with the mentor and/or the chair of the department to discuss student experience and progress.
  • Use basic Microsoft applications and LMS.

Additional requirements:

  • Applicants must possess native or near-native fluency in both Japanese and English and will contribute to the Japanese language program. MA in Japanese or a relevant field is required.
  • Experience teaching in a classroom setting for a minimum of 2 years.  Equivalent experience may be considered.
  • Diversity or cultural competency education (conferences, seminars, in-service programs, coursework, independent study).
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and to serving the needs of a diverse community.
  • Willingness to enforce all school policies and rules governing student behavior.


While individual responsibilities will vary from one faculty position to another, the major job duties of all faculty members include the following:

  • Teaching: Faculty teach four classes per trimester.  All classes are student-centered discussions around a Harkness table.   In order to meet the intellectual needs of the school’s talented and highly motivated students, teachers are expected to be dedicated to daily preparation for the best possible classes.
  • Cultural Competency: Faculty are expected to demonstrate respect for diversity of identities and experiences, an orientation toward equity and inclusion, and cultural competency in all aspects of Academy life.

If applicable, residential associated duties include:

  • Residential Life:  Faculty generally reside in campus housing and play a critical role in cultivating Exeter’s community-centered student dormitory life.  Each faculty member is generally responsible for one weekend per month and one to two nights per week of dormitory duty, depending on the dormitory size.
  • Advising: Faculty are expected to serve as mentors to student advisees throughout students’ time at Exeter.  The adviser is the main liaison between an advisee’s family/guardian and the Academy.
  • Extracurricular Activities: Faculty are expected to participate in the school’s extracurricular activities (e.g. coaching, advising student clubs, and/or committee work).

Additional Requirements

  1. Criminal and driving background check.


To be considered applications must include the following documents (please upload as three distinct documents):

  • CV or resume.
  • Cover letter indicating a specific interest in teaching at a residential high school that is actively committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Teaching statement that addresses the candidate’s interest in teaching in our student-centered, discussion-based classes.

We encourage all interested applicants to review the course catalogue, available here:


Phillips Exeter Academy

Exeter, NH
High School, Post Graduate
Day, Boarding
All Gender