Employment Opportunities (updated 10/24)

  1. Chicago Futabakai School
  2. Wanted immediately: English and ESL Teacher

    -Qualifications: Current PEL (Professional Educator’s License), TBE- Japanese (Transitional Bilingual Educator’s Liscence – Japanese), or 3-5 years of experience teaching English to Japanese children in a school setting.

    -Ability to plan and deliver classes to multiage groups (1/2 multiage, 3/4 multiage, 5/6 multiage) and Junior high classes.  All classes are taught in English and follow either an ESL or English Language Arts curriculum.  Materials vary per grade and English level.  16-20 hours of teaching a week.  Some pre-K or kindergarten classes may to included.

    -Some Japanese language skills are a plus.

    -Must be a team player who can work in a highly collaborative environment.

    -Ability follows Japanese Ministry of Education mandates including:

    -Schedule (School year is April through March.  First term is early/mid-April             through mid July, second term is late august through mid-December), and             third term is early January through mid-March).

    -Major school events (3-4 Sundays a year)

    -Contract will be (tentatively) 11/7/2016- mid March, with possible re-contracting for the next school year.

    For more information and an official job description, please contact Ryan Christie at rchristiesensei@gmail.com

  3. Japanese program at Burr School (Preschool).
  4. We have 5 classes, 3 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon. Our schedule in the past has looked like this:




    and then



    Akiko Sensei came every Wednesday till the end of the school year, minus vacation days for CPS.  Please let me know if you need any more information.

    Contact: jsgillespie@cps.edu

  5. Japanese Teacher at Near the Pier Preschool
  6. Contact: Tonia Evans (nearthepier@gmail.com)Full-time position. The hours would be from 8 am-5pm Monday-Friday. Every class on Tuesdays learns Japanese. The pay rate is something not to be discussed with Tonia Evans, but is handled by the Human Resource Department.

  7. JET Program Coordinator at the Embassy
  8. Administrative Assistant at the Embassy
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October Bingo (10/20)


Every month, a group of JETAA members visit the elderly home Heiwa Terrace to play bingo.  For October, member will meet at Heiwa Terrace (Lawrence and Sheridan) on October 20 from 7:00 – 8:00 PM.

Let us know if you are available to lend a hand.

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Trim the Tree: JETAA Ornament Making Party (11/5)


JETAA of Chicago will once again purchase a Christmas Tree and join the Brookfield Zoo Community Tree Trim on Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20. We had a great time last year trimming the tree with an array of creations, so let’s “tis the season” and be jolly and continue the momentum!

We need you to help be a part of the festivities: Come join us for an Ornament-Making Party on Saturday, November 5th from 1:00-5:00pm. We’ll be focusing on origami paper craft, temari balls, and other assorted ornaments. We’ll provide the craft items, you provide your creativity! Some food and drink will also be available to feed the festive atmosphere.

We’ll be needing 100-150 ornaments. If you cannot join this event but would like to make your own ornaments, please feel free to create your own for the JETAA tree. You can find a list of decoration guidelines and OK / not OK materials here: https://www.czs.org/custom.czs/media/BZ_SpecialEvents/TreeTrim/Ornament-Guidelines-2016.pdf

Please RSVP at your earliest convenience so we have an idea of what to expect for numbers. This event is open to JETAA and Friends of JET. Location subject to change dependent on number of guests.

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November JETAA Chicago Board Meeting (11/7)


On Monday, November 7th, JETAA Chicago will have its monthly board meeting from 6:30 – 8:00 PM. The meeting’s location is TBD. It will not be at Mitsuwa. (But that photo is from our Survivor Series, which you can learn about!)

This meeting will be the introduction of the new board for the 2016-2017 year. Come learn about the new leadership and how you can get involved with our awesome activities! We gladly welcome returnees and alumni alike.

A light dinner is provided to all who attend. Let us know if you have any food allergies or avoidances. There will be a nomikai afterwards.

Email info@jetaachicago.com with any questions or any items you would like to add to the agenda. Please RSVP on the Facebook event page.  We are looking forward to seeing you!

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