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Job ID : 1268023 Date Updated : June 6th, 2023
Native English speaker welcomed!

Editor/Test-Content Specialist Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo 日本英語検定協会

Hiring Company Eiken Foundation of Japan
Location Tokyo - 23 Wards, Shinjuku-ku
Job Type Contract
Salary 4 million yen ~ 5 million yen

Job Description

The Eiken Foundation of Japan seeks experienced writers/editors for full-time positions developing content for English-proficiency tests.

 *position with a possibility of becoming permanent employee at some point in the future.


  1. Write, edit, and proofread content for reading, listening, speaking, and writing tests according to detailed test specifications.
  2. Take part in editorial meetings in which proposed content (sometimes your own) is critiqued and revised.
  3. Assign and manage subcontracted work, evaluating the performance of item writers and providing feedback.
  4. Train, manage, and evaluate examiners and raters.
  5. Rate responses from speaking and writing tests.
  6. Assist at public test sites as an administrator or examiner.
  7. Report to senior editors and section managers.
  8. Perform general administrative office duties as needed.
  9. Maintain courteous, professional spoken and written communication in both Japanese and English.

Working environment:
The atmosphere in our office can be quite intense due to the high-stakes nature of the tests we produce. Successful candidates will be flexible and well-organized, thrive under pressure, meet deadlines, and care deeply about spelling, grammar, punctuation, and style. You will work as part of a team of committed, professional editors of various nationalities, gain expertise in language-test development, and further sharpen your writing and editing skills, all while directly contributing to English-language education in Japan.

General Requirements

Minimum Experience Level Over 3 years
Career Level Mid Career
Minimum English Level Native (Amount Used: English usage about 75%)
Minimum Japanese Level Business Level
Minimum Education Level Bachelor's Degree
Visa Status Permission to work in Japan required

Required Skills


  1. Native English speaker.
  2. Bachelor’s degree or higher; TESOL certification preferred.
  3. Exceptional writing, editing, and proofreading skills. Familiarity with well-known style guides, such as The Chicago Manual of Style, a plus.
  4. Experience writing or editing materials for publication; test-development experience strongly preferred.
  5. Experienced and proficient in software applications such as MS Word and Excel.
  6. Excellent time-management skills and able to multi-task and prioritize work.
  7. Advanced Japanese language skills (JLPT Level N2 or higher).
  8. Able to work as part of a team in a Japanese office environment.
  9. Reside within commuting distance of central Tokyo.
  10. Strong desire to contribute to English-language education in Japan; interest or background in language testing or applied linguistics a plus.

Monthly salary of 300,000 yen, two annual bonuses, paid annual vacation leave, overtime pay, commuting allowance, and other benefits.

Application materials:

  1. Résumé/CV
  2. Cover letter
  3. Recent photograph
    The résumé/CV should include your JLPT score (if applicable) and visa status. In the cover letter, explain in detail why you are a suitable candidate, highlighting your professional experience.

Short-listed candidates will be invited to attend an interview and complete a writing and proofreading test. The interview will consist of two sections: one conducted in Japanese and the other in English. Candidates who pass the first interview stage will be asked to attend a second and third interview.

Working conditions:

  1. Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. plus overtime as needed; must also be willing to work on the Saturdays and/or Sundays when tests are held.
  2. One-year renewable contract.
  3. Positions to start as soon as possible.

Job Location

  • Tokyo - 23 Wards, Shinjuku-ku
  • Tozai Line, Kagurazaka Station

Work Conditions

Job Type Contract
Salary 4 million yen ~ 5 million yen
Work Hours Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. plus overtime as needed
Holidays 125 days per year
Job Division 制作部制作課
Industry Other (Education)

Job Category

  • Translation and Interpretation > Translator
  • Translation and Interpretation > Other (Translation and Interpretation)
  • Creative and Design > Editor, Copywriter
  • Other > Other
  • Education > Other (Education)
Hiring Company Information

Eiken Foundation of Japan

Editor/Test-Content Specialist Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo 日本英語検定協会 Job Information | Work in Japan · Jobs with International Companies · Jobs that Use English · CareerCross

Company Details

Company Type Small/Medium Company (300 employees or less)
Non-Japanese Ratio Majority Japanese

Company Description

About the Eiken Foundation of Japan

Nihon Eigo Kentei Kyokai, or the Eiken Foundation of Japan (formerly the Society for Testing English Proficiency, Inc.), is a public-interest incorporated foundation established in 1963 and based in Tokyo, Japan.

Eiken produces and administers English-proficiency tests with the backing of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and in cooperation with Japanese prefectural and local boards of education, public and private schools, and other leading testing bodies.

公益財団法人 日本英語検定協会について


私たち日本英語検定協会は、1963年の創設以来一貫して、 我が国の実用英語の普及・向上 を理念に掲げ、英語教育への貢献に努めて参りました。国内最大級の英語検定試験である「英検」は、55年以上に渡り英語学習者の生涯学習に寄り添い、現在では年間300万人を超える志願者数となり、累計志願者数は1億1千万人を超える、日本最大級の検定試験となっております。