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Consultant Clinical Psychologist/ Director of the Ganjuu Wellbeing Service

OIST Okinawa, Japan
Japan (JP)
Up to 10,000,000JPY + allowance (Up to 720,000JPY)
Closing date
24 Nov 2023

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Clinical, Counselling
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

“Ganjuu” is an Okinawan word meaning “Good, well, strong, healthy”. This psychology-led service aims to support the wellbeing of the whole OIST community, which includes graduate students, staffs, and their families. The following services are provided:

•    Psychological assessment and psychological therapy
•    Development and support of initiatives related to wellbeing and community.
•    Workshops and training related to wellbeing
•    Services to teams (team building, mediation, etc.)
•    Information, advice and consultation on wellbeing and interpersonal matters
•    Working at an organizational level to support wellbeing.

The current Director of the service, a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, is stepping down from this position and we are looking for a new Director to lead the University wellbeing service. The successful applicant will be joining an established team with English and bilingual Clinical Psychologists and counsellors. Managerially you will report directly to the Director of Community Services who overseas the running of a range of community services.

Clinical Psychologist & Director of the Ganjuu Wellbeing Service

Working Location:
1919-1 Tancha, Onna-son, Okinawa, Japan 904-0495

OIST is seeking to recruit an experienced licensed / registered Clinical Psychologist to lead the Ganjuu Wellbeing Service. The post provides real scope and opportunity to help develop the service as the University continues to grow, applying psychological knowledge and understanding to meet the needs of the OIST community.

Main Duties
The successful applicant will be expected to provide professional and clinical leadership within the service and lead and or support a range of wellbeing initiatives across the university.

They will provide clinical and management supervision to other clinicians within the team. They will lead on service governance procedures to maintain a safe and effective service and ensure the highest standards of clinical and information governance.
They will work closely with managers and other stakeholders within OIST to support wellbeing, community and inclusion and will be expected to contribute to a range of organizational wide initiatives.

In consultation with team members and other’s stakeholders they will be expected to continue to develop the service to best meet the wellbeing needs of the OIST community.   

This is a clinical role and they will provide evidence based psychological interventions for graduate students, staff and their families (including children), who present with a wide range of clinical and / or wellbeing issues; contribute to the development of support networks and provide psychologically informed workshops that support the overall wellbeing of the OIST community; provide advice and consultation on wellbeing and interpersonal matters. There is an expectation to work at an individual, couple/family, group, and organizational level.

Qualifications and Experience:
1.    Postgraduate doctorate in Clinical Psychology and licensed in the country where you completed the training.
2.    Licensed and registered to practice independently as a clinical psychologist.
3.    A minimum of at least 6 years post-relevant experience working as a clinical psychologist.
4.    Have extensive experience in clinical leadership roles.
5.    Training and extensive experience providing clinical and management supervision to other clinicians to guide practice.
6.    Native level fluency in English.
7.    Extensive experience of working clinically with mental health and wellbeing issues across the lifespan, from children to adults.  
8.    Excellent clinical skills, including competence in one or more areas of evidence-based therapy.
9.    Skilled in providing consultation.
10.    Experience and skills in developing and delivering training and workshops on a range of relevant wellbeing topics.
11.    Understand and practice in accordance with professional guidelines regarding confidentiality, risk management, supervised practice, ethical practice, outcome monitoring, and continuing professional development. The Director will be expected to provide leadership in these areas.
12.    Excellent written and verbal communication skills, clinically, within the team and to larger audiences.
13.    Ability to present complex information in a clear and understandable manner, verbally and in writing.
14.    Excellent team player who is able to communicate ideas at an individual, team, and service level to innovate and develop the service in line with the organization’s values.
15.    Well organized and excellent administrative skills.
16.    Skills in the use, interpretation, and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests.
17.    Experience carrying out audits and service development projects.

1.    Experience of leading a team or psychological service.
2.    Experience applying psychological knowledge within an organizational setting.
3.    Experience in the application of psychology in different cultural contexts.
4.    Experience of working in a university context.
The job description is intended as an outline indicator of general areas of activity and will be amended in the light of the changing needs of the organization.

Full-time, fixed term appointment for 2 years. Contract initially with 3 month probationary period (inclusive). This contract may be renewed. 
Working hours:
9:00-17:30 (Discretionary)

In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations

- Relocation, housing and commuting allowances
- Annual paid leave and 7 days’ summer holidays
- Health insurance (Private School Mutual Aid ), welfare pension insurance (kousei-nenkin), worker’s accident compensation insurance (roudousha-saigai-hoshou-hoken)

Submission Documents:
1.    Letter of Intent
2.    Curriculum vitae
3.    Copy of License/registration as a Clinical or counselling Psychologist
4.    Copies of all qualifications
5.    Names of three references who can be contacted for letters of recommendation
* Please be sure to indicate where you first saw the job advertisement.

Starting Date:
As early as possible

How to Apply:
Apply by uploading your submission documents
This is a secure file-uploading system for handling confidential materials.

Contact Details:
Recruiting and Training Section, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
1919-1, Onna, Onna-son, Okinawa 904-0495, Japan

For informal enquiries about the post, please contact Keita Uesugi, Director of Community Services


The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST; see is a dynamic graduate university of science and technology in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. The school is located on 85 hectares of protected forestland overlooking beautiful shorelines and coral reefs. The campus is striking architecturally, and the facilities are outstanding. There are no academic departments, which facilitates cross-disciplinary research. Superb resources and equipment are provided and managed to encourage easy access and collaboration. English is the official language of the university, and the research community is fully international, with more than 50 countries represented. After only ten years, OIST is rapidly gaining recognition in the worldwide academic community as a model for excellence in research, education, and innovation

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1919-1 Tancha
Onna son

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