That’s right – the Ghibli Museum is now hiring!

If you’re a fan of Japanese anime, then chances are you probably have a soft spot for Studio Ghibli. As one of the country’s leading animation studios, and the creator of Japan’s highest-grossing film ever, the 2001 hit Spirited Away, Studio Ghibli has a huge following around the world, and visitors to Japan get to immerse themselves in its magical world at its very own museum in Tokyo’s Mitaka district.

Now the Ghibli Museum is at the centre of attention for fans once again, this time with the announcement that they’re hiring permanent full-time staff to work for them. The job ad, which was posted in Japanese on their official site just a few days ago, lists all the necessary requirements, and the remuneration on offer for successful candidates, so let’s take a look at the listing below!

According to the advertisement, the Ghibli Museum is looking to hire full-time staff to join them from 1 April 2019, in order to fill the following roles:

  • Customer service and retail sales at the museum shops and cafe
  • Maintenance and contract management for building facilities and exhibitions
  • Store merchandise management
  • Cooking operations at the cafe

Requirements for applicants

  • No older than 28 years-of-age (as they aim to create long-term career development for young people)
  • Confident individuals who get along with people and have bright and cheerful personalities
  • Knowledgeable and able to speak in their own words on a variety of subjects
  • Have confidence in their physical strength
  • Have confidence in language ability
  • Hold a regular driver’s licence (although this is not essential)
  • Experience working 1-4 different roles is a plus (part-time experience included)

▼ Have you got what it takes to work at the Ghibli Museum like these staff members?

Hours, pay and benefits

  • Wage: More than 220,000 yen (US$1,970.26) per month
  • Commuting expenses fully paid
  • Uniform part loaned
  • Pay rise once a year
  • Bonus twice a year
  • Social Insurance and welfare included
  • Holidays: Five-day workweek / Year-end and New Year’s holidays / Long vacation twice a year (approximately 120 days off per year, including weekends)
  • Hours: Between 8:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on a shift system (actual workday is 8 hours)
  • Location: Ghibli Museum (Official name: Mitaka Municipal Animation Art Museum)
  • Access: A 15-minute walk from either Mitaka Station or Kichijoji Station

If this sounds like your dream job and you fit all the requirements, then simply download the application pack here. The pack contains a resume form, to which a photo taken within the last three months must be attached (this is standard for resumes in Japan), and a “self-introduction” page, which should outline your past achievements and successful experiences in 800 characters.

Although there’s no specific mention that Japanese fluency is a requirement, it’s understood that “confidence in language ability” is referring to the Japanese language, and given that the forms in the application pack are written in Japanese, it’s safe to say that responses and resumes are expected to be submitted in Japanese also.

So if you’re confident in your Japanese language ability, send in your application now to: 〒181-0013 東京都三鷹市下連雀1-1-83 三鷹の森ジブリ美術館 採用係 (In English:  Employment Official, The Mitaka Ghibli Museum, Tokyo-to, Mitaka-shi, Shimorenjaku 1-1-83, 〒181-0013).

Applications are only being accepted by mail and must arrive by close of business on Friday 31 August 2018. Successful applicants will be contacted by phone within a month after the application deadline for an interview, with results finalised by early December. Good luck!

Source: Ghibli Museum
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