Gakko Careers— Join the Gakko team and help us improve the ways we learn.

Gakko—meaning “school” in Japanese—was founded as an innovative, inclusive, international summer camp in 2011. While Gakko started in Japan, we now operate camps and afterschool programs around the world, and will soon launch a suite of digital learning tools in several languages. With an emphasis on creativity and collaboration, Gakko places project-based, experiential learning at the center of its rapidly expanding portfolio of programs.

Over the last 7 years we’ve hosted camps in more than four countries, impacting 400+ participants from more than 65 nations. Now our project lands in NYC where we’re opening after school programs in music and technology and rethinking the digital experience for students of all ages, starting with our youngest audience (3 to 5 year olds).

Interested in joining the team, and helping us re-imagine the ways we learn?

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Software Engineer NYC Send us your resume at: hiring@gakkoproject.com
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Gakko is looking for a Software Engineer to help build the future of children’s interactive storytelling. We’re a team driven by our mission to provide high quality screen time for young learners, and as an Engineer you’ll be working closely with Design and Product Leadership to shape, build, and grow our rapidly-evolving product from its infancy, through to launch, and beyond. We’re building an engineering culture of diversity, adaptability, and collaboration, and we appreciate Engineers who take pride in their code, as well as knowing when to ship and learn. The ideal candidate for this position should have experience building scalable consumer-facing web and mobile applications in a fast-paced environment.

Gakko is an inclusive and diverse culture. If you’re curious about what you’ve heard o far, please send us a note and we’d love to tell you more about the opportunity. This position is full-time based in our brand new NYC office in SoHo.


What You'll Do
  • Work with Design and Product Leadership to conceptualize new features and ship awesome, successful products to our users.
  • Take ownership of and drive new features across our product areas to production.
  • Collaborate with other engineers to design, evolve, and maintain our technical stack and components as we grow.
  • Review code and whiteboard technical solutions to our most complex challenges.
  • Test thoroughly, ship efficiently. Work with Leadership to evolve our processes and culture.

About You
  • You have 5+ years experience building consumer-facing web and mobile products on a Product Design team.
  • You’re fluent with web technologies and have a raw passion for writing JavaScript.
  • The more experience you have with React or React Native the better.
  • If you have experience with Swift/Objective-C/Java, all the better still.
  • You have experience debugging complex systems in a team environment.
  • You have a honed appreciation for when your code is good enough vs perfect. You’re game to chat trade-offs whilst preserving the integrity of the codebase.
  • You have strong UX and design sensibilities. You live for the polish you get to bring to your work.
  • You’re a skilled communicator, you bring a positive attitude and a sense of empathy and humility to your day.

Product Designer NYC Send us your resume at: hiring@gakkoproject.com
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Gakko is looking for a Product Designer to help design the future of children’s interactive storytelling. We’re a team driven by our mission to provide high quality screen time for young learners, and as Gakko’s first product designer, you’ll play a core role in shaping the platform from the ground-up. We appreciate designers who are thoughtful, adaptable, collaborative, and insight-driven; who take pride in their craft and have a keen appreciation for the little things. The ideal candidate for this position should have experience building consumer-facing web and mobile applications in a fast-paced environment. Bonus points if you have experience designing creator tools and interfaces for children.

Gakko is an inclusive and diverse culture. If you’re curious about what you’ve heard so far, please send us your portfolio–we’d love to tell you more about the opportunity. This position is full-time based in our brand new NYC office in SoHo.


What You'll Do
  • Own the design pipeline, delivering insight-driven solutions from napkin sketch to final UI and everything in between across our web and mobile products.
  • Partner with leadership to facilitate design discussion and feedback in planning, prioritization, and strategy.
  • Design and conduct user research session and continually develop customer development process to support a user-driven product culture.
  • Work closely with Engineering to deliver high-quality design implementation and user experience.
  • Regularly engage and source feedback from the engineering and leadership team to ensure collaboration through idea definition.
  • Shape and improve our design processes as we grow.

About You
  • You have 5+ years experience building consumer-facing web and mobile products on a Product Design team.
  • You’re no stranger to collaborating with diverse teams of product managers and engineers in a rapidly evolving product environment.
  • You live for the iterative design process. You thrive on feedback and constructive criticism in pursuit of solving the needs of users and delivering successful products.
  • You’re an impeccable communicator and are at ease conveying design solutions at varying resolutions to an array of stakeholders.
  • You have experience conducting customer research and deriving insights objectively.
  • Bonus points for experience with engineering, motion graphics, early learning apps, creator or B2B platforms, or interfaces for children as well as adults.

2018 Camp Operations Manager Japan Send us your cover letter and resume at: hiring@gakkoproject.com
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The 2018 Camps Operations Manager is responsible for being the eyes and ears of the Gakko core team and directors in Japan for the smooth running of the two camps happening in Okayama in the summer of 2018. As the Operations Manager, you will be living and traveling with the camp team and maintaining close close contact with the Japan Country Manager (Reiri Kojima) to facilitate:

  • Liaison between the camp team (directors, core team members and sempai) and Akaiwa city and the campsite.
  • Communications on the ground with bus companies and others to transport the sempai team from Kansai airport to our prep accommodations in Kyoto, and from Kyoto to the campsite in Okayama.
  • Plan and execute pick up and drop off logistics for campers and counselors arriving on site. This includes, managing sempai to help with process.
  • Bookings, reservations and any other communications necessary on the ground for meals, accommodations or other prep or material needs.
  • Working closely with the directors to acquire necessary camp materials prior to arrival on campsite.
  • Settling the chef team at the campsite and making sure they are comfortable.
  • Handling necessary communications for any emergencies during prep or camp.

Requirements
  • Bilingual (Japanese and English), able to swiftly navigate language gaps between the camp team and local community and personnel.
  • Have a driver’s license in Japan and comfortable driving around Okayama and the campsite.
  • You should be timely, responsable, organizationally skilled and self-sufficient.

Key Dates*
  • June 8-16 // ​Tokyo + Kyoto
    Meet the core team and directors and get oriented in the prep venue.
  • June 17-30 ​// Kyoto + Okayama
    First team of sempai arrive in Kyoto, prep continues off-site and on-site.
  • July 1-14 ​// Okayama
    Kohai arrive and first campin progress in Okayama.
  • July 14-28 ​// Kyoto
    Meet second camp team (sempai and directors) in Kyoto for prep.
  • July 29-August 11 ​// Okayama
    Kohai arrive and camp in progress in Okayama.
  • August 12-17 ​// Okayama + Tokyo
    Strike campsite and retrospective with the core team.

*A more detailed summer schedule will be shared at a later date.