Job Opportunities

SUA receives many applications each month. Your patience is appreciated as SUA takes the time to properly review, screen, and interview candidates. SUA is an equal opportunity employer.

Full-Time Faculty Openings

No positions currently open

Part-Time Faculty Openings

Date Posted: 06/19/2020

Soka University of America seeks a part-time instructor to teach non-music majors jazz piano and theory, and direct a small ensemble, three contact hours per week with possible expansion. Some additional responsibilities (e.g., participating in campus music events, preparing end-of-semester recitals.) Position begins in February, 2021. 

Qualifications: Masters degree (or above) or equivalent professional performing experience and college-level teaching experience required. Demonstrated ability to attract students to jazz studies, and ability to teach jazz in the context of Afro-American history and culture also important. SUA especially welcomes applications from candidates from underrepresented minorities.

SUA aims to foster rewarding intellectual relationships among faculty and between faculty and students through collaboration and mentoring. An appreciation of the centrality of peace, global citizenship, freedom, and human rights is the founding impetus for the university and its mission.

Salary: Salary competitive and commensurate with experience.

Application Information: Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, a one-page statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness (if available), and contact information for three professional references (no recordings at this time, please). Please submit your application by clicking on this InterFolio link by September 1, 2020, for full consideration. Employment is contingent on the completion of a successful background check.

Please send any inquiries to this email address: facultyrecruiting@soka.edu

Soka University of America is an equal opportunity employer.

Date Posted: 06/19/2020

Soka University of America seeks a part-time instructor to teach non-music majors vocal technique and direct a chorus, four contact hours per week.  Some additional responsibilities (e.g., participating in campus music events, preparing end-of-semester recitals.) Position begins in February, 2021.

Qualifications: Masters degree (or above) in voice or choral conducting required, college-level teaching experience required. Professional performing experience and demonstrated ability to attract students to vocal ensembles also important. SUA especially welcomes applications from candidates from underrepresented minorities.

SUA aims to foster rewarding intellectual relationships among faculty and between faculty and students through collaboration and mentoring. An appreciation of the centrality of peace, global citizenship, freedom, and human rights is the founding impetus for the university and its mission.

Salary: Salary competitive and commensurate with experience.

Application Information: Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, a one-page statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness (if available), and contact information for three professional references (no recordings at this time, please). Please submit your application by clicking on this InterFolio link by September 1, 2020, for full consideration. Employment is contingent on the completion of a successful background check.

Please send any inquiries to this email address: facultyrecruiting@soka.edu

Soka University of America is an equal opportunity employer.

Date Posted: 06/19/2020

Soka University of America (SUA) seeks a part-time instructor to teach two sections of Introduction to Photography online to non-majors for the Fall Semester 2020.

Qualifications: Qualified candidates will hold an MFA or other practice-oriented terminal degree or have equivalent professional experience and have demonstrated success teaching at the college or university level. Under the current circumstances, obviously, experience teaching fundamental principles of digital photography online will be a major positive. SUA especially welcomes applications from candidates from underrepresented minorities.

Description: The semester will run from early September through early December (13 weeks of instruction plus a final exam week.) Up to a total of 20 SUA students will be participating, very likely from their home countries if not their homes, in time zones around the world. The successful candidate will have practical ways of engaging students in learning principles of visual media and functional techniques of digital photography, as well as encouraging creativity in widely diverse circumstances.

SUA aims to foster rewarding intellectual relationships among faculty and between faculty and students through collaboration and mentoring. An appreciation of the centrality of peace, global citizenship, freedom, and human rights is the founding impetus for the university and its mission.

Salary: Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience. 

Application information: Please submit letter of application, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, a one-page statement of teaching philosophy and contact information for three professional references. Do not send work samples at this time. Please submit your application by clicking on this InterFolio link by July 24, 2020, for full consideration. Employment is contingent on the completion of a successful background check.

Please send any inquiries to this email address: facultyrecruiting@soka.edu

Soka University of America is an equal opportunity employer.

Full Time Staff Openings

Date Posted: 08/04/2020

Soka University of America is offering a full time Career Counselor position.

Under the general supervision of the Director, Career Development & Internships, the Career Counselor is responsible for providing students and alumni career-based guidance and support for job exploration, professional skills development, and access to resources for graduate studies, as well as assisting in the development and facilitation of career-based programming. The Career Counselor works to build internal engagement of students, alumni, faculty and staff and is responsible for managing tools and technologies in support of that engagement.  All duties are developed and executed to accomplish the strategic goals of the department and the mission of the University.

Necessary duties include but are not limited to:

  • Provide career counseling and support inclusive of resume and cover letter writing, job and internship search, interviewing preparation, and career planning for students and alumni.
  • Assists in the development of stakeholder (students, alumni, faculty, and staff) engagement initiatives.
  • Works closely with the Director, Career Development & Internships to assess programmatic impact including career-based student learning outcomes for short and long-term strategic planning.
  • Oversees, promotes, and tracks student and alumni use of career services including career-based technologies including, but not limited to InterviewStream, GoinGlobal, and Handshake.
  • Conducts annual New Student Orientation, increasing awareness of early career planning, and other Career Services resources.
  • Assists in developing and facilitating career-based workshops and events (online and on campus).
  • Assists students and alumni in exploring life long career development options and personal decision-making strategies.
  • Uses career development platforms and social media to identify and promote relevant job and career-based opportunities for students and alumni.
  • Identifies and reviews career-based literature and develops relevant career-based handouts and resources for students and posts career-related educational articles on social media.
  • Represents Career Services and SUA at external career-based events and activities when directed.
  • Builds connections between current students and alumni for the purpose of learning more about future career and graduate studies opportunities.
  • Gather Career Services activity and participation data for short and long-term strategic planning.
  • Other duties and projects, as assigned.

Candidates should have:

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • Educational background in Career Counseling and/or Human Resources or related field is also preferred.

Experience

  • Minimum of one year experience in related field, i.e. Counseling, Human Resources, Career Services, or Career Coaching. 

Skills

  • Demonstrated ability to coach and guide students at entry career levels.
  • Strong customer service delivery, creativity, and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize efficiently with meticulous attention to details.
  • Project and time management skills that enable the accomplishment of many tasks on a concurrent basis.
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to present workshop content and facilitate group meetings.
  • Demonstrated team player, with independent decision making and problem solving ability.
  • Demonstrated ability to listen carefully, to interpret accurately and to respond to a high volume of requests.
  • Proficiency in Windows operating environment, along with current Microsoft Office Suite, database management and use of applications and technology in innovative ways.
  • Ability to interact with a diverse student and staff populations and demonstrated experience in the use of cross-cultural counseling skills.
  • Candidates should demonstrate responsiveness toward and understanding of diverse student backgrounds, especially with regard to socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, culture, ability/disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity and have a willingness to facilitate the university’s mission to develop global citizens.
  • High ethical and professional standards.

Application review will begin immediately. The position will remain open and applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

Employment is contingent upon the completion of a successful background check.

To apply, send a letter of interest, resume, and three professional references to:

Human Resources
Re: Career Counselor
Soka University of America
1 University Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
E-mail: jobs@soka.edu

Soka University of America is an equal opportunity employer.

Date Posted: 07/29/2020

Soka University of America is seeking a full time Patrol Officer who will be responsible for patrolling campus by motor vehicle, by foot, and/or by bicycle providing protection of life and property. The Patrol officer will keep the peace, conduct investigations, submit reports, enforce parking laws, respond to medical emergencies, and illness calls. The Patrol Officer will give directions and assistance to faculty, staff, students and visitors, and perform any other duties as needed or assigned to accomplish the mission of the Security Area.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Providing motor vehicle and foot patrol of campus roadways, walkways, parking lots, academic buildings, and residential areas. May provide patrol by bicycle.  Responding to calls issued via radio and telephone dispatch.  Ensuring department activity log is updated accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Providing for the protection of life and property.  Observing safety hazards and reporting them to the proper persons for correction.  Ensuring buildings are locked and secure as appropriate and responding to building alarms.
  • Making recommendations, when appropriate, which reduce or eliminate conditions which lend themselves to unsafe conditions or expose University and personal property to theft or damage.
  • Conducting investigations of reported crimes and other incidents occurring within the jurisdictional boundaries of the University and submitting reports regarding those investigations.
  • Responding to requests for emergency and routine medical assistance as required. Determining medical needs, administer first aid as necessary, and summon additional medical assistance as required.
  • Giving directions, providing assistance to students, staff, faculty and visitors as requested and when appropriate.  Direct traffic as necessary.
  • Enforcing parking regulations in parking lots and in other areas as necessary and required. Ensuring that abandoned or illegally parked vehicles are impounded.  Issuing parking permits and bicycle licenses.
  • Investigating traffic accidents within the jurisdictional boundaries of the University, preparing accident reports, and enforcing laws and regulations per California Vehicle Code.
  • Conducting safety training for students including fire drills, evacuation procedures, and disaster preparedness.
  • Writing reports and preparing cases for prosecution.  Testifying in courts as required.
  • May be required to exercise the powers of arrest only while on duty with the Security Area and while performing authorized assignments defined as the enforcement of all parking regulations on all properties and facilities owned, operated and/or controlled by Soka University, within the city of Aliso Viejo and in accordance with the current Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Aliso Viejo.
  • Performing other duties and functions as appropriate to the job classification.

Candidates should have:

  • High School diploma or equivalent and some college work completed and/or a minimum of three (3) years of safety and security work experience and dealing with the public in a customer service capacity.
  • Some higher education experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of State and Federal laws and regulations as applicable to public safety functions.
  • Accurate report writing skills including the proper use of grammar, punctuation and spelling.
  • Legible handwriting such that all logs and reports can be easily read by others.
  • Ability to work with and serve a diverse groups of people.
  • Current First Aid, CPR and AED certification.
  • Current BSIS Guard Card Certification.
  • Ability to quickly assess a situation and determine the appropriate course of action.
  • Ability to communicate clearly in a helpful, effective and professional manner in person, by telephone and by two-way radio.
  • Ability to prepare criminal cases for prosecution and to effectively testify in court.
  • Skills in the operation of a motor vehicle under emergency and other Public Safety related conditions.
  • Ability to conduct safety training.
  • Knowledge of City laws and regulations and University policies as applicable to public safety functions.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a professional stance in all emergency situations.
  • Demonstrated ability in the application of first aid and emergency medical “first responder” skills.
  • Knowledge of campus buildings, roadways, parking lots, fire and intrusion alarm systems and keys.

Shifts for this position are:  6am-2pm, 2pm-10pm, and 10pm-6am.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Soka University of America offers a competitive benefits package. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To apply send a letter of interest, resume, and three professional references to:

Human Resources
Re: Patrol Officer
Soka University of America
1 University Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
E-mail: jobs@soka.edu

Soka University of America is an equal opportunity employer.

Date Posted: 06/25/2020

Soka University of America (SUA) is offering a full-time Reference and Instruction Librarian position. We seek candidates who will proactively build collaborative relationships with the members of the SUA community, provide effective research consultations and engaging instructions, and develop library programs which contribute to the University’s commitment to academic excellence.

The mission of SUA is to foster a steady stream of global citizens committed to living a contributive life. Daisaku and Kaneko Ikeda Library supports our students, faculty, and staff in their endeavors to meet their academic and personal goals as we all work together toward fulfilling the SUA mission. To that end, the library actively engages in teaching information literacy skills, facilitates access to information, and provides spaces for scholastic collaboration and intellectual exploration. The values we uphold are our principles that guide our actions and decisions.

Candidates should demonstrate responsiveness toward and understanding of diverse student backgrounds, especially with regard to socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, culture, ability/disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity and have a willingness to facilitate the university’s mission to develop global citizens.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Conduct effective patron interviews and respond to reference/research questions using print and online resources in person, by email/chat, or telephone.
  • Design and provide information literacy instructions for specific disciplines, class assignments, capstones, and theses. The instructions must be engaging, relevant, effective, and student-centered.
  • Partner with faculty and Writing Center to conduct engaging information literacy sessions to Writing 101 and 301 students.
  • Review syllabi, attend campus events, build relationships, and communicate with the campus community to learn and respond to their changing needs. Some events are scheduled during or on weekends.
  • Reach out to other departments and student groups to support their educational programs by consultations and collaborative partnership.
  • Design assessment instruments, use them to collect data on information literacy sessions, analyze, and write up the results.
  • Help maintain thorough and accurate records of reference and instruction activities. Plan, implement, evaluate, and improve the services.
  • Follow national standards and best practices, update learning objectives, policies, and procedures to ensure a consistent and effective information literacy program.
  • Stay informed of any changes made to online resources and the copyright law. Maintain up-to-date tutorials and research guides.
  • Test and evaluate new electronic products.
  • Provide library orientations to incoming students and faculty. Promote information literacy instruction classes to the faculty.
  • Promote the library collections and services to the campus community by writing monthly articles for SUA Today and maintaining the library’s social media platforms.
  • Create and display various library signage, including library display boxes.
  • Monitor relevant listservs; attend conferences, workshops, and webinars.

Candidates should have:

Education

  • Master’s degree in information and/or library science from an ALA-accredited school

Experience

  • Three years of relevant working experience in providing reference service and information literacy instruction. Demonstrated effective teaching skills employing student-centered pedagogy.

Required Qualifications and Skills

  • Strong evidence of a collaborative spirit and a service-oriented attitude.
  • Capacity for developing and sustaining effective relationships with students, faculty, and staff in the university setting.
  • Ability to provide responsive service to the entire academic community with tact, courtesy, and an attitude of “going the extra mile.”
  • Ability to work both independently and on a team, exercising excellent analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
  • Regular exercise of independent judgment, creativity, and initiative to surpass goals.
  • Strong attention to detail. Ability to work accurately with a high level of efficiency.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize time and schedule efficiently.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and adjust priorities in a changing environment.
  • Demonstrated understanding of social justice issues, diversity, and inclusiveness.
  • High proficiency in personal computer systems and knowledge of emerging technologies as they relate to the duties and responsibilities of the position.
  • Knowledge of and eagerness to learn new technologies and their applications related to the job responsibilities.
  • Effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills in English. Strong skills in proofreading and editing. 
  • Ability to carry out duties in accordance with the American Library Association Code of Ethics, general work ethics, and professional standards.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Knowledge and experiences to support the students and faculty of Life Sciences.
  • Experience in creating user-friendly LibGuides and BrightSpace courses.
  • Ability to read and write a foreign language(s).
  • Experience with grant writing.

This position may include some weeknight and/or weekend hours.

About SUA:

SUA seeks to cultivate global citizens and critical thinkers with expansive worldviews prepared to provide leadership in a rapidly changing world based on the founder Daisaku Ikeda’s remark:  “What our world most requires now is the kind of education that fosters love for humankind, that develops character—that provides an intellectual basis for the realization of peace and empowers learners to contribute to and improve society.”

Students come from all over the world and are invited to take courses in any of our five concentrations: Environmental Studies, Humanities, International Studies, Social and Behavioral Studies, and our newest concentration, Life Sciences. Our Life Sciences concentration will open in 2020-2021 academic year.

For more information on the university, please see our website.

Application review will begin immediately. The position will remain open, and applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. Employment is contingent upon the completion of a successful background check.

To apply, send a letter of interest, resume, and three professional references to:

Human Resources
Re: Reference and Instruction Librarian 
Soka University of America
1 University Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
E-mail: jobs@soka.edu

Soka University of America is an equal opportunity employer.

Part-Time Staff Openings

No positions currently open