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

Date Posted: 07/11/2019

Soka University of America (SUA) seeks to fill a position for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor in Biochemistry beginning August 2020. The successful candidate will demonstrate their ability to excite and interest students in small classroom and laboratory settings and to develop a productive program of research and scholarship. This position will support SUA’s new Concentration in Life Sciences and Pre-Health Program housed in a new state-of the-art science teaching and research facility. The teaching responsibilities of this position include developing and teaching new biochemistry and interdisciplinary classroom and/or laboratory courses for these programs. In addition, the faculty member may develop and teach courses designed for students not concentrating in Life Science that meet the General Education course requirements in Biological Science or Physical Science. All faculty members also teach at least one course in SUA’s cross-disciplinary General Education curriculum (Core, Modes of Inquiry, or Learning Cluster; for course descriptions, see our catalog). All courses should engage students via project-based and active learning approaches suitable for small class sizes. The teaching load per academic year is five courses.

SUA is a selective four-year institution offering a challenging B.A. in the liberal arts. The university is committed to cross-disciplinary education and aims to foster close intellectual relations between faculty and students through mentorship. An appreciation of the centrality of peace, freedom and human rights to the happiness of the individual and the world provides the founding impetus for the university and its mission. SUA is open to students of all nationalities and beliefs and is committed to diversity in its academic community.  About half of SUA students have come from the US, and half have come from over 45 other countries.

Qualifications: 

Applicants from all fields of biochemistry are welcome with preference for interdisciplinary researchers in fields relevant to our new life sciences concentration, which is designed to prepare students for careers in biology, medicine, and public health. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Biochemistry or an appropriate area, and preferably will have postdoctoral experience. Applicants should be versatile enough to teach outside their area of specialization, such as organic chemistry or other chemistry courses, and will have demonstrated excellence in teaching and research.

Benefits / Salary: 

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. All full-time faculty members are eligible for medical, dental, and retirement benefits.

Deadline for applications:  Review of applications will begin on October 1st, 2019 and continue till the positions are filled. Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a one to two-page statement of teaching philosophy (which should also address how the candidate would fulfill the teaching responsibilities described above), evidence of teaching effectiveness, a one-page statement of research interests and three confidential letters of recommendation to be addressed to Bryan Penprase, Ph.D., Dean of Faculty.

Please submit all documents through this Interfolio link. Employment is contingent on the completion of a successful background check.

Email:  facultyrecruiting@soka.edu

Date Posted: 07/11/2019

Soka University of America (SUA) seeks to fill a position for a full-time tenure-track Professorship (Open-Rank) in Biochemistry beginning August 2020. The successful candidate will demonstrate their ability to excite and interest students in small classroom and laboratory settings and to develop a productive program of research and scholarship. This position will support SUA’s new Concentration in Life Sciences and Pre-Health Program housed in a new state-of the-art science teaching and research facility. The teaching responsibilities of this position include developing and teaching new biochemistry and interdisciplinary classroom and/or laboratory courses for these programs. In addition, the faculty member may develop and teach courses designed for students not concentrating in Life Science that meet the General Education course requirements in Biological Science or Physical Science. All faculty members also teach at least one course in SUA’s cross-disciplinary General Education curriculum (Core, Modes of Inquiry, or Learning Cluster; for course descriptions, see our catalog). All courses should engage students via project-based and active learning approaches suitable for small class sizes. The teaching load per academic year is five courses.

SUA is a selective four-year institution offering a challenging B.A. in the liberal arts. The university is committed to cross-disciplinary education and aims to foster close intellectual relations between faculty and students through mentorship. An appreciation of the centrality of peace, freedom and human rights to the happiness of the individual and the world provides the founding impetus for the university and its mission. SUA is open to students of all nationalities and beliefs and is committed to diversity in its academic community.  About half of SUA students have come from the US, and half have come from over 45 other countries.

Qualifications: 

Applicants from all fields of biochemistry are welcome with preference for interdisciplinary researchers in fields relevant to our new life sciences concentration, which is designed to prepare students for careers in biology, medicine, and public health. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Biochemistry or an appropriate area, and preferably will have postdoctoral experience. Applicants should be versatile enough to teach outside their area of specialization, such as organic chemistry or other chemistry courses, and will have demonstrated excellence in teaching and research.

Benefits / Salary: 

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. All full-time faculty members are eligible for medical, dental, and retirement benefits.

Deadline for applications:  Review of applications will begin on October 1st, 2019 and continue till the positions are filled. Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a one to two-page statement of teaching philosophy (which should also address how the candidate would fulfill the teaching responsibilities described above), evidence of teaching effectiveness, a one-page statement of research interests and three confidential letters of recommendation to be addressed to Bryan Penprase, Ph.D., Dean of Faculty.

Please submit all documents through this Interfolio link. Employment is contingent on the completion of a successful background check.

Email:  facultyrecruiting@soka.edu

Date Posted: 08/02/2019

A selective liberal arts university founded upon the principles of peace and human rights, SUA is committed to a global and inter- or multidisciplinary approach to education and aims to foster close intellectual relations between faculty members and students by encouraging mentoring on the part of the faculty. Students come from all over the world and are invited to take courses in any of our 5 concentrations: Environmental Studies, Social and Behavioral Studies, Humanities, International Studies, and our newest concentration, Life Sciences. Our Life Sciences concentration will open in 2020. Thus, we seek colleagues who are innovative pedagogically and interested in helping our Writing Program to develop and grow, as our campus grows. We seek candidates committed to diversity, pedagogy, social justice, human rights and the concept of global citizenship, in keeping with the mission statement of the university. Soka University of America’s beautiful campus, located in Aliso Viejo, California, is within easy access of the rich cultural offerings of both Los Angeles and San Diego.

We seek a colleague who will serve a dual position as Director of the Writing Center and as faculty member in the Writing Program. Our ideal candidate will be an outstanding scholar, teacher, and Writing Center administrator with a strong background in Composition and Rhetoric, preferably with research interests and scholarship in Writing Center theory and practice; a strong commitment to a Writing Center as an academic resource for writing and multi-modal communication for students and faculty; a passion for undergraduate teaching; experience in teaching and advising students of diverse backgrounds; the ability to work well with faculty across the university; an interest in cultivating connections among the Writing Center, the Writing Program, and other SUA academic programs; and a continuing program of scholarly activity.

Qualifications:  

Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition or related field from an accredited university with specialization in Rhetoric and Composition, as well as experience and scholarship in Writing Center administration. Demonstrated ability to oversee and direct staff and faculty, manage budgets, and develop and implement activities as well as strategic plans in the university Writing Center. 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.

Applications:

Each application must include a cover letter that describes the candidate’s perspective on the role of rhetoric and composition in an interdisciplinary undergraduate context and speaks to the candidate’s scholarly/teaching interests; a Writing Center administrative philosophy statement; curriculum vitae; and the names and contact information of two references to our Interfolio site. The search committee will request additional materials from select candidates at a later stage in the process. Employment is contingent on the completion of a successful background check.

All materials must be received by November 15, 2019.

Please apply through this link.

Email: facultyrecruiting@soka.edu

Date Posted: 08/02/2019

A selective liberal arts university founded upon the principles of peace and human rights, SUA is committed to a global and inter- or multidisciplinary approach to education and aims to foster close intellectual relations between faculty members and students by encouraging mentoring on the part of the faculty. Students come from all over the world and are invited to take courses in any of our 5 concentrations: Environmental Studies, Social and Behavioral Studies, Humanities, International Studies, and our newest concentration, Life Sciences. Our Life Sciences concentration will open in 2020. Thus, we seek colleagues who are innovative pedagogically and interested in helping our Writing Program to develop and grow, as our campus grows. We seek a candidate who is committed to diversity, pedagogy, social justice, human rights and the concept of global citizenship, in keeping with the mission statement of the university. Soka University of America’s beautiful campus, located in Aliso Viejo, California, is within easy access of the rich cultural offerings of both Los Angeles and San Diego.

The Writing Program at Soka University of American seeks an outstanding teacher-scholar in writing studies, literacy and/or rhetoric at the rank of assistant professor. The ideal candidate will have an interdisciplinary profile, be able to mentor students across the all five of our Liberal Arts concentrations, and teach at least 1 course per year in our General Education curriculum. We welcome applications from candidates with a PhD in Rhetoric & Composition, English, or related fields. We are especially interested in scholars doing innovative work as researchers and teachers in interdisciplinary areas like rhetorics of science and/or rhetorics of the environment.

Qualifications:

Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition or related field from an accredited university with specialization in Rhetoric and Composition, as well as experience and scholarship in Rhetorics of Science and/or Rhetorics of the Environment. 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. 

The candidate will help design and teaching upper-level and first-year courses in Soka University of America’s expanding Writing Program. We seek a colleague who will help our program grow to meet the needs of our newest concentration, Life Sciences, in addition to the other concentrations, as well as helping our program to adapt to the ever-changing fields of composition and oral communication.

Applications:

Each application must include a cover letter that describes the candidate’s philosophy of teaching, perspective on the role of rhetoric and composition in the interdisciplinary undergraduate curriculum, and scholarly interests; curriculum vitae; and the names and contact information of two references to our Interfolio site.  The search committee will request additional materials at a later stage in the process.

All materials must be received by November 15, 2019.

Please apply through this link.

Part-Time Faculty Openings

 

Full-Time Staff Openings

Date Posted: 08/15/2019

Soka University of America is offering a full time Student Internship Coordinator position.

Under the general supervision of the Director, Career Development & Internships, the Student Internship Coordinator is responsible for providing students and alumni career-based guidance and support for internship and 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. Student Internship Coordinator creates professional opportunities for Soka University students, including internships, jobs, and other career-related experiences. All duties are developed and executed to accomplish the strategic goals of the department and the mission of the University. Student Internship Coordinator works to build internal engagement of students, alumni, faculty and staff and is responsible for managing tools and technologies in support of that engagement. 

Necessary duties include but are not limited to:

  • Facilitate and manage all internship related activities including advising students on preparing for successful internship experiences and monitoring internship sites.
  • Work collaboratively with the Director, Career Development & Internships to create policy and procedures ensuring the academic quality and integrity of internships.
  • Develop and monitor current internship sites. Conduct site visits to evaluate appropriateness of internship sites and ensure quality of internships. When required, liaise with employers to resolve work site issues.
  • Execute strategies to promote the internship program to generate student interest through informational sessions and social media marketing.
  • Develop and present internship informational workshops via online access, workshops and career resources.
  • Liaise with International Student Services (if necessary) to support international students wishing to participate in the Internship program are compliant with all INS regulations, including I-20 and CPT regulations.
  • Contribute metrics and create monthly reports related to the Internship program.
  • 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.
  • Conducts annual New Student Orientation with other Career Services staff, increasing awareness of early career planning, and other Internship and Career Services resources.
  • 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 preferred.

Experience

  • Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in related field, i.e. Counseling, Human Resources, Career/Internship Services, or Career Coaching.

Skills

  • Demonstrated ability to provide career development advising and internship administration to students and alumni.
  • 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.
  • Ability to support the University’s Mission, particularly in fostering students to become global citizens committed to living a contributive life.
  • 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.

Email: jobs@soka.edu.

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

Human Resources
Re: Student Internship Coordinator
Soka University of America
1 University Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656-4105

Part-Time Staff Openings

Date Posted: 10/24/2019

Soka University of America is seeking a Counselor.  This is a part-time (16 hours per week), 10-month position. The Counselor will provide individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, consultation, and outreach to students. The Counselor primarily serves as a mental health resource to individual students. 

Duties

  • Provide individual and group counseling with appropriate treatment plans to students.
  • Provide crisis intervention and risk/safety assessment services in instances where students may require hospitalization or a higher level of care.
  • Provide case management.
  • Maintain ethical and comprehensive clinical records.
  • Schedule appointments and attend regular meetings with the Director of Student Services
  • Provide outreach programming on a variety of developmental, preventative, and / or mental health topics
  • Perform other similar duties as required.

Candidates should have:

  • Master’s Degree in a related field (counseling, higher education, social work, psychology).
  • Current California license as a marriage and family therapist, professional clinical counselor, psychologist, or social worker.
  • Minimum of two years of counseling experience in higher education or with college-aged adults.
  • Experience working with college students from diverse social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Experience working with international students a plus.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and sensitivity regarding cultural traditions, language barriers, identity, and intersectionality.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and an enthusiasm for working with students, faculty and other university personnel.
  • High ethical and professional standards.
  • Bilingual or multilingual proficiency a plus.
  • Experience providing crisis stabilization services in a community mental health setting or university counseling center.
  • Experience conducting intake interviews, including psycho-diagnostic assessment, case conceptualization, and treatment plan formulation, for students with a broad spectrum of psychological problems, ranging from adjustment issues to major psychiatric disorders.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Employment is contingent on the completion of a successful background check. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply send a letter of interest, resume, and three professional references, to:

Deadline for Applications:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Employment is contingent upon the completion of a successful background check.

Email: jobs@soka.edu.

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

Human Resources
Re: Counselor – Part Time
Soka University of America
1 University Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656-4105

Soka University of America is an equal opportunity employer