Careers

Our Story

Since 1975, Sofia University has aspired to be a leader in transformative higher education offering students an education that transcends a traditional learning environment. Students, staff, and faculty of Sofia are passionate individuals that recognize the need to be a part of something greater than themselves and seek opportunities that will provide them with the tools to empower themselves and their community. As Sofia continues to grow as a University, it remains committed to its transformative transpersonal values and to maintaining a high-quality and diverse workforce representative of the community it serves.

Sofia University is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), offering students undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs in the fields of psychology, business, and computer science. With two California campuses, one in Palo Alto, and the second in Costa Mesa, the University provides both on-campus and online programs, giving students the flexibility to further an education rooted in transformative and transpersonal values.

Sofia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Human Resources Department at 888-820-1484 ext. 10200.

Considering Sofia?

Are you considering joining our community? Here's what sets us apart.

Accredited

Sofia University is fully accredited through WSCUC, the premier regional accreditation body for higher education.

Two Campuses

We have two California campuses, one located in Northern California in Palo Alto, and a second in Southern California in Costa Mesa.

Diverse Community

Sofia University thrives in serving a diverse community, with students from various backgrounds. This is reflected in the recruiting and hiring at Sofia.

Founded in 1975

Sofia University was founded in 1975, initially under the name The Institute for Transpersonal Psychology.

The History of Sofia

Sofia University aspires to be a globally conscious leader in transformative education that will empower students with intellectual growth, ethics, and the development of emotional and social intelligence.

Sofia University is a passionate, dynamic learning community that fosters multiple ways of knowing. We are dedicated to academic excellence with a shared commitment to authenticity, inclusivity, cultural humility, ecological stewardship, and service to others. Our curricula focus in six areas of inquiry: the intellectual, emotional, spiritual, physical, social, and creative aspects of life.

Open Positions

Explore any of our open positions and join the Sofia community.
Staff

IT Support Specialist

Reports to: Vice President Administration & CFO
Department: IT
Classification: Part-time
Location: Costa Mesa

Responsibilities:

• Consult with the IT Manager and other departments as required
• Provide IT assistance to staff, faculty, and students
• Train staff, faculty and students on hardware functionality and software programs
• Resolve logged errors in a timely manner
• Monitor hardware, software, and system performance metrics
• Update computer software as well as upgrading hardware and systems
• Maintain databases and ensure system security
• Document processes and perform diagnostic tests
• Keep track of technological advances and trends in IT support
• Performs other related tasks as required by the VP or Cabinet members.

Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technology or related field preferred
• Three to five years of related experience (preferably in an educational setting), or combination of education and experience commensurate with the requirements of this position
• Exceptional ability to provide technical support and resolve queries
• In depth knowledge of computer hardware, software and networks
• Ability to determine IT needs
• Proficiency in IT helpdesk software, such as SysAid and Zendesk
• Experience in documenting processes and monitoring performance metrics
• Advanced knowledge of database maintenance and system security
• Ability to keep up with technical innovation and trends in IT support
• Excellent interpersonal, analytical, and communication skills
• Strong organizational, time management and execution skills
• Ability to handle multiple projects and prioritize them effectively
• Ability to prioritize and respond with appropriate sense of urgency
• Must have exceptional attention to detail and accuracy in data entry and document review
• Flexibility to work weekends and/or evenings

Preferred:

• Networking Skills
• Ability to speak, read and write Chinese (Mandarin)

Equal Employment Opportunity

Sofia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Human Resources Department at 888-820-1484 ext.10200.

Faculty

Faculty Pool Position in Business Administration for IAPS

Reports to: Associate Vice President, Academic Innovation
Department: Academic Affairs

The Institute for Applied and Professional Studies at Sofia University is developing an open adjunct faculty pool for all areas of business administration and will fill positions on an as needed basis. All areas of business studies needed. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in psychology. Instructors must have an earned doctorate and the ability to teach at all levels, BSBA, MBA, and DBA. Candidates may need to be available to begin teaching on short notice and can work out of either the Palo Alto or Costa Mesa Campus.

Responsibilities
• Teach courses in residence and/or online
• Develop new courses for the business programs. Assist in new program development
• Participate in departmental faculty activities as necessary
• Assist in assessment activities
• Prepare interactive presentations/lessons for quality face-to-face or hybrid teaching
• Work closely with the Department Chair and department colleagues
• Participate in orientation and technology trainings
• Respond to student inquiries in a timely manner
• Provide substantive and ongoing feedback to students
• Communicate student concerns to Program Office
• Submit book orders, syllabi, class roster verifications, and grades on time
• Attend adjunct faculty meetings; traveling as required to campus and other locations
• Uphold the university mission through work performed
• Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

• Earned Doctorate from a regionally accredited institution required
• Significant teaching experience required
• Familiarity with best practices for effective adult learning theory, content-specific pedagogy, and instructional practices
• Technological aptitude and ability to acquire new skills quickly
• Professionalism and ability to work with faculty and students in a respectful manner.
• Skilled in Google Suite, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and online technology. Excellent communication and presentation skills
• Experience working with international students a plus.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Sofia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Human Resources Department at 888-820-1484 ext.10200.

Please send your Resume to:

Renate Krogdahl, Director HR
Renate.krogdahl@sofia.edu

Faculty Pool Position - MACP Department

Reports to: MACP Program Chair
Department: Academic Affairs

The MACP department at Sofia University is developing an open adjunct faculty pool for several courses and will fill positions on an as needed basis. Our program is growing and so is our need to hire adjuncts for many MACP courses including MFT and PCC specialization courses. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in counseling psychology with exposure to teaching and incorporating psychology, diversity sensitivity, and humility into courses. Candidates may need to be available to begin teaching on short notice either asynchronously online and/or at 2x/year 10-day residential intensives occurring in Southern CA at the Costa Mesa campus. Example of some of the course titles are Group Dynamics, Psychopharmacology, Brain Functioning & Severe Mental Health, Assessment Appraisal and Testing, Psychopathology, Approaches to Trauma Law & Ethics, Career Counseling, Research Methods, etc.

Responsibilities:
• Teach courses at a Low Res 10-day intensive in Costa Mesa, CA and/or online 10-week asynchronous year-round quarters
• Participate in departmental faculty activities, as necessary, weekly staff meetings
• Assist in assessment activities
• Prepare student centered learning for quality Intensive face-to-face or asynchronous online teaching
• Work closely with the Department Chair and department colleagues
• Participate in faculty orientation and technology trainings
• Respond to student inquiries in a timely manner
• Provide substantive and ongoing feedback to students
• Meet with individual students about course materials on demand
• Schedule optional videoconference meetings for classes throughout the quarter
• Communicate student concerns to Program Office
• Travel as required to campus and other locations
• Submit book orders, syllabi, class roster verifications, and grades on time 

Qualifications:
• Earned MACP degree from a regionally accredited institution required
• At least two years teaching experience required on an LMS platform such as Canvas, Moodle, Blackboard, etc.
• Familiarity with best practices for effective adult instructional practices, flipped classroom, student centered learning modules, and the multi-intelligence model of learning
• Ability to manage questions and critical responses to materials, text, and layout of courses in a positive, productive, forward moving way
• Ability to contain and model professional boundaries in the classroom both in person and online
• Understand cohort learning as it relates to personal development while becoming a therapist
• Be highly competent in social, relational, and emotional responses that go along with academic competency to teach in the MACP field
• Technological aptitude and ability to acquire new skills quickly
• Professionalism and ability to work with faculty and students in a respectful manner, honor all diversity and identity across the board at the University
• Skilled in Google Suite, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and online technology.
• Excellent communication and presentation skills
• Experience working with international students a plus

Equal Employment Opportunity

Sofia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Human Resources Department at 888-820-1484 ext.10200.

Please send your Resume to:

Renate Krogdahl, Director HR
Renate.krogdahl@sofia.edu

Adjunct Instructor - Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology Overseas (MATPO)

Brief Description:

Sofia University’s Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology Overseas program in Mandarin is looking to expand its teaching pool. We welcome those adjunct instructors with backgrounds in psychology, sociology, philosophy, theology and or counselling and education and share transpersonal values to apply. The positions to be filled are online hybrid synchronous/asynchronous Adjunct instructors with the possibility of becoming core faculty positions. The time commitment ranges from teaching individual quarters up to teaching at least four quarters every year. The courses available to teach range from specific Transpersonal subjects to the Capstone thesis. All applicants must be fluent in Mandarin and have at least a master’s degree. Preference will be given to candidates who have several years of teaching graduate psychology experience with Chinese students, have a PhD and or equivalent professional experiences in the field of psychology.

Sofia’s MATPO:

A Contemplative, Evocative, and Transformative program

The program is uniquely designed for transformative learning, integration of transpersonal and wisdom principles, and development and application of skills for personal and professional contribution. According to O’Sullivan, transformative learning fosters enhanced awareness and consciousness in people, communities, and frames of reference. It encourages the vision of alternative approaches to living and posits the possibility of social justice, peace, and joy. Students are guided in their cultivation of leadership skills, self-knowing and professional consciousness.

MATP is the oldest degree program of Sofia (formerly, ITP). This WASC accredited program includes 48 mindfully crafted credit hours by scholar-transpersonalists. Topic areas range from embodied spirituality to transpersonal applications. The MATPO (WASC accreditation pending) consists of 10 of the original MATP courses, 8 themed seminars with seminal and guest speakers, plus 4 more custom designed credit hours, tailored to China’s current psycho-socio-cultural climate. These custom courses are collaborations with Chinese scholars. They provide not just a foundation to better understand and appreciate how transpersonal psychology has evolved, but also to provide students a window into applying their learning to psychological consultation practices.

We invite students to contemplate innovations related to social justice, peace, and joy. Join us in the cultivation of professional leadership skills, transcendent self-awareness, and expanded consciousness. Unlike traditional graduate work, Sofia’s mission has always been focused on transformational growth. This is achieved through reflective work. Students will be tasked to examine the meaning, the emotions, and the evolution of their choices along their lives’ journey. This exploration takes courage and creativity. Through a deeper understanding of the self, a rich cultivation of personal consciousness, and nurturance of professional reflective assignments, students transform.

Sofia University’s Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

Sofia University is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our work on diversity, equity, and inclusion is grounded in the tenets of transpersonal and humanistic psychology. Our mission, vision, and core values have long reflected our commitment to an empathic, compassionate, and holistic view of all human beings. This shared history serves as a solid foundation for our work on diversity, equity, and inclusion. However, we recognize that the work is on-going, the issues are evolving, language is fluid, and our understanding needs to expand. Through our academic programs we strive to apply principles of inclusion and diversity to current issues of equity and social justice. In policies, practices, classes, meetings, intensives, and seminars, the Sofia University community is engaged in and committed to genuine dialogue, active listening, relevant education, self-reflection, personal accountability, and transformation.

Diversity: We invite, appreciate, and honor our differences. We engage with, listen to, work with, learn from, and reflect our diverse communities.
Equity: We work to create policies and practices that are fair and just, so that all community members have genuine opportunities to experience success.
Inclusion: We are committed to building and maintaining a safe environment that empowers all community members to have a voice and feel respected.

Adjunct Instructors’ job responsibilities and duties:

1. Adjunct Instructors will collaborate with the chair and lead faculty and work with department colleagues
2. Participate in presenting in the special topic synchronous seminar.
3. Contribute to and or assist course development on Canvas
4. Deliver synchronous lectures over Zoom
5. grade discussion posts, assignments, and answer student questions,
6. guide and coordinate with teaching assistants when applicable
7. complete grading with substantive feedback in a timely manner.
8. Submit book orders, syllabus, and grades in a timely manner
9. Communicate student concerns to program office
10. Attend adjunct faculty meetings and faculty activities
11. Participate in orientation and technology trainings
12. Perform other duties as assigned
13. Uphold university mission and program goals

Qualification and skills:

Must-haves:
1. Master’s degree in the field of psychology, counselling, sociology, theology and or education.
2. Teaching experience
3. Strong communication skills

Preferred:
1. Transpersonal Psychology background/ experience
2. Professional experience (depending on the field)
3. Graduate online teaching experience
4. Fluency in Mandarin and English
5. Zoom, Teams, Canvas, WeChat and Tencent applications proficiency

“We look forward to having you join the Sofia Community.”

Renate Krogdahl, MBA

Director of Human Resources & Chief of Staff
Title IX Coordinator

Phone: 888.820.1484 ext. 10200
Email: renate.krogdahl@sofia.edu

Costa Mesa Campus:

3333 Harbor Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626      

Palo Alto Campus:

1069 E. Meadow Circle
Palo Alto, CA 94303

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