Job Openings

John Paul the Great Catholic University (JPCatholic) is now accepting applications for a visionary, motivated, and mission-driven Director of our new Career Connections Office (CCO). The Office directs and manages the professional connections with relevant employers for our students and alumni in their search for part-time and full-time jobs as well as internships. The Director plays a key role in the identification, cultivation, and expansion of our network of appropriate employers, who are aligned and synergistic with our academic disciplines. Professional connections are a critical part of JPCatholic’s value proposition to students and alumni, and the Director plays a key strategic and tactical role in the smooth and effective operations of the CCO.

The CCO must be an omnipresent part of our student experience, helping navigate journeys of professional discovery and mastery alongside and in support of JPCatholic’s hands-on learning. Student access to internships, experiential and service-learning opportunities prepares them for career success and a purposeful life of Impacting Culture for Christ.

The Director will have a keen awareness that the way students interact with employers is rapidly changing. With the internet and its wealth of information and resources, along with platforms like Handshake that connects jobseekers and employers, students leverage their digital-native skills in forging meaningful professional connections, broader professional networks, and accessing a richer job pool.

The Director, while empowering students to attain their first job after graduation, recognizes that careers are often a series of different roles and new emerging jobs. Job-search tools and strategies are rapidly evolving, and our alumni should expect from the CCO leading-edge professional development and career advancement support over the span of their full career. The Director will actively encourage alumni to hire fellow alumni and to nurture a broad talent pool ranging from student interns to executive-level professionals. The Director must oversee the CCO’s delivery of creative self-service technologies, such as online interview practices and resume review tools, and to scale broad access to quality services, while building the internal capacity to quantify and assess the outcomes of their overall efforts.


For our current students and alumni, the Director will
  • Serve as the primary liaison between jobseekers and potential employers, offering advice on the job-search process, interviewing, resume, and letter writing, and all other facets of career planning.
  • Conducts regularly scheduled career related workshops and seminars.
  • Schedule on-campus recruitment fairs, networking nights, career expos, and other related presentations.
  • Serve as adviser and interface with employers to assist in recruitment from our talent pool.
  • Develop new contacts and agreements with employers to expand employment opportunities.
  • Coordinates communication with department chairs and faculty to understand student employment needs.
  • Constantly monitor, analyze, evaluate, and improves services offered.
  • Gather and analyze post-graduation evidence of student success, including the efficacy of our career preparation, outcomes, and salaries.
  • Daily use our KEAP CRM for all communications with students, alums and employers.


  • A bachelor’s degree in a discipline directly related to JPCatholic’s academic offerings.
  • 2-5 years of relevant industry experience.
  • Demonstrate:
    1. A strong personal interest in developing employer-campus connections with recruitment as a goal.
    2. A thorough understanding of and commitment to the goals and responsibilities of the CCO.
    3. Strong written and verbal communications skills.
    4. Effective organizational and management skills.
    5. Relationship building and marketing abilities.

Note: This position is ideal for an early career professional seeking a challenging growth position within a Catholic Christian environment, where drive and a strong personal work ethic is welcomed and rewarded. It is also attractive to a late stage career professional, for whom giving back is a primary consideration in their job search.

Compensation Starting salary range is $65,000 - $70,000 per year.

John Paul the Great Catholic University (JPCatholic) is now accepting applications for a seasoned, motivated, energetic, and mission-driven Major Gifts Officer (MGO). The MGO will expand our current philanthropy team and work closely with university leadership to increase our philanthropic revenue stream to enable us to realize our growth potential. JPCatholic expects to raise $2M in FY24, and to grow it 15% annually in subsequent years.

JPCatholic uses a disciplined “Moves Management” process to qualify prospective donors; to create individualized proposals and asks to secure gifts; and to further steward donors and provide them the opportunity to give again. Our process is empowered by KEAP - a game changing all-in-one CRM, sales and marketing automation platform built specifically for growth-minded institutions like JPCatholic.

MGO Duties and Responsibilities:

The MGO will
  • Cultivate and grow a personal portfolio of individual, foundation, and corporate major donors and prospects using efficient and effective processes cognizant of their interests, motivations, giving patterns, and ask preferences to secure funds to advance our mission,
  • Create reasonable financial goals for each donor alongside stewardship and further cultivation plans in a timely and effective manner.
  • Create timely reports that reflect caseload and performance.
  • Execute JPCatholic’s Strategic Plan to meet short- and long-term goals.
  • Communicate efforts effectively with JPCatholic Trustees.
  • Collaborate with our marketing team on unified messaging and narratives.
  • Collaborate with faculty and staff to ensure timely communication of critical institutional project information, including budgets to donors.
  • Adhere to JPCatholic policies and procedures and values.
  • Maintain a positive, and collegial problem-solving attitude.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications, Competencies, and Strengths

  • Bachelor’s degree is required and a background in the Creative Arts is preferred.
  • Demonstrated history of successful fundraising experience is required.
  • Effective ability to use and learn data management systems at a high level of sophistication is required for the duties of the position. and organizational skills required.
  • A passion for helping donors fulfill their philanthropic interests.
  • Alignment with and passion for JPCatholic’s mission and the ability to articulate this mission to others.
  • Knowledge of the educational and philosophical landscape in which we operate.
  • Familiarity with “Moves Management” process.
  • Ability to build strong personal relationships.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Proven ability to present information in an informative and compelling manner.
  • A stamina to work hard and derive satisfaction from being productive.
  • Ability and desire to thrive in a fast-paced, mission-driven, entrepreneurial environment that rewards self-starters.

Note: This position is ideal for an early career professional seeking a challenging growth position within a Catholic Christian environment, where drive and a strong personal work ethic is welcomed and rewarded. It is also attractive to a late stage career professional, for whom giving back is a primary consideration in their job search.

Compensation Starting salary range is $65,000 - $70,000 per year.

JPCatholic's School of Visual Arts is seeking an Adjunct Professor of 2D Animation to teach animation, rigging, and storyboarding using Toon Boom Harmony and Storyboard Pro. Applicants must provide a link to their professional portfolio/reel.

Responsibilities include

  • Course initial development and continuous improvement.
  • Collaborating with department faculty in the curriculum implementation.
  • Student support.
  • Maintaining regular office hours outside of instructional time.
  • Participating in course outcomes assessments.
  • Maintaining up-to-date industry knowledge.

Qualifications and Skills

. Applicants must
  • Be currently professionally active in the animation industry.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in Toon Boom Harmony and Storyboard Pro.
  • Have, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree and two years of professional experience, OR any associate degree and five years or professional experience, OR the equivalent.

JPCatholic is a Catholic university. Applicants to this position are not required to be Catholic, but they must respect and not teach against the mission of the University.

Compensation is $4,500 per course. This compensation includes all prep time, 10 3-hour classes, grading, meeting with students during office hours, emailing students, revising the syllabus and other course related duties.


JPCatholic is a lay run Roman Catholic institution with a primary focus on shaping future creators and innovators, leaders and entrepreneurs within a faith-filled Catholic campus environment. Our faculty and staff passionately support the mission and vision of the University; they transmit that passion to our students, and seek to Impact Culture for Christ. Our students have the opportunity to acquire a deep and personal knowledge of Jesus Christ. Catholic ethical, moral, and social values provide a guiding compass for everything we do. Our academic vision is to create a extraordinary university for students through degree programs in the Creative Arts and Business Innovation.

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Send your resume/CV and a cover letter to Anna Velasco, Vice President of HR, at or to: 220 W. Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025. In your cover letter, you should explicitly detail how you will support the mission of the University, why you are well suited for the position, and explain your competence and commitment. Your resume should detail your professional experience as it matches the position requirements described above. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Interviews and hiring dates are budget and student enrollment dependent. Please carefully read and understand our expectations with respect to fidelity to and respect for the teachings of the Catholic Church here.

JPCatholic is committed to creating an atmosphere that values human diversity. Equal employment opportunities shall be afforded to all individuals with respect to compensation and privileges of employment, benefits, and separation, as well as all other terms and conditions of employment.

John Paul the Great Catholic University strives to hire and promote the best-qualified individuals, and background and reference checks are an important part of these processes. When a background or reference check is needed with respect to hiring or other employment decisions, JPCatholic conducts such checks in compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws. JPCatholic will make a conditional offer of employment prior to a background check being conducted. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the employment of a person who was conditionally offered the position.