Job Openings

John Paul the Great Catholic University (JPCatholic) seeks to hire a senior professor who is an experienced leader to serve both as its Chief Academic Officer (CAO) as well as a faculty member. This is a great opportunity for a strategic thinker and teacher to join our founding President, a distinguished faculty and administration in advancing JPCatholic’s mission and growth in this critical role. JPCatholic is a small, niche university focused on the formation of students in the Creative Arts and Business Innovation and preparing them to Impact Culture for Christ. It has an applied, interdisciplinary approach to higher education, scholarship, and creativity.

JPCatholic’s 2025 Strategic Plan has holistic student formation and the fostering a culture of excellence in creativity & innovation as key strategic priorities. The former demands a unified, whole person (spiritual, intellectual and human) formation process, which provides students with the opportunity to encounter Jesus, who is Truth, Beauty, and Goodness within a rigorous and experiential learning environment. The latter requires us to cultivate creativity and innovation in a collaborative academic environment and to offer market-responsive, transformational degree programs.

JPCatholic, as a mission-driven institution, requires talented, principled, and service-minded faculty who embrace our unique vision of Catholic higher education. We now seek a forward-thinking professor and CAO with an entrepreneurial mindset and a track record of successfully implementing strategic priorities in the Creative Arts.

The CAO reports directly to the President of the University and supervises all faculty and academic staff.

Requirements:

  • A practicing and committed Catholic who can witness your personal encounter with Jesus Christ to others without using words.
  • A strong affinity for JPCatholic’s mission and its role in higher education, a passion and ability to advance it, and the courage to lead consistent with that mission.
  • A doctorate or terminal degree [MFA, MBA, JD] and a record of progressive and distinguished leadership in the Creative Arts industry or academia, requisites for an appointment as a professor within a current academic discipline at JPCatholic.
  • Preference will be given to a candidate who is keenly interested in the writings of St Pope John Paul the Great and their relevance to the challenges in our contemporary culture. They will have broadly and deeply studied his writings, have the ability to infuse his thinking into our curriculum, and share it broadly across our academic community as well as outside the university.
  • A strong desire to teach and a passion for helping students.
  • Strong communication [listening, speaking and writing] skills.
  • An optimist with a sense of humor, who is approachable, transparent, and empathetic.

Essential Skills, Abilities and Responsibilities:

In addition to their role as a senior teaching faculty member, the CAO will:

  • Provide visionary leadership, thoughtful decision-making, and decisive management, while fostering a culture of responsibility, accountability, and evidence within a culture of respect, transparency and shared governance.
  • Work with the President, Trustees, Cabinet, faculty, staff and students to advance the University.
  • Inspire and unite faculty and staff around our mission and core values and to witness to the virtues that are central to the formation of students to Impact Culture for Christ and that are necessary to foster a learning community that loves in action and truth.
  • Encourage innovation and creativity, foster collaboration and consensus-building, and strive to fully integrate knowledge through interdisciplinary intellectual engagement among faculty and students to deliver a rigorous and robust intellectual formation.
  • Attract, retain, mentor, actively support, and intentionally develop exceptional, diverse and high morale faculty and staff, to achieve established institutional goals and objectives, while assessing achievement, monitoring workloads and prioritizing needs.
  • Be a proactive advocate for students
    • Empathizing with the challenges they face today.
    • Promoting effective lines of communication and serve as a strong advocate for their academic, curricular, and co-curricular needs.
    • Providing encouragement and resources while removing barriers to their success.
    • Ensuring adequate campus resources for their employment needs pre- and post-graduation.
    • Enabling opportunities for service to the campus, local, national and global communities.
  • Create and oversee the budgeting and financing of academic operations, effectively and efficiently allocating resources among competing interests, while prioritizing faculty development, academic excellence, student success.
  • Support WSCUC accreditation and all other regulatory requirement.
  • Stay abreast of the issues and trends currently facing Catholic higher education.
  • Build, shepherd and strengthen JPCatholic partnerships with the Creative Arts industry.
  • Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as required.
  • Complete other tasks and duties as assigned.

Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. This is a confidential search. The names of candidates, including finalists, will not be made public. Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.

JPCatholic seeks a full-time Chair and Professor of Fashion Design to build the university’s new fashion program and academic department. The ideal candidate will have: an entrepreneurial mindset; an extensive knowledge and experience in fashion design; and most importantly a strong commitment to the ethos of the university. A terminal degree (MFA, MBA, or PhD) or its equivalent in fashion design or a closely related field is required.

The program will teach students the history of and contemporary trends across the global fashion industry, its technical underpinnings, and the practical applications. The degree program will prepare future designers to launch their careers in the fashion industry and this will require deep connections with the global fashion industry.

The ideal candidate will have:

  1. Concept development and innovation expertise as well as broad technical design knowledge. They will understand product development from 2-D concept to 3-D design, and have a proficiency in CAD fashion-design software and production. They will have a broad knowledge of the elements of developing a collection and the creative uses of materials and textiles. Knowledge of the various manufacturing processes is highly desirable.
  2. A lived commitment to personal and professional integrity. You will have proven leadership skills with the ability to work with, motivate and mentor students and faculty of diverse backgrounds.
  3. While university-level teaching experience is desirable but not required - you will have a strong desire to teach. The desire to develop and deliver industry relevant and mission aligned curriculum is critical.
  4. Department administration responsibilities will include:
    • Working with our Admission team to recruit talented students to the fashion program.
    • Overseeing the annual budget process.
    • Scheduling classes, hiring faculty and conducting faculty evaluations through classroom observations, student evaluations, their service and professional development commitments, and their contributions to the department goals.
    • Fostering interdepartmental collaboration and enhancing the reputation of JPCatholic.
    • Aligning the for the department’s strategic plan with JPCatholic’s overall strategic goals.

John Paul the Great Catholic University (JPCatholic) invites applications for a full-time Mental Health Counselor. Mental health counseling services are increasingly critical for students to assist in promoting their mental and emotional health, as well as enabling them to overcome psychological barriers to their academic goals and learning. Common concerns include anxiety, depression, parent/family conflict, substance abuse, and mental health disorders. The Counselor will report to the Vice President for Student Formation and Campus Life.

JPCatholic’s 2025 Strategic Plan has holistic student formation as a key strategic priority and it requires a unified, whole person (spiritual, intellectual and human) formation process, which provides students with the opportunity to encounter Jesus, who is Truth, Beauty, and Goodness within a rigorous and experiential learning environment. Core to our campus environment are an enthusiastic staff and teaching faculty who possess and witness the virtues necessary to love in action and truth.

The ideal candidate will be very familiar with St. Pope John Paul II’s writings on the dignity of the human person. Guided by his many writings [for example: Evangelium Vitae] the formation of JPCatholic student’s consciences is foundational, leading them ever more fully to the truth, and to forming them in right interpersonal relationships. We reject our contemporary trivialization of sexuality. We propose an authentic education in human sexuality that enriches the whole person; manifests its inmost meaning in leading the person to the gift of self in love; fosters personal maturity; and makes them capable of respecting the spousal meaning of the body.

Further, the ideal candidate will have deep knowledge and appreciation of the spiritual and human formation process within a creative academic environment, along with a deep understanding of the challenges facing students today. They will have a working knowledge of current mental health issues and trends within higher education.

Qualifications

  • A practicing and committed Catholic with a strong affinity for JPCatholic’s mission, a passion and ability to advance it, and the courage to serve consistent with that mission.
  • Ability to witness your personal encounter with Jesus Christ to others without words.
  • A Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling or related field is required. Eligibility for licensure as a Professional Counselor in the State of California. Must have successfully completed all requirements for licensure including coursework and licensure exams for consideration.
  • At least 6-12 months of demonstrated experience providing competent counseling services.
  • A deep understanding and appreciation for holistic formation principles and best practices.
  • Strong communication [listening, speaking and writing] skills;
  • Optimism, approachability, transparency, empathy, and a sense of humor.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Mental Health Counselor will:

  • Provide the resources for our students to achieve success in their academic vocation through counseling, encouragement, and the removal of barriers, including
    1. confidential time-limited individual counseling for at-risk students,
    2. crisis intervention, walk-in crisis counseling and emergency psychological referrals,
    3. outreach and group counseling,
    4. consultation with faculty, staff, families, and others who may be concerned about students,
    5. referrals to community resources,
    6. liaison activities between students and faculty;
  • Know the ethics/laws pertaining to the provision of mental health care in the State of California;
  • Advocate for students within JPCatholic;
  • Develop collaborative relationships with faculty and staff;
  • Work independently and consult as needed;
  • Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as required;
  • Provide regular reports to the President and the Board of Trustees;
  • Complete other tasks and duties as assigned.

John Paul the Great Catholic University (JPCatholic) invites applications for a full-time Female Residence Life Director (RD). At JPCatholic, holistic student formation is a strategic priority that requires a unified, whole person (spiritual, intellectual and human) formation process. This provides students with the opportunity to encounter Jesus, who is Truth, Beauty, and Goodness within our rigorous and experiential learning environment. The female RD, working under the supervision of our Vice President for Student Formation and Campus Life (VP-SF&CL), plays an integral role in the formation of all students, and with a particular focus on female students. She collaborates in setting the tone for much of the student experience outside of the classroom. She has a key role in supporting the residential and community life on campus.

Core to our campus environment are an enthusiastic staff and teaching faculty who possess and witness the virtues necessary to love in action and truth. [1 John 3:18]

Our formation is guided by the writings of St. Pope John Paul on the dignity of the human person [for example: Evangelium Vitae]. The formation of our student’s conscience is foundational in leading them ever more fully to the truth and in forming them in right interpersonal relationships. We reject our contemporary trivialization of sexuality. We propose an authentic formation in human sexuality that enriches the whole person; manifests its inmost meaning in leading the person to the gift of self in love; fosters personal maturity; and makes them capable of respecting the spousal meaning of the body.

The ideal candidate will have deep interest in the spiritual and human formation process within a creative academic environment, along with a deep understanding of the challenges facing students today. They will have a working knowledge of current mental health issues and trends within higher education.

Qualifications:

  • A practicing and committed Catholic with a strong affinity for JPCatholic’s mission, a passion and ability to advance it, and the courage to serve consistent with that mission.
  • Ability to witness your personal encounter with Jesus Christ to others without words.
  • Strong communication [listening, speaking and writing] skills.
  • Optimism, approachability, transparency, empathy, and a sense of humor.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities. Within the context of a residential life, the RD will:

  • Strive daily to maintain a safe, secure, healthy, and positive Christ-centered living environment that enhances the student’s spiritual, intellectual and human development.
  • Set an engaging and positive tone that will challenge students to grow.
  • Serve as a liaison to all female students and be available to address their concerns.
  • Support students who are struggling with mental health issues, transition challenges and retention concerns. Make counseling referrals when necessary.
  • Manage crisis response and behavioral risk assessment.
  • Serve 'on call' rotation with other RL staff.
  • Support community building programs and other initiatives.
  • Handle minor conduct issues.
  • Support the Resident Assistants (RA) in their daily responsibilities, as well as in hiring, training, and mentoring.
  • Assist the VP-SF&CL in formulating, implementing and adjusting (as necessary) the rules governing student life.
  • Participate and contribute to Student Life programs, events, and initiatives as well as institutional events such as New Student Orientation, Graduation, Housing Selection., etc.
  • Maintain office hours in the Student Life office.
  • Follow policies, standards, and best practices as outline in the Student Handbook.
  • Have frequent informal interactions with students throughout the year.
  • Assist the VP-SF&CL in areas related to the administration of Student Life, and with the development and assessment of departmental goals, learning outcomes, and institutional effectiveness, and other programs and initiatives within Residence Life;
  • Complete other tasks and duties as assigned.

Note: The RD is required to live in a university provided apartment at the Latitude 33 complex.

Manage all aspects of video production for marketing video and branded video content, primarily for admissions efforts but also for development projects requiring video content.

Job Responsibilities

  1. DEVELOPMENT OF VIDEO CONTENT
    • Take initiative to develop pitches for new projects based on relevant institutional needs and gaps in current video content offering
    • Coordinate with marketing team to develop new ideas for videos
  2. PRODUCING FOR VIDEO CONTENT
    • Reach out to students, professors, and alumni to feature them in projects
    • Pre-interview students, professors, and alumni who will be featured in projects
    • Create outlines for projects
    • Create interview questions for interviews
    • Coordinate equipment, set dec, and location for b-roll shoots, interview shoots, and other film shoots
  3. ON SET PRODUCTION OF VIDEO CONTENT
    • Manage setup and take down of lighting, sound, camera, and set dec
    • Ensure that talent is comfortable and at ease on set
    • Interview talent or assign student workers to interview talent
    • Manage the scheduling of time on set to ensure that the talent's time is respected
  4. POST PRODUCTION FOR VIDEO CONTENT
    • Backup data from film shoots to 155 Server archive and working drives
    • Organize all data (recorded media files, project files, exports, and any miscellaneous assets for video post production)
    • Create script cuts of interview footage, rough cuts, secondary cuts, mix sound, color grade footage, create or manage the creation of motion graphics, create end screen cards, polish and export cuts for distribution on multiple platforms
  5. DISTRIBUTION OF VIDEO CONTENT
    • Coordinate with other members of the marketing team to distribute video content to social media platforms and jpcatholic.edu
    • Create compelling titles and descriptions for videos
    • Create subtitles for videos (if applicable)
    • Create compelling and well designed thumbnails for a variety of platforms - YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Instagram, and various web formats
  6. GENERAL MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Manage the organization and upkeep of audio and video equipment
    • Train and supervise student workers in the development of marketing video and branded video content
    • Manage the scheduling of the production and distribution of videos, create internal deadlines for completing each particular video, move deadlines as necessary based on the progress of each project
  7. ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
    • Collaborate with marketing team to develop marketing strategies and materials to more effectively communicate JPCatholic's brand and value proposition
    • Collaborate with the marketing team to create ancillary content such as podcasts, video events, and audio ads for radio and podcasts
    • Manage the organization and growth of the University’s photo library

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • A practicing and committed Catholic with a passion for JPCatholic’s vision and mission
  • Ability to communicate the story of JPCatholic’s brand, students, and alumni in a visual medium
  • Strong technical and creative proficiency in film production, including camerawork, lighting, and sound
  • Strong proficiency with editing in Adobe Premiere
  • Ability to manage projects from inception to completion
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Familiarity with Photoshop and After Effects preferred
  • Experience with marketing and social media management preferred
  • Experience creating promotional video content preferred

Environment

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.

Please read our campus security report and disclosure information.

Application

Send your resume/CV and a cover letter to Anna Velasco, Director of HR, at avelasco@jpcatholic.edu 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.