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John Paul the Great Catholic University (JPCatholic) seeks to hire a principled, forward-thinking and entrepreneurial leader to serve as our Chief Academic Officer (CAO). The ideal candidate will embrace our unique vision of Catholic higher education, advance our mission and successfully implement our 2025 strategic priorities. You will also serve on our faculty as a Professor of Business.

JPCatholic is a small, mission-driven, niche university focused on the formation of students in the Creative Arts and Business Innovation and preparing them to Impact Culture for Christ. We have an applied, interdisciplinary approach to higher education, scholarship, creativity and innovation.

Our 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 our 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.

To be the ideal candidate, you must be a practicing and committed Catholic, who has built and successfully exited their company, has a graduate degree (MBA, JD or PhD), has the ability to understand and engage with the breath of JPCatholic’s academic disciplines, and is searching for a unique and significant opportunity to leverage your experience in the Lord’s vineyard. You must love to teach, to mentor and transform student’s lives. The successful candidate will detail this passion at length in their cover letter.

The CAO reports directly to the President 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 [PhD, MBA or JD] and a record of progressive and distinguished entrepreneurial leadership.
  • As Professor of Business you will teach a breath of courses across our curriculum. You will share your real-world experiences as you teach the core underpinning principles of the discipline.
  • A keen interest in the writings of St Pope John Paul the Great and their relevance to the challenges in our contemporary culture. You will have the desire and ability to infuse his thinking into our curriculum.
  • 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:

As CAO, you 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.

Note: This senior position requires a full-time presence on campus and does not allow for outside compensated professional activities.

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 is accepting applications for an experienced and energetic, mission-driven Associate Vice President of Enrollment to work closely with our VP of Enrollment and our team of Student Recruiters to respond to our anticipated post-COVID increase in student demand. This position will take the lead in finding enquiries and converting them to enrollments. The ideal candidate will have a strong work ethic and a demonstrated ability to lead in a sales environment. You will be collaborative, have strong interpersonal skills, and have the capacity to communicate JP Catholic's mission with passion to prospective students, their parents and college counselors

As the Associate Vice President of Enrollment, you will take a leadership role identifying, qualifying, closing, and enrolling on student prospects. You will have 5+ years of significant sales experience. You will have superior analytical skills and a firm grasp of the institutional prospect pipeline throughout the recruitment process. You will work collaboratively with our VP and admissions team to craft recruiting strategies as well as review and analyze our implemented tactics. Our team of experienced and committed recruiters has a very strong work ethic and are committed to our institutional goal of recruiting and enrolling the very best students at JPCatholic. You will manage a portfolio of prospective students. You will quickly learn InfusionSoft, our primary CRM tool used for student recruitment at JPCatholic. It underpins and drives our measurable enrollment processes.

Student recruitment requires extensive phone work, and a proactive dedication to identifying and implementing diverse recruiting and awareness strategies.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in the Creative Arts, Business or Humanities
  • A practicing and committed Catholic with a passion for JPCatholic’s vision and mission
  • 5+ years of sales experience and a demonstrated ability to lead in a sales environment
  • Proven ability to identify, qualify and close on student prospects
  • Ability to communicate JPCatholic’s value proposition to potential students and their parents
  • Strong organizational and communication skills

JPCatholic is accepting applications for an experienced and energetic, mission-driven student senior recruiter to convert prospective student enquiries to enrollments. The ideal candidate will be collaborative, have a strong work ethic, great interpersonal skills, and have the capacity to communicate JP Catholic's mission with passion to prospective students, their parents and college counselors.

You will join a team of experienced and committed recruiters. Our team has a strong work ethic and we are committed to our department goal of recruiting and enrolling the very best students at JPCatholic. You will take the lead on managing relationships with potential students in your portfolio. As a Senior Student Recruiter, you will manage a portfolio of prospective student prospects and will be responsible for building JPCatholic’s success by identifying, qualifying, closing, and ultimately enrolling them. You will have a firm grasp of your prospect pipeline throughout the recruitment process. You will work collaboratively with your team to craft recruiting strategies and review and analyze implemented tactics. quickly learn InfusionSoft, our primary CRM tool.

Student recruitment requires extensive phone work, and a proactive dedication to identifying and implementing diverse recruiting and awareness strategies.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in the Creative Arts, Business or Humanities
  • A practicing and committed Catholic with a passion for JPCatholic’s vision and mission
  • 3+ years of sales experience.
  • Proven ability to identify, qualify and close on student prospects
  • Ability to communicate JPCatholic’s value proposition to potential students and their parents
  • Strong organizational and communication skills

JPCatholic is accepting applications for an energetic, mission-driven student recruiter. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal skills and have the capacity to communicate JP Catholic's mission with passion to prospective students, their parents and college counselors. Student recruitment requires frequent travel, extensive phone work, and a proactive dedication to identifying and implementing diverse recruiting and awareness strategies. The ideal candidate must work collaboratively and have a strong work ethic. He/she will quickly learn InfusionSoft - the primary CRM tool used for student recruitment at JPCatholic.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in the Creative Arts, Business or Humanities
  • A practicing and committed Catholic with a passion for JPCatholic’s vision and mission
  • Enjoys talking with future students on the phone and sharing their passion for JPCatholic and its mission.
  • Exhibits meticulous attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, especially in listening.
  • Sales experience and a demonstrable ability to close is required.
  • Ability to communicate JPCatholic’s value proposition to potential students and their parents
  • Strong organizational and communication skills

JPCatholic is accepting applications for an experienced and energetic, mission-driven Operations Manager to work closely with and provide critical support to our VP of Administration and COO/CFO in delivering and coordinating mission critical administrative services to the university community.

You will be responsible for a delivering on a very wide array of administrative services, which span from student housing to academic support. You will have a firm grasp of the critical role support services play in the smooth day-to-day operations of the university, and will know how to deliver solutions, often under pressure. You will join a team of experienced and committed staff and faculty who work tirelessly and collaboratively in providing an educational environment conducive to student success. You will quickly learn the myriad of software tools and processes used at JPCatholic.

Operations management often requires the ability to respond to business needs outside of normal work hours.

Qualifications and Skills

  • A practicing and committed Catholic with a passion for JPCatholic’s vision and mission.
  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in Business.
  • 10+ years of operations experience.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively across an organization.
  • A strong work ethic and a commitment to excellence.
  • Strong organizational, communication and analytical skills.

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.

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.

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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.