Job Openings

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.

Compensation is expected to start at $70,000 per year and will depend on experience.

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.