Job Openings

At John Paul the Great Catholic University (JPCatholic), holistic formation (spiritual, intellectual and human) is at the heart of what we do and is the most important thing we do. We seek an inspirational, energetic, collaborative and well-formed leader to serve as our Director of Spiritual Formation (DSF). The position reports to our Vice President of Student Formation & Campus Life.

In our 2025 Strategic Plan, holistic student formation is a key strategic priority. It 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. Core to our campus environment are an enthusiastic teaching faculty and staff who possess and witness the virtues necessary to love in action and truth. They are central to the formation of students to Impact Culture for Christ—readying them to engage the world for Christ. Our curricular and co-curricular activities prepare students to connect and engage with our community, locally and globally, and with a commitment of thinking beyond self and placing a high value on service.

The DSF is instrumental in working to nurture a vibrant campus environment, which creates the conditions and opportunities for students to seek a personal encounter with Jesus Christ. The DSF will work in the Office of Student Formation and Campus Life and will report directly to the Vice President of Student Formation and Campus Life. The DSF will: encourage students’ deep engagement in the spiritual life on campus; promote and witness the living of virtuous lives; guide the enrichment of our campus ministry and co-curricular experiences; and seek to increase student participation in households and other co-curricular activities.

The ideal candidate will have deep knowledge and experience of the spiritual formation process within a creative environment, along with a deep understanding of the challenges facing young Catholics today.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will:
  • Create an environment that leads to dynamic spiritual growth for the whole student body.
  • Coordinate and lead campus ministry faith formation events; retreats, praise & worship, Bible study, men’s and women’s groups, etc.
  • Assist the Student Formation and Campus Life team in implementing the My Success Plan process
  • Achieve established spiritual formation goals and objectives by being a proactive catalyst promoting student leadership through encouragement and the removal of barriers
  • Be a proactive catalyst to leverage the many gifts and talents of our JPCatholic community in service to both the campus and local communities
  • Implement a formal evangelization process as a 'Point Person' to shepherd the growing movement of disciple-makers on campus
  • Work with our clergy, plan liturgy, manage the effective delivery of the sacraments in an effective manner to best meet the spiritual formation needs of the whole student body
  • Continually assess the achievement of spiritual formation goals and desired outcomes
  • Complete other tasks and duties as assigned
  • Support and abide with all policies, regulations, and guidelines of JPCatholic
  • Be an appropriate role model for students and alumni at all times

Note:This full-time job [5-day, 40-hour per week] will involve mostly weekend and evening work.

Housing:This position will include an on-campus private apartment, with all expenses, as part of the compensation.

Qualifications and Skills

  • A practicing and committed Catholic with a strong affinity for our mission, a passion and ability to advance it, and the courage to lead consistent with that mission
  • An advanced degree, preferably in Theology
  • Ability to witness your personal encounter with Jesus Christ to others without words
  • A deep knowledge of spiritual formation principles and best practices along with the collaborative development and implementation of spiritual formation plans
  • Ability and creativity to achieve key results with limited resources
  • Experience in mentoring and developing student leaders
  • A strong commitment to a culture of evidence and accountability
  • Strong advocacy skills for proper role of spiritual formation within JPCatholic
  • Eagerness to develop collaborative relationships with faculty and staff
  • Strong communication [listening, speaking and writing] skills
  • Optimism, approachability, transparency, empathy, and a sense of humor

JPCatholic is seeking a dynamic, accomplished and mission driven Career Services Specialist to support the University’s mission, goals, and objectives for student placement in internships, part-time and full-time jobs.

Responsibilities

The successful candidate will:
  • Establish and maintain effective and collaborative working relationships with students, alumni, faculty, and employers.
  • Initiate contact with employers throughout Southern California, using a variety of outreach efforts, to build a relationship between them and the University with the goal of understanding their hiring practices, interesting them in hiring students and alumni and obtaining information on any current job opportunities.
  • Using our Infusionsoft CRM to regularly schedule group workshops and individual student appointments in their pursuit of:
    1. Part-time jobs
    2. Internships
    3. Full-time jobs
  • Provide career development, planning, counseling, occupational information, referrals to assist students with the career development process, aiding them in their transition from college to career.
  • Maintain jobs and placement database, detailing the needs and accomplishments of all students and alumni
  • Circulate information on local PT jobs, regional internships and national FT jobs.
  • Prepare regular data reports relevant to the professional opportunity needs and placement of all students and alumni.
  • Provide and update career related library resources.
  • Plan and hold frequent job fairs as well as on-campus recruiting events.
  • Provide information on graduate schools, admissions, and general financial aid.
  • Maintain/update career services social media platforms.
  • Coordinate our Impact Culture Speaker Series.
  • Assist in the implementation of the Career Services & Development aspects of the student My Success Plan.
  • Support and abide with all policies, regulations, and guidelines of JPCatholic.
  • Be an appropriate role model for students and alumni at all times.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree required within the Creative Arts and/or Business Innovation disciplines.
  • 5 years industry experience post-graduation in the Creative Arts and/or Business.
  • Strong ability to develop relationships.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of career opportunities.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of EXCEL and database software with excellent analytical and conceptual problem-solving skills.
  • Knowledge of career planning competencies.
  • Strong ability to work collaboratively with a broad array of faculty, staff and students.
  • Project management experience.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and collaborative skills, as well as impeccable confidentiality is required.

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 senior student 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. 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
  • 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 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.

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
    • Create outlines and interview questions for projects
    • 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 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)
    • Coordinate with graphic designer to create compelling 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.