Rice University is a leading, wide-spectrum research university, with a beautiful 300-acre wooded campus located in the heart of Houston. Rice is a private university that is consistently ranked among the top 20 universities in the United States. A member of the American Association of Universities, Rice is a university of international reach, defined by its distinctive focus on undergraduate education, low student to faculty ratio, residential college system, commitment to affordability and diversity, and research excellence across a full range of academic disciplines.
Under President David Leebron, Rice has experienced tremendous growth and transformation over the last decade. As part of the Vision for the Second Century, Rice’s strategic plan adopted in 2005, the University has significantly increased the size and diversity of its student population, doubled the research program, increased the capacity and vibrancy of the campus with $1 billion in new construction, deepened its relationship with the city of Houston, built strong international relationships and programs, and earned greater visibility locally, nationally and across the globe. Supporting these efforts was the successful $1.1 billion Centennial Campaign.
This is an exciting time to be joining Rice. The Board of Trustees has just approved the university’s new vision and strategy – The Vision for the Second Century, Second Decade (https://v2c2.rice.edu). The vision is ambitious and echoes the words of Rice’s founding president, “with no upper limit.”
Rice has the advantages of being a major research university while retaining an intimate size that enables an unusual amount of intellectual collaboration. The Associate Vice President, Human Resources (the chief human resources officer of the university) is integral to this relationship-based community and is responsible for ensuring its functioning and vitality.
The Associate Vice President is responsible for all human resource operations across the University and for further developing an intelligent and efficient working environment in a 21st century research university setting. As part of these responsibilities, the AVP serves as a key thought partner and trusted advisor to the university’s senior leaders on all human capital matters.
The past decade has been one of tremendous scholarly accomplishment and growth for Rice University, and this has had substantial human resource implications. For example, 40 percent of the faculty were not at Rice a decade ago, and non-U.S. citizens now comprise 25 percent of the faculty. Rice is an institution on an upward trajectory and the next decade, guided by The Vision for the Second Century, Second Decade, will bring more success and more growth. As Rice’s human resources leader, the Associate Vice President will enhance the university’s ability to further its mission and vision by attracting, retaining and developing an exceptionally talented and diverse workforce.
Education Required Bachelor's Degree Concentration / Degree Type
Substitution for Education Requirement
Experience may not be substituted for the education requirement.
An advanced degree is highly desirable.
Experience Required10years or moreType of Experience
At least 15 years of progressively responsible human resources management experience.
Substitution for Experience Requirement
Education may not be substituted for the experience requirement.
Experience working in an academic environment is desired. Candidates from other sectors should have experience in organizations with similar cultures and values found in universities–such as, collective decision- making in a decentralized environment, transparency, and comfort with ambiguity.