Boasting a 300-acre tree-lined campus in Houston, Rice University is ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has a 6-to-1 undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio, and a residential college system, which supports students intellectually, emotionally and culturally through social events, intramural sports, student plays, lectures series, courses and student government. Developing close-knit, diverse college communities is a strong campus tradition, which is why Rice is highly ranked for best quality of life and best value among private universities.

We are currently seeking to hire a Student Development and Recruitment Administrator. In this role, you will join a small team within the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies that is focused on graduate student professional development and graduate student recruitment to Rice programs. This team broadly works on increasing Rice’s visibility and builds on Rice’s position as an elite destination for graduate study in the U.S. This team also works closely with a number of student groups on campus, at the discretion of the dean. The selected candidate will support these initiatives and projects related to graduate student recruitment and graduate student professional development.


Plan and execute workshops and webinars related to professional development

Mentor students in Texas and beyond on the opportunities that graduate study offers, and through the application process broadly

Help to build professional development and social activities for various student groups

Create and/or maintain web and social presence for various projects

Develop and/or maintain databases of external contacts for recruitment and student development purposes.

Acts as a key contact for GPS student development and recruitment initiatives

Coordinates activities with staff across schools, offices and departments

Administers programs related to graduate student recruitment and professional development with general guidance of a senior staff member

Conducts research, analyzes data, identifies trends and develops reports

Plans and monitors annual project budgets, assists in the development of longer terms budget plans

Recommends and implements programs, including outreach, workshops, communications and event logistics, social media support, etc.

Plans and coordinates logistical aspects of recruitment activities

Provides support to faculty, staff and students as related to the program 

Performs all other duties as assigned

Collaborates across departments and schools to coordinate activities

Supports all Rice graduate students and promotes opportunities to be connected to appropriate Rice resources, in order to facilitate students’ development as a scholars and professionals

Oversees the development of new resources

Supports information distribution as it relates to graduate student development to foster awareness of campus opportunities

Supports reporting and data analysis for specific projects and initiatives

May serve as the primary staff contact for specific graduate student communities at the discretion of the Dean

Fosters connections with Rice alumni and the broader Houston community as beneficial to student professional development

Willingness to work a schedule with occasional evenings and weekends for events when needed

Other responsibilities as assigned


Bachelor’s Degree

In lieu of the education requirement, additional related experience, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis may be substituted

One year of related experience in administration, communication, or education

In lieu of the experience requirement, additional related education, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis may be substituted

Ability to learn new strategies

Written and verbal communication skills 

Data analysis skills

Ability to work well under pressure and manage multiple projects simultaneously 

Good organizational and time management skills 

Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite 

Ability to work independently and as part of a team to meet expected deadlines and schedules  

Attention to detail

Ability to develop program partnerships and funding sources

Basic knowledge of managing budgets and developing financial plans”

Master’s Degree is preferred

Experience supporting programs in a higher education setting

Strong customer-service commitment and focus


A strong commitment to diversity and inclusion

Proven ability to interpret and uphold policy

Excellent verbal and written communications skills

Ability to work well under pressure and manage projects simultaneously

Excellent organizational and time management skills

Excellent data analysis skills

Ability to work independently and as part of a team to meet expected deadlines and schedules

Adept at problem-solving

Strategic skills to craft and implement project plans

Excellent attention to detail

Able to provide writing samples


Qualified candidates may submit their cover letter, resume, and writing sample online by clicking here. Please note that the writing sample could be a blog post, social media post, webpage, memo, press release, news article, newsletter, or similar example of your work.

Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status. Current Rice University COVID policies, which include vaccination, face mask, testing, gatherings, occupancy limits, and travel policies can be found here: