Careers At Rice

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Careers At Rice is the University’s talent management strategy designed to advance our mission of pathbreaking research, unsurpassed teaching, and contributions to the betterment of our world through engaging, cultivating, and inspiring world-class staff.

Three priorities guide the Careers at Rice strategy: clear career progressions, developing world-class staff, and the value of working at Rice.

Clear Career Progressions. You can have a full and rewarding career at Rice. Tools and resources are available to help our employees explore and identify career goals and aspirations, determine a career path, and create development plans to grow their career at Rice.

Developing World-Class Staff. Rice is committed to investing in our employees' development. Whether it is self-directed learning, small group programs, or more structured training and development initiatives, Rice strives to equip a world-class workforce to be effective, efficient, innovative, and ambitious to best support the achievement of Rice’s mission.

The Value of Working at Rice. As a benefits-eligible employee of Rice University, our employees have access to a comprehensive and competitive package of benefits to meet the needs of a diverse workforce, such as a competitive pay structure, unique perks, and recognition programs highlighting staff excellence. With our total rewards and compensation approach, pay is only one aspect of the total value of working at Rice.


What is the RICE MILE?

Several years ago, a number of Rice's deans, vice provosts, and vice presidents discussed the key role a highly capable staff plays in the university's ability to achieve its ambitious goals and fulfill its mission. They considered the key attributes for success – in internal candidates for Rice jobs, in current staff, and in prospective candidates outside of Rice – that would make the difference and best support Rice's community (staff, faculty & students) in the achievement of our goals. After analyzing the suggestions from the discussion, a consensus was reached and the RICE MILE was created.




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The RICE MILE in Action

The RICE MILE can be applied in many ways, serving as a practical tool that supports hiring, onboarding, providing feedback, and recognizing and rewarding staff. Specific examples for using the RICE MILE as a tool may include:

  • Sharing with prospective employees to communicate expectations for working at Rice
  • Discussing during onboarding to reiterate expectations for being a new staff member at Rice
  • Creating development plans with staff to grow in specific areas identified in the RICE MILE
  • Recognizing staff for demonstrating certain aspects of the RICE MILE

Please view the RICE MILE Toolkit for additional suggestions and examples of how to incorporate it into various aspects of the Rice employee experience.