Recruitment and Hiring

Hiring Process

The recruitment and hiring process is initiated in iO via the Hiring module, which serves as Rice's online job posting and staff recruitment system. Each school/division has a dedicated Talent Acquisition (TA) Specialist to help them navigate the recruitment and selection process.

Once a position is posted, your dedicated TA Specialist can provide a variety of services to you during the recruitment and hiring process, including:

  • Devising a recruitment strategy for your open position
  • Additional screening of applications/resumes
  • Assisting with interview preparation (selecting the right type of interview, interview process, collaborators, interview questions., etc.)
  • Conducting initial phone screenings/interviews and/or face-to-face interviews
  • Participating in and/or assisting with departmental/panel interviews
  • Preparing for reference checks

As a Rice employee, you can access iO ( SSO, using your NetID credentials. Resources and reference guides for hiring staff in iO are available here.

Find Your HR Contact

You can find your assigned contacts for Talent Acquisition and Compensation here or by contacting our teams directly:

Talent Acquisition Specialist

Compensation Specialist

We look forward to working with you!

Recruitment and Hiring

Our Philosophy

Rice University has hiring policies and procedures that address statutory requirements, such as the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act, and others. In addition, Rice University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Our hiring policies and procedures ensure equal employment opportunities for all applicants, uniform reporting procedures, and compliance with federal and state laws and regulations. Good hiring practices allow us to:

  • Hire efficiently in regard to both time and cost;
  • Hire the most qualified applicants; and
  • Avoid claims of unlawful discrimination

The Talent Acquisition Team of the Human Resources Department offers consultative guidance to hiring managers and provides assistance to the hiring manager in navigating the hiring process and identifying and hiring the best applicants. Talent Acquisition Specialists* are available to discuss search strategy, schedule interviews, assist in the preparation and/or participate in interviews and schedule skills assessment testing when appropriate. The knowledge and ability to assess applicants’ qualifications, conduct effective interviews, and make objective hiring decisions is critical.

POLICY 404 - Dual Employment and Multiple Jobs

POLICY 413 - Staff Employment

POLICY 419 - Nepotism

POLICY 421 - Probation Period

POLICY 425 - Employment Background Checks

POLICY 441 - Out of State Employment

POLICY 821 - Equal Opportunity Statement for Use on Publications and Advertisements

Hiring Guide for Supervisors

The Hiring Guide includes a timeline with links to tools and resources for supervisors.

Hiring Guide with Tools & Resources for Hiring Staff at Rice University