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Rice is a top-15 national university known for its academic innovation, beautiful campus and engaging students and alumni. This same standard for excellence extends to our professional staff and award-winning Development and Alumni Relations division. As we continue to generate support for Be Bold, Rice's comprehensive $2 billion campaign, we’re looking for talented, dedicated colleagues who will help realize our ambitious goals. If you’re creative, collaborative, curious and open to new ideas, we hope you will consider joining us.


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Job Opportunities in Development and Alumni Relations

Explore our current job openings in Development and Alumni Relations spanning multiple departments, from fundraising to alumni relations to communications. This listing will be updated weekly, so check back often.

Senior Director of Development

Responsible for planning and implementing an integrated approach to development that maximizes philanthropic support with all donor constituencies in a prime geographic region of the US, specifically northern California and the Pacific Northwest, the Senior Director of Development reports to the Executive Director of Development for the regional major gift program. This position has overall responsibility for the major gift fundraising efforts within the region and collaborating with the principal gifts team on donors giving at the highest levels of the university. The role will require extensive travel and will involve building a strategic plan for the region, integrating cultivation of prospects by the President, Provost, Deans and other high-level partners. The Senior Director of Development is also responsible for developing and executing the fundraising strategy for his/her own high-potential portfolio. Future potential for managing an Associate Director of Development within the team exists.

Development Coordinator

The Development Coordinator provides overall administrative and program support to the Executive Director of Development (Regional) and the Executive Director of Development (Schools) on the major gifts team in the Development and Alumni Relations division. This position is responsible for maintaining calendars, scheduling meetings, monitoring budget and expenses, arranging travel, preparing documents and presentations, preparing donor materials for meetings, and assisting with donor follow-up. The Development Coordinator will work closely with the Staff Assistants on the major gifts team, as well as with campus partners.

Assistant Director, Alumni Engagement

The Assistant Director, Alumni Engagement serves as a key liaison to the Association of Rice Alumni (ARA) Board and manages all ARA Board-related programs, meetings, committees and projects. The role has responsibility for volunteer and alumni engagement, with particular emphasis and focus on the ARA Board. The Assistant Director, Alumni Engagement works very closely with the Director of Alumni Engagement and the ARA Board and collaborates with the Alumni Networks and Alumni Programs teams to share ARA Board-related activities and updates, while also helping to manage daily office operations and staff events. This position also works closely with the Communications and Events teams in the Development and Alumni Relations division to ensure that ARA Board communications are consistently updated and to coordinate various ARA Board-related events. Continuing their work with alumni volunteers, this position will also engage, communicate and codify the alumni volunteer experience as it relates to the work of the Development and Alumni Relations division, with particular emphasis on the ARA Board.

Director of Development – Shepherd School of Music

The Director of Development – Shepherd School of Music will serve as the chief development officer for The Shepherd School of Music and will plan, organize, and manage the development functions of the school including complex major gift support within a university setting. The Director of Development will provide critical strategic leadership for an advancement program that incorporates development and external relations goals. The Director of Development will manage development staff; oversee the membership and annual fund function for the school; and identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major donor prospects capable of gifts at the $100,000 to $4.9 million level. The Director of Development will be knowledgeable of the performing arts and classical music philanthropic landscape and an excellent relationship builder that has experience developing and implementing fundraising strategies to secure major operational and programmatic commitments for special initiatives.


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Our Values

We COLLABORATE within and across teams to strengthen relationships with the many constituents of Rice University.

We encourage CURIOSITY in a culture that emphasizes learning, sharing ideas and taking initiative.

We use CREATIVITY and critical thinking skills to solve problems and communicate in a variety of contexts.

We are comfortable with CHANGE and open to new ideas and ways of working, including taking on new responsibilities and going the RICE mile.

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Our Team

Our leaders in Development and Alumni Relations work collaboratively and strategically across departments to lead a division of more than 130 employees.

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