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Associate Vice Provost for International Education and Director, Office of International Students an

Rice University
Houston, Texas
Closing date
Oct 6, 2023

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Global Education
Position Type
Assistant Vice Provost
Employment Type
Organization Type
College / University

Rice University is a private, comprehensive research university located in the heart of Houston's dynamic Museum District and adjacent to the Texas Medical Center. It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees across eight schools and has a student body of approximately 4,400 undergraduate and over 4,000 graduate students. Rice consistently ranks among the top 20 national universities and the top ten in undergraduate teaching (U.S. News & World Report); its endowment ranks among the top 20 U.S. universities. In Fall 2022, there were 4,444 international students and scholars at Rice, of which 40 percent were degree-seeking graduate students, 13 percent degree-seeking undergraduates, 17 percent scholars, and 31 percent in other categories, such as OPT, exchange students, dependents, and staff.

The Position
Reporting to the vice provost for academic affairs, the associate vice provost (AVP) for international education and director of the office of international students and scholars (OISS) provides successful strategic leadership and direction for immigration-related policies and operations-related functions to support Rice's internationalization efforts. The AVP develops programs and policies to support international expansion and infrastructure in various areas, including research, international collaborative initiatives, training, and graduate and undergraduate study through partnerships, global connections, and strategic process improvement.

OISS serves as the chief liaison office for immigration advising, cultural adaptation, international student and scholar compliance, networking, connections, and academic support with university departments, government agencies, and community advocates. The associate vice provost leads a team of eight direct and eleven indirect reports and oversees a budget of $1.7M.

An advanced degree and substantial and progressively responsible experience in leading and mentoring a team, building infrastructure to support immigration needs for international education, extensive knowledge of immigration law and regulatory compliance requirements for nonimmigrants in the higher education sector, and a record of creating professional development, acculturation, and hospitality support for international students and scholars are required. The candidate must exhibit strong communication skills, the ability to foster relationships and connections to further the organization's mission, and a passion for working with international students and scholars. The AVP serves as the Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) and Responsible Officer (RO) of Rice University and, therefore, must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.

Application and Nomination
Review of applications will begin October 10, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. A resume and cover letter must be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Kara Kravetz Cupoli at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email

Salary Range $125,000 to $135,000

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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.

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