Distributed July 9, 2001
For Immediate Release
News Service Contact: Mary Jo Curtis

Rhode Island Community Jobs List

Statewide job listing service offered to nonprofit, public employers

Brown University’s Swearer Center for Public Service and Rhode Island Campus Compact have developed a Rhode Island Community Jobs List service designed to link nonprofit and public interest employers with prospective employees.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Public service employers and prospective employees can now find one another more readily through the Rhode Island Community Jobs List, a new statewide networking service offered by Brown University’s Swearer Center for Public Service and Rhode Island Campus Compact.

The Rhode Island Community Jobs List (RICOMJOB) is a free public e-mail announcement list designed to raise the profile of meaningful work in Rhode Island by helping nonprofit and public interest employers publicize openings effectively. Both job seekers and employers may register to participate by visiting the Swearer Center’s web site. Job announcements are then sent to prospective applicants via e-mail and archived.

“Anyone seeking a job that makes a difference in Rhode Island can join the list,” said Kathleen Connolly, assistant director for the Swearer Center. “We’re acting as an intermediary, linking employers and employees in an e-mail conversation.”

The program was developed in response to a growing demand for local employment opportunities, according to Connolly.

“We’ve had an increasing number of requests from students who want to stay in Providence and do community work,” she said. “It’s a good service for the local community.”

Similar programs established in San Francisco and other cities have been successful, Connolly noted.

“This collaboration is in line with our mission to support students in their search for meaningful work,” said Maggie Grove, executive director for Rhode Island Campus Compact. “It will strengthen the Rhode Island community and the partnership between colleges and local community-based organizations.”

Any nonprofit, government or private sector employer advertising a paid position related to the public interest or community concerns is invited to post a free job listing. Positions must be paid employment, but may be part-time, full-time or temporary. To join the list as a job seeker, or to post a job as an employer, go to: http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Swearer_Center/publications/ricomjob.shtml.

The Howard R. Swearer Center for Public Service, named for the University’s 15th president, was founded in 1986 to support programs and provide resources to enable students to integrate public service into their education. Rhode Island Campus Compact, founded in 1992, is a coalition of area college and university presidents committed to teaching the values of public leadership; it actively promotes public and community service as vital components of higher education.