Employment, Residencies & Fellowships

Are you looking for meaningful, paid work in the Providence community or on Brown University's campus? The Swearer Center employs approximately 20 full-time staff members and a number of student staffers throughout the school year. We also host several semester-long residencies. We encourage you to explore our opportunities below and those at our community partner sites by joining the Rhode Island Community Jobs Listserv. Feel free to reach out to our staff if you have any questions relevant to the application process for our listed positions. 

Current Swearer Center Openings

Communications Program Coordinator

The Communications Program Coordinator provides communications support and coordination across teams within the Center to ensure consistency in messaging, branding. and robust stakeholder engagement. Required: Bachelor’s degree with 2-3 years related experience (preferably in a marketing or communications setting) or equivalent combination of education/experience. Priority deadline: November 29, 2021. Click here to learn more about the position and apply. 

Assistant Director, Brown in Washington

The Assistant Director will work with the Executive Director of the Swearer Center as well as the Senior Associate Dean of the College for Co-curricular and Experiential Learning to design and implement effective strategies to manage the Brown in Washington program. The position holds primary responsibility for day-to-day management of the Brown in Washington program; the incumbent may begin work remotely and will be expected to work in Washington D.C. by May 1, 2022.  Priority deadline: December 31, 2021. Click here to learn more about the position and apply. 

Communications Undergraduate Assistant

This graduate student role provides communications support (social media, newsletter, copy editing), ensuring consistency in messaging and branding while broadcasting the work of the Swearer Center and our partners. Masters and Ph.D. students from all disciplines are welcome to apply. Click here to learn more about the position and apply. This undergraduate student role provides communications support to ensure consistency in Swearer Center messaging and branding in communications such as Swearer newsletters (using Mailchimp) and social media (using Loomly). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a priority deadline of November 19, 2021; apply via Workday.


The Swearer Center hosts several semester-long residencies for practitioners in a variety of fields. Please click the links below to learn more about the application process and deadlines.

Swearer Center Practitioner in Residence

The Swearer Center at Brown University offers a semester-long part-time residency program for leading community engagement practitioners who live in the Greater Providence area. This program is intended for distinguished and emerging leaders who are looking for room to reflect, build deeper connections with Brown University, explore academic and research insights and pursue new ideas in their areas of interest. The program is grounded in the Swearer Center’s belief that practitioners are co-creators of knowledge and offers an opportunity to share knowledge while developing new networks of local community leaders and thinkers.

Graduate Fellowships

The Swearer Center hosts several fellowships for graduate students. To learn more, visit Opportunities for Graduate Students

Employment Resources

Looking for an off-campus job? Careers in the Common Good (CCG) is a resource for students and alumni interested in nonprofit, social enterprise or public service careers and working for the common good. CareerLAB's counseling, programs, and online services can be useful for students interested in careers in the common good.

Rhode Island Community Jobs (RICOMJOB) is distributed as a public e-mail announcement list that seeks to connect nonprofit and public interest employers in the state with individuals seeking paid work that makes a difference in our communities. Anyone can join the list, and any nonprofit or government organization can post a paid position to the list as a free service. There are currently over 10,000 subscribers. 

The opportunities and events posted to the list are diverse in subject matter and skills required. All positions posted to the list are paid, but may be part-time, full-time, summer or consultant positions. To join the list or to list a position, please explore the links below.

If you have any trouble signing up for/receiving the Rhode Island Community Jobs daily emails, please contact [email protected].