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 workers 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

Brown University is hiring an inaugural Director of Civic Engagement to support the development and implementation of the university's priorities for engaging with Providence and Rhode Island. 

The Director of Civic Engagement plays a central role in refining and deepening Brown University’s community engagement strategy and initiatives in Providence and Rhode Island. The role reports to the Vice President of Community Engagement and collaborates with administrators and engagement professionals across the institution. This position provides local expertise and guidance to advance meaningful, sustained, and mutually beneficial partnerships with local community organizations, institutions, groups, and residents in service to building more robust, thriving, and resilient communities in Providence and throughout Rhode Island.

The Director engages with community groups and individuals to learn about the priorities and needs of local communities in Providence and Rhode Island that may align with Brown’s resources and mission. The role will serve as a visible and accessible point of contact and coordination in their role cultivating and coordinating Brown University’s involvement in a variety of local partnerships. The position will work with other University leaders to develop and execute strategic priorities for Brown’s engagement in Providence and Rhode Island, and to ensure that these strategic priorities and their implementation are aligned with community priorities, along with Brown’s mission and capacity. With a focus on ensuring meaningful partnerships and positive outcomes, the role will also contribute to data gathering, project management, and analysis and outcome assessment to evaluate the effectiveness of the University’s local initiatives and policies.

We are seeking candidates with deep, experiential understanding of the City of Providence, the State of Rhode Island, and local non-profit and civic organizations and leaders; demonstrated success developing and executing an engagement strategy; and extensive experience managing community engagement or directly related programs and initiatives. 

For more information about this role, click here. Anyone considering this position may be interested in Brown's Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, generous moving and other benefits.

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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 & Employment Opportunities

The Swearer Center hosts several fellowships and work opportunities 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].