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

Strategic Planning Consultant

The Swearer Center is seeking a strategic planning consultant who will assist in the development of a multi-year strategy that will communicate and guide our organizational goals, our implementation plans, and our benchmarks for success, with a focus on stewarding a process that is broadly inclusive of our diverse stakeholders.

Please review our Request for Proposals for more detailed information about our background, issues to be addressed, the scope of services, deliverables, timeline, proposal format, and contract terms. Proposals are due October 4, 2021, with work scheduled to begin in November 2021 and to be completed by April 2022. For any questions and to submit proposals, please email [email protected]

Undergraduate Civic Engagement Fellows (2 positions available)

The Swearer Center Civic Engagement Fellows serve to promote the integration of civic engagement and democratic education into all aspects of the Brown undergraduate experience. Among other responsibilities, fellows manage Brown Votes, a Swearer Center and student-led initiative that seeks to coordinate efforts of students, staff, and faculty to encourage and streamline student voter registration and voting participation. Financial Compensation: Stipend of $600/semester. Click here to learn more about the position and apply. 


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].