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

Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Community Engagement

The Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University is seeking an Executive Assistant who serves as the primary administrative support to the Vice President for Community Engagement. The position has an in-depth understanding of the Vice President's role and responsibilities including institutional engagement, serving as the Stark Family Executive Director of the Swearer Center, and relationships with external communities. The Executive Assistant supports the effective and efficient execution of those responsibilities, provides administrative support, and contributes to special projects as assigned by the Vice President or direct supervisor. They may also fulfill administrative support needs for the Associate Vice President of Government and Community Relations. The Executive Assistant performs several key functions including relationship management, project management, scheduling, and other logistics such as expenses and travel. The ideal candidate is customer service-focused, detail-oriented, resourceful, organized, efficient, proactive, self-motivated, and committed to social justice. 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, as well as life in Providence

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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].