Developing Careers, Leading Lives of Purpose

For many Brown employees, the work they do at the University is more than a job. It’s an opportunity to learn from and collaborate with similarly driven individuals and experts in their fields. It's being part of a community that values and supports learning, helping individuals develop professionally, take on new challenges and have an impact locally and globally.

Best Workplace Awards

Named America’s Best-in-State Employers 2023 (Forbes)

Awards Icon

“America’s Best Midsize Employers” 2023 (Forbes)

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island Worksite Health Award

American Heart Association Workplace Health Achievement

Named Top 10 Best Colleges and Universities to Work For by Business Research Guide

By the numbers

Top 10 Employer in Rhode Island

Ranked #8 largest employer in Rhode Island

5,490 Total Employees

4,226 living in Rhode Island

1,706 living in Providence

1,000 Jobs Created Annually

887 staff member hires in 2022

Averaging 1,000 open jobs each year

17 percent Diverse Employees

Roughly 17 percent of staff are from historically underrepresented groups

Why Brown?

Brown University is a leading research university distinct for its student-centered learning and deep sense of purpose. Our students, faculty and staff are driven by the idea that their work will have an impact in the world.

A commitment to academic excellence, intellectual freedom and making an impact to better serve people, communities and society is at the center of everything we do. This commitment is brought to life each and every day by the work of faculty and staff across a wide range of Brown schools, departments, offices, centers, programs and initiatives.


For more than two and a half centuries, Brown has been deeply connected to the diverse and vibrant city of Providence — as a neighbor, employer and institution dedicated to a mission of education, research and service.

Life at Brown

We are a community guided by shared values, unyielding dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion, and a fundamental commitment to supporting one another.


Our faculty and staff are uncommonly driven by the idea that their work will have an impact — locally and throughout the world.

“When I was in the Marine Corps, it felt like a family because you go through so many things together, and you build this special bond. Now that I’m at Brown, I feel that here, too.”
Juana De Los Santos Assistant Vice President of Equal Opportunity and Diversity
“My work is very meaningful to me. I’m honored to be part of the team that one day will eradicate malaria. It’s the best opportunity I’ve ever had.”
Sunthorn Pond-Tor Laboratory Manager, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
“At Brown, they want staff to grow, and your supervisor is going to help you get to that next step in your career.”
Patricia Vescera Operations and Students Affairs Manager, the Warren Alpert Medical School
“I’ve always considered myself a loyal employee that works hard to add value to the company. It feels good to have the opposite be true, where the organization is investing in you too.”
Ethan Hebert Manager of Admissions & Enrollment Services, Division of Pre-College and Undergraduate Programs

Brown has a longstanding partnership with Building Futures, a Providence nonprofit that allows Rhode Islanders from all backgrounds to learn the fundamentals of a wide variety of construction trades without paying tuition or incurring debt. In the 15 years between 2007 and 2022, 355 apprentices hired by Building Futures have logged hundreds of thousands of labor hours across 25 different construction projects at Brown.

Read more about Building Futures

“Brown has impacted so many people’s lives and brought them into the middle class, not just by creating jobs, but by building careers.”
— Michael F. Sabitoni, President, RI Building Trades
“I can’t tell you how important this campus has been in getting our men and women to work daily to make a decent middle-class living. We’re forever appreciative of it and see Brown as a real economic element in the City of Providence and the State of Rhode Island.”
— Scott Duhamel Rhode Island Building Trades and Construction Council
“I cannot overstate the impact that our partnership with Brown has had not only for Building Futures graduates, but across the state. It means that 355 people who were experiencing poverty now have a middle-class life.”
— Andrew Cortés Executive director of Building Futures