The Commerce Corporation’s team of economic development professionals includes people with a variety of expertise and skill sets. This page will direct you to a listing of open positions at the agency and instructions for submitting a resume or applying for a job.
Senior Analyst / Investments Director
The Senior Analyst/Investment Director is tasked with providing information and recommendations that enable investment decisions to be made. The Investment Director is part of a team that supports both daily operational and financial needs of the organization, works collaboratively with the enterprise-level portfolio management group, and is involved the longer term strategic decision making on assets.
Business Assistance Advisor
Incumbent in the position will provide legal/legislative research, communication, collaboration, technical support, and customer service assistance in navigating the myriad programs, services and complexities of the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation and Rhode Island State government in order to assist businesses in doing business with the government; performs all other related work as required. Spanish language skills are strongly preferred.
Director of Broadband Strategy
The ideal candidate will have a deep knowledge of broadband infrastructure and broadband policy as well as an ability to lead Rhode Island to emerge as a hub for the expanding and dynamic broadband industry. S/he will additionally have a strong focus on digital equity for both Rhode Island small businesses and our state’s residents.
Wavemaker Fellowship Director
Seeking an experienced individual who will be responsible for the management and continued development of the Wavemaker Fellowship program. The Wavemaker Fellowship program seeks to bolster Rhode Island’s workforce in key advanced industries by providing refundable tax credits to professionals who work in STEM or Design fields in Rhode Island to help defray the cost of student loan debt. The program also provides opportunities for Fellows to engage with community and business leaders to encourage them to stay invested in Rhode Island and become active members of the community. The purpose of this role is to develop and execute a strategy to manage, grow, and continue to improve upon this successful program.
Managing Director Innovation
The incumbent in the position will lead the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation’s efforts to enhance the competitiveness of the Rhode Island economy by providing entrepreneurs across industries and stages of development with a dependable framework of support systems and investments that fosters market-based innovation.
Innovation Program Manager
The Innovation Program Manager will assist the Managing Director of Innovation in administering innovation granting programs of the Corporation that provide a dependable framework of support systems and investments to foster market-based innovation for Rhode Island small businesses and industry sectors. The Innovation Program Manager will play an integral role in building science and technology innovation capacity within Rhode Island by supporting and implementing the economic development strategy for the state.
The Policy Advisor will work with the Secretary of Commerce, the Chief of Staff, and the Director of Communications to enhance Commerce’s capacity for creating and evaluating proposed policies, developing key messaging, and managing strategic projects for the agency.
Accounting Operations Coordinator
The Accounting Operations Coordinator will directly support the overall Accounting department on purchasing and accounts payable, grants management, cash management, audit coordination support and overall records retention and filing maintenance, among other job functions.
Executive Vice President, Business Assistance
Rhode Island Commerce seeks a senior professional to assume the role of Executive Vice President, Business Assistance, a key role in supporting Rhode Island’s economic recovery, particularly for the state’s small businesses.
Business Development Executive
The Commerce Corporation seeks to hire a Business Development Executive to play a key role in realizing the Corporation’s business attraction, expansion, and retention initiatives. The Business Development Executive will focus on companies in one or more of Rhode Island’s targeted sectors: biotechnology and life sciences; maritime and ocean-related industries; advanced business services; design, custom, and advanced manufacturing; and IT/cyber-related technologies.
Business Development - Energy Technology Sector Lead
The candidate will serve as the sector lead for the energy industry. In this role, they will be responsible for developing initiatives and executing a strategy to build a pipeline of company attraction and expansion projects. Emerging energy technologies include renewable generation, energy storage and transmission.
Business Development Intern
The successful candidate will work with the Business Development team supporting economic development for the state of RI. This position will primarily work with the Business Development Tech Sector Lead focusing on lead generation and some analysis of the RI tech ecosystem.
Food Strategy & Policy Intern
Intern to work with the Business Development team supporting food sector development for the state of RI. This intern will be under supervision of the Director of Food Strategy focusing on lead generation, market and policy research and some analysis of the RI food ecosystem.
Broadband Communications Intern
By providing critical planning, communications, and stakeholder engagement supports to the RI Commerce team, the Broadband Communications Intern will help us ensure all relevant stakeholders are informed and committed to the vision and direction of the state’s broadband initiative.
Broadband Internet Data Intern
By providing critical mapping and planning supports to the RI Commerce team, the Broadband Data Intern will help us make decisions on where and how to best deploy resources to ensure most effective use of public funding in support of broadband access.
Rhode Island Commerce Corporation is an at-will employer; no employment contracts exist.
The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation (the ‘Corporation’) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Corporation does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by applicable law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need. The Corporation will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.