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 Controller / Chief Financial Officer
The Corporation’s CFO leads the accounting, financial, and human resources functions of the Corporation as well as other associated agencies. This is a “working CFO” role, offering the opportunity to roll up sleeves and engage in meaningful work to influence the Corporation’s strategic endeavors.
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.
Education and Workforce Development Director
The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation seeks a candidate to assume the role of Education and Workforce Development Director to work with the Commerce Corporation and Executive Office of Commerce staff on education, workforce development, and other economic development policy and initiatives including the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) initiative.
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.
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.
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 – Life Sciences
The Business Development Executive plays a key role in realizing the Commerce Corporation’s big picture goals for marketing Rhode Island’s unique value proposition to attract and retain businesses in the state. This position will focus on the life science sector and strategically grow RI’s life science ecosystem. In addition, the position will assist and help inform appropriate marketing initiatives, programs, and services to support in-state businesses and out-of-state leads.
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.
Supply RI Manager
The SupplyRI Manager’s principal responsibility is to serve as the hub for both internal and external SupplyRI operations. The incumbent manages supplier onboarding processes and ensures smooth flow of documentation and information from suppliers to anchors, anchors to suppliers, and internally within the SupplyRI team.
Temporary Customer Service Representative
This position serves as a greeter, providing customer service and answering general travel inquiries from visitors to the Rhode Island Building on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition throughout the 17-day fair.
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.
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.