Careers

Open Positions

CFR offers exceptional opportunities for individuals at all levels in their careers, from recent graduates interested in our openings for research associates and program assistants to pursue a career in international relations, to skilled professionals in a service area such as development or information services.

Available Positions in New York

Special Assistant to the President

The Special Assistant will work under the direction of the CFR’s President and the President’s Chief of Staff. Qualified candidates will have related experience that required judgment, strong writing and editing ability, time management skills, and experience dealing with high-profile individuals.

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Publishing Associate, Promotions

Founded in 1922, Foreign Affairs is published by the Council on Foreign Relations, which is a leading independent, national membership organization and nonpartisan center for scholars dedicated to producing and disseminating foreign policy ideas.

The Publishing Associate, Promotions reports to the Associate Director of Marketing, Foreign Affairs, and is assigned to help with the day-to-day tasks of running the magazine. These tasks include working with copy, design, and quality control for subscription marketing campaigns, as well as staging and deploying newsletters and email marketing efforts, working with external vendors, conducting research projects, analyzing marketing data, and occasionally assisting our advertising and events teams as needed.

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Web Developer

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is seeking a Web Developer with a specialization in Drupal 8 to join its website engineering team. The team develops and operates CFR's four main websites: www.cfr.org, www.foreignaffairs.com, and its two education-oriented sites, modeldiplomacy.cfr.org and world101.cfr.org. The successful candidate will report to the Deputy Director of Digital Development and will serve as the lead developer for the two education sites, both recently launched and undergoing intensive development as the linchpins of CFR's growing education mission. CFR is open to arrangements for working remotely, although candidates in or around New York City are preferred.

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Program Coordinator, Outreach

CFR Outreach targets communities in a cross-section of American life, including educators and students; congregational leaders, religion scholars, and representatives of faith-based organizations; and state and local government officials. The program coordinator will primarily support CFR’s Religion and Foreign Policy Program, which provides a forum for religion scholars and congregational leaders to interact with CFR experts and discuss a broad range of international issues. 

The CFR Religion and Foreign Policy program, serves as a resource for the faith community, bringing together congregational and lay leaders, religion scholars, and representatives of faith-based organizations for conversations on issues at the intersection of religion and global affairs. Through conference calls, a national roundtable series, and an annual workshop in New York, CFR builds meaningful connections and provides religious leaders with resources to inform their sermons and foster dialogue within their congregations.

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Social Media and Audience Development Editor 

Foreign Affairs is the leading journal in the field of U.S. foreign policy and international affairs. The Social Media and Audience Development Editor will identify and craft story angles to grow Foreign Affairs' following and circulation through social media, newsletters, partnerships, and more. We are looking for someone who has strong experience in using social platforms to promote a publication and build audience engagement.

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Executive Editor, Foreign Affairs 

Founded in 1922, Foreign Affairs is the preeminent publication on international affairs and U.S. foreign policy. It is published by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), which is a leading independent, nonprofit membership organization and nonpartisan center dedicated to producing and disseminating foreign policy ideas. The Executive Editor will work closely with the editor in overseeing the strategy, operations, and editorial content for the magazine across all publishing platforms.   

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Program Associate, Outreach

CFR Outreach focuses on communities in a cross-section of American life, including educators and students; congregational leaders, religion scholars, and representatives of faith-based organizations; and state and local government officials. The program associate will support the department’s work to connect these constituencies with CFR’s research, analysis, and educational products, as well as provide a forum to discuss a broad range of pressing international issues.

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Editorial Assistant

Foreign Affairs is the leading journal in the field of U.S. foreign policy and international affairs. Reporting to the Business Administrator, the Editorial Assistant will provide administrative and financial support to the department.

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Program Associate, National Program

The Council on Foreign Relations is truly a national organization, with more than one-third of its members based outside of the New York and Washington, DC, areas. The goal of the National Program is to energize foreign policy conversations by providing a forum for these National members across the country and around the world to discuss pressing issues and contribute to CFR’s research and publications. The National Program organizes roughly 100 roundtables each year, as well as two large annual events and monthly conference calls for its members.

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Assistant Director, Content Production

The Council on Foreign Relations is creating multimedia educational resources as part of its CFR Campus Initiative, which seeks to equip learners of all ages with the skills, knowledge, and perspective – the global literacy – required to understand the forces, ideas, and institutions that shape the world and how the United States operates in it. These resources include modular learning materials about the fundamentals of international relations and U.S. foreign policy, as well as an array of teaching resources and activities to accompany CFR’s educational content. The Assistant Director, Content Production will work closely with the Director, Education and other members of the department’s research and production teams to create educational content.

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Analyst, Center for Geoeconomic Studies

This is an exceptional opportunity for a creative, rigorous, quantitatively oriented mind to develop original ideas and to analyze important questions at the intersection economic policy and foreign policy. Recent holders of the position have gone on to high-responsibility positions in investment banking and central banking. Accommodation for part-time graduate school study may be available, subject to CFR agreement.

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Benefits Administrator

The Benefits Administrator will focus on benefits and health and wellness administration, supporting the Benefits and Compensation team, and assisting the Human Resources department, as needed. This is an excellent opportunity for someone interested in building his/her career in benefits administration and working on Human Resources competencies in a collegial, collaborative, and intellectually engaging nonprofit work environment. This position reports to the Director, Benefits and Compensation, and will work closely with the Associate Director, Benefits and Compensation.

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Product Manager

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is seeking a technology-focused Product Manager to report to the Director, Product Management and to join its Product Management group. The group manages CFR's website, www.cfr.org, along with the full lifecycle of new online products, including mobile apps, multimedia interactives, and e-learning initiatives.

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Publishing Associate, Advertising

Foreign Affairs seeks an exceptionally organized and dynamic self-motivated individual to assist with all areas of the magazine’s business operations. The right candidate for this position will pay superior attention to detail and be able to juggle multiple requests across the department. The candidate will be comfortable working with spreadsheets and databases, but also has strong written and verbal communication skills. The role requires significant administrative support, but also provides the opportunity to learn all aspects of the magazine business from production to advertising to digital development.

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Recruiting Coordinator, Human Resources

As an integral part of the Human Resources team, the Recruitment Coordinator will focus on the New York and Washington fall, spring, and summer internship programs, Franklin Williams internship program, campus ambassador program, and recruitment. 

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Research Associate, Education

The Council on Foreign Relations is creating multimedia educational resources as part of its CFR Campus Initiative, which seeks to equip students (college and advanced high school) with the skills, knowledge, and perspective – the global literacy – required to understand the forces, ideas, and institutions that shape the world and how the United States operates in it. These resources include modular learning materials about the fundamentals of international relations and U.S. foreign policy, as well as an array of teaching resources and activities to accompany CFR’s educational content. The Research Associate, Education will work under the direction of the Assistant Director, Education Content to research and draft a growing range of content for CFR’s education projects.

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Special Assistant to the President, Research

The Special Assistant will work under the direction of the Council’s President and the President’s Chief of Staff. Qualified candidates will have related experience that demonstrate deep knowledge of international relations, and have required judgment, strong writing and editing skills, the ability to prioritize, and experience dealing with high profile individuals.

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Available Positions in Washington, DC

Program Coordinator, Washington Corporate Affairs

The Corporate Program consists of nearly 170 U.S. and foreign corporations from all business sectors and engages the corporate community in the Council’s work. The program provides a high-level forum for corporate members to exchange views with their peers in the private and public sectors on a wide range of wide range of issues at the intersection of business and foreign policy. Members also gain access to information and analysis by Council researchers and other experts. 

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Interdepartmental Program Assistant

The Interdepartmental Program Assistant is part of the Human Resources department, reports to the Director, Washington Human Resources, and is assigned to work Reception Services and in departments that request help with general duties and deadlines. The position is an excellent introduction to the operations of the CFR and may lead to promotion, depending on availability of positions and job performance.

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Research Associate, Center for Preventive Action 

CFR’s David Rockefeller Studies Program is one of the country’s largest foreign policy think tanks with a widely respected and influential research staff. The Studies Program aims to advance the discussion of American foreign policy and international affairs through its writing, publications, public outreach, and discussions. The Center for Preventive Action (CPA) seeks to help prevent, defuse, or resolve deadly conflicts around the world and to expand the body of knowledge on conflict prevention. It does so by creating a forum in which representatives of governments, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, corporations, and civil society can gather to develop operational and timely strategies for promoting peace in specific conflict situations. The center focuses on conflicts in countries or regions that affect U.S. interests, but may be otherwise overlooked; where prevention appears possible; and when the resources of the Council on Foreign Relations can make a difference. The Research Associate will work under the direction of the director on projects related to conflict prevention and crisis areas within the Center for Preventive Action.

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Associate Director, Events Management 

The Council on Foreign Relations’ Washington office is located just one block from the White House. It is home to a state-of-the-art conference center and is used to host several hundred meetings, including rental events, each year. The Associate Director, Event Management, will be help oversee the daily operations of the Washington event management department.

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Deputy Director, Investments

As part of a newly established Investment team, the Deputy Director, Investments will work closely with the Chief Investment Officer in establishing the structure and protocol for the Investment team. The Investment team is responsible for the day-to-day oversight, management, and monitoring of the endowment assets as well as advising the Investment Subcommittee in establishing risk and return objectives and investment policy. CFR is supported by a $400 million endowment portfolio which is allocated across 20+ external money managers investing in a diverse array of asset classes and strategies including global equity, fixed income, hedge funds, private equity, and real assets.

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Deputy Director, Washington Meetings

The Deputy Director will be a member of the Washington Meetings Program, which brings major international and domestic officials, thought leaders, and others together with CFR members to more than 100 meetings each year.

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Program Associate, Washington Meetings and Independent Task Force Program

The Council on Foreign Relations’ (CFR) Washington Meetings Program brings major international and domestic officials, thought leaders, and others together with CFR members to more than 100 meetings each year.  The Independent Task Force Program directs in-depth studies on issues of current and critical importance to U.S. foreign policy, convening groups possessing diverse expertise to develop recommendations for decision-makers.

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How to Apply

Please click on the links above to learn more and apply directly for open positions in either the New York or Washington, DC office.

Contact

For more information, please contact humanresources@cfr.org

New York Office

58 East 68th Street
New York, NY 10065
tel 212.434.9400

Washington Office

1777 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
tel 202.509.8400

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