Career Opportunities

Welcome to the Council on Foreign Relations Career Opportunities homepage, where you can learn more about employment with our organization.

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 for pursuing a career in international relations, to skilled professionals in a service area such as development or information services.

Below are links to current openings at the Council on Foreign Relations. CFR updates this section on a daily basis. The Council on Foreign Relations also offers volunteer internships for college students, graduate students, or graduates focusing on international relations or pursuing a career in foreign policy or a related field.

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Research Associate, National Security


Posted: April 2016 Location: New York Salary Rate: Based on education and experience Type: Full Time Start Date: Late June Department: David Rockefeller Studies Program

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’s aim is to advance the discussion of American foreign policy and international affairs through its writing, publications, public outreach, and discussions.

The Research Associate will report to a Senior Fellow in national security.  The major responsibilities of this position will include (but are not limited to):

  • Researching specific areas for articles, book chapters, and other publications, as requested by the fellow
  • Assisting with the drafting, proofreading and editing of articles, book chapters, and other written material, under the direction of the fellow
  • Tracking news and data sources
  • Coordinating events, including preparing invitations, travel arrangements, corresponding with speakers and presiders, helping to prepare background papers and materials for distribution, and providing other logistical support
  • Providing administrative support to the fellow, handling correspondence, scheduling, and responding to requests for information
  • Managing budgets, including preparing budgets and tracking monthly statements, monitoring grant information and writing reports and requests, creating and updating Excel spreadsheets, and preparing vouchers for reimbursement
  • Assisting fellow with social media outreach, including publishing a blog, website, video, and/or using social media applications such as Twitter, Google+, etc., as needed
  • Provide support across departmental lines and for other fellows, upon request

Qualifications:

  • Degree in History, International Relations or a related field, with a focus on national security; demonstrated high academic credentials
  • Advanced degree a plus
  • 1+ years related internship and administrative experience
  • Excellent research skills and experience; experience with archival research a plus
  • Strong writing skills and the ability to effectively proofread and edit
  • Highly organized with the proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Excellent computer skills, including MS Word, Excel, Lotus Notes, and the Internet
  • Foreign language fluency a plus

 

Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations is a leading nonprofit membership organization, research center, and publisher, with headquarters in New York, an office in Washington, DC, and programs nationwide. It is dedicated to increasing America's understanding of the world and contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy. CFR's 4,900+ members are leaders in international affairs and foreign policy. CFR also publishes Foreign Affairs, the preeminent magazine on global issues, and provides up-to-date information about the world and U.S. foreign policy on its award-winning website, CFR.org.

Qualified candidates should email, fax, or mail a resume and cover letter to the Human Resources department at the contact information below.  PLEASE INCLUDE THE POSITION NAME IN THE SUBJECT OF YOUR EMAIL.  The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.       

 

Posted: April 2016

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
58 E. 68th St., NY, NY 10065
FAX +1 212.434.9893
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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Facility Operations Assistant


Posted: April 2016 Location: Washington Salary Rate: Based on Experience Type: Full Time Department: Facility and Event Operations

The Facility Operation Assistant will be responsible for the maintenance of all event spaces and overall appearance of our LEED Gold facility located at 1777 F Street NW, Washington, DC. He/she will be a flexible team player with outstanding customer service skills.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn and grow in facility operations management. This is a full time position, and the hours are Monday through Friday, 8am – 4pm.

The major responsibilities of this position will include (but are not limited to):

  • Provide assistance and direction with set up and breakdown  of conference rooms and event areas, including furniture, a/v equipment, beverages and food
  • Assist in coordination of maintenance and light cleaning of conference space, staff, and event areas, including checking, restocking, and ordering supplies, painting, changing light bulbs, minor building and furniture repairs, waste removal, vacuuming, sweeping, mopping and carpet cleaning
  • Outdoor maintenance of building perimeters and entrances, including sweeping, cleaning and snow removal
  • Handling incoming and outgoing mail, deliveries, and messenger services (UPS, Fed Ex, food deliveries, etc.)
  • Hourly checks of the building to collect outgoing mail/packages, restock supplies and monitor temperature or maintenance issues
  • Copying, facsimiles, and print job assemblies
  • Responding to staff help desk requests via phone, email, and in person; inputting requests into a work order tracking system
  • Office moves of furniture and contents, including packing and unpacking
  • Receiving training to respond to safety and security incidents, including CPR, AED, and first aid, as part of the emergency response team
  • Assist in other duties of the department as needed or assigned

Qualifications:

  • At least 3 years related facilities/building experience in a high profile organization, corporation, hotel, or high rise apartment complex
  • Knowledge of building operating systems, i.e. HVAC, plumbing, electrical
  • Positive, proactive, flexible, results-oriented team player with proven leadership abilities
  • Strong customer service and communication skills
  • Highest level of dependability and professionalism
  • Ability to work from heights such as balconies and ladders
  • Ability to lift and carry weight in excess of 50 pounds (i.e. - packages, office furniture, etc.)
  • The position is considered essential personnel; availability to work flexible hours and overtime, including periodic holidays and during inclement weather 

Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is a leading nonprofit membership organization, research center, and publisher, with headquarters in New York, an office in Washington, DC, and programs nationwide. It is dedicated to increasing America’s understanding of the world and contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy. CFR’s 4,700+ members are leaders in international affairs and foreign policy. CFR also publishes Foreign Affairs, the preeminent magazine on global issues, and provides up-to-date information about the world and U.S. foreign policy on its award-winning website, CFR.org.

Qualified candidates should email, fax, or mail a resume and cover letter to the Human Resources department at the above address.  PLEASE INCLUDE THE POSITION NAME IN THE SUBJECT OF YOUR EMAIL.  The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.                           

Posted: April 2016

 

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
1777 F St. NW, Washington DC,20006
FAX +1 202.509.8490
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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Human Resources Associate


Posted: March 2016 Location: Washington Salary Rate: Based on experience and education Type: Full Time Department: Human Resources

As part of the human resources team, the human resources associate will be a generalist, with a focus on recruitment, employee activities, benefits, training, and will lead efforts for CFR’s volunteer internship program in the Washington, DC office.  

 

The primary responsibilities of this position will include (but are not limited to): 

  • Coordinating the volunteer internship program from recruitment through on-boarding and exit procedures in the Washington, DC office.
  • Planning and executing approximately eight intern professional development events each semester while continuing to conceptualize new programs, events, and materials for the program.
  • Supporting the full life cycle recruitment process for a variety of positions, including drafting and posting position announcements, working directly with hiring managers, identifying recruitment sources, screening and interviewing candidates and referrals, conducting background and reference checks, extending offers, and following up with all candidates.
  • Assisting with the coordination and logistics for a wide array of employee events, including brown bag lunches, professional development events, health and wellness activities, and all staff meetings. 
  • Providing administrative support, including support for the award-winning health and wellness initiative, benefits data entry and tracking, voucher processing, and maintaining the transit benefit.
  • Providing back-up support to Reception Services; including greeting visitors and speakers, answering incoming calls, and checking in guests for meetings.
  • Working with the director on other priorities, as needed.

 

Qualifications:

  • One or more years related HR experience, with proven experience in recruitment. Experience in a high profile organization preferred.
  • Extremely flexible, organized, and detail oriented, with strong follow-through skills.
  • Excellent judgment, with a friendly yet professional demeanor and excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proven ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced team environment
  • Degree in related field, with high academic credentials.
  • Available to work flexible hours, including early mornings, late evenings, and in the event of inclement weather

 

Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is a leading nonprofit membership organization, research center, and publisher, with headquarters in New York, an office in Washington, DC, and programs nationwide. It is dedicated to increasing America’s understanding of the world and contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy. CFR’s 4,700+ members are leaders in international affairs and foreign policy. CFR also publishes Foreign Affairs, the preeminent magazine on global issues, and provides up-to-date information about the world and U.S. foreign policy on its award-winning website, CFR.org.

 

The Council on Foreign Relations offers a benefits package that is among the best offered by nonprofit institutions today, including generous leave policies and health insurance programs, an on-site fitness center, and professional development training.

 

Qualified candidates should email, fax, or mail a resume and cover letter to the Human Resources department at the above address.  PLEASE INCLUDE THE POSITION NAME IN THE SUBJECT OF YOUR EMAIL.  The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.                        

 

Posted: March 2016

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
1777 F St. NW, Washington DC,20006
FAX +1 202.509.8490
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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Research Associate, Global Health, Economics, and Development


Posted: April 2016 Location: Washington Salary Rate: Based on education and experience Type: Full Time Department: David Rockefeller Studies Program

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’s aim is to advance the discussion of American foreign policy and international affairs through its writing, publications, public outreach, and discussions.

As part of the Studies Program, the Research Associate will support the work of the Senior Fellow for Global Health, Economics, and Development.

The major responsibilities of this position will include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Conduct research on emerging issues at the intersection of global health, international trade, and economic development for articles, book chapters, and CFR publications
  • Assist fellow in research for a book, which traces demographic and epidemiological changes sweeping low- and middle-income countries and examines their implications for those countries and the rest of the world
  • Track news, policy developments, and data sources
  • Collaborate on policy briefs, blogs, and assist with the editing and proofreading of articles, book chapters, and other written material
  • Manage budgets, including preparing budgets and tracking monthly statements, monitoring grant information and writing reports and requests, and preparing vouchers for reimbursement
  • Regularly update a program webpage and coordinate with CFR’s Communications team to publicize publications
  • Provide administrative support, handling correspondence, scheduling media interviews, and responding to requests for information
  • Provide support across departmental lines and for other fellows, upon request
  • Coordinate events, including preparing invitations, travel arrangements, corresponding with speakers and presiders, helping to prepare background papers and materials for distribution, and providing other logistical support
  • Assist fellow with social media outreach, including publishing a blog, policy briefs, website, video, and/or using social media applications such as Twitter, Google+, etc., as needed

Qualifications:

Perform duties requiring independent judgment and analysis related to:

  • BA or MA degree in public health, international affairs, economics, trade, or related field, with excellent academic credentials
  • One or more year(s) related experience preferred but not required
  • Strong organizational skills and high attention to detail
  • Good judgment and an ability to complete projects independently or with limited supervision
  • Strong research, writing, and editing skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent computer skills, including MS Word, Excel, the Internet, and a familiarity with social media

The Council on Foreign Relations offers a benefits package that is among the best offered by nonprofit institutions today, including generous leave policies and health insurance programs, and an on-site fitness center.

Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is a leading nonprofit membership organization, research center, and publisher, with headquarters in New York, an office in Washington, DC, and programs nationwide. It is dedicated to increasing America's understanding of the world and contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy. CFR's 4,900+ members are leaders in international affairs and foreign policy. CFR also publishes Foreign Affairs, the preeminent magazine on global issues, and provides up-to-date information about the world and U.S. foreign policy on its award-winning website, CFR.org.

Qualified candidates should email, fax, or mail a resume and cover letter to the Human Resources department at the above address.  PLEASE INCLUDE THE POSITION NAME IN THE SUBJECT OF YOUR EMAIL.  The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.   

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
1777 F St. NW, Washington DC,20006
FAX +1 202.509.8490
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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