Benefits of Working at the Council

The Council on Foreign Relations offers its staff a competitive compensation package that includes a benefits package that is among the best offered by nonprofit institutions today. It is designed to provide cost-effective plans to meet the needs of employees and their families, as well as supporting the professional development of the staff. CFR is also committed to a balanced life for its staff, and offers generous leave policies and an employee activity program (some of which are open to family members). Below is a sampling of what makes CFR’s benefits unique:

  • Generous health plans for medical, prescription drug, and dental
  • On-site fitness center with fitness classes offered to staff
  • Generous leave benefits, including three weeks of vacation and a “summer Friday” schedule
  • Retirement annuity program with an 8 percent employer contribution
  • Professional development training program
  • Professional Development and Educational Assistance Program
  • Tax-savings programs, including Transitcheks and SmarTrip cards, and flexible-spending accounts
  • Employee activities including a speaker lunch series for staff
  • Workplace wellness program including participation in sport activities and seminars
  • Business casual periods at certain times of year
  • Opportunity to attend some of the CFR member events
  • Access to Council publications, including the premier foreign-policy publication, Foreign Affairs

Benefit programs are subject to eligibility requirements.