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.

Please click on How to Apply for more information on how to submit your application.

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Assistant Building Engineer


Posted: June 2016 Location: New York Salary Rate: Based on education and experience Type: Full Time Department: Facility and Event Operations

The Assistant Building Engineer, Facility and Event Operations will work in CFR’s Facility Operations department, and report directly to Deputy Director, Building Operations.

 

Please note: This is a full-time position, and the hours of this position are Wednesday through Sunday 4:00 p.m. until midnight. 

 

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

  • Assist in routine maintenance work on mechanical, electrical, HVAC, and plumbing systems
  • Carpentry, drywall, painting, basic equipment repairs, etc.
  • Providing assistance with set-up and breakdown of  furniture in event spaces
  • Assist in snow removal
  • Ensure the cleanliness and appearance of both interior and exterior of the building areas.
  • Assist with monitoring and responding to Fire Alarms, Security Alarms, etc.
  • Assisting with other related duties as requested or required

 

Qualifications:

  • At least 5 years related facilities/building experience in a high profile organization, corporation, or high rise apartment complex
  • Knowledge of building operating systems, i.e. HVAC, plumbing, electrical , and carpentry strongly preferred
  • Computer knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Excel, and Word
  • Knowledge of Life Safety & Security Systems (includes Fire Alarms, Security Alarms, etc.)
  • Strong customer service and communication skills
  • Highest level of dependability and professionalism
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail with proven ability to multi-task
  • Ability to work independently and on a team
  • Positive, proactive, flexible, results-oriented team player
  • Ability to work flexible and periodic long hours, including periodically on holidays and in the event of inclement weather and/or other times when facility assistance is needed
  • Ability to lift and carry weight in excess of 70 pounds (i.e. - packages, office furniture, etc.)

 

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.

 

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

 

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
58 E. 68th St., NY, NY 10065
FAX +1 212.434.9893
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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Assistant Director, Corporate Member Relations


Posted: July 2016 Location: New York Salary Rate: Based on education and experience Type: Full Time Start Date: September 2016 Department: Corporate Affairs

The Assistant Director, Corporate Member Relations will report directly to the Managing Director of Corporate Affairs, and work closely with others in the department and across the Council. This position will work on all matters related to corporate member relations, stewardship, retention, and involvement.

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.

Qualified candidates will have related experience that required interaction with senior executives, exceptional attention to detail, the ability to prioritize, sound judgment, and the highest level of discretion.

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

  • Coordinate and track corporate member relationships, including stewardship opportunities, retention and relationship strategies, compiling information on member companies, and running regular reports.
  • Support outreach by the executive office, vice president, and managing director by tracking and scheduling stewardship meetings, preparing backgrounders and meeting materials, drafting correspondence to primary contacts and senior executives, and managing follow-up actions.
  • Manage own portfolio of companies, serving as their primary point of contact with the Council and having responsibility for outreach, stewardship, retention, and involvement.
  • Manage the Corporate Leaders program, including serving as the primary point of contact in both New York and Washington, DC, onboarding new Corporate Leaders, and coordinating with the Term Member program on participation.
  • Coordinate corporate member participation for special events, trips, and regular meeting opportunities with Studies, the National Program, Foreign Affairs, and other departments as necessary.
  • Assist with department-sponsored events and meetings, including early morning breakfasts and evening meetings.
  • Work closely with other team members in support of overall departmental priorities.

Qualifications:

  • Degree in a related field with an interest in business, economics, and international relations with high academic achievement
  • Four to five years related work experience, preferably at a non-profit organization or in the private sector
  • Experience in relationship management and corporate stewardship
  • Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work within deadlines
  • Detail oriented, self-starter that can work effectively, both independently and on a team
  • Excellent communication skills, both across departmental lines and with high-profile and senior executives
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and the aptitude to learn and utilize different technologies

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.

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

Qualified candidates should email, fax, or mail a resume and cover letter to the Human Resources department at the address 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.

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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Associate Editor


Location: New York Type: Full Time

Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations is a leading nonprofit membership organization, research center, and publisher, with headquarters in New York, offices 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 more than 5,000 members are the leading scholars and practitioners in international affairs and foreign policy. CFR also publishes Foreign Affairs, the preeminent magazine on global issues. CFR is host to the widest possible range of views, but an advocate of none.

The Publications Department is responsible for editing and producing CFR’s reports, such as Task Force reports, Council Special Reports, and other papers, as well as the Annual Report, About CFR brochure, and a quarterly enewsletter. The department also ensures the consistency of style across CFR and its website. The Associate Editor will work closely with the Publications team and others as needed.

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

  • Copyediting CFR publications
  • Working in the CMS to create, build, and update content for CFR.org
  • Managing the migration quality-assurance process for CFR publications
  • Ensuring that content and tags are compliant with SEO best practices
  • Assisting with production of new content on CFR.org, including photo research and SEO, and other editorial responsibilities as needed

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Three-plus years’ experience with editing and web production in a deadline-driven environment
  • Excellent editing skills and an interest in a career in publishing
  • Strong academic credentials, including a concentration in English, international affairs, or related major
  • Superior organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Familiarity with Photoshop and web analytics
  • A flexible, positive, team-oriented attitude

We offer 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 or fax a resume and cover letter. Please submit 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.  

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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Human Resources Assistant


Posted: July 2016 Location: New York Salary Rate: Based upon education and experience Type: Full Time Department: Human Resources

As part of the human resources team, the Human Resources Assistant will report directly to and provide administrative support to both the Vice President and the Director. The assistant will also provide administrative support to the department’s functions including training, benefits support, employee records management, employee activities, recruitment support, and reception coverage. This is a good opportunity for someone who is looking to learn and begin a career in human resources.

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

  • Providing administrative support to the Vice President and Director as well as the department, including answering telephones, handling general inquiries from staff, maintaining email/fax inbox, scheduling meetings and interviews, and maintaining employee records.
  • Coordinating logistics and participating in employee activities, including health and wellness programs, brown bag lunches, professional development events, and all staff meetings. 
  • Supporting full-lifecycle recruitment efforts for internship and entry-level full-time positions by posting position announcements, reviewing a large volume of resumes, conducting interviews and reference checks, attending career fairs, and handling other inquiries, as needed.
  • Budget, voucher, expense reporting and departmental financial support, including preparing department’s monthly corporate AMEX voucher.
  • Serving as a substitute receptionist for CFR’s reception services area and providing member service’s needs, including working some nights and early mornings. 
  • Assisting with administration of employee benefits, HRIS, and database management.
  • Providing support for all aspects of human resources and partnering with the Vice President and Director on other departmental and institutional priorities.

Qualifications:

  • At least one year of related human resources or administrative experience. Customer service experience at any point in career strongly preferred.
  • Proven ability to multi-task and work independently in a fast-paced environment.
  • Extremely flexible, organized, and detail oriented, with strong follow-through skills.
  • Excellent judgment and communications skills, with a friendly yet professional demeanor.
  • Experience having worked on a team and supporting senior staff members.
  • Strong computer skills in Microsoft Word and Excel, including advanced functions such as mail merge.  Experience with ADP, a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field with high academic achievement; interest in foreign policy a plus.

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.

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

Qualified candidates should email, fax, or mail a resume and cover letter to the Human Resources department at the address 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.

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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Program Assistant, Outreach


Location: New York Type: Full Time Department: National Program and Outreach

The goal of CFR’s Outreach Initiatives is to connect with communities in a cross-section of American life, including educators and students; congregational and civic leaders; religion scholars; and representatives of faith-based organizations. The program associate will support both CFR’s Outreach Initiatives, which connect the academic and religious communities with CFR’s research and analysis, and provide a forum for interested citizens to discuss a broad range of pressing international issues. In addition, the National Program & Outreach Department seeks to energize foreign policy discussions nationwide among CFR members and other community leaders.

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

  • Assisting with planning and logistics of Outreach Initiative workshops, conference calls, roundtables, and conferences by drafting and sending event-related correspondence, tracking responses and participation, researching background materials, preparing meeting materials, drafting thank you notes, updating meeting records in the database, registering for conference exhibitions, completing post-event reports, and participating in brainstorming for program topics.
  • Maintaining a large database of contacts, including researching and compiling contact information for constituents.
  • Processing a large volume of email correspondence with Outreach constituents.
  • Assisting with print, online and social media marketing of CFR materials and publications to Outreach constituents and tracking the results—including placing print and online ads and supporting the Outreach Twitter feeds.
  • Tracking activities for Outreach efforts in calendars, spreadsheets, and databases.
  • Providing general project and administrative support to the department, including attending and working at National Program and Outreach events.

Qualifications:

  • Some office or program planning experience that includes database entry and logistical tasks related to event planning.
  • Experience working with diverse sectors and leaders—government actors, religious leaders, and academics preferred.
  • Superior organizational and time management skills so as to effectively multi-task and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to prioritize competing deadlines and manage a high volume of work in a timely manner while maintaining a positive attitude.
  • Enthusiastic team player with positive and flexible attitude, capacity to work both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.
  • BA in international relations or related field with high academic achievement and an interest in current foreign policy issues.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Detail oriented with strong proofreading and editing skills.
  • Strong MS Word, Excel, and database skills.
  • Social media and/or online marketing experience preferred.
  • Experience working with budgets and billing preferred.

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 5,000+ 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 an award-winning health and wellness program, an on-site fitness center, and generous leave policies and health insurance programs.

Qualified candidates should email, fax, or mail a resume and cover letter to the Human Resources department at the address 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.

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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Program Associate, Outreach


Location: New York Type: Full Time Department: National Program and Outreach

The goal of CFR’s Outreach Initiatives is to connect with communities in a cross-section of American life, including educators and students; congregational and civic leaders; religion scholars; and representatives of faith-based organizations. The program associate will support both CFR’s Academic Outreach initiative and Religion and Foreign Policy initiative, which connect the academic and religious communities with CFR’s research and analysis, and provide a forum for interested citizens to discuss a broad range of pressing international issues. In addition, the National Program & Outreach Department seeks to energize foreign policy discussions nationwide among CFR members and other community leaders.

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

  • Assisting with planning and logistics of Outreach Initiative workshops, conference calls, roundtables, and conferences by drafting and sending event-related correspondence, tracking responses and participation, researching background materials, preparing meeting materials, drafting thank you notes, updating meeting records in database, completing post-event reports, and participating in brainstorming for program topics.
  • Maintaining a large database of contacts, including researching and compiling contract information for constituents.
  • Processing a large volume of email correspondence with Outreach constituents.
  • Coordinating the traditional, online, and social media marketing of CFR materials and publications to Outreach constituents and tracking the results—this includes placing print and online ads, and selecting content and drafting descriptive text for dedicated Outreach Initiative webpages, monthly and quarterly eNewsletters, and Twitter feeds.
  • Building pages in the content management system to be published on CFR.org.
  • Tracking departmental expenses, preparing payment vouchers, and assisting with budget development.
  • Tracking activities for Outreach efforts in calendars, spreadsheets, and databases.
  • Providing general project and administrative support to the department, including attending and working at National Program and Outreach events.

Qualifications:

  • One to two years related program planning experience that includes database entry and logistical tasks related to event planning.
  • Experience working with diverse sectors and leaders; preferably with government actors, religious leaders, academics, and related constituencies.
  • Superior organizational and time management skills with an ability to effectively multi-task and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to independently prioritize competing deadlines and manage a high volume of work in a timely manner while maintaining a positive attitude.
  • Enthusiastic team player with positive and flexible attitude, ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.
  • BA in international relations or related field with high academic achievement and an interest in U.S. and world leaders and current foreign policy issues.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Detail oriented with strong proofreading and editing skills.
  • Strong MS Word, Excel, and database skills.
  • Social media and/or online marketing experience preferred.
  • Experience working with budgets and billing preferred.

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.

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

Qualified candidates should email, fax, or mail a resume and cover letter to the Human Resources department at the address 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.

 

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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Research Associate, Geoeconomics


Posted: May 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 work under the direction of a senior fellow with a focus on U.S. foreign policy, economic statecraft, energy and climate security, state capitalism, U.S.-China relations, and U.S. competitiveness.  The major responsibilities of this position will include (but are not limited to):

  • Researching specific areas, finding articles, writing research briefs, analyzing data sets, and tracking news as requested by the fellow
  • Assisting with drafting, fact-checking, proofreading and editing of  blogs, op-eds, journal articles, and other written materials
  • Coordinating events, including sending invitations and managing RSVPs, corresponding with speakers and presiders, helping prepare background papers and materials for distribution, and providing other logistical support
  • Managing budgets, including preparing budgets and tracking monthly statements, monitoring grant information and writing reports and requests
  • Providing administrative support to the fellow, including scheduling, booking travel, handling correspondence, and responding to requests for information
  • 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:

  • BA in International Relations, Political Science, Economics, or a related field, with high academic credentials. Related administrative and/or internship experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Comfort with quantitative data essential; strong quantitative skills a plus
  • Strong research, proofreading, and editing skills
  • Very strong organizational skills and multitasking skills with a keen attention to detail is essential
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work calmly in a fast-paced environment
  • Background in economics, U.S. foreign policy, climate change, and/or energy strongly preferred.

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.

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

Qualified candidates should email, fax, or mail a resume and cover letter to the Human Resources department at the above contact information.  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
58 E. 68th St., NY, NY 10065
FAX +1 212.434.9893
humanresources@cfr.org
www.cfr.org

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Web Editor (Interim Employee)


Location: New York Type: Full Time Start Date: October 1, 2016 (anticipated six-month period)

Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations is a leading nonprofit membership organization, research center, and publisher, with headquarters in New York, offices 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 more than 5,000 members are the leading scholars and practitioners in international affairs and foreign policy. CFR also publishes Foreign Affairs, the preeminent magazine on global issues. CFR is host to the widest possible range of views, but an advocate of none.

The Publications Department is responsible for editing and producing CFR’s reports–such as Task Force reports, Council Special Reports, and other papers—for online publication. Ahead of the launch of the new CFR.org site in spring 2017, the Web Editor will assist the Publications Department in managing the migration of report web pages. The Web Editor will work closely with the department and others to edit and produce CFR content for the website.

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

  • Working in the CMS to create, build, and update content for the new CFR.org
  • Managing the migration quality assurance process for CFR publications
  • Ensuring that content and tags are compliant with SEO best practices
  • Assisting the Production Editor and Associate Editor with production of new content on CFR.org, including photo research and SEO
  • Vetting CFR digital publications for Council style

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent editing and proofreading skills
  • Strong academic credentials, with three-plus years’ experience with web production and SEO in a deadline-driven environment
  • Familiarity with Photoshop and web analytics
  • Superior organizational skills and attention to detail
  • A flexible, positive, team-oriented attitude
  • Background or interest in international relations preferred

We offer 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 or fax a resume and cover letter. Please submit 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.  

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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Web Editor, Foreign Affairs


Posted: August 2016 Location: New York Type: Full Time Department: Foreign Affairs

Foreign Affairs is looking for a web editor to join our editorial team. He/she will help manage the site's editorial activities; conceptualize, commission, and edit various online features; and shape short- and long-term development priorities.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Significant editing experience
  • Experience with digital publishing, social media, and multimedia editing
  • Ability to juggle a wide range of tasks on short deadlines and work well with writers, editors, Web producers, and circulation and advertising staff
  • Strong interest in and understanding of foreign policy and international affairs
  • Master's degree in a relevant field or equivalent professional experience (preferred)

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.

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

The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, three writing samples, and a 500-word statement outlining a vision for how Foreign Affairs should develop its Web presence to: FA_jobs@cfr.org

You can also mail your materials to:

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 and Event Operations Assistant


Location: Washington Salary Rate: Based on experience and education Type: Full Time Department: Facility and Event Operations

As part of the facility and event operations team, the Facility and Event Operations Assistant will report to and provide administrative support to department directors.  The assistant will also provide support for departmental functions and reception services for the Washington, DC office.

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

  • Providing administrative support to the department managers, including scheduling appointments, maintaining departmental calendar and distribution lists, coordinating projects, and responding to staff requests to the departmental helpdesk
  • Providing financial support to the department through preparation and processing of documents including invoices, vouchers, and expense reports
  • Assisting reception services, which includes answering incoming phone calls and greeting visitors and speakers
  • Maintaining inventory and ordering supplies for staff and events
  • Maintaining relationships with outside vendors
  • Providing assistance with tracking of and response to safety and security incidents when warranted
  • Assisting with other departmental and project duties, as needed

Qualifications

  • Related administrative experience; previous office experience a must
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including strong customer service skills
  • Strong computer skills in MS Word, Excel, and email; database experience preferred
  • Proven time management and organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple, competing tasks with a keen attention to detail
  • Flexibility and team-player attitude
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including early mornings and evenings
  • Degree in a related field strongly preferred

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.

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

Qualified candidates should email, fax, or mail a resume and cover letter to the Human Resources department at the address 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.

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 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.

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

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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Research Associate, Women and International Economics


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

The Council’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 work under the direction of a Senior Fellow in the Women and Foreign Policy Program and the Senior Fellow for Global Governance. The major responsibilities of this position will include (but are not limited to):

  • Researching specific areas, as requested by the fellows, for articles, book chapters, and other publications.
  • Coordinating events, including preparing invitations, making travel arrangements, corresponding with speakers and presiders, preparing background papers and materials for distribution, and providing other logistical support.
  • Providing administrative support to the fellows, handling correspondence, scheduling and calendar management, and responding to media and information requests.
  • Handling writing assignments, summarizing research findings, and composing business correspondence.
  • Tracking news and data sources on women’s issues and international economic issues.
  • Assisting with the proofreading and editing of articles, book chapters, and other written materials.
  • Managing program finances, 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 with the fellows’ presence on the internet and social media outreach, including publishing a blog, website, video, and/or using social media applications such as Twitter, Google+, etc., as needed.
  • Supporting other fellows and departments, upon request.

Qualifications:

  • Degree in international relations, political science, or related social sciences field with high academic achievement. Experience on women’s issues, development, or international economics preferred.
  • 1+ year(s) related administrative and/or internship experience preferred; experience coordinating events strongly preferred
  • Outstanding research, writing, and editing skills.
  • Strong organizational and planning skills with high attention to detail and ability to manage competing priorities.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent computer skills, including MS Word, Excel, and internet research.
  • Experience with budget management and/or website maintenance preferred.

Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations is a leading nonprofit membership organization, research center, and publisher, with headquarters in New York, offices in Washington, D.C., and programs nationwide.  It is dedicated to increasing America’s understanding of the world and contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy.  The Council’s 4,900+ members are leaders in international affairs and foreign policy.  The Council also publishes Foreign Affairs, the preeminent journal on global issues, and provides up-to-date information about the world and U.S. foreign policy on the Council’s 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 an award-winning health and wellness program, an on-site fitness center, and generous leave policies and health insurance programs.

Qualified candidates should email, fax, or mail a resume and cover letter to the Human Resources department at the address 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.

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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Special Assistant, Research


Posted: July 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 aims 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 Special Assistant will support the work of the Senior Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair. Qualified candidates will have related experience that required judgment, strong writing and editing ability, time management skills, and experience dealing with high-profile individuals. 

The principal responsibilities of this position will include, but are not limited to:

  • Drafting, editing, proofreading, fact-checking, and written material, including director of Studies’ talking points, blog posts, memos, and correspondence

  • Researching specific areas as requested by the director of studies, for articles, speeches, and other publications

  • 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
  • Assisting the director of studies with social media outreach, including publishing a blog, website, video, and/or using social media applications such as Twitter, Google+, etc.

  • Providing administrative support to the director of studies, including scheduling appointments, handling phone calls and drafting correspondence, travel arrangements, and responding to requests for information
  • Acting as liaison between the director of Studies and other CFR departments

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, History, or a related field, with high academic credentials and

  • Strong knowledge of historical and current foreign policy issues

  • Minimum three years’ related work experience, including some administrative experience

  • Experience with social media outreach and using social media applications preferred

  • Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Exceptional organizational skills and outstanding attention to detail

  • Proficiency in word processing, Excel, and database management

  • Proven ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment, both independently and as part of a team

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.

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

Qualified candidates should email, fax, or mail a resume and cover letter to the Human Resources department at the address 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.

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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