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 or Washington, DC

Fellow/Senior Fellow for Climate Change and Energy Policy

The David Rockefeller Studies Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is seeking to hire a fellow or senior fellow for climate change and energy policy. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct original research and writing on what should be done to prevent and mitigate the consequences of climate change and to navigate the global green transition underway. This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual looking to shape the national conversation on what can be done to to minimize and possibly reverse the damage being done by a changing climate and to explore the opportunities and consequences for an energy transition. The position will be filled at either the fellow or senior-fellow level, depending on the selected applicant’s credentials and accomplishments. The position can be based in either New York or Washington, DC.

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Available Positions in New York

Director, Education Content

Working under the supervision of CFR’s Vice President for Education, the Director, Education Content, will supervise and collaborate with a small team to pitch, research, and draft content for the World101 and Model Diplomacy platforms and a planned climate literacy course. The selected candidate will also work with Education’s marketing team and Director, Teaching and Learning to design and ensure the relevance and accuracy of visually driven content for newsletters, social media, and teaching resources related to these products.

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Manager, Marketing Communications, Education

Working under the supervision of the Director, Marketing, the Manager, Marketing Communications will work closely with content and teaching and learning teams to create timely and informative content that is engaging, easy to read, and benefits-oriented (describes what CFR Education products do and how they can be effectively used in classrooms).

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Manager, Marketing Operations, Education

Working under the supervision of the Director, Marketing, the Manager, Marketing Operations will work closely with the Director, Business Development to support partnerships.

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Assistant Director, Teaching and Learning

Working under the supervision of the Director, Teaching and Learning, the Assistant Director, Teaching and Learning will collaborate on the development of all teaching resources to ensure products are accessible and effective for teachers and students.

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Program Assistant, Membership

The Program Assistant will work under the direction of the Vice President of Meetings and Membership. The Membership team coordinates the selection process of new members, and serves as the front-facing department for CFR’s 5,000 members in order to enhance their member experience.

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Assistant Art Director, Foreign Affairs

The Assistant Art Director will work closely with the Art Director to handle all aspects of design and visual presentation at Foreign Affairs, including sourcing and selecting art and photos; creating design assets for the magazine’s website, social media accounts, and various digital products; and supporting the production of the print edition. Under the supervision of the Art Director, the Assistant Art Director will work on design and visual projects across content platforms, as well as marketing materials. 

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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 in-person roundtables in ten cities, virtual sessions over Zoom, and two large annual events: the National Symposium in California and the National Conference in New York. The program associate will support the planning and execution of these National Program events.

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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; state and local officials; and local journalists in order to elevate conversations on U.S. foreign policy choices and increase civic engagement. The Local Journalists (LJ) initiative equips journalists with the expertise and resources needed to draw connections between the local issues they cover and national and international trends and events. Through webinars and an annual workshop in New York, CFR connects local journalists with policy experts on regional and thematic issues of national and global interest and provides a forum for discussion of best practices for reporting. The initiative also makes available the vast array of CFR digital and print resources that offer the authoritative, independent analysis necessary for informing the public on international affairs and supporting an informed citizenry. Please note, this is a programmatic position for working with local journalists and their networks.

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Social Media Editor, Foreign Affairs 

This is an exciting opportunity to join a fast-paced editorial team dedicated to publishing expert analysis of current events. The Social Media Editor will be the primary writer for Foreign Affairs’ social media accounts, responsible for maintaining the magazine’s presence on these platforms as well as assisting with the curation and production of email newsletters and other editorial products. The ideal candidate will combine a strong knowledge of international affairs with sharp writing skills, close attention to detail, and a keen interest in helping Foreign Affairs articles find an audience.

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Program Associate, Studies Administration

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 Director of Studies office manages and administers staffing, budgeting, fundraising, and developing and implementing departmental procedures. The program associate will be part of a dynamic team work and under the direction of the managing director of studies administration and director for studies administration to help support the wide range of department activities.

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Manager, Product Design, Foreign Affairs

The Manager, Product Design will report to the Product Director of Foreign Affairs. This role will work with the Product and Web Development teams to maintain consistency in the visual brand of Foreign Affairs online, while helping our team to meet business and editorial goals by improving digital graphic design across and our email products. This is an excellent opportunity for a dynamic digital designer who wants the collaborative experience of working on a supportive small team of non-designers at a mission-driven brand.

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Program Assistant, New York Meetings

The Program Assistant will be a member of CFR’s Meetings Program, which brings major international and domestic officials, thought leaders, and others together with CFR members over the course of more than 100 meetings each year. 

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Senior UI/UX Designer

The Council on Foreign Relations is seeking a Senior UI/UX Designer to provide project support for various design needs across the digital organization. This position reports directly to the Director, Design & User Experience. In this position, you will be collaborating and working alongside the think tank, editorial, product, and technology to define the experience across

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Director of Marketing, Foreign Affairs

The Director of Marketing is a critical position on the Foreign Affairs Business Team. Reporting to the Chief Revenue Officer of Foreign Affairs, this person will oversee all consumer marketing, event and content promotion across web, email, and traditional mail channels. Working closely with the product team and central email resource, they will have a chance to drive the strategy, creative, and audience for a wide variety of marketing campaigns for an influential and highly respected publication. This position has one direct report.

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Event Manager

The Event Manager will provide support to the Event Operations team based out of the New York office.

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Analyst, Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies 

The Analyst will work in the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies (CGS), the part of the Studies department that focuses on the intersection of international economics and international relations. We expect that he or she will report to and primarily collaborate with the senior fellow and director of international economics. The balance of his or her time be spent working with other CGS fellows. 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 as well to top graduate school programs. Accommodation for part-time graduate school study may be available, subject to CFR agreement.

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Assistant Building Engineer, 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. This is a full-time position, and the hours of this position are Monday through Friday 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  However, this position is considered essential personnel, and will be expected to work flexible hours upon request.

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Administrative Assistant, Executive Office

The Administrative Assistant, Executive Office will work under the direction of the chief of staff to the president and the executive manager, office of the president; and will provide additional support to the chief financial officer. Qualified candidates will have related experience that required judgment, strong writing and editing ability, the ability to prioritize, and experience dealing with high profile individuals.

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Marketing Associate, Foreign Affairs 

Reporting to the Manager of Marketing, the Marketing Associate role is an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience with content, brand, and promotional marketing operations for an influential and highly respected publication. This position plays a critical role in reader acquisition, retention, and engagement efforts across web, email, and traditional mail channels. This role is open to hybrid work.

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Production and Business Associate, Foreign Affairs

The Production and Business Associate will support all finance operations and magazine production activities for Foreign Affairs. This is an excellent opportunity to learn multi-platform content production and profit and loss management from the ground up. He/she will play a role in the production of our print and digital products as well as content syndication across third-party platforms.

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Available Positions in Washington, DC

Program Coordinator, Washington External Affairs

CFR’s Washington External Affairs operation is focused primarily on actively engaging members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives and their staff to provide timely, relevant, and useful analyses to further inform policymaking at the U.S. Capitol. Through discussion and examination of the critical challenges facing the United States and international community, the program seeks to serve as both a direct resource for Congress and a convener of leading thinkers and practitioners both on and off the Hill in a variety of nonpartisan fora. The secondary focus on this program is facilitating limited engagement with the diplomatic community and executive branch.

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Writer/Editor, Economics is the Council on Foreign Relations’s award-winning web site that is a leading source of content, analysis, and foreign policy options. It publishes a mix of resources, including interactives, Daily News Briefs, and Backgrounders. collaborates closely with CFR’s think tank staff on its content, and features insights from CFR Fellows in a number of ways, including web briefs, Articles, and various multimedia. The Writer/Editor, Economics will work under the direction of the site’s Managing Editor and Deputy Editors and will work closely with the team as well as the think tank staff.

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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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Help Desk Technician

The Help Desk Technician will act as the Council’s computer services help desk operator as a member of the Information Services team, with potential for growth within the team.   

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Research Associate, Southeast Asia and U.S. Foreign Policy

As part of the Studies Program, the Research Associate will support the Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia, whose work examines U.S. policy toward Southeast Asia, China, and other parts of Asia, and also the General John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and Director of the Center for Preventive Action, whose work focuses on conflict prevention and tracking of current global conflicts.        

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Associate Director, Washington Human Resources

As part of the Human Resources team, the associate director will be a generalist, with a focus on recruitment, diversity and inclusion, performance management, employee relations, training, and employee events. The Associate Director will be a main point of contact for Human Resources in the Washington D.C. office. This is an excellent opportunity for someone interested in working on human resources competencies, in a fast paced, collegial and intellectually engaging nonprofit work environment. The Associate Director will work closely with the Director of Human Resources.   

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Advertising and Digital Marketing Coordinator, Global Communications and Media Relations

Advertising and Digital Marketing Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and executing marketing and advertising campaigns for the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and its products. This individual will work to promote reports, books, and CFR in conjunction with the Digital Marketing team, focusing on ways to engage and expand audiences.         

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Event Coordinator

The Council on Foreign Relations’ DC office is located just one block from the White House. It is home to a state-of-the-art conference center and is used for several hundred meetings a year. The space is also rented for numerous rental events each year. The Event Coordinator will provide support to the Event Operations team based out of the Washington, DC office.

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Communications Associate, Global Communications and Media Relations

The Global Communications and Media Relations department is responsible for positioning and promoting CFR and its scholars via the full spectrum of media, social media, marketing, and public relations. The Communications Associate must have an excellent understanding of international issues, the media landscape, and CFR scholars and content, and how they relate to the news cycle.

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Research Associate, U.S. Foreign Policy

As part of the Studies Program, the research associate 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.

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How to Apply

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New York Office

58 East 68th Street
New York, NY 10065
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Washington Office

1777 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
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