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 Women and Foreign Policy

The David Rockefeller Studies Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is seeking to hire a fellow or senior fellow for Women and Foreign Policy. The status of women and girls around the world has significant consequences for economic prosperity, political stability, human rights, democracy, and other vital U.S. foreign policy objectives. The selected candidate will be expected to conduct original research and writing on these major issues. This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual looking to shape the national conversation on U.S. policy involving women around the world. The position will be assigned at either the fellow or senior fellow level, depending on the selected applicant’s credentials and accomplishments. This position can be based in either New York or Washington, DC.

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Available Positions in New York

Editorial Operations Manager

Foreign Affairs is the leading magazine in the field of U.S. foreign policy and international affairs. Reporting to the Editor and the Executive Editors, the Editorial Operations Manager will be responsible for making the office run smoothly and offering administrative support.

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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 Director, Outreach

CFR Outreach works to raise the profile of the organization and develop relationships with communities across the United States, including college and university educators, administrators, and students; congregational leaders, religion scholars, and representatives of faith-based organizations; state and local officials; and local journalists. This assistant director position will focus on cultivating relations with the academic community including professors, administrators, and students in higher educational institutions. Primary responsibilities will be connecting this constituency with CFR’s research and analysis and providing forums to discuss international relations and the role of the United States in the world.

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Assistant Manager, Foreign Affairs Advertising

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 Assistant Manager, Foreign Affairs is an integral role in the advertising department, blending the duties of both a sales representative and an administrator, supporting ad revenue objectives in strategy, operations, and planning. The role reports directly into the Advertising Director.

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Audio Visual Coordinator

The Audio Visual Coordinator will provide support for all areas of the Audio Visual Department in New York, NY office as well as virtual events. This position will be located onsite in the New York office but may have some remote work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Director, Design and User Experience

CFR Digital is seeking a Director of Design and User Experience to join our award-winning team. The candidate will manage a team of UX, data visualization and print designers. The role will oversee the design and UX for all projects, including interactives, maps, timelines, assets for video, print collateral, as well as overall page design for CFR.org and its mobile products. The Director will work closely and collaboratively with the editorial, product and engineering teams and support council-wide initiatives involving Studies and the Executive office. Council branding will also fall under the Director’s purview.

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Research Associate, Asia Studies

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 research associate will work under the direction of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Senior Fellow for China Studies. 

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Research Associate, Asia Studies 

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 Research Associate will work under the direction of Ira A. Lipman Chair in Emerging Technologies and National Security and Director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program.

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Research Associate, Russia Studies

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 the distinguished fellow whose work focuses on Russia.

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Research Associate, Digital and Cyberspace Policy 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. The Research Associate will work under the direction of Ira A. Lipman Chair in Emerging Technologies and National Security and Director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program (DCP).

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Associate Editor, Foreign Affairs

The Council on Foreign Relations is looking for an Associate Editor to join the Foreign Affairs editorial team. This is an exciting opportunity to join a fast-paced team dedicated to publishing expert analysis of current events. The Associate Editor will serve as a general article editor working on both print and online articles. The job will involve editing pieces, generating story ideas, and assisting with other publication-related tasks. 

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Staff Editor, Foreign Affairs

The Council on Foreign Relations is looking for a Staff Editor to join the Foreign Affairs editorial team. This is an exciting opportunity to join a fast-paced team dedicated to publishing expert analysis of current events. The new editor will serve as a general article editor working on both print and online articles. The job will involve editing pieces, generating story ideas, and assisting with other publication-related tasks. 

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Available Positions in Washington, DC

Director, 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 engagement with the diplomatic community and executive branch.

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Research Associate, India, Pakistan, and South Asia

The research associate will work under the direction of a senior fellow on projects related to India, Pakistan, and South Asia, with a special emphasis on India, and the United States’ and China’s interests in the region, particularly in their bilateral relationships with India. This role offers an opportunity to learn about the priority issues and approaches to them in U.S. and Chinese foreign policy toward India and South Asia, as well as rising and great power politics and power transitions.

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Staff Editor, Think Global Health

The Staff Editor, Think Global Health will support daily operations of a new CFR project on the future of U.S. engagement on global health. The Staff Editor will help coordinate and edit the work of contributors to a section of the Think Global Health website dedicated to this project. In the performance of this work, the Staff Editor will work under the direction of the senior fellow for global health responsible for the project and in coordination with the Director of the Global Health Program and the Deputy Managing Editor of Think Global Health.

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How to Apply

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Contact

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New York Office

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