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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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

Art Director, Foreign Affairs

The Art Director of Foreign Affairs magazine is responsible for overseeing all aspects of design and layout in Foreign Affairs and ForeignAffairs.com. 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.

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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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Development Associate

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) relies on charitable contributions from individual, corporate, and institutional donors to help support its programs and launch new initiatives. Development’s fundraising efforts include a $10+ million Annual Fund program, a planned giving program, foundation grants, corporate support, major gifts, and various endowment programs. The Development Associate will work closely with the Council’s development team to help support a wide range of fundraising activities including individual and institutional outreach, reporting, and cultivation.

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Research Associate, Latin America 

The Council’s 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 the senior fellow for Latin America studies. The fellow’s current work focuses on two general research areas: Latin America and international trade. Research on Latin America includes political and economic trends, crime and public security, energy, and immigration. The fellow’s work on international trade focuses on global supply chains and industrial policy.

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Research Associate, Africa Policy 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 Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies, focusing on U.S. foreign policy with respect to political and security issues, civil society, democracy, and corruption in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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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 Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Monday through Thursday 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  However, this position is considered essential personnel, and will be expected to work flexible hours upon request.

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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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Research Associate, National Security

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. 

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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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Business Development and Licensing Associate, Foreign Affairs

As part of a team, reporting to the Circulation Operations Director, you will maintain and expand our content partnerships in multiple channels including audio, international editions, aggregator services, and other print publications. You will also play a role in building and maintaining a strategy for our institutional subscription business.

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Production and Business Associate

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

Associate Podcast Producer

CFR.org is the Council on Foreign Relations’ award-winning website and a leading source of foreign policy analysis. It publishes a mix of resources including podcasts, videos, In Brief and Backgrounder articles, blog posts by CFR fellows, on the record event footage, interactive timelines, and the Daily News Brief newsletter. The Associate Podcast Producer role resides within the CFR Digital Content team, which collaborates closely with fellows in CFR’s think tank. The Podcast team produces all audio products for CFR.org.  In addition to working on CFR podcasts, the Associate Producer will assist the Video team with posting videos to YouTube on an as needed basis. The Associate Producer reports to the Senior Podcast Producer and will also receive direction from the Managing Editor and Chief Digital Officer.

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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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Research Associate, Global Health, Economics, and Development

As part of the Studies Program, the research associate will support the work of the director of the CFR Global Health Program and Think Global Health (TGH), CFR’s online magazine devoted to examining how changes in health shape economies, societies, and every day lives.

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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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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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Assistant Director, Advertising and Digital Marketing, Global Communications and Media Relations

The Assistant Director, Advertising and Digital Marketing is responsible for planning 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, Trade Policy

As part of the Studies Program, the research associate will support the work of the fellow for trade policy on the areas of trade, international economics, and foreign policy. The research associate will also support the work of other programs within the Studies Program.

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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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Contact

For more information, please contact [email protected]

New York Office

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New York, NY 10065
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Washington Office

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Washington, DC 20006
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