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 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. 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 the federal government, state and local businesses, companies, and individuals should do to minimize and possibly reverse the damage being done by a changing climate. 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 Trade and International Political Economy

The David Rockefeller Studies Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is seeking to hire a fellow or senior fellow for trade and international political economy. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct original research and writing on issues related to trade, international finance, and globalization. This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual conducting cutting-edge work on the future of trade policy, international investment, and the global economy. 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

Paralegal

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) seeks a Paralegal to join its in-house legal team, working on a wide range of legal, business and institutional matters. This individual will have the opportunity to contribute to CFR’s mission by enhancing contracting and compliance systems and working across departments. Reporting to the General Counsel, this is a full-time position with a hybrid work schedule based in our New York office.

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Director of Product, Foreign Affairs

The Director of Product will oversee digital product strategy for Foreign Affairs. This person will be responsible for maintaining the product roadmap and helping to drive product strategy for editorial, business, and engineering departments through discovery and kickoff with stakeholders, brainstorming sessions, research, data analysis, and design. The role will report directly into the Chief Revenue Officer with a dotted line to Editorial.

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Research Associate, International Economics 

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 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. The research associate will support the work of the Director of International Economics.

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Program Coordinator, 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 program coordinator position will focus on cultivating relations with the academic community including professors, administrators, and students in tertiary 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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Director, Product 

CFR Digital is seeking a Director of Product to join our award-winning team. In this key role you will be pivotal in shaping product strategy and vision by identifying areas of innovation and opportunities for CFR.org and its products. You and your team will research, define, develop journeys, and maintain a roadmap to best meet the needs of our users, internal stakeholders, and executive leadership.

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Facility and Event Operations Assistant

The headquarters for the Council on Foreign Relations is housed in the historic landmark Harold Pratt mansion as well as the state-of-the-art Peterson Conference Center. This combined space is used for several hundred Council meetings a year and is one of the most sought after locations in Manhattan to rent for corporate meetings, conferences, weddings, and other special events. This position will work as part of a team to ensure smooth execution of events. This is an excellent opportunity to learn from a dedicated facilities and events team in a professional environment with good opportunities for growth.

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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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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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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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Available Positions in Washington, DC

Research Associate, Innovation and Economic Competitiveness

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 support the work of the Fellow for Innovation and Economic Competitiveness.

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Research Associate, Think Global Health

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. As part of the Studies Program, the Research Associate will support the work of the director of the global health program and Think Global Health (TGH), CFR’s online magazine devoted to examining how changes in health shapes economies, societies, and everyday lives.

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Assistant Editor 

The Global Communications and Media Relations department is responsible for positioning and promoting CFR and Foreign Affairs via the full spectrum of media, marketing, and public relations. The Publications department, part of the David Rockefeller Studies Program, is responsible for editing and producing CFR’s print and online publications. The Assistant Editor will help support both departments while ensuring CFR style consistency across the institution.

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Research Associate, U.S. Foreign Policy

As part of the Studies Program, the research associate will spend half of their time supporting a fellow concentrated on Latin America studies and areas of security, strategic competition, migration, and democratization; and half of their time supporting a senior fellow focused on U.S. foreign policy, transatlantic relations, and European affairs.

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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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Contact

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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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