Careers

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

Research Associate, Energy and U.S. Foreign Policy

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 research associate will support the work of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change. The research associate will provide full -time support to the Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change and David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow, focusing on the intersection of economics, markets, and geopolitics, in addition to short-term assignments as requested by the Studies program.

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Program Assistant, Fellowship Affairs

CFR’s Fellowship Program offers unique opportunities for mid-career professionals focusing on international relations. The program affords fellows the opportunity to broaden their perspective of foreign affairs and to pursue proposed research, with a placement at either CFR or another institution in New York City or Washington, DC. The Program Assistant will work under the direction of the Director and Deputy Director of Fellowship Affairs to help support the wide range of fellowship activities.

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Associate Director, Business Development

The Associate Director, Business Development will report directly to the Vice President, Philanthropy and Corporate Affairs and work closely with others in the department and across the Council. This position will work on all matters related to corporate revenue and business development, including responsibility for the renewals lifecycle and projections; and the prospective corporate member strategy and pipeline.

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Data Visualization Designer

CFR Digital is looking for a Data Visualization Designer to provide project support for various story-telling needs across the digital organization. Reporting directly to the Deputy Director, Design in this position the Data Visualization Desiger will be collaborating and working alongside the think tank, editorial, product and technology to create various design solutions.

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Managing Director, Digital Development

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is seeking a Managing Director, Digital Development to manage CFR’s ongoing transformation across all digital platforms. This encompasses multiple websites, interactive features, video, content management systems and movement toward personalization and customization. Reporting to the Chief Digital Officer, and working closely with the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Technology Officer, they will supervise the Digital Technology team.

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Special Assistant to the Vice President, Education

The Council on Foreign Relations is creating innovative educational resources, which seek to equip students and the interested public with the skills, knowledge, and perspective—the global literacy—required to understand the forces, ideas, and institutions that shape our world. These resources include World101, a growing library of multimedia primers explaining the fundamentals of international relations and U.S. foreign policy; and Model Diplomacy, a multimedia simulation program that invites participants to role-play in the context of National Security Council and UN Security Council meetings. Both products come with an array of teaching resources and activities aimed at high school and college instructors and their students.

The Special Assistant will work under the direction of CFR’s Vice President, Education, and provide critical administrative and research support for strategic Education department projects. Qualified candidates will have related experience that requires judgment, strong writing and editing ability, research, and time management skills.

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Staff Editor, Education

The Council on Foreign Relations is creating innovative educational resources, which seek to equip students and the interested public with the skills, knowledge, and perspective—the global literacy—required to understand the forces, ideas, and institutions that shape our world. These resources include World101, a growing library of multimedia primers explaining the fundamentals of international relations and U.S. foreign policy; and Model Diplomacy, a multimedia simulation program that invites participants to role-play in the context of National Security Council and UN Security Council meetings. Both products come with an array of teaching resources and activities aimed at high school and college instructors and their students.

The Staff Editor will work under the direction of the Senior Editor to help create, produce, and manage a growing range of multimedia content for CFR’s World101 course.

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Senior Editor, Education

The Council on Foreign Relations is creating innovative educational resources, which seek to equip students and the interested public with the skills, knowledge, and perspective—the global literacy—required to understand the forces, ideas, and institutions that shape our world. These resources include World101, a growing library of multimedia primers explaining the fundamentals of international relations and U.S. foreign policy; and Model Diplomacy, a multimedia simulation program that invites participants to role-play in the context of National Security Council and UN Security Council meetings. Both products come with an array of teaching resources and activities aimed at high school and college instructors and their students. 

This role will serve as Senior Editor on a small team of staff editors and interns to help create, produce, and manage a growing range of multimedia content for CFR’s World101 course.

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Digital Production Associate, Education

The Council on Foreign Relations is creating innovative educational resources, which seek to equip students and the interested public with the skills, knowledge, and perspective—the global literacy—required to understand the forces, ideas, and institutions that shape our world. These resources include World101, a growing library of multimedia primers explaining the fundamentals of international relations and U.S. foreign policy; and Model Diplomacy, a multimedia simulation program that invites participants to role-play in the context of National Security Council and UN Security Council meetings. Both products come with an array of teaching resources and activities aimed at high school and college instructors and their students.

The Digital Production Associate will work with the Senior Editors to produce original content for CFR's educational products.

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Video Producer, Education

The Council on Foreign Relations is creating innovative educational resources, which seek to equip students and the interested public with the skills, knowledge, and perspective—the global literacy—required to understand the forces, ideas, and institutions that shape our world. These resources include World101, a growing library of multimedia primers explaining the fundamentals of international relations and U.S. foreign policy; and Model Diplomacy, a multimedia simulation program that invites participants to role-play in the context of National Security Council and UN Security Council meetings. Both products come with an array of teaching resources and activities aimed at high school and college instructors and their students.

The Video Producer will generate video ideas in collaboration with Education department senior management and produce short video segments and series for Education products. 

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Deputy Director, Creative Content, Education

The Council on Foreign Relations is creating innovative educational resources, which seek to equip students and the interested public with the skills, knowledge, and perspective—the global literacy—required to understand the forces, ideas, and institutions that shape our world. These resources include World101, a growing library of multimedia primers explaining the fundamentals of international relations and U.S. foreign policy; and Model Diplomacy, a multimedia simulation program that invites participants to role-play in the context of National Security Council and UN Security Council meetings. Both products come with an array of teaching resources and activities aimed at high school and college instructors and their students.

The Deputy Director, Creative Content will lead a small team creating multimedia content for World101. Target audiences include high school and college students and instructors, and life-long learners.

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Web Editor, Foreign Affairs

The Web Editor will report to the Executive Editor and, as part of the Foreign Affairs editorial team, help shape the magazine’s coverage across platforms; manage the website’s editorial activities; conceptualize, commission, and edit online features; shape short- and long-term development priorities; and supervise the work of junior editors. Foreign Affairs has more than 200,000 print and digital subscribers, and more than one million monthly visitors to the website. 

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Social Media and Audience Development Editor 

Foreign Affairs is the leading journal in the field of U.S. foreign policy and international affairs. The Social Media and Audience Development Editor will identify and craft story angles to grow Foreign Affairs' following and circulation through social media, newsletters, partnerships, and more. We are looking for someone who has strong experience in using social platforms to promote a publication and build audience engagement.

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Available Positions in Washington, DC

Research Associate, Korea 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 Senior Fellow on projects related to Korea Studies.

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Program Associate, 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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Program Associate, Washington Corporate Affairs

The Corporate Program consists of some 140 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 executives 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.

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Program Coordinator, Meetings

The Program Coordinator will be a member of the Meetings Program, which brings major international and domestic officials, thought leaders, and others together with CFR members over the course of more than 120 meetings each year. 

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How to Apply

Please click on the links above to learn more and apply directly for open positions in either the New York or Washington, DC office.

Contact

For more information, please contact humanresources@cfr.org

New York Office

58 East 68th Street
New York, NY 10065
tel 212.434.9400

Washington Office

1777 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
tel 202.509.8400

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