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

Director, Council Trips

The Director, Council Trips is responsible for developing, planning, and delivering high-end, foreign policy-focused domestic and international travel experiences for CFR’s membership and staff. The Director oversees trip planning from start to finish and is responsible for developing trip concepts with appropriate in-house experts, determining the destinations, and proposing topics for meetings and briefings. 

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Fellow or Senior Fellow for Technology

The David Rockefeller Studies Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is seeking to hire a fellow or senior fellow for technology, with the title depending on the successful candidate’s level of experience. The fellow will be expected to conduct original research on the challenges and opportunities that new technologies create for U.S. national security, economic policy, intelligence policy, and/or foreign policy, and to identify specific steps that policymakers should take in response. This is an extraordinary opportunity for someone looking to shape the national conversation on the intersection of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, quantum computing, or synthetic biology with America’s role in the world.

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Available Positions in New York

Administrative Assistant, Executive Office 

The Administrative Assistant, Executive Office will work as part of the Executive Office team, providing support to CFR’s president and Executive Assistant, as well as additional support to the Chief Administrative Officer and the Board Secretary. 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. This role will primarily be onsite in the New York office.

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Associate Director, Building Maintenance 

The headquarters of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is housed in the historic landmark Harold Pratt Mansion and state-of-the-art Peterson Conference Center. This combined space is used for several hundred meetings a year.

The Associate Director, Building Maintenance will report to the Deputy Director, Building Maintenance and Engineering. The position will be responsible for managing daily maintenance and repair of all building systems and equipment, as well as for managing the maintenance of the facilities overall appearance. This will include hands on maintenance and repair work on HVAC, boiler, heating, refrigeration, water, and energy systems, etc., managing vendor relations and preparing RFP’s and bid analysis and recommendations.

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Associate Podcast Producer 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 Producer role resides within the CFR Digital Content team, which collaborates closely with fellows in CFR’s think tank. The Podcast team produces all podcast and audio products for, including but not limited to The President’s Inbox, The World Next Week, The Foreign Affairs Interview, and Why It Matters. The Associate Producer reports to the Director of Podcasting.

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Senior Product Manager

CFR Digital Services is seeking a Senior Product Manager to join our award-winning team. Reporting to the Director of Product, this role will closely work with users, stakeholders, and leadership to research, define, develop, and contribute to the roadmap for The Senior Product Manager will collaborate with an interdisciplinary technology team to shepherd CFR products to ensure alignment across strategies and goals.

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Senior Writer, Education

Working under the supervision of senior management in the Education Department, the Senior Writer will collaborate with CFR experts and a small editorial team, led by a Content Director, to develop new and update existing multimedia lessons and mini simulations that populate CFR Education’s vast content library. 

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Event Manager

The Event Manager will provide support to the Event Operations team based out of the New York office. This is an on-site role.

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Program Assistant, Outreach

The goal of the National Program & Outreach department is to extend CFR’s reach to leaders in a cross-section of American life, including the academic community; religious leaders; state and local officials, and local journalists—and to energize foreign policy discussions with CFR members based outside of New York and Washington, DC, areas.

Under the supervision of the vice president and director of the National Program & Outreach department, the program coordinator will support CFR Outreach efforts.

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Available Positions in Washington, DC

Assistant Video Producer

Reporting to the Director of Video, the Assistant Video Producer will take ownership of the Council’s robust events post-production and publishing workflow and help grow the institution’s video footprint across various social media platforms. The successful candidate will curate and create event clips for social media distribution and collaborate closely across departments to help build a vibrant social media community focused on informing our audiences about pressing global issues

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Program Assistant, Task Forces, Washington External Affairs, and Executive Office

The Program Assistant, Task Forces, Washington External Affairs, and Executive Office is responsible for supporting the work of the Independent Task Force team, the Washington External Affairs team, and the Executive Office. The position works closely with staff in all three of these areas. This role will primarily be onsite in the Washington, DC office.

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Research Associate, Trade 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 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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How to Apply

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