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 or Washington, DC

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

Program Associate, NY Meetings

The Program Associate will be a member of CFR’s Meetings Program, which brings major international and domestic officials, thought leaders, and others together with CFR members over the course of more than 100 meetings each year. 

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Senior Product Manager, Education

CFR Education, part of the Council on Foreign Relations, seeks to impart understanding of foreign policy and international issues among high school and college students through its educational products: CFR Education and Convene the Council. These resources equip young people with the knowledge, skills, and perspective that comprise global literacy and form the basis of a global civics education, empowering them to become informed citizens. Reporting to the Vice President, Education, and coordinating closely with the Director, Product, Digital Services, the Senior Product Manager will oversee iteration of existing CFR Education products, aid in launching a new suite of climate materials, spearhead assessment and personalization strategies, and lead additional initiatives.

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Program Assistant, Education Marketing

Working under the supervision of the Senior Manager, Marketing Communications and the Senior Manager, Education Marketing, The Program Assistant, Education Marketing will maintain and support the implementation of marketing activities for the department.

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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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Associate Director, Teaching and Learning

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) creates innovative educational resources that seek to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and perspective—the global literacy—required to understand the forces, ideas, and institutions that shape today’s world. These resources include CFR Education multimedia explainers and simulations. Each resource comes with companion teaching resources and activities appropriate for a specific target audience, be it high school teachers, college professors, and/or their students.  

Working under the supervision of the Director, Teaching and Learning, the Associate Director, Teaching and Learning will collaborate on the development of all teaching resources to ensure products are accessible and effective for teachers and students.

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Program Assistant, Education

The Program Assistant, Education, is responsible for supporting the work of the Vice President, Education, and the Education department.

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Chief Human Resources Officer

Reporting directly to the Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) is a strategic leader, responsible for leading all functional areas of CFR’s human resources. This leader will develop long-term strategic HR initiatives for the organization and provide direction and recommendations for hiring strategies, HR systems support, and mission and solutions-oriented partnership across the divisions of the organization. A key measure of success for this individual will be the ability to invigorate a strong innovative culture throughout the organization while ensuring that CFR’s human capital objectives are aligned with its strategic objectives. 

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Research Associate, Digital and Cyberspace Policy

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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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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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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Available Positions in Washington, DC

Administrative Assistant, Facilities and Events

Working with the department directors and managers, the Facilities and Events Department Administrative Assistant will be full-time, on-site and responsible for providing administrative support across the department. We are seeking a highly motivated, dynamic professional with strong customer service and attention to detail skills. The position is part of the Facility, Event, and Security Operations department, reporting to the Senior Manager, Facilities Operations.

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Associate Director, Council of Councils

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 Associate Director will work under the direction of the James H. Binger Senior Fellow in Global Governance on projects related to international institutions and global governance. This position is based in CFR’s Washington, DC office on a hybrid basis. CFR currently defines hybrid status as working at least three days a week onsite, with Tuesdays and Thursdays considered institutional anchor days where all staff are required to be onsite.

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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.

As part of the Studies Program, the research associate will spend half of his/her time supporting the Steven A. Tananbaum Distinguished Fellow for International Economics on the area of finance, international economics, and foreign policy. The research associate will also support the work of other programs within the Studies Program

This position is based in CFR’s Washington, DC office on a hybrid basis. CFR currently defines hybrid status as working at least three days a week onsite, with Tuesdays and Thursdays considered institutional anchor days where all staff are required to be onsite.

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Program Assistant, 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. This is a full-time position with a hybrid work schedule based in our Washington office.

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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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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. It 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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Investment Manager

Reporting to the Chief Investment Officer, the Investment Manager is part of a small, collaborative, high-performing, and diverse investment team of generalists. The position provides opportunities to have material impact on CFR’s growing, active investment program and mentorship from an experienced investment team. In addition, the position offers access to the broad range of activities and research work of the Council.

In this role, the individual will work closely with the Chief Investment Officer and Deputy Director of Investment Operations in the day-to-day oversight, management, and monitoring of the endowment portfolio as well as advising the Investment Committee in establishing risk and return objectives and investment policy. CFR is supported by a $600 million endowment portfolio which is allocated across 25+ external money managers investing in a diverse array of asset classes and strategies including global equity, fixed income, hedge funds, private equity, venture capital, and real assets.

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Communications Assistant, 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 Assistant, based in CFR’s DC office, 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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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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How to Apply

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Contact

New York Office

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

Washington Office

1777 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
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