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

Deputy Director, Design

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is seeking a Deputy Director of Design to join our growing Product & Design team. Reporting to the Director of Product and Design, the candidate will be the lead designer on a varied portfolio of projects, and will supervise a small a team of graphic, data visualization, and UI/UX designers.

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Product Manager

CFR is seeking a Product Manager to join its growing Digital team. The Product Manager is responsible for identifying new development opportunities, ensuring their delivery and helping improve internal and consumer-facing product experiences. The Product Manager, reporting to the Director of Product and Design, works closely with other product managers, designers and developers to define product strategy, prioritize features and ensure successful delivery of product initiatives.

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Interdepartmental Program Assistant

The Interdepartmental Program Assistant is part of the Human Resources department, reports to the Director, Human Resources, and is assigned to work Reception Services and in departments that request help with general duties and deadlines.  The position is an excellent introduction to the operations of the CFR and may lead to promotion, depending on availability of positions and job performance.

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Assistant to Vice President, Meetings and Membership

The Assistant to Vice President, Meetings and Membership 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 120 meetings each year. This position is split between administrative support to the Vice President and supporting the activities of the Meetings and Membership Programs.

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Special Assistant to the President

The Special Assistant will work under the direction of the CFR’s President and the President’s Chief of Staff. 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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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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Benefits Administrator

The Benefits Administrator will focus on benefits and health and wellness administration, supporting the Benefits and Compensation team, and assisting the Human Resources department, as needed. This is an excellent opportunity for someone interested in building his/her career in benefits administration and working on Human Resources competencies in a collegial, collaborative, and intellectually engaging nonprofit work environment. This position reports to the Director, Benefits and Compensation, and will work closely with the Associate Director, Benefits and Compensation.

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Available Positions in Washington, DC

Part- Time Library Assistant

The Library provides access to books, journals, and databases to support research conducted at the Council on Foreign Relations. The part-time Library Assistant will borrow and track materials requested by CFR staff and contribute to Library projects. This position is 10 hours per week, with a preferred schedule of 3-5 business days per week, 2-3 hours per day

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Deputy Director, Human Resources

As part of the Human Resources team, the deputy director will be a true generalist, with a focus on recruitment, diversity and inclusion, performance management, employee relations, training, employee events, health and wellness initiatives, and benefits administration. The Deputy Director will supervise the Human Resources staff in the Washington, DC 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.

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Audio Visual Coordinator

The Audio Visual Coordinator will provide support to the Event Operations team in the Washington, DC office.

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Deputy Director, Washington Meetings

The Deputy Director will be a member of the Washington Meetings Program, which brings major international and domestic officials, thought leaders, and others together with CFR members to more than 100 meetings each year.

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Research Associate, Women and Foreign Policy

The Council’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 with various Senior Fellow within the Women and Foreign Policy Program.

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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.


For more information, please 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
tel 202.509.8400