Council on Foreign Relations

Deputy Director, Washington Meetings

Meetings and Membership


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.

The major responsibilities of this position will include (but are not limited to):

  • Leading development and research for the content of CFR meetings in Washington, in coordination with the vice president and managing director
  • Working closely with the vice president and managing director in New York to supervise the Washington Meetings staff of four 
  • Overseeing and attending all Washington meetings to respond to issues that may arise, proofreading event materials, and researching appropriate speakers and presiders 
  • Managing and coordinating logistics for select high level events and multi-session conferences, which includes drafting meeting announcements, speaker and presider invitations, maintaining database of event information, audience development, posting meeting information and related readings on the CFR member website, attending meetings to oversee logistics, and collaborating with others within and across CFR’s departments
  • Communicating and interacting professionally with CFR members, visitors, media, and staff; by phone, email, and in person
  • Work on other Washington Meetings projects and initiatives as needed


  • A minimum of seven years related experience, including experience with and knowledge of the Washington foreign policy community 
  • Event planning experience preferred
  • Prior management and supervisory experience 
  • Degree in International Relations or a related field with high academic achievement; Master’s degree preferred
  • Demonstrated interest in and understanding of current foreign policy issues, ongoing debates, and structures of U.S. and international policymaking
  • Self-starter with excellent attention to detail, strong organizational skills, and the ability to handle multiple tasks
  • Dynamic, results-oriented team player, with outstanding execution skills and the proven ability to work both independently and in a highly collaborative environment
  • Strong research skills and written and verbal communication skills, including proofreading and editing ability
  • Strong computer skills in MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and database management
  • Ability to work flexible hours (many events are held over breakfast or in the evening)


About CFR

Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is a leading nonprofit membership organization, research center, and publisher, with headquarters in New York, an office in Washington, DC, and programs nationwide. It is dedicated to increasing America's understanding of the world and contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy. CFR's 5,000+ members are leaders in international affairs and foreign policy. CFR also publishes Foreign Affairs, the preeminent magazine on global issues, and provides up-to-date information about the world and U.S. foreign policy on its award-winning website,


The Council on Foreign Relations offers a benefits package that is among the best offered by nonprofit institutions today, including an award-winning health and wellness program, an on-site fitness center, and generous leave policies and health insurance programs.


The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.


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