Council on Foreign Relations

Program Coordinator, Washington Corporate Affairs

Corporate Affairs


The Corporate Program consists of nearly 170 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 members 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. 

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

  • Report to and work closely with the deputy director, Corporate Affairs on all Corporate programming, including topic and speaker identification, calendar of events, invitations, etc., as well as assisting with the annual Corporate Conference
  • Under the direction of the deputy director, coordinate the development and execution of Washington Corporate Affairs programming (roundtables, conference calls, special events, etc.) on topics at the nexus of business and policy for senior executives from leading global companies and experts from the business community
  • Oversee Washington Corporate Affairs event logistics lifecycle from speaker coordination to event-day and follow-up responsibilities
  • Lead the Window on Washington conference call series, with input from deputy director and managing director, including topic generation, speaker identification, managing logistics, etc. Substantively contribute to the planning and execution of other Corporate Affairs conference calls
  • Provide administrative support including scheduling outreach, travel arrangements, and vouchers; serve as back-up for Corporate Affairs inbox and phone line
  • Coordinate with New York Corporate Affairs team on member stewardship opportunities and other areas
  • Research and remain current on relevant topics and regions for member companies and prospect member companies 
  • Maintain marketing packets and coordinate materials and updates with the New York Corporate Affairs Team; create and distribute the monthly Corporate Calendar of Events
  • Draft and extend invitations from other CFR departments for Washington-based events 
  • Work closely with other team members and other departments in support of overall departmental priorities and provide assistance across departmental lines upon request


  • Bachelor’s Degree in international affairs, international business, or related field with high academic achievement 
  • Minimum three years of related experience including some business experience or relevant experience in a similar organization
  • Strong understanding of the public policy issues that are of interest to the private sector
  • Demonstrated interest in and understanding of the Washington policy and business communities
  • Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills
  • Detail oriented, self-starter with the ability to work effectively both independently and on a team
  • Excellent communication skills, both across departmental lines and with high-profile members and executives
  • Strong proficiency in MS Word, and Excel, knowledge of HTML and database management a plus
  • Flexible schedule to work during early morning and evening events

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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