Council on Foreign Relations

Program Associate, National Program

National Program and Outreach
New York


The Council on Foreign Relations is truly a national organization, with more than one-third of its members based outside of the New York and Washington, DC, areas. The goal of the National Program is to energize foreign policy conversations by providing a forum for these National members across the country and around the world to discuss pressing issues and contribute to CFR’s research and publications. The National Program organizes roughly 100 roundtables each year, as well as two large annual events and monthly conference calls for its members.

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

  • Supporting the planning and implementation of National Program events around the country, book rollouts for fellows, as well as the annual National Symposium and National Conference.
  • Tracking responses and participation, preparing rosters and mailings of meeting materials, updating meeting records in the database, editing bios, researching background materials, drafting thank you notes, and compiling event programs under the direction of the National Program supervisors.
  • Assisting with the National Program Conference Call series and teleconferences of New York and Washington, DC, meetings, including identifying topics and speakers, composing meeting materials, and drafting remarks and questions for the moderator.
  • Building and sending the monthly National Program email bulletin.
  • Contributing to topic development and speaker suggestions for events.
  • Proofreading departmental documents and general correspondence.
  • Maintaining database of contacts and departmental tracking spreadsheets.
  • Providing logistical and project support to department as needed.


  • Two years of related experience in program/event planning, including logistical and administrative experience.
  • BA in international relations or related field with high academic credentials, and an interest in current foreign policy issues.
  • Superior organizational skills and attention to detail with ability to multi-task and demonstrate flexibility.
  • Team player with ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to independently prioritize competing deadlines and manage a high volume of work in a timely manner while maintaining a positive attitude.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including strong proofreading and editing skills.
  • Advanced computer skills, including MS Word, Excel, and database entry. Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM experience a plus.
  • Ability to work flexible hours and overtime, as necessary.

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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