Council on Foreign Relations

Editorial Assistant

Foreign Affairs
New York


Foreign Affairs is the leading journal in the field of U.S. foreign policy and international affairs. Reporting to the Business Administrator, the Editorial Assistant will provide administrative and financial support to the department.  

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

  • Providing administrative support to the department, including scheduling, booking travel, handling correspondence, and responding to requests for information
  • Coordinating the contract process for authors and book reviewers from acquisition through publication and payment
  • Assisting the Books Editor with requesting galleys and sending books to reviewers
  • Assisting with fact-checking of articles for Foreign Affairs
  • Coordinating the review process of unsolicited manuscripts
  • Assisting with budget management, including preparing vouchers for reimbursement and monitoring budget reports
  • Assisting with other research and magazine projects upon request


  • BA in International Relations or a related field, with high academic credentials
  • A minimum of one year of related administrative experience; preferably in publishing
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including proofreading ability
  • Strong computer skills; knowledge of MS Word and Excel required; MAC familiarity a plus
  • Budgetary experience strongly preferred
  • Experience in working with databases and creating systems to maximize efficiency strongly preferred
  • Proven ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment, both independently and as part of a team

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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