Council on Foreign Relations

Executive Editor, Foreign Affairs

Foreign Affairs
New York


Founded in 1922, Foreign Affairs is the preeminent publication on international affairs and U.S. foreign policy. It is published by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), which is a leading independent, nonprofit membership organization and nonpartisan center dedicated to producing and disseminating foreign policy ideas.


The Executive Editor will work closely with the editor in overseeing the strategy, operations, and editorial content for the magazine across all publishing platforms.   

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

  • With the editor, developing and executing editorial strategy for all Foreign Affairs content
  • Commissioning, reviewing, and editing content
  • Managing editorial operations
  • Supervising the editorial staff, including setting their priorities and focusing on their professional development
  • As part of the senior management team, representing Foreign Affairs in cross-departmental activities inside CFR
  • Engaging CFR members and the broader foreign policy community as a senior representative of Foreign Affairs


  • Substantial related high-level experience with both print and web journalism
  • Excellent editorial skills
  • Significant management experience and skills, including experience supervising and developing staff
  • Strong presentation and public speaking skills
  • Substantive understanding of current foreign policy issues
  • Advanced academic credentials or the practical equivalent in international relations or a related field
  • Budget management experience preferred


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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