Council on Foreign Relations

Special Assistant, Executive Office

Executive Office
New York


The Special Assistant, Executive Office will work under the direction of the chief of staff to the president and the chief financial officer. Qualified candidates will have related experience that required judgment, strong writing and editing ability, the ability to prioritize, and experience dealing with high profile individuals.

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

  • Drafting correspondence and memos for the chief of staff and the president
  • Proofreading and editing correspondence submitted by Council departments, including fundraising solicitation and acknowledgment letters and donor reports
  • Planning three Board of Directors meetings each year, including preparation of background materials and liaising with directors’ offices
  • Planning meetings of various committees of the CFR Board of Directors and coordinating CFR’s annual Board of Directors election
  • Supporting the planning of CFR’s annual Global Board of Advisors meeting, including researching speakers, drafting invitations, and preparing meeting materials 
  • Providing support to the director of strategic initiatives in managing CFR’s high-level corporate partnerships
  • Creating and managing the Executive Office’s annual budget 
  • Assisting the chief financial officer, the chief of staff, and the members of the Executive Office staff as needed for special projects
  • Providing support to the chief financial officer on analytical projects and presentations 
  • Supporting the chief financial officer, the chief of staff, the president, and members of the Executive Office staff on administrative matters, including scheduling, answering telephones, responding to requests for information, and interacting with other Council departments


  • Bachelor of Arts in International Relations or a related field, with high academic credentials; interest in and knowledge of current foreign policy issues
  • One or more years of related administrative experience; preferably in a high profile organization
  • Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Outstanding professional judgment and demeanor
  • Proficiency in word processing, Excel, and database management
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • Proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment, both independently and as part of a team
  • Proven ability to multitask prioritize multiple tasks on deadline

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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