Council on Foreign Relations

Program Assistant, Washington Meetings and Independent Task Force Program

Washington Meetings


The Council on Foreign Relations’ (CFR) Washington Meetings Program brings major international and domestic officials, thought leaders, and others together with CFR members to more than 100 meetings each year.  The Independent Task Force Program directs in-depth studies on issues of current and critical importance to U.S. foreign policy, convening groups possessing diverse expertise to develop recommendations for decision-makers.

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

  • Providing general administrative support in a dual capacity for the work and activities of the Washington Meetings and Independent Task Force Program teams
  • Managing email, web, and phone registrations for over 100 events per year, plus managing the registration process for occasional conferences and symposia
  • Extensive use of membership database, requiring advanced skills to write and execute statistical queries, enter event attendance data, generate database reports, and compile meeting statistics
  • Frequent phone interaction and email correspondence with members
  • Preparing program booklets for all meeting, special lectureships, symposia, and conferences
  • Drafting, sending, and following up on invitations to potential speakers
  • Preparing vouchers for payment to vendors
  • Helping to maintain the Meetings listings on the member website and other online resources
  • Attending events to assist with logistics
  • Assisting with the development, budget, meetings, correspondence, marketing, distribution, and outreach for each Independent Task Force
  • Supporting the research, editing, and publication process for Task Force scope papers and report drafts
  • Drafting internal and external correspondence and documents including weekly reports, board updates, and responses to general inquiries for the Washington Meetings and Independent Task Force Programs
  • Additional administrative duties as directed


  • BA in International Relations or a related field with high academic achievement 
  • One year of related experience; event planning experience preferred
  • Strong research skills and excellent written and verbal communication skills, including proofreading and editing ability 
  • Knowledge of current foreign policy issues, ongoing debates, and structures of U.S. and international policymaking
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail with the ability to multi-task
  • Ability to work both independently and on a team
  • Strong computer skills in MS Word, Excel, and database management
  • Ability to work flexible hours (many events are held over breakfast or in the evening)

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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