Council on Foreign Relations

  • Assistant Editor

    Global Communications and Media Relations
    New York
  • Overview

    The Global Communications and Media Relations department is responsible for positioning and promoting CFR and Foreign Affairs via the full spectrum of media, marketing, and public relations. The Publishing department, part of the David Rockefeller Studies Program, is responsible for editing and producing CFR’s print and online publications. The Assistant Editor will help support both departments while ensuring CFR style consistency across the institution.

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

    • Editing the full range of CFR content, including publications, press releases, press notes, newsletters, brochures, media advisories, and other content
    • Writing press releases, press notes, newsletter content
    • Serving as communications lead for CFR books, projects, and products
    • Ensuring CFR style consistency across all products, including in print, the website, and promotional materials
    • Managing editorial review processes and serving as backup editor for CFR publications
    • Managing production and editing of quarterly members’ newsletter, the Chronicle
    • Developing outreach strategies and pitching senior scholars to editors and producers
    • Fielding journalists’ requests for experts
    • Assisting on ad hoc writing and editing projects, as needed
    • Providing editorial assistance and training to CFR staff as needed
    • Assisting with staffing needs for on-the-record events


    • Degree with a concentration in international affairs or English with strong academic credentials  
    • Minimum of two years of editorial/writing experience in communications, journalism, publishing, or related field
    • Proven knowledge of current U.S. foreign policy and international affairs issues; interest in a career in communications, journalism, publishing, or international relations
    • Excellent editing skills, including copyediting, fact checking, and headline writing
    • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
    • Flexible, positive, team-oriented attitude and ability to independently balance multiple projects; proven ability to meet deadlines
    • Availability to work a flexible schedule in order to respond to assignments due to breaking news


    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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