Council on Foreign Relations

  • Staff Editor, Education

    New York
  • Overview

    The Council on Foreign Relations is creating innovative educational resources, which seek to equip students and the interested public with the skills, knowledge, and perspective—the global literacy—required to understand the forces, ideas, and institutions that shape our world. These resources include World101, a growing library of multimedia primers explaining the fundamentals of international relations and U.S. foreign policy; and Model Diplomacy, a multimedia simulation program that invites participants to role-play in the context of National Security Council and UN Security Council meetings. Both products come with an array of teaching resources and activities aimed at high school and college instructors and their students.


    The Staff Editor will work under the direction of the Senior Editor to help create, produce, and manage a growing range of multimedia content for CFR’s World101 course.

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

    • Working with Senior Editors to research, draft, edit, and produce original content, including text and multimedia materials, for CFR’s educational products
    • Generating concise multimedia story ideas to educate non-specialists about international relations and foreign policy
    • Performing independent, in-depth research on a large variety of topics using a large variety of sources
    • Assisting with various tasks throughout the editorial process, including fact checking
    • Regularly tracking news, policy developments, and data sources to ensure that existing modules are kept up to date
    • Uploading within CFR's content management system (CMS)
    • Identifying and sourcing photographs and b-roll video that provide a compelling user experience and uphold CFR’s standards of accuracy and educational value
    • Providing logistical and administrative support to the Senior Editor
    • Helping recruit and manage departmental interns


    • Degree in international affairs, political science, history, journalism, or a related filed, with strong academic credentials
    • 2+ years of related administrative and/or internship experience in conducting independent, in-depth research on a large variety of topics and sources
    • Excellent writing and editing skills, with ability to summarize and communicate research results clearly and on deadline
    • Demonstrated interest in international relations and global news
    • Excellent organizational skills and high attention to detail
    • Flexible, positive, team-oriented attitude and ability to independently balance multiple projects. Proven ability to meet deadlines and to complete projects independently or with limited supervision
    • Experience with MS Office Suite and database management
    • Archival or primary source research experience a plus
    • Experience with digital publishing a plus, including web production best practices, Adobe Creative Suite; data visualization skills 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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