Council on Foreign Relations

  • Special Assistant to the Vice President, 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 Special Assistant will work under the direction of CFR’s Vice President, Education, and provide critical administrative and research support for strategic Education department projects. Qualified candidates will have related experience that requires judgment, strong writing and editing ability, research, and time management skills.

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

    • Drafting, editing, proofreading, fact-checking, and tracking written materials, including the Vice President’s talking points, funding proposals and summaries, correspondence, memos, and strategy and marketing plans
    • Acting as liaison between the Vice President and departmental staff, other CFR departments, consultants, and external parties, prioritizing needs and flagging deadlines for educational content production.
    • Providing administrative support to the Vice President, including scheduling meetings, maintaining the calendar, arranging travel, preparing notes/minutes in meetings, and responding to requests for information
    • Tracking departmental expenses and processing invoices and expense submissions for the Vice President
    • Coordinating various departmental submissions, including a weekly report for the president, Board updates, and annual reports to funders
    • Maintaining departmental intranet pages and other online resources
    • Providing logistical and project support to department, including coordinating weekly staff meetings and a grid of upcoming events


    • Degree in a related field, with high academic credentials and knowledge of current foreign policy and education issues
    • 1+ years of related experience
    • Excellent judgment and discretion
    • Strong writing, research, and time management skills
    • Excellent verbal and written communication abilities, including exceptional proofreading and editing skills
    • Proficiency in word processing, Excel, and database management
    • Proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment, both independently and as part of a team


    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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