Council on Foreign Relations

  • Part-Time Library Assistant

    Library and Research Services
  • Overview

    The Library provides access to books, journals, and databases to support research conducted at the Council on Foreign Relations. The Library Assistant will borrow and track materials requested by CFR staff and contribute to Library projects.


    This position is 10 hours per week, with a preferred schedule of 3-5 business days per week, 2-3 hours per day.

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

    • Retrieving articles, books, and archival materials from local libraries with which CFR has borrowing privileges. (The Library Assistant will be provided with a SmarTrip card and rolling backpack for travel to these libraries)
    • Performing routine circulation monitoring, including renewing books and notifying staff of due dates
    • Assisting Library staff in testing intranet, database, and publication access in the Washington office
    • Working with Library staff to identify and evaluate research sources for CFR’s intranet
    • Preparing and uploading content to the Council’s digital asset management system


    • Familiarity with bibliographic databases (library catalogs, article databases, etc.)  and online research; library work experience a plus
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
    • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
    • Strong attention to detail, sharp organizational skills, and persistence in providing excellent service

    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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