Council on Foreign Relations

  • Interdepartmental Program Assistant

    Human Resources and Administration
  • Overview

    The Interdepartmental Program Assistant is part of the Human Resources department, reports to the Associate Director, Washington Human Resources, and is assigned to work Reception Services and in departments that request help with general duties and deadlines.  The position is an excellent introduction to the operations of the CFR and may lead to promotion, depending on availability of positions and job performance.

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

    • Perform reception duties at Reception Services, including greeting and announcing visitors and answering CFR’s switchboard, which has a high volume of calls 
    • Checking in guests for meetings and assisting with events logistics
    • Substituting for a staff member who is out of the office, including handling event coordination, Microsoft office work, and possibly proofreading, editing, research and business writing
    • Assisting a department that is working on a deadline or is preparing for a large event or conference
    • Assisting in the Human Resources department, including staff event support and recruitment support, as needed


    • Bachelor’s degree in International Relations or related area with high academic achievement
    • Related administrative and office experience
    • Proficiency in MS Word and Excel
    • Highly organized with strong attention to detail
    • Strong writing, research, and organizational skills
    • Flexibility to adapt to a changing schedule and multitasking several projects at one time
    • Availability to work overtime


    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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