Council on Foreign Relations

  • Senior Fellow for Climate Change Policy

    David Rockefeller Studies Program
    New York
  • Overview

    This position can be based in either the New York or Washington, DC office.


    The David Rockefeller Studies Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is seeking to hire a senior fellow for climate change. The fellow will be expected to conduct original research and writing on what should be done to prevent and mitigate the consequences of climate change. This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual looking to shape the national conversation on what the federal government, state and local businesses, companies, and individuals should do to minimize and possibly reverse the damage done by a changing climate.

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

    • Writing books, articles, and op-eds.
    • Organizing and leading roundtables, study groups, and workshops at CFR on climate change, its economic, political, and social consequences, and possible responses.
    • Interacting with CFR’s distinguished membership and participating in CFR programs and activities.
    • Meeting with administration officials, members of Congress, their staffs, and other relevant groups to brief them on research findings and recommendations.
    • Educating a broader public audience through media interviews and public speaking.
    • Developing fundraising proposals for the program in collaboration with senior staff.


    • PhD in a relevant field, or equivalent experience in government, journalism, or business.
    • Demonstrated expertise on climate-change issues.
    • An established publication record on climate-change issues.
    • Strong research, writing, and speaking skills.
    • Experience mentoring junior staff 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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