Council on Foreign Relations

Senior Writer, Education

New York


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. 


Working under the supervision of senior management in the Education Department, the Senior Writer will collaborate with a small editorial team to research, pitch, and create multimedia lessons developed as part of CFR’s World101 course.

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

• Performing independent, in-depth research to write unbiased, balanced, and accurate text on a variety of international relations topics using a range of sources.
• Communicating with and interviewing CFR experts on a wide-range of topics.
• Pitching and writing original, visually-driven content in adherence to deadlines set and administered by the Senior Editor and approved by the Vice President, Education.
• Conforming to the voice and style of World101, and the non-partisan mandate of the Council in creating accessible multimedia resources of a foundational educational nature.
• Adapting content for other mediums, including newsletter and social media.


• 4+ years of related experience in a deadline-driven, collaborative environment.
• Degree in international relations, history, journalism, or related field with high academic achievement. Educational concentration in and strong knowledge of Asian Studies, U.S. Government, and economics.
• Strong writing and editing skills.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to interact with editors, experts, and senior management.
• Experience with digital publishing and editorial workflows.
• Demonstrated interest in international relations and global news.
• Superior organizational skills, attention to detail, and proofreading skills.
• Flexible, positive, team-oriented attitude, and ability to independently balance multiple projects while meeting deadlines.

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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