Council on Foreign Relations

Special Assistant to the President

Human Resources
New York


The Special Assistant will work under the direction of the CFR’s President and the President’s Chief of Staff. Qualified candidates will have related experience that required judgment, strong writing and editing ability, time management skills, and experience dealing with high-profile individuals.

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

• Drafting, editing, proofreading, fact-checking and tracking written material, including President’s talking points, correspondence, memos, and long-form institutional messages
• Conducting some research on foreign policy issues connected to the work of the President
• Working with the Global Communications and Marketing department to promote the President’s written material and to assist the President with his media appearances and social media activities
• Acting as liaison between the Executive Office and CFR departments
• Assisting the President and the Chief of Staff on an ad hoc basis for special projects
• As part of the Executive Office staff, providing administrative support to the President and the Chief of Staff, including answering telephones, greeting guests, scheduling, and responding to requests for information


• Bachelor of Arts in International Relations or a related field, with high academic credentials and knowledge of current foreign policy issues
• Minimum two years’ related work experience
• Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills
• Excellent communication 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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