Council on Foreign Relations

Program Assistant, Corporate Affairs

Corporate Affairs
New York


The program assistant will support the work of the Corporate Affairs department, which administers the Corporate Program, and is the Council’s primary point of contact with the private sector. The Corporate Program raises $6 million through its membership program, which offers a forum for executives from approximately 120 leading global business and financial firms to explore issues at the nexus of business and foreign policy.

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

  • Qualified candidates will have related experience that requires exceptional attention to detail, the ability to prioritize, sound judgement, and the highest level of discretion
  • Managing the email and phone line for the Corporate Program, including serving as the initial point of contact for executives from corporate member companies; managing the email, web, and phone registration process for over 300 events per year; and troubleshooting general questions and routing specific inquiries to appropriate team members. 
  • Extensive use of membership database requiring advanced skills to manage registrations, enter event attendance data, write and execute statistical queries, generate general database reports, and track audience development for upcoming events. 
  • Maintaining the corporate contact database, including updating contact information and profiles, tracking relevant interactions, and sending materials to contacts.  
  • Assisting the Corporate Programming team with event logistics and research, including but not limited to: preparing officiator materials, drafting meeting invitations, reconciling meeting attendance, and transcription of on-the-record events. 
  • Providing support to the Corporate Affairs department, including researching and preparing briefs, invoicing and financial tracking, preparing vouchers for payment to vendors, and general administrative support. 
  • Staffing Corporate Program and CFR-wide events, including early morning breakfasts and evening meetings, outside regular business hours as needed. (Based on CFR’s return to office plans, and the resumption of in-person CFR meetings. 


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field with high academic achievement 
  • Related administrative experience; experience working with high level executives preferred 
  • Excellent communication skills, including exceptional writing, proofreading, and editing skills 
  • Detail-oriented, self-starter with outstanding organizational skills, and the ability to work effectively, both independently and on a team, and to manage multiple tasks simultaneously 
  • Proficiency in MS Word and Excel; Microsoft Dynamics database management experience a plus
  • Flexible schedule with willingness to work early morning and evening events 

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. 


The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background. 


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