Council on Foreign Relations

Associate Editor, Foreign Affairs

Foreign Affairs
New York


The Council on Foreign Relations is looking for an Associate Editor to join the Foreign Affairs editorial team. Founded in 1922, Foreign Affairs is the preeminent publication on international affairs and U.S. foreign policy. It is published by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), which is a leading independent, nonprofit membership organization and think tank dedicated to producing and disseminating foreign policy ideas. 

This is an exciting opportunity to join a fast-paced team dedicated to publishing expert analysis of current events. The Associate Editor will serve as a general article editor working on both print and online articles. The job will involve editing pieces, generating story ideas, and assisting with other publication-related tasks. Staff are working on a fully remote basis until at least September 2021. When in-person work resumes, this position will be based in CFR’s New York office.

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

  • Edit articles to improve readability and conform with Foreign Affairs’ style and sensibility
  • Confer with authors regarding changes in content, style, or organization
  • Collaborate with experts, other editors, and authors to generate article ideas, and follow through on commissioning pieces
  • Work collegially with other editors, copy editors, fact checkers, graphic designers, and social media personnel on a variety of tasks
  • Evaluate submissions
  • Assist the editorial leadership in training and supervising junior editors


  • Three years of professional editorial experience working (ideally) with both print and web
  • Familiarity with online and print journalism
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills
  • A strong understanding of and a passion for foreign policy and international affairs
  • The ability to work efficiently on multiple tasks on deadline, to interact well with the entire staff, and to work flexible hours on request
  • Strong computer and web skills 


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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