Council on Foreign Relations

Assistant Director, Outreach

National Program and Outreach
New York


CFR Outreach works to raise the profile of the organization and develop relationships with communities across the United States, including college and university educators, administrators, and students; congregational leaders, religion scholars, and representatives of faith-based organizations; state and local officials; and local journalists. This assistant director position will focus on cultivating relations with the academic community including professors, administrators, and students in higher educational institutions. Primary responsibilities will be connecting this constituency with CFR’s research and analysis and providing forums to discuss international relations and the role of the United States in the world.

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

  • Providing strategic direction for growing the CFR Academic initiative.
  • Planning and logistics for Academic Outreach programming including webinars, briefings, an annual workshop, and participation in educational association conferences. Tasks include generating speaker and topic ideas, scheduling and implementation of events, drafting and managing correspondence, preparing meeting materials, and writing reports.
  • Communications and resource dissemination efforts including guiding content selection and text descriptions for monthly eNewsletters and Outreach webpages, email campaigns, placing ads for conferences, and managing Twitter feeds.
  • Audience development efforts including identifying new and diverse constituents and deepening relationships with existing Outreach constituents.
  • Tracking metrics and conducting qualitative and quantitative analysis across program offerings for reporting purposes and as a basis for strategic decisions.
  • Upkeep of calendars, spreadsheets, and databases.
  • Supporting other team members and department-wide projects and programming as needed.
  • Serving as departmental liaison for organization-wide projects.
  • Managing a full-time staff member.


  • At least four years of experience in outreach to higher education institutions and faculty, preferably including logistical work and academic community engagement.
  • BA in relevant field, MA preferred, with demonstrable interest in foreign policy and international affairs issues.
  • Experience in cultivating institutional diversity.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills with an ability to multitask and meet deadlines.
  • Enthusiastic team player with a positive and flexible attitude who can work both independently and collaboratively in a hybrid environment.
  • Strong verbal and written skills and detail oriented.
  • Strong MS Word and Excel, data analysis, and content management 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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