Council on Foreign Relations

Assistant Editor

Global Communications and Media Relations


The Global Communications and Media Relations department is responsible for positioning and promoting CFR and Foreign Affairs via the full spectrum of media, marketing, and public relations. The Publications department, part of the David Rockefeller Studies Program, is responsible for editing and producing CFR’s print and online publications. The Assistant Editor will help support both departments while ensuring CFR style consistency across the institution.

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

  • Editing the full range of CFR content, including publications, press releases, press notes, newsletters, brochures, media advisories, and other content
  • Drafting press releases, press notes, newsletter, and other content
  • Writing, editing, and sending Communications team newsletters, including The World This Week and Members’ Weekly
  • Serving as Communications lead for select CFR books, projects, and products
  • Ensuring CFR style consistency across all products, including in print, the website, and promotional materials
  • Managing editorial review processes and workflow
  • Helping to develop outreach strategies and occasionally pitching fellows/content to editors and producers
  • Fielding journalists’ requests for experts
  • Assisting on ad hoc writing and editing projects as needed
  • Providing editorial assistance and training to CFR staff as needed
  • Serving as photo editor of the Annual Report
  • Assisting with staffing needs for on-the-record events


  • Degree with a concentration in international affairs or English with strong academic credentials
  • One to two years of editorial/writing experience in communications, journalism, publishing, or related field
  • Proven knowledge of current U.S. foreign policy and international affairs issues; interest in a career in communications, journalism, publishing, or international relations
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, including copyediting, fact checking, and headline writing
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Flexible, positive, team-oriented attitude and ability to independently balance multiple projects; proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Availability to work a flexible schedule in order to respond to assignments due to breaking news


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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