Council on Foreign Relations

Program Coordinator, Outreach

National Program and Outreach
New York


CFR Outreach targets communities in a cross-section of American life, including educators and students; congregational leaders, religion scholars, and representatives of faith-based organizations; state and local officials; and local journalists in order to elevate conversations on U.S. foreign policy choices and increase civic engagement.


The Local Journalists (LJ) initiative equips journalists with the expertise and resources needed to draw connections between the local issues they cover and national and international trends and events. Through webinars and an annual workshop in New York, CFR connects local journalists with policy experts on regional and thematic issues of national and global interest and provides a forum for discussion of best practices for reporting. The initiative also makes available the vast array of CFR digital and print resources that offer the authoritative, independent analysis necessary for informing the public on international affairs and supporting an informed citizenry.


Please note, this is a programmatic position for working with local journalists and their networks.

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

  • Assisting with planning and logistics of Local Journalist webinars, annual workshop, and conference participation by drafting and sending event-related correspondence, tracking responses and participation, researching background materials, preparing meeting materials, drafting thank you notes, updating meeting records in database, completing post-event reports, and participating in brainstorming for program topics.
  • Assisting in grant writing and reporting for funding for the initiative, in particular for the annual workshop.
    Cultivating strong relationships with new and existing local journalist networks through working on drafts for  email correspondence andscheduling and participating in webinars.
  • Maintaining a large database of contacts, including researching and compiling contact information for constituents.
  • Coordinating the traditional, online, and social media marketing of CFR materials and publications to local journalist constituents and tracking the results—this includes placing print and online ads and developing the online content for the dedicated Local Journalist webpages.
  • Tracking activities in calendars, spreadsheets, and databases.
  • Providing general project support to the department, including attending and working National Program and Outreach events held outside of business hours.


  • Three or more years related experience, including project management experience, on issues related to local journalism
  • BA in journalism or international relations or related field with high academic achievement and knowledge of and interest in international relations
  • Experience working with diverse media networks and leaders; preferably with journalists, reporters, editors, or broadcasters 
  • Superior organizational and time management skills with an ability to effectively multi-task and meet deadlines; detail oriented with strong proofreading and editing skills
  • Enthusiastic team player with positive and flexible attitude, ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong Microsoft Office, Google Suite, online research, data visualization, and database management skills
  • Experience in social media and/or online marketing as well as working with budgets and billing, preferred
  • Ability to communicate effectively and develop programming for a diverse array of communities

Pay Range

$54,000 to $59,000 per year

Pay commensurate with experience and education

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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