Council on Foreign Relations

Communications Associate, Global Communications and Media Relations

Global Communications and Media Relations
New York


The Global Communications and Media Relations department is responsible for positioning and promoting CFR and its scholars via the full spectrum of media, social media, marketing, and public relations. The Communications Associate must have an excellent understanding of international issues, the media landscape, and CFR scholars and content, and how they relate to the news cycle.

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

  • Acting as a liaison for press, including fielding journalists’ requests for CFR experts, and proactively pitching scholars to media outlets
  • Supporting outreach for print and online content from Foreign Affairs, including disseminating content to media, pitching authors to media outlets, and conducting targeted outreach
  • Drafting press releases, media guides, and other communications content
  • Assisting CFR scholars and FA authors with op-eds and broadcast interviews
  • Coordinating virtual or in-person press briefings in New York
  • Supporting media attendance at virtual or in-person on-the-record events and publication rollout events in New York
  • Handling marketing and press outreach for select CFR publications and projects
  • Providing administrative support to the Communications team upon request, including proofreading and copyediting
  • Providing administrative support to the Vice President and Managing Director, including scheduling appointments


  • Minimum of one year of related work experience in communications, journalism, or international relations
  • Communications background in media relations strongly preferred
  • Degree in a related field with high academic achievement
  • Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of current U.S. foreign policy and international issues
  • Outstanding written, editing, proofreading, and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and a high attention to detail
  • Experience with print, broadcast, or digital media preferred
  • Experience with writing and producing promotional content preferred
  • Proven ability to work effectively and proactively in a fast-paced team environment
  • Candidates must have the ability and willingness to work flexible hours when necessary

Pay Range

$49,000 to $54,000 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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