Council on Foreign Relations

Senior Editor, Studies Program

David Rockefeller Studies Program: Director of Studies Office
New York


The Publications department, part of the David Rockefeller Studies Program, is responsible for editing and producing CFR’s print and online publications, ensuring editorial consistency, and maintaining CFR’s high editorial standards. The senior editor works closely with the managing director of Publications, associate and staff editors, Director of Studies office, fellows and research associates, and program staff throughout the organization.

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

  • manages the editing and production of select CFR publications and digital products, includes copyediting, proofreading, printing, mailing, and trafficking manuscripts among authors, freelance editors, designers, and printers
  • ensures all content conforms to CFR style and maintains CFR’s high editorial standards
  • builds webpages for CFR publications, including CFR Books, and maintains the Publications section of the website by posting video links, reviews, and other relevant materials on existing webpages
  • coordinates approval of the social media marketing memos for CFR publications
  • oversees the production and distribution of CFR publications, including ebooks and POD conversions
  • produces the Publications Update newsletters and the Recent Publications and About CFR brochures
  • acts as a resource for all staff on editing, grammar, and publishing questions; helps run CFR style workshops and training sessions; and provides guidance in style and editorial practices, including iThenticate queries
  • co-supervises the department intern

Pay Range

$75,000 to $100,000 per year

Pay commensurate with experience and education


  • bachelor’s degree in international affairs, political science, history, English, or related subject
  • previous editorial and digital experience in a fast-paced environment; five+ years in nonprofit, academic, trade or web publishing
  • outstanding editing skills, including solid knowledge of the Chicago Manual of Style, and ability to write clearly, concisely, and correctly
  • superior organizational skills and project management skills with proven ability to independently manage multiple projects simultaneously, while maintaining attention to quality control and production schedules
  • a flexible, positive, team-oriented attitude
  • excellent communications and supervisory skills
  • strong proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and Adobe Acrobat; knowledge of Photoshop and email service providers helpful
  • experience working with a content management system, web analytics, and HTML

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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