Council on Foreign Relations

Special Assistant to the Senior Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair

David Rockefeller Studies Program: Director of Studies Office


CFR’s David Rockefeller Studies Program is one of the country’s largest foreign policy think tanks with a widely respected and influential research staff. The Studies Program aims to advance the discussion of American foreign policy and international affairs through its writing, publications, public outreach, and discussions.

The Special Assistant will work under the direction of CFR’s Senior Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair. Qualified candidates will have related experience that requires judgment, time management skills, and experience dealing with high-profile individuals.

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

  • Providing administrative and logistical support to the senior vice president, including scheduling meetings, maintaining the calendar, arranging travel, answering telephones, greeting guests, preparing notes/minutes in meetings, and handling correspondence.
  • Processing invoices and expense submissions for the senior vice president.
  • Drafting, editing, proofreading, and tracking written material.
  • Acting as liaison between the senior vice president, members of the David Rockefeller Studies Program, and other CFR departments.
  • Assisting the senior vice president on an ad hoc basis for special projects.


  • BA in related field with high academic credentials, and interest in current foreign policy issues.
  • Minimum three years’ related work experience; OR minimum of one year of experience providing administrative support to a senior executive.
  • Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Proficiency in word processing, Excel, and database management.
  • Proven ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, both independently and as part of a team.

Pay Range

$50,000 to $65,000 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. CFR supports a hybrid work schedule, where employees may work up to 2-3 days a week from a remote location, with advance approval; and more often onsite when required. 


The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.


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