Council on Foreign Relations

Assistant Copy Editor/Writer

CFR Editorial


The Council on Foreign Relations’s award-winning Digital Content department creates a mix of resources including a daily newsletter, in-depth explainers, timely analysis, interactives, podcasts, and videos. The team works closely with CFR experts to bring users insight on the most pressing foreign policy issues. The Assistant Copy Editor/Writer will work under the direction of the CFR Digital team’s copy editor and deputy managing editors.

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

  • Serve as copyeditor [about 50 percent of the time] including as main editor and publisher for the Daily News Brief (DNB) each weekday morning. The DNB is a newsletter with 60,000 subscribers that gives a daily roundup of major international news developments. Also assist in copy edits to Backgrounders, In Briefs, timelines, podcast show pages, and text for short explainer videos.
  • Serve as CFR Digital’s main online editor/writer on developments related to Sub-Saharan Africa and global health and development issues. The assistant copy editor/writer will be expected to research, report, and write and update Backgrounders and write In Briefs.
  • Assist in other site publishing work, including updates to homepage, editing, photo cropping, multimedia research.

Pay Range

$54,000 to $59,000 per year

Pay commensurate with experience and education


  • Minimum 1-2 years experience editing or writing for a daily publication, preferably online
  • Degree in a related field with high academic achievement. Graduate degree preferred
  • Experience writing on Sub-Saharan Africa and/or global health and development topics strongly preferred
  • Ability to edit, write, and process information under deadlines
  • Strong editing, writing, and researching skills
  • Experience using Adobe Photoshop, data visualization, and other web publishing tools

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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