Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Special Assistant, Research Position for Recent Grad with Council on Foreign Relations

Position description

As part of the David Rockefeller Studies Program, the Special Assistant will support the work of the Senior Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair. Qualified candidates will have related experience that required judgment, strong writing and editing ability, time management skills, and experience dealing with high-profile individuals. 
The principal responsibilities of this position will include, but are not limited to:
  • Drafting, editing, proofreading, fact-checking, and written material, including director of Studies’ talking points, blog posts, memos, and correspondence
  • Researching specific areas as requested by the director of studies, for articles, speeches, and other publications
  • Coordinating events, including preparing invitations, travel arrangements, corresponding with speakers and presiders, helping to prepare background papers and materials for distribution, and providing other logistical support
  • Assisting the director of studies with social media outreach, including publishing a blog, website, video, and/or using social media applications such as Twitter, Google+, etc.
  • Providing administrative support to the director of studies, including scheduling appointments, handling phone calls and drafting correspondence, travel arrangements, and responding to requests for information
  • Acting as liaison between the director of Studies and other CFR departments


  • Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, History, or a related field, with high academic credentials and
  • Strong knowledge of historical and current foreign policy issues
  • Minimum three years’ related work experience, including some administrative experience
  • Experience with social media outreach and using social media applications preferred
  • Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills and outstanding attention to detail
  • 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

Application instructions

Qualified candidates should email, fax, or mail a resume and cover letter to the Human Resources department at the address below. PLEASE INCLUDE THE POSITION NAME IN THE SUBJECT OF YOUR EMAIL. The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.
Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
1777 F St. NW, Washington DC,20006
FAX +1 202.509.8490