Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Know Japanese? Research Associate Position with the Council on Foreign Relations for May or Recent Grad

The Research Associate will work under the direction of a senior fellow on projects related to Japanese studies. The major responsibilities include (but are not limited to): 
  • Providing logistical and administrative support to the fellow, including scheduling appointments, handling phone calls, travel arrangements, and drafting correspondence
  • Researching specific areas for articles, book chapters, and other publications, as requested by the fellow
  • Coordinating events logistics, including preparing invitations, corresponding with speakers and presiders, helping to prepare background papers and materials for distribution, and providing other logistical support
  • Assisting with the drafting, proofreading and editing of written material 
  • Managing budgets, including tracking monthly statements, monitoring grant information, writing reports and requests, creating and updating Excel spreadsheets, and preparing vouchers for reimbursement
  • Assisting the fellow with social media outreach, including publishing a blog, website, video, and/or using social media applications such as Twitter, Google+, etc., as needed.
  • Supporting other fellows and departments, upon request.


  • Bachelor’s degree in international relations, political science, economics, or related social sciences field, with high academic achievement; coursework in Japan studies required; master’s degree preferred
  • Strong research, writing, and editing skills 
  • Exceptional organizational and planning skills with outstanding attention to detail
  • Japanese language proficiency required
  • Related administrative and/or internship experience preferred
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite, database management, and Twitter or other social media

Application instructions

Qualified candidates should email or mail a resume and cover letter to the Human Resources department at humanresources@cfr.org. PLEASE INCLUDE THE POSITION NAME (Research Associate, Japan Studies) IN THE SUBJECT OF YOUR EMAIL. The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.