Assistant Director, Women and Foreign Policy Program

Council on Foreign Relations
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Jan 04

Position description


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 Assistant Director will work under the direction of the senior fellow and director of the Women and Foreign Policy (WFP) program on projects related to the program’s core areas: economic participation; girls’ education; and peace and security. 

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

  • Assist in development of regular WFP programming, including: identifying and securing speakers and presiders for meetings, workshops, and symposia related to core WFP program areas; preparing background materials; and executing events.
  • Assist director in overseeing digital content for the program’s blog, including selecting global trends and contemporary events related to WFP core areas for blog posts; researching and drafting content for the blog; and identifying relevant practitioners, academics, or policymakers, and soliciting their contributions.
  • Help lead and implement communication and marketing strategy, in particular leveraging social media applications such as Twitter, etc., as needed; edit the monthly WFP newsletter; and ensure WFP promotional materials and web presence are up to date.
  • Assist in managing relations and contact with the WFP Advisory Council.
  • Help manage grant applications and monitor deliverables as well as program budget, including preparing annual budgets; tracking monthly spending; monitoring grant information; and liaising across departments to coordinate budget.
  • Research specific areas for articles, book chapters, and other publications, as requested by the director.
  • Help elaborate and execute the program research agenda in each of WFP’s core areas and provide support for development of WFP initiatives.


  • Degree in International Relations, Political Science, related social sciences field with high academic achievement. Masters preferred.  Experience on women’s issues preferred.
  • Three to four years related research, programming, and project management experience.
  • Excellent research, writing, and editing skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent computer skills, including MS Word, Excel, and the Internet.
  • Strong organizational skills, high attention to detail, and ability to multitask.
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a team environment as well as independently.

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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