Assistant Director, Foreign Affairs Media Relations


The Global Communications and Media Relations office works to promote the Council on Foreign Relations’ programs, publications, and scholars. It uses the full complement of channels and platforms to reach target audiences, including traditional and social media outreach, webcasts, podcasts, conference calls, and press briefings.

The Assistant Director is responsible for positioning and promoting CFR, with a primary focus on the media relations efforts for Foreign Affairs magazine and its website, This position reports directly to the Vice President, Global Communications and Media Relations.

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

• Develop and implement media strategies for Foreign Affairs print and online content.
• Write and edit news releases, press notes, media advisories, and other promotional materials for Foreign Affairs.
• Maintain the project management process and calendar for releases and other outreach opportunities.
• Proactively pitch Foreign Affairs content, authors, and editors to the full range of media channels, aggregators, and newsletters.
• Attend Foreign Affairs editorial and marketing meetings, and brief the CFR communications team, as well as marketing leads across the organization.
• Execute targeted press campaigns for print and web-only content across the full range of domestic and international media, including broadcast, print, podcasts, aggregators, newsletters, and events.
• Responsible for Foreign Affairs email blasts to media and CFR members using Sailthru ESP templates.
• Use media and web analytics programs to track and report impact and results. Seek to increase media referrals and inbound links to the website.
• Expand the quality and scope of national and international media lists.
• Coordinate marketing strategy meetings for each issue of the magazine.
• Serve as liaison between the magazine and the organization to foster cross promotion across CFR channels, including newsletters and social media.
• Leverage the profile and reach of Foreign Affairs authors and editorial staff by arranging broadcast and print interviews, conference call briefings, and other press opportunities.
• Manage media at on-the-record Foreign Affairs LIVE events, as well as issue launch events at CFR.


• 4 + years of related experience in media relations
• Excellent writing skills, and extensive experience writing news releases and copy editing, a must
• Proven knowledge of and interest in current U.S. foreign policy and international affairs
• Excellent communication and consensus-building skills
• Degree in Communications, International Affairs, or related field
• Proven ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a team environment
• Excellent computer skills including MS Word, Excel, CRM, Sailthru, Trendkite, Cision, and database management
• Candidates must be proactive, organized, and able to function in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
• Candidates must have the ability and willingness to work flexible hours, when necessary

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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