Assistant Director, Studies Administration and Junior Staff Professional Development


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 Director of Studies office manages and administers staffing, budgeting, fundraising, and developing and implementing departmental procedures. The assistant director will be part of a dynamic team and will work under the direction of the director of studies administration and the deputy director for studies administration to help support the wide range of department activities.

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

  • Overseeing the review of meeting requests for the Studies Program, coordinating the review of Studies meeting invitations, and serving as a point of contact for Studies-related workshops and symposia.
  • Participating in the recruitment process for research associates and mid-level staff. Help to onboard new junior and senior Studies Program staff members with departmental policies and procedures.
  • Overseeing the research associate discussion group in both New York and Washington, DC.
  • Developing and coordinating the Council-wide junior staff professional development program with human resources and other Studies staff.
  • Drafting, editing, proofreading, and tracking written material, including memos, department documents, and institutional requests.
  • Tracking metrics and updating weekly, monthly, and quarterly reports.
  • Providing operational support within the Director of Studies office and assistance to the larger Studies Program as needed, including assisting with one-off meetings, ad-hoc research, and special projects.
  • Performing administrative duties for departmental functions, as needed.
  • Acting as departmental liaison for special projects, as needed.


  • Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, Political Science, or a related field with high academic credentials.
  • A minimum of four years’ work experience that includes programming and/or project management experience.
  • Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, as well as ability to multi-task and meet deadlines.
  • Outstanding professional judgment and demeanor.
  • Excellent computer and database management skills.
  • Proven ability to work in a fast paced, deadline-driven environment with multiple priorities, both independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

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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