Editorial Assistant/ Special Assistant

New York City, New York (US)
competitive annual salary + bonus, health, dental and 401k
Jun 05, 2019
Entry Level
Metro Area
New York
Full Time


The Council on Foreign Relations is looking for an editorial assistant/special assistant to the chief digital officer (CDO) to join our award-winning Digital team. The position is responsible for contributing editorial content to the website, as well as providing administrative and logistical support to the CDO and the director of product and design.

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

  • Producing and editing explainers and other editorial products
  • Contributing research to and writing Backgrounders and other editorial content
  • Curating topic and landing pages
  • Scheduling meetings, maintaining calendars, arranging travel, preparing meetings notes/minutes, and supporting ad hoc projects
  • Tracking departmental expenses and processing invoices and expense submissions for the CDO and director
  • Providing support to the Product team
  • Assisting with proofreading to the morning Daily News Brief newsletter


  • 1+ year of full-time office experience
  • BA in international relations or related field, with high academic achievement and interest in current affairs
  • Strong writing and reporting skills (ideally with a background in Latin America)
  • Prior logistical and administrative experience
  • Superior organizational skills and attention to detail, with ability to multitask, demonstrate flexibility, and meet demanding deadlines with a positive attitude
  • Strong proofreading and editing skills
  • Team player with ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Strong MS Word, Excel, content management system, and database skills, as well as familiarity with managing budgets

Please include a writing sample in your cover letter, or a link to samples of your work.

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, CFR.org.

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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