Thursday, May 13, 2010

Associate Director, Congress and U.S. Foreign Policy Program

Council on Foreign Relations

Human Resources Office
58 E. 68th Street
New York, NY 10065
FAX: (212) 434-9893

Title: Associate Director, Congress and U.S. Foreign Policy Program
Location: Washington, D.C.
Salary: Based on education and experience

Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations is a leading independent, national membership organization and nonpartisan center for scholars dedicated to producing and disseminating ideas so that individual and corporate members, as well as interested citizens in the United States and other countries can better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other governments. The Council, which is headquartered in New York with an office inWashington, DC, does this by convening meetings where prominent thinkers debate and discuss the major issues of our time, conducting a wide-ranging studies program, publishing Foreign Affairs, the preeminent journal covering international affairs and U.S. foreign policy, maintaining a diverse membership, and providing up-to-date information about the world and U.S. foreign policy on the Council’s website,

CFR’s Congress and U.S. Foreign Policy program actively engages members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives and their staffs, bringing these top decision makers timely, relevant, and useful analyses in an effort to further inform policymaking at the U.S. Capitol. Through discussion and examination of the critical challenges facing the United States and international community, the program seeks to serve as both a direct resource for Congress and a convener of leading thinkers and practitioners both on and off the Hill in a variety of nonpartisan fora. The successful candidate will be skilled at working in a nonpartisan, team-oriented environment. The main responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

· Developing and coordinating outreach to members of the Senate and House and their staffs – working to get CFR people and publications before leading foreign policy decision makers in an environment in which competition for attention is exceptionally high;

· Fostering solid relationships within the Capitol Hill international affairs community;

· Tracking and updating CFR staff on international affairs developments on the Hill;

· Generating and implementing creative new program initiatives;

· Conceptualizing and implementing programming for a variety of Capitol Hill constituents, including senior congressional staff, Senate and House Chiefs of Staff, individual members of Congress, and others;

· Coordinating briefings for members of Congress;

· Managing some logistical aspects of program planning.


· Relevant federal legislative branch background, including a minimum of four years of congressional experience;

· Excellent connections to relevant international affairs practitioners on Capitol Hill;

· Practical, experience-based understanding of the legislative process and current international affairs issues;

· Dynamism and ability to work well individually as well as on a team;

· Superior verbal and written communication skills, including proofreading and editing ability;

· BA degree in international relations or a related field with strong academic credentials – MA preferred;

· Experience in developing and tracking budgets preferred.

Qualified candidates should email, fax, or mail a resume and cover letter to the Human Resources department at the above address. PLEASE INCLUDE THE POSITION NAME IN THE SUBJECT OF YOUR EMAIL. The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.

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