Program Assistant, Membership

Council on Foreign Relations
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Apr 02

Position description


The Program Assistant will work under the direction of the Vice President of Meetings and Membership. The Membership team coordinates the selection process of new members, and serves as the front-facing department for CFR’s 5,000 members in order to enhance their member experience.

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

  • Work closely with the Membership team to provide general administrative support.
  • Ensure quality of membership applications for three application cycles per year.
  • Respond to inquiries via phone and email regarding the application process and member accounts.
  • Maintain member and candidate information in CRM database.
  • Support the Council’s diversity and inclusion efforts for its membership. 
  • Research and prepare biographical profiles and report on membership trends and statistics.
  • Provide support for membership onboarding, mailings and other projects.
  • Staff new member events, committee meetings, general meetings, and conferences. 

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.




  • Minimum one year of related experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree in international relations or a related field with high academic achievement.
  • Highly organized with ability to independently prioritize competing deadlines and manage a range of responsibilities with high efficiency and attention to detail.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and experience with high-profile individuals a plus.
  • High level of proficiency in MS Word and Excel and database management experience.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately and with discretion.
  • Flexible schedule to staff events as needed.
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