Deputy Director, Investments

Washington DC
Jul 11, 2017
Sep 09, 2017
Employment Type
Full Time

As part of a newly established Investment team, the Deputy Director, Investments will work closely with the Chief Investment Officer in establishing the structure and protocol for the Investment team.  The Investment team is responsible for the day-to-day oversight, management, and monitoring of the endowment assets as well as advising the Investment Subcommittee in establishing risk and return objectives and investment policy. CFR is supported by a $400 million endowment portfolio which is allocated across 20+ external money managers investing in a diverse array of asset classes and strategies including global equity, fixed income, hedge funds, private equity, and real assets.


The individual should be flexible, highly motivated, able to act and operate independently, and have excellent oral and written communication skills.  


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

  • Lead analysis and monitoring of existing managers, portfolio asset allocation, and strategy in collaboration with Chief Investment Officer

  • Conduct research on new managers and investments; lead due diligence efforts, visit managers on-site, and create recommendation materials for distribution to the Investment Subcommittee

  • Build relationships with managers, peers, and marketers to identify future investment opportunities

  • Formulate investment policies, governance documents, and develop tools for portfolio modeling

  • Develop quarterly discussion materials and participate in regular meetings, calls, and presentations to the Investment Subcommittee and Investment Advisory Group

  • Evaluate and lead implementation of external software and data providers to improve the efficiency of the investment function

  • Utilize analytical tools and resources, such as Bloomberg and other databases, to assess the attractiveness of global markets and investment strategies

  • Partner with the Chief Investment Officer to perform other duties as assigned


  • A minimum of seven years related work experience, including significant experience in institutional investing; private investment due diligence experience preferred

  • MBA or CFA strongly preferred

  • Demonstrated qualitative and quantitative analytical skills

  • Excellent research and critical thinking skills; capable of synthesizing large amounts of data and information in a clear and concise manner

  • Desire and ability to work in a collaborative and team-oriented environment, partnering with a small team

  • Proficient in Excel and PowerPoint, familiarity with Bloomberg and/or S&P Capital IQ 

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.