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Events Manager

Application closing date: Monday, 10 August 2015

Location: London

Salary: Competitive salary for industry dependent on experience

THIS IS A REPOSTING SO PREVIOUS APPLICANTS NEED NOT REAPPLY

The Henry Jackson Society (HJS) – a fast-growing and dynamic think tank – is looking to fill the vital role of Events Manager. The successful candidate will ensure smooth running of all events in run in Parliament and other prestigious venues, including abroad when necessary. This position is an opportunity for a well-rounded individual to contribute to one of the best regarded events schedules in Westminster and to develop relationships with international and domestic policy figures.

Experience and personal skills:

  • Experience in events management for big and small events is helpful
  • High level of organisation essential
  • Understanding of Parliament and parliamentary processes helpful
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-motivated with a drive to develop
  • Ability to work independently to prioritise work areas
  • Proactive self-starter
  • Passionate and enthusiastic

Responsibilities will include:

  1. Identifying speakers for the parliamentary programme, and approaching them, confirming them, securing host MPs/peers and acting as the main point of contact for the organisation of each event.
  2. Publicising events appropriately and ensuring that traditional and social media avenues are used to their full potential in order to maximise the quality and quantity of attendees.
  3. Attending all events and ensuring that they proceed smoothly (e.g. greeting speaker and host, keeping meeting to time, dealing with crowd control etc).
  4. Managing HJS private lunches and dinners, including arrangement of speakers and guests.
  5. Managing HJS seminars, conferences and briefings, as well as those of HJS associated projects, including travel abroad where appropriate.
  6. Providing input into new event ideas, to be discussed with colleagues and the Executive Director.
  7. Ensuring events are budgeted properly and that costs are kept to a minimum.
  8. Maintaining an event provider database that can act as a source of reference for future events (e.g. venue charges, menu options, equipment providers etc).
  9. Sourcing potential sponsorship for events – whether corporate or individual – and working with colelagues to enable this to be actualised, including through conducting sponsorship meetings with potential clients.
  10. Looking after VIP attendees at events.

To apply please send your CV and a cover letter detailing how you could contribute to our organisation to Dr Alan Mendoza at recruitment@henryjacksonsociety.org.

Communications Director

Application closing date: Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Location: London

Salary: £40-50k dependent on experience

The Henry Jackson Society (HJS) – a fast-growing and dynamic international relations focused think tank – is looking to fill the position of Communications Director.

This is a proactive role that will require you to build support and interest for HJS and its associated brands, its policies and spokespersons, through working closely with the political media. With colleagues in the Research and Events departments, you will be playing a lead role in identifying and exploiting communications and media opportunities, producing material to assist with this process and managing and assisting colleagues with their own media profiles.  The position will also involve overseeing marketing policies at HJS, with the overall remit being to enhance the communications ability of the organisation – and its media profile in particular – to opinion formers, decision makers and the general public, in the UK and internationally.

If you enjoy helping to shape the news, have a media, PR or communications background, and want to grow in a new and exciting role, or take your existing experience to a new level, then we would be delighted to hear from you.

Main Duties:

  • To sharpen, re-focus and communicate a distinctive brand identity for HJS and its associated projects, both in the UK and abroad.
  • To lead HJS’s press and public relations work, writing press releases and website copy, identifying new media channels and helping HJS to establish thought leadership in its areas of work.
  • To cultivate strong relationships with domestic and international press and media contacts – including journalists, bloggers, presenters, editors and producers for both print and broadcast outlets – and seek out opportunities for coverage, such as editorial/advertorial opinion articles through relevant channels, staff member quotations in news stories and appearances on broadcast media for staff members.
  • To manage and extend HJS’s network of influencers and media contacts ensuring the highest standards of communication are maintained at all times.
  • To work with the Events team to develop and expand HJS’s presence at events and conferences, in line with the wider communications strategy, as well as boosting attendance at events through communications improvements.
  • To conceptualise, develop and execute PR, marketing and communications material and content to promote the work of HJS to external audiences.
  • To develop and direct an innovative digital marketing strategy for HJS (including website development and e-marketing).
  • To take charge of HJS social media presence and ensure that it is effective and expansive.
  • To work with colleagues to identify key campaigning opportunities for HJS issues within the policy domain, and work with policy specialists and colleagues to exploit these to best effect.
  • To represent HJS – where appropriate – as a media spokesperson.
  • To develop a set of effective metrics to measure progress, tracking and monitoring them per their relevancy to current goals as set by management.

Person specification:

The ideal candidate will be an innovative thinker who is highly motivated, energetic and understands the pivotal role of communications in the strategic success of an organisation. They must have:

  • Minimum 5 years’ relevant media/PR/communications experience in a full time capacity;
  • Confident writing and speaking skills, and experience of communicating policy recommendations to a variety of audiences;
  • Evidence of successful placement of news stories, op-eds and booking interviews;
  • Demonstrable examples of their personal network of media professionals in areas relevant to our work;
  • Understanding and experience of marketing concepts and of how to construct PR materials;
  • Knowledge and practical usage of social media in a professional context;
  • A wide-ranging interest in areas of our work;
  • Team-working experience;
  • Excellent time management and project management skills;
  • Ability to work well under pressure and to multi-task;
  • Sympathy with our ideals expected.

To apply, please send a CV, cover letter (the latter to include salary expectations as well as an appendix listing examples of successful print and broadcast media placements and of journalistic contacts relevant to our work), to Dr Alan Mendoza at recruitment@henryjacksonsociety.org.

Communications Officer

Application closing date: Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Location: London

Salary: £25-35k dependent on experience

The Communications Officer will help improve the external communications and media relations for The Henry Jackson Society, working with the Communications Director, management and Research team to conceive ideas, build connection plans and execute communication through various media channels. In addition, the position will include a design element, so knowledge of a design package is essential.

This role will require a proactive and ambitious approach, able to marry the detail-oriented and fast-paced nature of the job in building awareness, interest and support for HJS, its initiatives, projects and policies. Serving as one of the organisation’s media point-person, you will play a major part in identifying and exploiting communications and media opportunities, working with the Communications Director, management and research team in producing material, managing the media outreach and assisting colleagues with their media profiles. You will also be responsible for enhancing the organisation’s communications – its media profile in particular – but also to stakeholders and the general public in the UK and internationally.

Main Duties:

  • To assist with the management of HJS’s media and external communication, monitoring media in line with HJS’s remit, keeping colleagues informed of stories relevant to HJS, writing press releases and website copy, identifying new media channels and helping HJS to establish thought leadership in its areas of work.
  • To assist with the management and extension of HJS’s network of influencers and media contacts, developing a structured approach to acquiring new and relevant media relationships, maintaining a database of journalists and managing key processes such as the submission of op-eds, briefing invitations, etc.
  • To work with colleagues in identifying key publication opportunities for HJS issues within the policy domain and work with policy specialists to exploit these to best effect.
  • To work with colleagues to produce effective material aimed at TV producers and lead on proactively acquiring opportunities for HJS staff to appear on TV on an ongoing basis.
  • To work with the Events team to develop and expand HJS’s presence at events and conferences, in line with the wider communications strategy.
  • To ensure all events and time-sensitive work is covered by way of social media to ensure no opportunity to promote HJS is missed.
  • To deliver, and where necessary create, communications templates requiring elements of design, formatting and management of brand standards and consistency.
  • To assist, where appropriate, with the design and publication of HJS printed and published content.
  • To maintain and develop the websites, social media, media outreach and marketing components – as appropriate – of HJS and its projects.
  • To lead on design and video/audio editing within the organisation, producing a range of marketing material and publications using your graphic design and editing skills.

Person Specification:

The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic individual in the early part of their career, who is highly motivated, energetic and understands the need for intuitive improvisation as well as careful planning in a communications context. They must have:

  • Minimum 1 years’ relevant media/PR/communications experience in a full time capacity;
  • Confident writing skills, particularly in the context of press releases and newsletters;
  • Demonstrable evidence of their ability to cold call media professionals and deliver results;
  • Graphic design skills and knowledge of a major graphic design package, preferably with experience of designing publications;
  • Audio and video editing experience;
  • Knowledge and practical usage of social media in a professional context;
  • A wide-ranging interest in areas of our work;
  • Team-working experience;
  • Excellent time management and project management skills;
  • Ability to work well under pressure and to multi-task;
  • Sympathy with our ideals expected.

To apply, please send a CV, cover letter (to include salary expectations), to Dr Alan Mendoza at recruitment@henryjacksonsociety.org.

 

Executive Assistant

Application closing date: Monday, 20 July 2015

Location: London

Salary: £25k-32k dependent on experience

The Henry Jackson Society, an International Relations Think Tank based in London with international ties, is currently seeking to recruit an experienced Executive Assistant to support the Executive Director. The right candidate will be articulate, interested in ideas, organised, capable of multi-tasking, and generally sympathetic to the principles of The Henry Jackson Society. The position in a fun and dynamic environment with international outreach will include a wide variety of responsibilities and an opportunity to work at the epicentre of this growing organisation. In addition to standard PA/EA activities, the successful candidate will be involved with many diverse and interesting projects ranging from office support and office management, to assisting with proposals and high profile private events. The role will also involve co-ordinating our pool of short-term Research Assistant volunteers.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Dealing with enquiries via phone or email
  • Database management and entries
  • Preparing correspondence, speeches and reports for domestic and international meetings and events
  • Research and project assistance when required
  • Managing the HJS pool of Research Assistant volunteers, including the assignment and monitoring of project work, tasks and maintenance of standards
  • Diary Management, including international travel and meeting arrangements
  • Event co-ordination/handling mailing and RSVP lists, room bookings and place cards and following up on private invitations
  • Preparing relevant documents and taking minutes at a range of meetings, including quarterly Directors’ meetings
  • Handling personal tasks and projects for the Director
  • Basic bookkeeping and office management
  • General filing

Skills required:

  • Minimum one years’ experience as a PA/EA at a Directorate level
  • High level of efficiency and proactive problem-solving
  • IT proficiency for Microsoft Office programmes
  • Flexible attitude to a busy schedule
  • Good spelling and grammar

To apply, please submit CV and Cover Letter, together with salary expectations to Dr Alan Mendoza at recruitment@henryjacksonsociety.org

 

 

Internships

The Henry Jackson Society offers a variety of engaging internships aimed at politically-minded, self-motivated individuals. Our internships offer a fantastic immersion into the world of international relations and can be taken on a part-time basis, for a duration of at least 3 months.

To apply, please email internrecruitment@henryjacksonsociety.org clearly indicating if you are applying for a specific internship or would like to be considered for any internship vacancy. You will need to send a covering letter, CV and a recent journalistic writing sample on an international relations/current affairs/political/development/economic topic (maximum 2,000 words) to the above email address. You will be contacted only in the event of being asked for an interview.

We offer the following internships on a rolling basis:

 

Communications Assistant

Next start date: Mid-September

Location: London

The Communications intern will assist HJS’s Communications Director in producing press releases, coordinating media lists, sending out a daily news briefing and ensuring the steady workflow of a fast-paced and highly demanding department of the organisation.

We are looking for motivated self-starters who are capable of acting independently and who possess the capacity to absorb and execute instructions quickly in a busy environment.

In return you will get a full immersion in the British IR world as well as the opportunity to make international contacts and be part of an organisation pioneering new techniques in the British think-tank environment.

A writing proficiency and easy but professional telephone manner are musts. A technological capability — uploading content to a WordPress-based website, ‘stripping’ video and audio media from webcasts — is also highly desired for this role.

 

Events Assistant

Start date: Rolling Programme

Location: London

The events intern will assist HJS’s Events Manager in ensuring the smooth running of the organisation’s events in Parliament, contributing essential assistance throughout the many stages of successful event organisation. He or she will be tasked with crafting invitations for both potential speakers as well as the audience, managing RSVP lists, liaising with venues, reaching out to our patrons and partners in Westminster, and taking an active role during the events.

We are looking for motivated self-starters who are capable of acting independently and who possess the capacity to absorb and execute instructions quickly in a busy environment. The right candidate will not be fazed by the challenges encountered in a highly demanding work environment, but thrive on the fast-paced nature of this role. He or she will have an excellent command of the English language, a quick and creative mind, an eye for detail and contempt for mediocrity. A confident yet amicable manner of communicating is a must.

In return you will get a full immersion in the British IR world as well as the opportunity to experience the daily life of one of the most dynamic organisations in the British think-tank environment. By putting on nearly a hundred events a year with some of the world’s most renowned policy, international relations and political figures, the Henry Jackson Society events schedule is considered one of the best in Westminster. The Events internship role will offer you the chance to contribute to achieving this success.

 

Research Assistant

Start date: Rolling Programme
Location: London

Interns will be involved in every aspect of our international programme – covering research, events, media and parliamentary liaison, publications, and administration – and will be given responsibility for specific projects as well as being expected to provide general assistance.

We are looking for motivated self-starters who are capable of acting independently and who possess the capacity to absorb and execute instructions quickly in a busy environment. In return you will get a full immersion in the British IR world as well as the opportunity to make international contacts and be part of an organisation pioneering new techniques in the British think-tank environment.

Experience of research and the international relations field – either academically or professionally – preferred, but not essential for the main internships. More important is a clear writing style, and a willingness to get stuck in to both important and run of the mill tasks and to act as a team player. Sympathy with our foreign policy principles expected.

 

Political Research Assistant

Start date: Rolling Programme

Location: London

Interns will support the Political Director, working on our extremely busy and highly respected Parliamentary programme. Tasks will cover all aspects of operation; from Parliamentary liaison and political research to database management and internal communications.

The ideal candidate will have:

– the ability to work effectively in a fast paced environment, to tight deadlines

– excellent written and research skills

– a degree of familiarity with the UK Parliament and political scene

– an appreciation for the principles underlying The Henry Jackson Society’s work

This is an excellent role for a graduate seeking to set out on a career in politics. A significant number of former HJS Research Assistants have gone on to successful careers in Parliament and the wider UK political scene.

 

Research Assistant, Student Rights

Start date: Rolling Programme
Location: London

A project of the The Henry Jackson Society, Student Rights is a non-partisan group dedicated to supporting equality, democracy and freedom from extremism on university campuses. It monitors extremism and intolerance from a range of different sources including fascist groups and Islamist elements on campuses, and works to challenge the risk of radicalisation occurring on university campuses.

Interns will be involved in every aspect of our work – including research, writing, media liaison, publications, and administration – and will be given responsibility for specific projects as well as being expected to provide general assistance.

We are looking for a motivated self-starter who is capable of acting independently and who possesses the capacity to absorb and execute instructions quickly in a busy environment. Experience of research, either academically or professionally, is required, and knowledge of domestic extremism issues is desirable. A clear writing style is vital, while sympathy with our principles is expected.

Please visit www.studentrights.org.uk to familiarise yourself with the organisation before applying, full details of how to apply are at the bottom of this page. You will be contacted only in the event of being asked for an interview.

 

Research Assistant, Russia Studies Centre

Start date: Rolling Programme
Location: London

The Russia Studies Centre at The Henry Jackson Society is looking for an individual with demonstrable interest in Russian or Eurasian affairs who would like to gain experience working in a policy institute.

The Russia Studies Centre provides original research on contemporary political developments in Russia and Eurasia, with a specific focus on advancing political freedom, human rights and anti-corruption efforts in Russia.

The Research Assistant will support the activities of the Director of the Russia Studies Centre. The ideal candidate will have the following skills / capabilities:

  • Proven interest in Russia or Eurasia
  • Graduate or postgraduate qualification in international relations, politics, or another related field
  • Excellent writing and research skills
  • Strong administrative and organisational skills
    • An appreciation for the principles underpinning the Russia Studies Centre’s work
    • Knowledge of Russia or another local language is desirable

Full details of how to apply can be found at the bottom of this page. You will be contacted only in the event of being asked for an interview.

Find out more about the Russia Studies Centre.