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COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

The Henry Jackson Society (HJS) – a fast-growing and dynamic international relations focused Think Tank (www.henryjacksonsociety.org) – 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.

This is an exciting role that the successful candidate will see direct impact from, however, it is important to note that as a small organisation we expect the candidate to personally take charge of and handle all administrative tasks associated with the role.

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 educational 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 maintain a set of effective metrics to measure progress, tracking and monitoring them per their relevancy to current goals as set by management
  • To personally maintain all communications administration including database management, uploading content, metrics reporting, distributions and liaising with suppliers.

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;
  • Ability and willingness to complete high-level tasks and low-level administrative tasks at the same time without assistance;
  • 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.

Closing date –31st October 2017.

Salary – £50k-65k+ depending on experience

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COMMUNICATIONS & MEDIA RELATIONS MANAGER

The Henry Jackson Society (HJS) – a fast growing and dynamic international relations focused think tank (www.henryjacksonsociety.org) – is looking to fill the position of Communications & Media Relations Manager.

We are looking for a dynamic individual with excellent communication and campaigning skills, an understanding and experience of working with traditional and social media outlets and the ability to prioritise and multi-task. Working with the management and research team, you will conceive ideas, build connection plans and execute communication through various media channels.

This is a proactive role that will require you to build awareness, interest and support for HJS, its initiatives and its policies. This position will play 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 overall remit being to enhance the communications ability of the organisation – 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.

This is an exciting role that the successful candidate will see direct impact from, however, it is important to note that as a small organisation we expect the candidate to personally take charge of and handle all administrative tasks associated with the role.

Main Duties:

  • 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 introduce a campaign style focus to HJS media output.
  • 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 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 ensure all time sensitive work is covered by way of social media and/or publication, to ensure no opportunity to promote HJS is missed.
  • Responsible for tracking and monitoring key metrics, sharing relevant information with the management team.
  • Initiate media plan approval processes and thereafter drive the consistency and integration of media efforts, ensuring the agreed processes and guidelines are followed.
  • To personally maintain all communications administration including database management, uploading content, metrics reporting, distributions and liaising with suppliers.

Person Specification:

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

  • Proven relevant media/PR/communications experience;
  • Experience of running or participating in campaigns of some kind;
  • 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;
  • Knowledge and practical usage of social media;
  • Tech savvy, with specific experience of designing material on computers preferred (e.g. Publisher, Adobe or similar products);
  • Web-management skills;
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team;
  • Attention to detail, problem-solving attitude and strong organisational and project management skills;
  • Ability to work well under pressure;
  • Ability and willingness to complete high-level tasks and low-level administrative tasks at the same time without assistance;
  • Sympathy with our ideals expected.
  • A personal network of media professionals is a plus

To apply, please send a CV, cover letter including salary expectations and  an appendix of examples of successful media placements, and a sample of marketing material you have constructed (if available), to Dr Alan Mendoza at recruitment@henryjacksonsociety.org.

Closing date – 31st October 2017

Salary – £35k-45k depending on experience

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Internship for the CRT team

The Centre for the Response to Radicalisation and Terrorism (CRT) at the Henry Jackson Society is looking for interns with an interest in how extremist and terrorist networks conduct themselves online. The project will focus on monetary transactions, human trafficking, and the promotion of non-violent extremism and hate content in online spaces. The ideal candidate would have a background and interest in legislation of online spaces by the government and private sector. An understanding of monitoring and prevention techniques to combat human trafficking online would be an additional benefit. The following skills would also be preferable: an understanding of IT-facilitated human trafficking;  the use of technology to recruit, control, and exploit victims; the use of technology for communications and transactions among traffickers and terrorists, innovation in detecting and investigating such crimes.

Please see below for further details on how to apply.

Internships

The Henry Jackson Society offers a variety of internships aimed at politically-minded, enthusiastic, and self-motivated individuals. Our internships offer a valuable immersion into the world of international relations and are designed to foster career development.

Internship programmes are available mainly within The Henry Jackson Society’s research centres but also in some non-research departments, such as Communications, Parliamentary and Events.

The ideal candidate for the Henry Jackson Society internship will have the following skills / capabilities:

  • Proven interest in the Henry Jackson Society’s work;
  • Graduate or postgraduate qualification in international relations, politics, or another related field;
  • Excellent writing and research skills;
  • Strong administrative and organisational skills;
  • Be 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.
  • Have experience of research, either academically or professionally;
  • Have sympathy with our principles;
  • Be looking to pursue a career in research/policy;
  • Be hard-working and motivated with excellent attention to detail.

To Apply

Please send a CV, a one-page covering letter including a brief description of why you want to do an internship at The Henry Jackson Society, and a recent writing sample on a topic consequential to one of our research areas (maximum 2,000 words) to info@henryjacksonsociety.org.  Applicants will only be contacted in the event of being called for an interview.

If applying from abroad, applicants should ensure that they have met any necessary visa requirements for the UK, prior to submitting their application.

Other Information

Internships can be undertaken on a full- or part-time basis, and usually last for a duration of up to three months. They are offered on a flexible basis so that individuals can, for example, fit their internship around part-time work, studies, or other commitments.

All successful applicants will be expected to take an active role in supporting The Henry Jackson Society’s activities and events.

For further information on the different research areas within the Society, please click here.