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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.

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 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.

Closing date – Friday 19th May.

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

 

Communications Officer

Salary – £30k to £45k dependent on experience

The Communications Officer will help improve the external communications and media relations for The Henry Jackson Society, working with management and the research team to conceive ideas, build connection plans and execute communication through various media channels. 

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-people, you will play a major part in identifying and exploiting communications and media opportunities, working with management and the 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;
  • 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;
  • Graphic design skills and knowledge of a major graphic design package, preferably with experience of designing publications would be a bonus, but not essential.

Closing date –

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter (to include salary expectations and stressing previous examples of successful media placement with links or attachments, if possible), to Dr Alan Mendoza at recruitment@henryjacksonsociety.org.

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 within the Society, please click here.