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Executive Assistant

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

 

Salary £27k-33k dependent on experience.

 

Closing date of Monday 6th April.

 

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 is a leading British foreign policy think-tank supporting transatlantic relations, a robust international security policy and the fight for democracy, liberty and human rights worldwide as a central focus for British, US and European foreign policy.

Internships at The Henry Jackson Society can be taken on a part-time basis, for a duration of at least 3 months. We offer the following internships on a rolling basis:

 

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.

 

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.

 

Communications Assistant

Start date: Rolling Programme

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.

 

How 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.