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National Organiser (for Student Rights)

Application closing date: Friday, 28 August 2015

Location: London

Salary: £22-24k dependent on experience

Student Rights – a project of The Henry Jackson Society dedicated to supporting equality, democracy and freedom from extremism on university campuses – is looking to recruit a National Organiser to develop relationships with student groups across the UK and increase awareness of how students can challenge extremism.

This will be a proactive role for a recent graduate that will require you to develop support and interest for the work of Student Rights on-campus by working closely with student societies from across the political and religious spectrum. Alongside the Director, you will be playing a lead role in identifying and contacting student groups in order to build and educate a country-wide network of individuals on the issues surrounding campus extremism, as well as producing educational materials to assist with this process. The position will also involve appearing at on-campus events, and the delivery of a programme of informative workshops and debates to enable students to better identify and challenge extremist groups and speakers.

If the prospect of educating students on how to identify and oppose religious and political extremism on the UK’s university campuses interests you, or you have found past attempts to do so stymied by student union obstruction or university bureaucracy, and want an exciting role in which you can make a difference, then we would be delighted to hear from you.

Main Duties:

  • To cultivate strong relationships with student groups and individual students at universities across the UK who have sought to challenge religious and political extremism and provide information and advice – as well as developing contacts with journalists and bloggers to seek out opportunities for positive coverage of this work;
  • To develop Student Rights’ presence at on-campus events and conferences which either examine the issue of campus extremism, or host extreme speakers, as well as appearing on panels to promote and defend Student Rights work;
  • To build connections with university authorities who now have a legal duty to have regard for the need to prevent people being drawn into terrorism – particularly those individuals with responsibilities relating the authorisation of on-campus events;
  • To develop a programme of workshops and debates to help students identify and challenge on-campus extremism, and to deliver said programme at institutions across the UK;
  • To contribute short articles to the Student Rights website, assist with the production of press releases and other website copy, and seek to pitch written work about Student Rights’ campaigns to external outlets;
  • To take charge of Student Rights’ social media presence, and develop a positive strategy of online engagement with other activist groups and promotion of Student Rights’ work;
  • To work with the Director to identify research opportunities for Student Rights, and to assist with the production of policy research;
  • To represent Student Rights – where appropriate – as a media spokesperson.

Person specification:

The ideal candidate will be an innovative and creative individual who is highly motivated, energetic and keen to transfer an interest in on-campus religious and political extremism to their professional life. They must be a recent graduate, and have:

  • Demonstrable examples of a history of on-campus opposition to religious/political extremism or censorship, and personal connections to students involved in this work;
  • Confident writing and speaking skills, and experience of communicating to a variety of audiences including student societies;
  • Excellent knowledge and practical usage of social media;
  • A wide-ranging interest in areas of our work. A working knowledge of domestic extremism issues and policy is desirable, but not essential;
  • Team-working experience;
  • Excellent time management and project management skills;
  • The ability to work well under pressure and to multi-task;
  • Sympathy with our ideals expected.

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter, to Rupert Sutton, Director, at: recruitment@studentrights.org.uk

 

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.