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The Henry Jackson Society (HJS) – a fast-growing and dynamic international relations focused Think Tank ( – is looking to fill the position of Events Manager.

This is a proactive role that will require you to manage and broaden our events programme both within Parliament and other prestigious venues, including abroad when necessary. 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.

Main Duties:

  • Work with the Research Team to target new events.
  • Ensure attendance of appropriate stakeholders at events.
  • 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.
  • Publicising events appropriately and ensuring that traditional and social media avenues are used to their full potential to maximise the quality and quantity of attendees.
  • Attend all events and ensuring that they proceed smoothly (e.g. greeting speaker and host, keeping meeting to time, dealing with crowd control etc.).
  • Manage HJS seminars, conferences and briefings, as well as those of HJS associated projects, including travel abroad where appropriate.
  • Provide new event ideas, to be discussed with colleagues and the Executive Director.
  • Work with the Chief Operating Officer to ensure events are budgeted properly and that costs are kept to a minimum.
  • Ensure that events are staffed appropriately, security requirements are assessed and all follow-up administration is completed in a timely fashion.
  • Maintain an event provider database that can act as a source of reference for future events (e.g. venue charges, menu options, equipment providers etc.).
  • Look after VIP attendees at events.

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:

  • Previous experience in an administrative and/or events management role;
  • Confident writing and speaking skills;
  • Experience with use of databases;
  • Understanding of Parliament and parliamentary processes, desirable;
  • Excellent IT skills, particularly with Microsoft Office packages;
  • Accurate data entry skills;
  • Team-working experience;
  • Excellent time management and project management skills;
  • Ability to work well under pressure and to multi-task;
  • Pro-active and self-motivated with a drive to develop and willingness to undertake further training if necessary;
  • Willingness to work outside of normal working hours without time of in lieu;
  • Sympathy with our ideals expected.

To apply, please send a CV, cover letter (the latter to include salary expectations), to Dr Alan Mendoza at

Closing date – 25th August 2017

Salary – £24k-£32k depending on experience



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  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.

Please be advised that there are no openings on the internship program until November 2017.