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Executive Assistant

Application Deadline: 12 August 2014 
Location: London

The Henry Jackson Society 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-32k dependent on experience.

To apply, please submit CV and Cover Letter, together with salary expectations to Dr Alan Mendoza at recruitment@henryjacksonsociety.org.

Internships

Research Assistant, Student Rights

Start date: Rolling Programme
Location: London

A project of the independent think-tank 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.

We are currently looking for a part-time (3 days a week) Research Assistant, with applicants ideally willing to commit to a period of at least 3 months in duration. The successful candidate 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 is a new initiative of The Henry Jackson Society, dedicated to providing original research on contemporary political developments in the Russian Federation, with a specific focus on advancing political freedom, human rights and anti-corruption efforts in Russia.

We are currently offering a full-time internship, supporting the Director of the Russia Studies Centre in research, translation and administrative tasks.

The ideal candidate will have:

-A background in Russian studies
-Russian language skills
-Excellent writing and research skills
-An appreciation for the principles underpinning the Russia Studies Centre’s work

The Director seeks (but cannot guarantee) to make this role a permanent position in due course.

This is an excellent role for a graduate seeking a career in think tanks or in roles related to Russian studies.

 

Communications Assistant

Start date: Rolling Programme
Location: London

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.

We are currently offering full-time Communications Assistant internship role, candidates for which should ideally be willing to commit to a period of at least 3 months in duration.

The Communications intern will assist HJS’s Communications Director in crafting press releases, coordinating media lists, sending out media invitations for HJS events 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 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.

We are currently offering full-time Events Assistant internship role, candidates for which should ideally be willing to commit to a period of around 3 months in duration.

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 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.

Political Research Assistant

Start date: Rolling Programme
Location: London

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.

We are currently offering a full time internship, supporting 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.

Project Assistant

Start date: 14th January 2013
Location: London and Munich

The embryonic Project for Democratic Union (PDU), seeks interns in London and Munich to research the structural and strategic challenges facing Europe today. It will investigate what union projects have worked in the past, and why, and how these historical lessons may now be applied to the fields of European security, the bond market, banking reform, the single currency, and the promotion of democracy at home and abroad.

Based on this research, the PDU will work towards the promotion of a single Eurozone state on Anglo-American constitutional principles. The internships are unpaid, and are tenable for three months from 14 January 2013, or as soon as possible thereafter. Those in London will be provided with a desk at the Henry Jackson Society’s offices in Covent Garden; those in Munich will work from home until an office has established. The PDU will pay for certain travel costs and other work-related expenses. The language of the project is English.

Experience of research and the international relations field – either academically or professionally – preferred, but not essential.

Applications should include a CV and a paragraph-length statement of interest in the PDU its underlying concepts and should be sent to Brendan Simms at recruitment@democraticunion.eu.

Research Assistant

Start date: Rolling Programme
Location: London

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.

We are currently offering full-time Research Assistant internship opportunities for our rolling internship programme. Interns should ideally be willing to commit to a period of at least 3 months in duration.

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. You will also have the opportunity to become involved with the agenda and programming for the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Transatlantic & International Security, and Homeland Security and the European Convention on Liberal Democracy.

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 (though an international security background is advantageous for the APPG element and will be taken into consideration for this specific component part). 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.

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 2000 words) to the above email address

You will be contacted only in the event of being asked for an interview.