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Operations Director & Project Manager

Salary: Competitive for industry

The Henry Jackson Society (HJS) – a fast-growing and dynamic international affairs Think Tank (www.henryjacksonsociety.org) – is looking to fill the vital role of Operations Director & Project Manager. The successful candidate will play a critical part in our future development by ensuring the smooth running of the organisation, co-ordinating teams, projects, events and daily office business, and maximising the exchange and availability of operationally critical information. In addition the Operations Director & Project Manager will assist with financial management and forecasting, supporting the Executive Director in strategic development, and taking charge of office management and ad hoc HR and legal matters. This exciting role provides the opportunity for both strategic vision as well as being hands on.

This position is an opportunity for an ambitious and well-rounded individual to work in a pivotal and challenging role where no two days are the same, and which provides the opportunity for career growth in an organisation looking to evolve domestically and internationally. HJS is an expanding and developing organisation providing a unique opportunity and experience rarely available at this stage of an organisation’s development.

 

Responsibilities include:

Operational & project management

  • Dynamic management and updating of business plan conception and execution
  • Assisting in strategic, logistical and operational planning, and with business development opportunities
  • Project management, from assisting with conception all the way through to execution
  • Negotiation with suppliers
  • Responsibility for the organisation’s IT systems on a day-to-day basis
  • Front office support for all departments
  • Maintaining general office set-up and organisation, and improving internal communication
  • Running office systems including corporate records and HR processes
  • Managing legal processes such as contract creation
  • Ensuring business wide regulation compliance and submission of returns in the UK and US

Financial

To work with our financial department in oversight of:

  • Forecasting and maintaining cashflow and profit & loss projections for the HJS Group
  • Ensuring invoicing and payment processes occur smoothly
  • Authorising and processing staff expenses
  • Ensuring financial data is correctly processed and entered into the accounting systems
  • Maintaining and updating financial reports
  • Incorporating project and event budgets into financial models

Suggested experience

  • Previous experience of developing and managing internal communications, procedural processes and project management expected
  • Experience in financial management and how it relates to operations helpful - knowledge of Sage software and double entry book-keeping would be beneficial but not required
  • Understanding of basic HR regulations
  • Ability to work across an organisation and effectively deal with trouble shooting

Personal skills required

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent numerical skills
  • Microsoft Office (particularly Excel)
  • Self-motivated with a drive to develop
  • An excellent time manager who can prioritise work against multiple deadlines and priorities
  • Ability to work independently
  • Empathetic and open to new ideas
  • Passionate and enthusiastic
  • Entrepreneurial

Closing date: Friday 13th February

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter detailing how you can help our organisation develop and salary expectations to:

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 full or part-time basis, for a duration of at least 3 months. We offer the following internships on a rolling basis:

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

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.