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Policy Relations Manager – The Henry Jackson Society

Henry Jackson Society

Closing date: 25 April 2021


The Henry Jackson Society (HJS) is the UK’s boldest think tank and policy-shaping force, constantly ahead of the curve on the big issues of international and domestic importance. We are looking for a new Policy Relations Manager to join us on the next stage of our organisational journey, which has already taken us to the status of a household name in the international political and media constellation.

When HJS was founded back in 2005, the global environment was very different to what it has become today. Over that time, the threats to the free world internationally and to free societies domestically have multiplied, but there has been one constant: HJS’s willingness and ability to fight for the principles and alliances which keep societies free – working across borders and party lines to combat extremism, advance democracy and fundamental human rights, and make a stand in an increasingly uncertain world.

Today, our work is focused into two main streams: “Securing our Societies” and “Advancing the Free World”. The Securing our Societies Programme focuses on threats to free societies within the West, while the Advancing the Free World Programme examines how the enemies of the free world are operating internationally.

The Role

The role is simple: promote the ideas and research of The Henry Jackson Society to decision makers within Westminster and Whitehall.  To achieve this, you will build close personal relationships with the country’s political elites — helping align our work with their interests.

There is no one way to conduct such a role and you will be given the freedom to conduct it in the way that works best with your talents, networks, and skillsets.  In return, we will expect you to thrive on being held to account against quantitative metrics and to have an irrepressible energy for trying new ideas and building new connections.

This is not a role for the pedestrian or uninspiring but solid operator.  Rather, it will suit someone who is willing to take risks and put in the long hours necessary to deliver results which are, in turn, recognised and rewarded.

The duties of the role are proactive and will require you to build support for HJS’s policy education agenda, working closely with a cross-party group of politicians and their staff, ministers, civil servants and the political parties.  You will be identifying political opportunities and parliamentary processes that will allow for a more thorough dissemination of HJS’s work, as well as managing the regular opportunities offered by the parliamentary calendar.

In consultation with colleagues, you will take ownership of educating policy makers — across party lines — about a range of policy areas, and work with officials to see if you can add value through HJS ideas or personnel.

Above all though, we want you to be passionate about our issues and hungry to make a difference in the public policy world – recognising that this is not a normal 9-5 job where you switch off once you turn off your laptop because (a) you don’t want to and (b) you understand that this is not how the policy world works. The rewards, both professionally and personally are vast, as past HJS staff are shining examples of, but they require dedication and commitment to achieve.

Join us – and help make history.

Key Duties 

  1. Maintain and grow HJS’ ongoing role as a go-to think tank for policymakers from all parties in Westminster, Whitehall, and beyond.
  2. Develop personal relationships with the Parliamentary community (MPs, Peers, researchers and All Party Groups), developing new contacts as well as maintaining and deepening ongoing relationships.
  3. Conceive, manage and launch initiatives and campaigns designed to increase the utility of HJS research output to decision-makers.
  4. Develop relationships with other political and governmental audiences, including special advisers, civil servants, and influential think-tanks.
  5. Identify key opportunities for HJS issues within the political domain and work with policy specialists and media colleagues to exploit these to best effect.
  6. Provide strategic advice to colleagues across the Society on the promotion of key messages, timing of delivery and key contacts in the dissemination of their work.
  7. Consult with colleagues on the feasibility and format of policy recommendations contained within published research reports.
  8. Work with Select Committees to monitor and contribute to relevant inquiries, build working relationships and assist with Calls for Evidence into topical issues.
  9. Assist in the planning of HJS’s attendance at party conferences and organise participation at other events through the year such as policy seminars, receptions, media events and conferences with a political and governmental theme.
  10. Represent HJS – where appropriate – as a speaker at events.
  11. Maintain a database of parliamentarians and key staff, reflecting their interests in our work.
  12. Create, maintain, and share with colleagues a system of quantitative performance metrics for the society’s results in the policy space.

Person Specification

There is no one background for a candidate who can execute this role with success.  Rather, as part of the recruitment process, you will need to show us how your individual and unique experiences will equip you to thrive in such a unique role.

That said, there are some core experiences that will provide you with a strong grounding as you approach this challenge.

Essential:

  • Proven ability to build impactful relationships with policymakers or similar elite audiences;
  • Excellent knowledge of the public-policy process including parliamentary procedure and the inner mechanics of Whitehall;
  • Energetic and entrepreneurial approach;
  • A contagious passion for political ideas and policy;
  • Hard-working and motivated with exacting attention to detail;
  • Proficiency in MS Office tools;
  • University degree, preferably in a relevant field;
  • A strong sympathy with our ideals as set out in our statement of principles and corpus of research output is expected.

Desirable

  • Previous work experience in Parliament, the civil service, a think tank, or political party;
  • Extensive “rolodex” of political contacts across party lines.

Salary

£25-40k, dependent on experience and career level. A junior manager would be expected to earn £25-35k and a mid-level one £35-40k.

To apply:

Please complete the online form and supply the following:

  1. CV
  2. Cover letter explaining why you would thrive if given the freedom to execute this role according to your own unique approach. Please also include your salary expectations.

Closing date – 25th April, 2021

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Job Details

Organisation: Henry Jackson Society

Location: London

Salary range: £30,000 - £40,000

Closing date: 25 April 2021

Contract type: Permanent

About the Organisation

The Henry Jackson Society (HJS) is the UK’s boldest think tank and policy-shaping force, constantly ahead of the curve on the big issues of international and domestic importance.

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