Communications Director

London (Greater)
£50k-65k+ depending on experience
12 Oct 2017
12 Nov 2017
Full Time
Contract Type


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

This is a proactive role that will require you to build support and interest for HJS and its associated brands, its policies and spokespersons, through working closely with the political media. With colleagues in the Research and Events departments, you will be playing a lead role in identifying and exploiting communications and media opportunities, producing material to assist with this process and managing and assisting colleagues with their own media profiles.  The position will also involve overseeing marketing policies at HJS, with the overall remit being to enhance the communications ability of the organisation - and its media profile in particular - to opinion formers, decision makers and the general public, in the UK and internationally.  

If you enjoy helping to shape the news, have a media, PR or communications background, and want to grow in a new and exciting role, or take your existing experience to a new level, then we would be delighted to hear from you.

This is an exciting role that the successful candidate will see direct impact from, however, it is important to note that as a small organisation we expect the candidate to personally take charge of and handle all administrative tasks associated with the role.

Main Duties:

  • To sharpen, re-focus and communicate a distinctive brand identity for HJS and its associated projects, both in the UK and abroad.
  • To lead HJS’s press and public relations work, writing press releases and website copy, identifying new media channels and helping HJS to establish thought leadership in its areas of work.
  • To cultivate strong relationships with domestic and international press and media contacts – including journalists, bloggers, presenters, editors and producers for both print and broadcast outlets – and seek out opportunities for coverage, such as editorial/advertorial opinion articles through relevant channels, staff member quotations in news stories and appearances on broadcast media for staff members.
  • To manage and extend HJS’s network of influencers and media contacts ensuring the highest standards of communication are maintained at all times.
  • To work with the Events team to develop and expand HJS’s presence at events and conferences, in line with the wider communications strategy, as well as boosting attendance at events through communications improvements.
  • To conceptualise, develop and execute PR, marketing and communications material and content to promote the work of HJS to external audiences.
  • To develop and direct an innovative digital marketing strategy for HJS (including website development and e-marketing).
  • To take charge of HJS social media presence and ensure that it is effective and expansive.
  • To work with colleagues to identify key educational opportunities for HJS issues within the policy domain, and work with policy specialists and colleagues to exploit these to best effect.
  • To represent HJS - where appropriate - as a media spokesperson.
  • To maintain a set of effective metrics to measure progress, tracking and monitoring them per their relevancy to current goals as set by management.
  • To personally maintain all communications administration including database management, uploading content, metrics reporting, distributions and liaising with suppliers.

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:

  • Minimum 5 years’ relevant media/PR/communications experience in a full time capacity;
  • Confident writing and speaking skills, and experience of communicating policy recommendations to a variety of audiences;
  • Evidence of successful placement of news stories, op-eds and booking interviews;
  • Demonstrable examples of their personal network of media professionals in areas relevant to our work
  • Understanding and experience of marketing concepts and of how to construct PR materials
  • Knowledge and practical usage of social media in a professional context;
  • A wide-ranging interest in areas of our work;
  • Team-working experience;
  • Excellent time management and project management skills;
  • Ability to work well under pressure;
  • Ability and willingness to complete high-level tasks and low-level administrative tasks at the same time without assistance;
  • Sympathy with our ideals expected.

To apply, please send a CV, cover letter (the latter to include salary expectations as well as an appendix listing examples of successful print and broadcast media placements and of journalistic contacts relevant to our work), to Dr Alan Mendoza at

Closing date –31st October 2017.


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