Head of Public Affairs

August 16, 2021
Preferred Start Date:
London / East Coast US / Remote
Contract Type:
Full-time (4 days considered); 1 Year Fixed-Term with view to go permanent
£55,000 - £75,000 (UK)/ $90,000 - $120,000 (US)

ISD has enjoyed significant growth in the past 5 years, and we are proud of our reputation as the leading global think and do tank fighting hate, polarisation, disinformation and extremism. As part of this growth, we now seek an experienced and dynamic public affairs professional to drive ISD’s external relations strategy and lead ISD’s communications team.

The Head of Public Affairs will lead ISD’s communications efforts, working with the senior leadership and programme teams to design, implement and deliver external relations outputs in order to enhance ISD’s reputation and support the achievement of ISD’s strategic goals. The successful candidate will own and maintain a network of effective journalist and media relationships, and will work with them and other stakeholders to increase ISD’s overall presence.

Key responsibilities include:
• Developing and delivering on media and marketing strategies to enhance ISD’s reputation and brand positioning
• Directing ISD’s press office, ensuring excellent coverage in top-tier media outlets and a successful annual media strategy of coordinated, proactive output
• Managing a team of staff and consultants, including ISD’s Web Manager, Communications Coordinator and media consultants

The successful candidate will have a strong understanding of and interest in the issues ISD addresses, with the ability to quickly understand the nuances of work developed by our research, policy and programming teams. Significant professional experience in public affairs/PR/strategic communications is essential, as well as extremely strong written and oral communication skills.

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Application process

To apply, please send a one-page cover letter addressing your interest in and suitability for the position as well as an up-to-date CV (no more than 2 pages) and a writing sample to [email protected].

The deadline for applications is Monday 16th August 2021. ISD reserves the right to interview and appoint before the closing date.

Shortlisted Candidates
Due to the high volume of applications we receive, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Applications without a covering letter or CV will not be considered. ISD reserves the right to reject any proposals submitted that do not meet this criteria, and to request additional information as necessary in order to evaluate applications. Please note that applications will be considered on a rolling basis and ISD reserves the right to appoint before the end of the advertisement.

Work with us

ISD is an independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to safeguarding human rights and reversing the rising tide of polarisation, extremism and disinformation worldwide.
Benefits at ISD
ISD offers competitive salaries and a range of attractive benefits including a 5% employer pension contribution, 20+ days holiday, flexible working, employee support & assistance programmes, and an annual individual training budget.
Speculative Applications 
ISD welcomes speculative applications from talented and dedicated individuals at all levels who would like to join our global team. If you are committed to challenging extremism, hate and disinformation in all its forms, please send a CV and cover letter (no more than 1 page) outlining your experience, ambitions and suitability to [email protected].
Consultant Roster Application
ISD often works with consultants to deliver on a range of projects. We invite talented researchers and consultants to join our roster in order to be considered for engagement on a range of assignments. To express an interest in working with ISD, please send a copy of your up-to-date CV, details of two employment/assignment references and a link to your LinkedIn profile or personal website (if available) to [email protected].
ISD Guiding principles
Our four Guiding Principles run through every part of ISD, reflect our culture, and define who we are as an organisation. They are:
We’re passionate about doing the right thing and holding ourselves to high standards
Together we create more than the sum of our parts
We’re dynamic, fast, responsive and proactive in our work
We take considered risks in order to drive change
Equal Opportunities
ISD is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from candidates from a broad range of backgrounds. ISD is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and we have a zero-tolerance policy towards any discrimination or harassment based on race, colour, sex, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic.

We operate fair recruitment and selection procedures based on the principle of selecting the best person for the job. We make a concerted effort to ensure our workplace, employment policies and organisational culture creates an inclusive, positive and progressive environment in which all members of our team are treated with dignity and respect. For any further information about this policy or our recruitment practices, please email [email protected].