Staff vacancy: Communications and Public Engagement Manager

Article dated: 28 November 2013

The Administrative Data Service (ADS) is seeking to appoint a highly motivated Communications and Public Engagement Manager to be responsible for coordinating the communications and public engagement activities of the whole of the Administrative Data Research Network.

The ADS is part of the Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN), a highly innovative new infrastructure to facilitate linkage and analysis of routinely collected administrative data for research purposes. The ADS will act as the coordinating body for the Network, setting standards and acting as a first point of contact for all stakeholders. The ADRN was announced by the Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts MP, on the 10th October and forms part of a major new government investment in Big Data. Because of potential public concerns surrounding the ethical use of personal data in research, communications and public engagement will be a key area of activity for the Network.

The successful candidate will manage a team of three at Essex, and will liaise with staff across the 4 national Administrative Data Research Centres (ADRCs) and the ESRC to develop the Comms/PE Strategy for the Network, and oversee its implementation.

Among other skills and experience the successful candidate will have specialist expertise of a wide range of activities, methodologies and practices (including interdisciplinary) in the area communications and public engagement. S/he will have a knowledge of the wider landscape on communications and publishing within the academic and/or public sector environment, and will have experience setting priorities and managing projects, staff planning, budgets, resources and time. This post involves access to Government systems, information or data and will be subject to the staff vetting process. Further information can found in the Recruitment Pack.

This is a full time, fixed-term position until September 2018. The UK Data Archive is ISO 27001, certified for Information Security Management.