Job opportunity: Communications and Public Engagement Manager

Article dated: 13 March 2014

The UK Data Archive is seeking a Communications and Public Engagement Manager who can lead new strategies to establish and grow the Administrative Data Service (ADS).

The ADS is part of the innovative Administrative Data Research Network, a newly funded national infrastructure designed to support researchers in linking and analysing routinely collected administrative data, providing a rich new resource for economic and social research.

The ADRN was announced in October 2013 by David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science, and forms part of a major new government investment in 'Big Data'.

The ADS will be the public face for this national Network, therefore communications and public engagement will be a key focus for the new service.

The Communications and Public Engagement Manager will be responsible for developing and coordinating activities to inform and engage data users, data owners and other stakeholders across the ADRN's four centres. This is in addition to managing and overseeing communications activities undertaken by the ADS.

The successful candidate will manage a team of three at the University of Essex, and will liaise with staff at the four research centres and the ESRC to develop an overarching Communications and Public Engagement Strategy for the Network.

We're looking for a candidate with specialist expertise of a wide range of activities, methodologies and practices (including interdisciplinary) in the areas of communications and public engagement.

You will have:

  • a knowledge of the wider landscape on communications and publishing within the academic and/or public sector environment
  • experience setting priorities and managing projects, staff planning, budgets, resources and time

Experience with social science data is highly appreciated, but not required. What is more important is an understanding of how high-quality data can inform research, policy and public opinion for the benefit of all of society.

This is a full time, fixed-term position based at the University of Essex until September 2018. Salary will be in the range of £37,756 to £45,053 per annum. This is a re-posting and previous applicants should not apply.

Full details including a job pack are available at the University of Essex website. Closing date is 30 March 2014.