Vacancy for Communications and Impact Manager

Article dated: 18 August 2014

We are looking for an accomplished Communications Manager who can lead activities to help the UK Data Service reach and engage the social science data community to deliver real and measurable impact.

This role will provide an opportunity to use and expand your stellar communications skills in the fast-growing world of data and research, leading a small but effective cross-site Outreach team.

The UK Data Service is funded by the ESRC to provide researchers around the world with free access to high-quality digital data critical for social and economic research. Data in the collection come from a variety of sources including the UK Census, government departments and agencies, businesses, international databanks such as the International Monetary Fund, and individual researchers. Users range from academics to a growing number of analysts in business, the third sector, and all levels of government.

You will be chiefly responsible for developing and coordinating the Communications & Impact Strategy for the UK Data Service, including activities to inform and engage data users, data owners and other stakeholders across the UK and overseas. This includes day-to-day content management and support for websites and applications used to deliver data and resources. It also includes brand management, blogs, social media and print publicity.

The successful candidate will manage a team of two at the University of Essex as part of a wider Outreach function including User Support and User Training colleagues based at the University of Manchester.

Solid communications skills and experience are essential for this role; familiarity with social science research methods and data are highly valued, but not required.

This is a full time, fixed-term position until September 2017. The UK Data Archive is ISO 27001, certified for Information Security Management.

The closing date for this position is 7 September 2014.