Vacancy: Communications and Engagement Manager

Article dated: 28 September 2017

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, non-governmental organisations, and individual researchers. Users range from academics to a growing number of analysts in business, the civil society sector, and all levels of government.

We are looking for an accomplished and highly motivated Communications and Engagement Manager who can lead on activities to help the UK Data Service and UK Data Archive reach and engage with the social science data community and other key stakeholders.

This role will provide an opportunity to use and expand your dynamic and innovative communications skills in the fast-growing world of data and research, leading a small but effective communications and events engagement team.

You will be responsible for coordinating the Communications Strategy for the UK Data Service, including activities to inform and engage data users, data owners and other stakeholders across the UK and overseas, and will have experience setting priorities and managing projects, staff planning, budgets, resources and time. You will lead on day-to-day content management and support for websites and applications used to deliver data and resources, brand management, social media and print publicity.

The successful candidate will manage a small team at the University of Essex and liaise, as part of a wider Outreach function, with the Impact team, User Support and User Training colleagues based at Jisc and the University of Manchester. You will work closely with the UK Data Service Communications Director at Essex to develop and implement wider engagement and promotional activities across key audiences. You will also collaborate with other communications professionals at Essex to promote the work the UK Data Service and UK Data Archive does.

Proven communications skills and experience are essential for this role, as well as knowledge of the wider landscape on communications and publishing within an academic and/or public sector environment. Familiarity with social science research methods and data are highly valued, but not essential.

We particularly welcome applications from those from an ethnic minority as they are under-represented in the UK Data Archive.

The post will be a full time, fixed-term contract until 31st March 2021. We would consider applications from anyone wishing to work part-time (80% FTE). Please indicate on your application if you wish to be considered for full-time or part-time.

Location: Colchester

Salary: £39,993 - £47,722 per annum

Employment type: Fixed-term, full-time

Closing: 22 October 2017

Further details

The UK Data Service has recently upgraded its data discovery and access systems. Read more about the changes to our new Data Catalogue and ‘My Account’ area.