We're hiring: Communications & Engagement Manager, ADR UK Strategic Hub

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22 October 2021

  • Communications & Engagement Manager
  • Salary: £31.931 (plus £5,129 London allowance)
  • Location: London
  • Hours: Full time
  • Contract type: Permanent
  • Closing date: 14 November 2021
  • Interview date: 29 November 2021

ADR UK (Administrative Data Research UK) is a partnership transforming the way researchers access the UK’s wealth of public sector data, to enable better informed policy decisions that improve people’s lives. 

By linking together data held by different parts of government, and by facilitating safe and secure access for accredited researchers to these newly joined-up data sets, ADR UK is creating a sustainable body of knowledge about how our society and economy function – tailored to give decision makers the answers they need to solve important policy questions.

ADR UK is made up of four national partnerships (ADR England, ADR Scotland, ADR Wales, and ADR NI) and the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which ensures data provided by UK government bodies is accessed by researchers in a safe and secure form with minimal risk to data holders or the public.

The partnership is coordinated by a UK-wide Strategic Hub, which also promotes the benefits of administrative data research to the public and the wider research community, engages with UK government to secure access to data, and manages a dedicated research budget.

As Communications & Engagement Manager, you will be part of a five-person communications team within the Strategic Hub. The team has oversight and strategic responsibility for the full range of ADR UK’s communications activities, including digital (web, social media and audiovisual), publications, events and media relations, as well as a strong role in delivering stakeholder and public engagement on behalf of the partnership.

Job purpose

Reporting to the Strategic Lead for Communications & Campaigns, the Communications & Engagement Manager will support the delivery of all the activities listed above. 

This role will particularly focus on engaging and communicating with ADR UK’s key stakeholders, including data holders and policy makers (inside and outside of government), policy influencers and researchers. Working with ADR UK research grant holders to develop and deliver communications plans for their projects will form a key part of the role, as will working with the Strategic Lead for Communications & Campaigns to develop ADR UK’s offer to the media and build relationships with key journalists. Together with the Public Engagement Manager and other members of the communications team, you will play a key role in the delivery of ADR UK’s public engagement work.

You will also be required to work closely with communications colleagues across the partnership, facilitating internal communication and ensuring external outputs are coordinated, on-brand and on-message.

Key responsibilities

  • Stakeholder engagement: mapping and management of ADR UK’s stakeholders, identifying key influencers and supporting the Communications Lead and senior staff to engage productively to further strategic objectives, including securing meetings, drafting briefings, letters, and presentations, and responding to government consultations.
  • Media relations: drafting press releases and comment pieces and working with the Communications Lead to identify media opportunities and build productive relationships with key journalists.
  • Researcher engagement: working closely with researchers awarded grants to support the development and delivery of their communications plans, raising awareness of researcher opportunities such as funding and training opportunities, managing researcher knowledge exchange events and seminars.
  • Event management: organise and run ADR UK events, including stakeholder roundtables and conference sessions, and represent the partnership on stalls and via networking at external events.
  • Public engagement: working with the Public Engagement Manager and the rest of the communications team to develop and deliver a programme of public engagement work to help ensure public support for ethical administrative data research is measured, maintained, and increased.
  • Website: working closely with the Communications and Engagement Officer, day-to-day management of the ADR UK website, including updating content, drafting, and uploading news stories and blogs, and working with our web development agency to implement regular improvements to the site.

You will be required to undertake other duties as required to support the delivery of the ADR UK Communications and Engagement Strategy, including writing content across a broad range of channels. 

Shortlisting and interview criteria

Essential

Knowledge, skills and experience

  • At least one years’ experience in a communications or engagement role with a proven track record of high-quality outputs.
  • Experience of copywriting and editing in-line with a brand and style guide.
  • Experience of creating briefings and presentations for senior staff.
  • Experience of using a range of communications management and analytics tools or platforms, such as Hootsuite, Constant Contact, Google Analytics, Meltwater or similar.
  • Experience of managing a communications plan or grid, scheduling content and scoping for reactive opportunities.
  • Knowledge of or an interest in social science, administrative data research, the work of ADR UK, and the wider research landscape.

Competencies

  • Excellent written communication skills – particularly the ability to translate technical or academic language into clear, accessible plain English, and deliver concise and punchy copy that can engage non-specialists.
  • Excellent oral communication skills and the willingness to use them to maintain good working relationships with key partners.
  • Ability to form strong working relationships with people colleagues, partners, and stakeholders at all levels.
  • Ability to work independently and use initiative when required, as well as a supportive part of an integrated communications and engagement team.
  • Ability to plan and prioritise workload, managing several tasks simultaneously.
Desirable
  • Experience of working with or coordinating external contractors, such as graphic designers, video producers, web developers, and/or market research agencies.
  • Experience of working in a partnership environment.
  • Experience of events management.
  • Experience of writing surveys and/or facilitating focus groups.
  • Good ‘news sense’ and experience of developing stories that work for media.

About ESRC

ESRC is the UK’s largest funder of economic, social, behavioural and human data science. It supports the development and training of the UK’s future social scientists and funds major studies that provide the infrastructure for research. ESRC-funded research informs policy-makers and practitioners and helps make businesses, voluntary bodies and other organisations more effective. 

How to apply

Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit your CV and a covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for ESRC and the role you’re applying for. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit your application without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered. You will only be assessed on the content of your CV and covering letter and not the ‘experience’ section of the application. 

You can apply on the UKRI Careers Portal.

About UKRI

Launched in April 2018, UKRI is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Our organisation brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England, which is responsible for supporting research and knowledge exchange at higher education institutions in England, and the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. 

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