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23 September 2022

Communications & Engagement Officer

Salary: £25,702 (plus an additional £5,129 London allowance) per annum 
Hours: Full time (part time or compressed hours applications will be considered)
Contract Type: Open Ended
Location: London
Grade: UKRI Band C


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 Officer, you will be part of a five-person communications team within the Strategic Hub. This 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 Officer will support the delivery of all the communications activities listed above. This role will particularly focus on digital communications, including the day-to-day management of the ADR UK website, social media channels and email newsletters. Working closely with internal designers and external contractors, you will produce graphical and audiovisual content, digital and physical brand assets and publications. 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

  • Website: 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.
  • Social media and audiovisual: management of ADR UK’s social media channels, including Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube, ensuring a regular stream of engaging content, including infographics and videos.
  • Brand and publications: work with internal designers and external contractors to further refine ADR UK’s brand, ensuring it is implemented consistently across the partnership, including on reports and physical marketing as well as digital assets.
  • Internal communication and coordination: help coordinate the ADR UK Communications Steering Group (CSG), which brings together colleagues from across the partnership to ensure a joined-up approach, and facilitate internal communications including newsletters.
  • Events: assist with running ADR UK events, including stakeholder roundtables and conference sessions, and represent the partnership on stalls at external events.
  • Stakeholder and public engagement: support the rest of the communications team to map and manage ADR UK’s key stakeholders, and develop and deliver a programme of public engagement work to measure and grow public support for ADR UK’s work.

You will be required to undertake other duties as required to support the delivery of the ADR UK Communications and Engagement Strategy.

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria (Person Specification)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Previous relevant experience in a communications role with a proven track record of high-quality outputs.
  • Experience of using a website content management system to create and publish content.
  • Experience of running social media accounts in a professional context, using both pre-planned content and reactive engagement.
  • Experience of creating images, graphics and/or audiovisual content for use on social media.


  • 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.
  • A strong sense of creative flair, with a good eye for engaging visuals.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Strong diplomatic skills and attitude, with the ability to engage in a collaborative fashion and quickly form positive working relationships with colleagues and stakeholders at all levels.
  • Enthusiasm and positivity, with a can-do attitude and willingness to learn.


  • 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 using a range of communications management or analytics platforms such as Hootsuite, Campaign Monitor, Google Analytics, Meltwater or similar.
  • Experience of writing surveys and/or facilitating focus groups.
  • Knowledge of or interest in social science and the power of data.

This role is currently based at 58 Victoria Embankment.  However, please note that consultation is currently underway on a proposed relocation of UKRI London-based teams to Caxton House, Westminster, towards the end of 2022.

About the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 

The 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. 

For more information about ESRC, please visit https://esrc.ukri.org/

About UK Research Innovation (UKRI) 

UKRI is an organisation that brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England and Innovate UK. Together, we build an independent organisation with a strong voice and vision ensuring the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. 

Supporting some of the world’s most exciting and challenging research projects, we develop and operate some of the most remarkable scientific facilities in the world. We are pushing the frontiers of human knowledge through fundamental research and delivering benefits for UK society and the economy through world-class research, skills and business-led innovation. 

More information can be found at www.ukri.org.

Choosing to come to work at UKRI means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme, excellent holiday entitlement, access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme.  For more details, visit benefits of working for UKRI

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Disability Confident Employer

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation. 

How to apply 

Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit a CV and covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for UKRI and the role. 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 an application without a covering letter may result in the application not being considered. Assessment will only be based upon the content of your submitted covering letter and CV and not the ‘experience’ section of the application. 

UKRI seeks to ensure it creates and maintains a system of openness, fairness and inclusion – a collaborative, trusted environment, which is attractive to and accessible to everyone who is interested in developing their career with us. 

Additional Information

  • Organisation: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Contract Type: Open Ended
  • External Closing Date: Oct 13, 2022
  • Minimum Salary: Pound Sterling (GBP) 25,702
  • Hours: Full-time / Part-time

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