We're hiring: Strategic Lead for Campaigns & Communications

Categories: Jobs, ADR UK Strategic Hub

19 February 2021

  • Strategic Lead for Campaigns and Communications 
  • £49,708 (plus £5,029 London allowance)
  • Full-time/ Part Time (Minuimum 0.8 FTE considered)
  • London 
  • Permanent
  • Closing Date: 8 March 2021
  • Interview Date: w/c 22 March 2021

Travel from London to Swindon will be required once a month to attend monthly meetings. Flexible working will be considered including working from home. There will also be a requirement for occasional travel across the UK including overnight stays (following government regulations due to Covid -19).


This is an exciting opportunity to work in one of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)'s important investments in research infrastructure set up to maximise the potential of administrative data as a resource for research. Combined data from across government and hundreds of UK public bodies will be used to improve healthcare, education, business growth and the fight against crime. 

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.

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. The Strategic Hub is currently a team of 12, embedded within ESRC, led by the Director (Dr Emma Gordon) who reports to the ESRC Executive Chair and ultimately the ADR UK Programme Delivery Board.

Job Purpose

Research using administrative data needs the support of the public, the support of Government, and the support of researchers. We need a social contract which balances the safety of personal data alongside the enormous potential for public good.

As Strategic Lead for Campaigns and Communications for the ADR UK Strategic Hub you will own the communications strategy and stakeholder engagement narrative in support of ADR UK’s objectives, right across all the stakeholder types from Parliamentarians, through to Permanent Secretaries, privacy lobbyists, special interest groups, other relevant research organisations, the research community and non-academic audiences including the general public.

You will be responsible for working with and advising the Director of the Strategic Hub and the Head of Operations.  You and your team will work closely with the communications teams across the partnership as well as with UKRI, other related data investments and government.  

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop, lead and deliver the overall communications and engagement strategy to ensure ADR UK has a strong voice, brand and reputation
  • Develop, lead and deliver an approach to promote the value of sharing administrative data for research which contributes to a change in narrative across government and other audiences (including non-academic) including creating a range of promotional materials that tell the story of its benefit to society
  • Foster proactive collaborative working amongst ADR UK partners, UKRI as a funder and government department press offices with the shared aim of delivering a high-quality, timely and coordinated approach to communications and maximising the benefits to ADR UK of the combined expertise and resources across teams
  • Coordinate the tracking and capture of the impact of administrative data sharing for research; design and deliver approaches to celebrate and recognise the value of admin data and achievements of ADR UK
  • Actively liaise with individuals and organisations in a number of sectors including parliament, academia, members of the public, other funders – to ensure that this diverse audience has high levels of understanding of ADR UK’s vision, strategy and initiatives and their views are being considered
  • Collaborate with other organisations to leverage the potential of affiliated and partnership campaigns to achieve mutual objectives
  • Mobilise people to bring about change by deploying a range of marketing and communication channels such as digital technologies, traditional media, events, stakeholder engagement and insight to help deliver ADR UK’s strategic objectives
  • Develop, lead and deliver ADR UK’s media strategy including proactive placement of features; developing links with journalists; preparations for media appearances; dealing sensitively with difficult coverage; and reactive and flexible responses to crisis scenarios, including out of hours when required
  • In light of the new approach of retaining personal data for long term research use: coordinate and develop an ADR UK public engagement strategy to maintain public acceptability of using admin data for research, which learns from existing knowledge as well as builds on planned and ongoing activity within ADR UK, UKRI and other bodies
  • Provide expert internal advice in developing creative and effective approaches to convene and engage key stakeholders.

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria (Person Specification)


  • Demonstrate a good understanding of the ADR UK programme aims and vision
  • Education to degree level or ability to demonstrate an equivalent level of knowledge in a communications environment 
  • Proven experience in a lead external affairs, campaigns or communications post 
  • Proven track record of creating and successfully implementing stakeholder engagement approaches, communication strategies and campaigns
  • Experience of working collaboratively to build relationships and networks and lead across organisations and organisational levels
  • Clear ability to develop and lead both individuals and a team


  • Political awareness, the understanding of the context in which UKRI operates and knowledge of the way in which parliament, Whitehall and the Devolved Governments function
  • Experience of leading media relations/public affairs for a research or government organisation
  • Experience in parliamentary engagement such as working with committees and all-party interest groups
  • Experience of working with journalists, the press and broadcasters at national and local level
  • Experience of working with the research community in academic and/or in government
  • Experience of crisis communications and reputation management
  • Experience of public speaking and being a media spokesperson
  • Experience of managing a communications budget including commissioning freelancers

About ESRC 

The Economic and Social Research Council 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. 

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. 

How we support EDI in the workforce 

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Disability Confident Employer

As a Disability Confident employer, UKRI will offer an interview to a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants that meet the minimum criteria for the job (this is the description of the job as set by the employer). To enable us to do this we ask the appropriate questions within the candidate application. 

Additional Information

  • Organisation: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Contract Type: Open Ended
  • External Closing Date: Mar 8, 2021
  • Minimum Salary: Pound Sterling (GBP) 49,708 + 5,029 London allowance
  • Hours: Full-time / Part-time

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