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Communications Assistant, UK Data Archive

UK Data Archive



  • Posted on: 08th Sep 2021
  • Salary: £20,092 - £22,847 per annum (pro-rata for part-time)
  • REF: REQ05110
  • Closes: 19th September 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description
UK Data Archive

An exciting opportunity for a Communications Assistant has come up in the UK Data Service and UK Data Archive, based at the University of Essex. As a national partnership organisation, we curate and provide access to the largest collection of social science and population data in the UK. Funded by UK Research and Innovation through the Economic and Social Research Council, we have been a critical part of the UK’s research infrastructure since 1967.

Duties of the Role

The post holder will provide clerical and admin support to the Communication and Engagement directorate of the UK Data Service. They will help to monitor and facilitate the Comms helpdesk and workflows, co-ordinate, organise and contribute to meetings, provide general admin support across the Comms team using the Microsoft Office suite and Acrobat and undertake other clerical tasks.

The successful candidate will also build and maintain positive working relationships with all the UK Data Service staff and management, in order to increase efficiency and facilitate good communications between teams and organisations.

The post holder will be required to update their skills set by learning new systems, software etc. for example Confluence and Smartsheets. In addition, the post holder will share their knowledge and experience of processes and practices to develop new systems and procedures in the UK Data Archive.

A full list of duties and responsibilities can be found within the job pack.

Qualifications and Skills required

The successful candidate will possess a qualification in or demonstrable experience of using Microsoft packages (Word, Excel and Outlook) at a high level of competency.

The post holder will have exceptional organisational and administrative skills and work well as part of a team and on their initiative. Previous experience of successfully working in a communications or marketing team, or similar function in an administrative role would be advantageous.

They should be able to manage competing deadlines and tasks, work as part of a team as well as on their own initiative. Experience of using social media platforms such as HooteSuite and MS Office suite would also be required.

This post is fixed-term until 30 September 2022 in the first instance due to funding. Whilst this is a full-time post, we would also consider a job share arrangement and would welcome applications from those looking to work 0.5 FTE (18 hours per week) on this basis.

This post involves access to Government systems, information or data and will be subject to the staff vetting process. Further information can be found in the job pack.

At the University of Essex, internationalism and diversity is central to who we are and what we do. We are committed to being a cosmopolitan, internationally oriented university that is welcoming to staff and students from all countries, faiths and backgrounds, where you can find the world in one place.

To support this commitment we have our Global Forum, a staff-led network that promotes and celebrates the rich cultural diversity among Essex staff, and our Colchester campus based Faith Centre, which hosts regular services, meetings and events organised by our chaplains and faith representatives. For more information see: https://www.essex.ac.uk/life/student-facilities/religion-and-faith

Please see the attached job pack, which contains a full job description and person specification, which outlines the full duties, skills, qualifications and experience needed for this role plus more information relating to the post. We recommend you read this information carefully before making an application. Applications should be made on-line, but if you would like advice or help in making an application, or need information in a different format, please email the Resourcing Team (resourcing@essex.ac.uk).

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