SummaryDo you have strong communication skills and enjoy engaging with stakeholders and communities of practice? If so, this could be the role for you.Methods, Data and Research Directorate (MDR) provides the statistical infrastructure (in the broadest sense) and underpinning frameworks necessary to enable ONS, the Government Statistical Service (GSS) and the wider research community to make better use of data. MDR was established as a directorate during 2017, and has been structured into five divisions: •Data as a Service Division co-ordinates requirements for new data, bringing it into the ONS environment and making it available across the organisation.•Data Architecture Division will ensure that data is organised and referenced so that it can be access quickly and used appropriately by the organisation.•Methodology Division will develop new methods for working with new non-survey data sources, and for integrating non-survey and survey data.•Best Practice and Impact Division fosters the best practice developed within MDR across the GSS (and vice versa), and ensures that innovation in the use of data is pushed across government.•Research Support and Data Access maximises the benefits of the expanded ONS data estate to the wider research community.Job descriptionIn this role you will cultivate and promote an active data community of practice across government. Collaborating with Government Digital Service (GDS) and ONS leaders you’ll continue to build the data architecture capability that can deliver the mission of the Data Standards Authority as well as support capability building across government. You will be working closely with both the Data Architecture Community and the API and Data Exchange Community of Practice. You will develop a view of the work across the range of community members on projects, programmes and business as usual activities, ensuring best practices are shared and key learning identified for the Data Standards Authority (to feed into the forward work programme and pipeline). You will host workshops to bring the community together, and to help input into the work of the Data Standards Authority, also identifying where we need more learning and development within the data architecture function. You will work closely with other technology community leads to provide training and opportunities to technologists across wider government. You may also assist with recruitment to help us bring in a diverse and skilled team to the Data Standards Authority.Responsibilities•To grow the Data Architecture Community and make connections with other communities by setting up and facilitating conversations and events, ensuring all involved have good visibility of work across the Data Standards Authority.•Socialise standards across respective departments across government, ensuring resulting actions are implemented and identifying priorities. •Develop the data communities to ensure a diverse group of people feel welcome, respected and supported.•Link-up with external communities and events to help them understand both the work that the Data Standards Authority and the relevant communities are doing, and the opportunities there are to work with us•Make sure that what we learn is documented and circulated in order to establish standards and contribute back to wider technical communities, for example through writing and circulating blogs, newsletters etc.•Ensure that we are promoting data architect roles in the right way to attract a diverse field of strong candidates, to improve data standardisation across government.•Help data community members find opportunities to develop in their careers•Keep your technical knowledge on data up to date and decide how best to stay close to the work that is happening within the community •Support your counterparts in other parts of government and build an active community that everyone in data across government can belong to and participate in. Person SpecificationSkills and Experience Essential skills •Demonstrable expertise in community management and engagement in a digital, data or technology field•Experience in building an active, supportive community that helps its members learn.•Ability to energise interest and engage with an audience for example by means of public speaking, running workshops and events.•A commitment to providing great digital services.•A track record of successful performance management and building capability.•Strong organisational skills, preferably managing teams across organisational boundaries•An ability to work at a fast pace ad deliver•Strong writing skills and with an understanding of governance structures Desirable skills •Experience working in a matrix organisation structure and across organisational boundaries•An understanding of data standards and why they are important•A wide-ranging interest in data and technology and implications they have for software development, web technologies and government in general.Behaviours We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process: Communicating and InfluencingWorking TogetherManaging a Quality ServiceDelivering at PaceLeadershipBenefitsThe Office for National Statistics is part of the Civil Service, and as such we share a number of key benefits with other departments, whilst also having our own unique offerings to support our 5000+ valued employees across the business. Whether you are hearing about us for the first time or already know a bit about our organisation, we hope that the benefits pack attached (bottom of page) will give you a great insight into the benefits and facilities available to our employees, and our fantastic working culture. We are an organisation that takes the well-being of its employees seriously and lives and breathes the desire to modernise the workplace of the future. Everyone, from our office-based staff in Newport, London and Titchfield, to our field interviewers and airports and ports passenger survey staff, are part of a diverse and inclusive family. Inclusion & Accessibility At ONS we’re always looking to attract the very best people from the widest possible talent pool, and we are proud to be an inclusive, equal opportunities employer. As a member of the Business Disability Forum and a Disability Confident Leader we’re committed to ensuring that all candidates are treated fairly throughout the recruitment process. As part of our application process, you will be prompted to provide details of any reasonable adjustments to our recruitment process that you need. If you would like to discuss any reasonable adjustments before applying, please contact the recruitment team in the first instance. If you would like an accessible version of any of the attachments or recruitment documents below or linked to in this advert, please contact the recruitment team who will be happy to assist. Things you need to knowSecuritySuccessful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.