Data Curation Manager

Do you believe in the power of data and think this power should be used to improve the lives of the people living in Scotland?  Yes? Research Data Scotland needs you!
Now is a great time to join RDS as we take the first steps on our important journey.

A bit about us:
We are a newly set up charity and the result of a joint venture between Scottish Government, the University of Edinburgh and Public Health Scotland. Our work will be done in collaboration with these and other major contributors to the field of data driven research.
Our mission is to improve the economic, social and environmental wellbeing in Scotland by enabling access to and linkage of data about people, places and businesses for research in the public good.
By bringing together expertise, resources and capabilities from a range of existing data-led programmes across the public and private sectors and academia we will help researchers get access to the linkage-ready data they need to complete, potentially, life-saving or life-changing research more quickly, but without compromising on our duties regarding ethics,  information governance or data security.

A bit about the job:
We are looking for a Data Curation Manager. Your focus will be on promoting the new organisation: our mission and our services. By telling the story of how data is used in Scotland and explaining RDS’ pivotal role in helping researchers, you will be key in developing the impact RDS has. 
The post will be outward-facing, with a strong focus on project management and stakeholder engagement, often at a senior level. As Data Curation Manager, you will work closely with the CEO, RDS Directors, the Board of Trustees and Senior Management in Partner Organisations.
We’re a start-up so, in line with your skillset, other bits and pieces will come your way.

A bit about you:
Did we mention we are a start-up? A flexible mind-set and a “can-do” attitude are essential. You are a self-starter, with high energy.  You are organised, like to stay ahead of the curve on industry trends and thrive on managing multiple projects with different deadlines. You are passionate about how data driven innovation can transform services and improve wellbeing and preferably have some knowledge of/experience in working with data, data platforms or data improvement methodologies. 

A bit about the package:
You’ll have gathered by now that we are a work in progress. That said we’re committed to being a fair work employer so will encourage channels for effective voice, e.g. trade union recognition, we’ll invest in the development of our people and we’ll promote an inclusive workplace culture.  What else: a 35-hour week,  33 days’ holiday, including public, but we don’t intend to have set closures, hybrid working, flexible working hours, open from day 1 to discuss flexible working arrangements, generous pension, based at the Bayes Centre in the centre of Edinburgh. This list will be added to, and you’ll help shape it.
Click here to download the application process. Contact to arrange an informal chat.

Job Description | Reference - RDS00010

Role: Data Curation Manager. 
Pay: C2 - £50,000 -£59,000. Generally people start at the first point on the scale, but for roles with specialist skills and where there are recognised recruitment difficulties a level of flexibility will be considered.
Hours: 35 per week    
Employment Type: Permanent. Happy to discuss a 2-year secondment from similarly minded organisations providing you have prior agreement from your department director or line manager.
Closing date: 24/10/2021    
Reports to Charity Operations Manager    
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Key Duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Working with Research Data Scotland partners to manage the process of data curation for the series of data sets held in the National Safe Haven, in particular to: Schedule updates to existing data holdings. Arrange for updates to data sharing agreements, and metadata, Manage the process of updated data to be extracted, indexed and transferred to the NDSH, organising resources across RDS partner organisations. Manage the regular formal reviews of the datasets held in the NDSH
  • Improving the quality of datasets and metadata by developing feedback loops from the users of datasets to enhance both
  • Identifying ways to simplify the data acquisition process to minimise risks to data security, improve the quality of data and metadata, and speed up the time to make the new datasets available to researchers
  • Managing the RDS data catalogue and keeping this up to date.
  • Working with the service delivery partners on data acquisition, curation and knowledge transfer for the wraparound service

Person Specification

Knowledge, Skills, Experience
Experience coordinating cross-organisation programmes of work that deliver to time and budget Essential
Leading teams with data management and information government expertise Essential
A track record in business improvement that deliver higher quality and reduce cost Essential
The ability to seek and analyse user feedback, translating that into service improvement Essential

Degree in Information/Data/Computer Science or similar Desirable

Key Competencies    
Improving Organisational Performance  Essential
Communication and Engagement Essential
Analysis and Use of Evidence Essential
Leading Others Essential

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