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Deputy Director, Strategy & Engagement Race Disparity Unit




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Job description

About the Race Disparity Audit (RDA):

The Race Disparity Audit (RDA) is a cross-Government initiative announced by the Prime Minister in 2016. It is designed to shine a light on ethnic disparities - differences of treatment or outcome affecting people of different ethnicities - by publishing relevant Government data in a clear and accessible way which commands public trust. The RDA covers many areas of national life, including health, education, employment, criminal justice and communities.

About the role:

The Deputy Director, Strategy and Engagement, is a key senior post in RDU, leading on the development of the Government’s policy response to the RDA, engagement with the many external stakeholders with an interest in RDU’s work and communications. The postholder is also a member of RDU’s SMT.

Over the next 12 months, the postholder will be responsible for:

• Co-ordinating a series of Ministerial announcements setting out further Government responses to the findings of the RDA, working closely with relevant Departments and the centre of Government;

• Working with key domestic Departments to help develop their policy response to the RDA into 2019;

• Establishing a cross Government project to encourage front line services to take action on RDA findings that are relevant to them;

• Developing a more ambitious communications and engagement strategy to promote the use of data on the Ethnicity Facts and Figures website;

• Maintaining the strong reputation of the RDA by building strong links with a wide range of stakeholders with an interest in RDA data, across NGOs, business and academia.

The postholder will need to work closely with senior colleagues leading on RDU data and digital strands and with policy leads in key domestic Departments and will also need to motivate and lead a small team of five.

The RDA is an unusual inter-disciplinary initiative bringing together statisticians with people from digital an policy backgrounds.

The postholder will need to work creatively with people from different disciplines to help produce an outcome that mobilises effectively the talents of all.

Essential Criteria:

• Credibility with senior stakeholders outside Government, especially community organisations representing ethnic minority communities and academics

• The ability to influence Ministers and senior officials in other Departments

• Presentational skills, including the ability to present complex material to a wide variety of audiences, from policy and subject experts to members of the public

• Experience of policy development in a Government Department in any field

• Experience of cross Whitehall working across and between different Government Departments

• Management and leadership of a small team

• Ability to contribute to the corporate leadership and direction of a complex multi-disciplinary project

Desirable criteria

• An interest in and enthusiasm for data and the ability to explain complex statistics to generalist audiences