Data Scientist: Head of Knowledge and Research

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National Youth Agency

Location: Home based/remote working

Application Deadline
£50000- £55000

Location: Home based/remote working

Contract Type: Full time, Permanent

Salary: £50000- £55000 PA

Benefits: Competitive

The National Youth Agency is excited to be recruiting for a Data Scientist - Head of Knowledge and Research

What we do

All young people deserve a productive, fulfilling future. Society needs the spark and energy of young people to make it tick, yet somehow thousands of young people feel blocked by the complex, sometimes disheartening challenges the modern world throws at them.

Youth work is the best methodology to unlock young people’s potential by providing high quality support and opportunities. Skilled youth workers build relationships that support young people to explore their personal, social, and educational development. Youth work enables young people to develop their voice, influence, and place within society.

As the national body for youth work, NYA has a dual function. We are the professional, statutory, and regulatory body (PSRB) responsible for qualifications, quality standards and safeguarding for youth work and services in England. In line with our charity mission and aims, we also champion youth work through research, advocacy, campaigns, and programmes.

About the Role

The NYA aspired to be the leading youth sector body to host and process data to demonstrate the value and importance of youth work for young people and communities. Our Data Scientist will lead a team including a Research and Learning Manager, and Data Analyst. The team will ensure that NYA can better understand the complex and varied youth work sector, keeping abreast of changing trends and challenges that affect youth work providers and young people. The NYA has designed this team and worked closely with government departments and arms-length bodies to shape our work for the future. There is huge interest in what we are doing in partnership with other youth sector stakeholders as we seek to influence the next spending review or government. You will thrive in a swiftly changing charity using your experience, initiative, and technical skills to help develop and deliver NYA’s data, intelligence, and insight strategy.

You will use your analytical skills and expertise to lead the team in delivering projects involving advanced data analysis and careful reporting of data, this will include the Youth Work Census, the Youth Workforce Register, and the development of NYA’s repository of data, intelligence, and insight. Working closely with the Director of Growth, and the wider Senior Leadership Team, you will ensure that these projects deliver the clarity and insight into the sector, that will allow NYA to inform and influence national policy and drive change to improve the provision of youth work, and the life chances of young people.

You will champion and lead the use of high-quality statistical and quantitative analysis across the organisation, engaging and supporting colleagues, to embed an evidence-based culture and embedding evaluation into organisational development and our work programmes.

You will:

  • Act as the strategic lead for data and insight for NYA.
  • Work with the senior leadership team to develop and deliver NYA’s data, intelligence, and insight strategy.
  • Embed an evidence-based culture throughout the organisation.
  • Focus on rigour and quality in use of data, evidence and research.
  • Develop reporting tools and technologies (Power BI) to build reports and dashboards.

About you

  • At least three year’s relevant experience of leading and carrying out quantitative data analysis within a professional environment.
  • Experience of the development and use of quantitative data collection methods, including online surveys.
  • Experience of analysing large, complex datasets.
  • Experience writing up technical analysis into accessible briefings reports for a non-technical audience.
  • Experience of leading small teams to delivering projects, taking ownership for delivering to time, identifying, and mitigating risks and developing contingencies where required.
  • Experiencing of commissioning and managing relationships with third party specialist providers.
  • Line management of one or more team members.
  • This is a Permanent contract, but we would also consider a secondment arrangement

How to apply

If you wish to apply for this position, please submit the following by 23:59 on August 28th 2022.

A detailed CV setting out your career history, with responsibilities and achievements in line with the person specification in the About You section.

A covering letter (maximum two sides) highlighting your suitability for the role and how you meet the person specification. Please note that the covering letter is an important part of the application and will be assessed as part of your full application.

Please provide details of two professional referees together with a brief statement of their relationship to you and over what period of time they have known you. Referees will not be contacted without your prior consent.

Diversity monitoring form – your data will be stored separately from your applications and will at no time be connected to you or your application.

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