Opportunities at the RSS

VACANCY: Professional Standards: Administrator
About the RSS

The Royal Statistical Society (RSS) is a membership organisation dedicated to promoting the understanding and use of statistics for the public good.  We have over 10,000 members in the UK and around the world, including statistics researchers, data scientists, students and teachers.
One of our strategic priorities over the next two years is Data Science. In particular, we are working to develop the contribution of Statistics to Data Science, and to expand the range of services we offer to our members who work as data scientists.
To help deliver these plans, we are looking to recruit an administrator who can work with data science experts and external partners to scope, plan, and launch our new standards and certification with data science.
Our staff team is highly motivated and has had recent success in delivering its strategy which has included growing our membership and volunteer base, better engaging our members through a wide range of opportunities and delivering a programme of public training courses.   Everyone in the team plays an important role in delivering all aspects of our members’ experiences and we have the enthusiasm, ambition, and drive to further improve and expand our relationships with existing and potential members and corporate partners.

About you

You are ideally in a role either within professional standards or a learning and development role, looking for a dynamic position. You are a self-starter and have a desire to work collaboratively as well as managing your own workload.  You will have excellent administrative skills, such as minute taking and have experience of working closely with external stakeholders and deadlines. Whilst you will be an integral part of the membership team providing administrative support to the Head of Professional Standards, you will often be working autonomously, including with senior stakeholders.
Our ideal candidate will have an eye for detail, a high degree of enthusiasm, initiative and judgement and an interest in the field of either professional standards or data science.   
The role

Based within the Membership team at the RSS, you will be working closely with the Head of Professional Standards & Accreditation and our Chief Executive, providing administrative support to them and our two key committees; the Alliance for Data Science Professionals and the RSS Data Science Task Force, as we develop and implement different working practices and guidance around one of our key strategy areas; professionalising data science.
This will include:

  • Specifying and delivering project plans, securing stakeholder input and commitment from the early stages of an idea through to implementation of a detailed proposal
  • Take and share minutes from Alliance meetings
  • Engaging with stakeholders to shape and support delivery of the required outcomes, including chasing when required
  • Monitoring progress and document, resolve or escalate risks and issues
  • Assisting the Head of Professional Standards with reporting to the Alliance and the RSS’s senior management team and board as required
Both the Alliance and the task force have made great progress, and now require specific assistance, including:
  • Helping to finalise, document  and publish standards that have been produced by the Alliance
  • Provide admin support and hold cross-society discussions with other learned societies that are members of the Alliance
  • Work collaboratively with the other members of the Alliance to finalise an assessment process, as well as to document and publish this process
  • Provide admin support across various volunteer-led workshops to help achieve the task force’s main four objectives, including the launch of a new data science platform
Attendance at promotional events

The role may involve representing the RSS at both external and internal events to promote the Alliance work (when permissible, some travel outside London required including occasional overnight stays for which time off in lieu to be given)
Person Specification

  • Strong communication and writing skills, able to confidently and concisely communicate information to a wide range of people
  • Experience of minute writing and working with external stakeholders
  • Excellent organisational skills with the ability to prioritise workload and work under pressure
  • Strong co-ordination and planning skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to evaluate information and communicate effectively
  • Ability to work on own initiative as well as being part of a high-performing team
  • Committed to on-going personal and professional development
  • Interest in data science and the ability to work effectively with subject matter experts
  • An understanding of the unique identity of membership bodies and value of being a member
  • Experience of a professional membership organisation and working with stakeholders/volunteers
  • Comfortable and confident using social media channels to communicate to different audiences

Terms and conditions

Salary: £25 to £30k pro rata per annum, depending on experience

Contract: full-time, 12 month fixed term contract in the first instance

Hours: 35 hours per week – flexible working, although attendance at events is part of the role and travel to the RSS head office in London required up to twice per month (when permitted)  

Managed by: Head of Professional Standards and Accreditation

Pension: Defined contribution: your contributions of up to 8% of salary will be double matched by the Society (making a maximum contribution by the Society of 16%)

Holidays: 25 days per annum pro rata plus bank holidays and an additional close-down between Christmas and the New Year period.

Other benefits: flexible working including working from home; season ticket loan; Employee Assistance Programme; staff welfare programme including Pilates lessons; professional development and training provision.

Location: The Society is based in Errol Street, EC1, near Old Street and the Barbican Centre.  RSS staff are currently working from home and we are planning to introduce a flexible working policy for a blend of home and remote working.  The post holder can be based outside London but will need to travel to the office for meetings/training up to twice per month.  Some travel will also be required to meet with potential partners and attend events (conferences etc) throughout the course of the year, this will also involve occasional overnight stays.  Time off will be given in lieu.

How to apply for the role 

To apply, please read the JD and person specification and then submit: 
  1. A completed application form, which includes a statement explaining why you are a suitable candidate for this role.
  2. In addition, if you wish to, please do submit an equal opportunities monitoring form (DOCX). This is optional; the information will be kept confidential, and forms are used to monitor and improve the implementation of our equal opportunities policy.  
  3. Please submit the above documents to the Head of Professional Standards and Accreditation, Ricky McGowan at r.mcgowan@rss.org.uk by 12 noon on Tuesday 24th January 2022
  4. First interviews will be held on Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 February, remotely using MS Teams.  If you have not heard from us by this date, we regret that you have not been invited to interview on this occasion.