OpenActive Engagement Consultant

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The Open Data Institute is looking to appoint an Engagement Consultant for the OpenActive initiative, in partnership with Sport England.

OpenActive Engagement Consultant

Location: Shoreditch, London

Salary: £28,000 – £32,000 per annum, dependent on experience, plus benefits 

One year fixed term contract

The Open Data Institute is looking to appoint an Engagement Consultant for the OpenActive initiative, in partnership with Sport England.

About the ODI 

The Open Data Institute (ODI) was co-founded by two visionary leaders: Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the web, and Sir Nigel Shadbolt, renowned AI professor. Our mission is to work with companies and governments to build an open, trustworthy data ecosystem, where people can make better decisions using data and manage any harmful impacts.

The ODI works with governments, NGOs and commercial enterprises all over the world. We deliver advisory, training and research and development services, encompassing public policy, business strategy and technology. Our programme of work is busy and constantly changing. We are committed to producing work at a very high standard and delivering measurable value to our partners and clients.

About OpenActive

The goal of OpenActive is to tackle inactivity in England by making it as easy to book a badminton court as it is to book a hotel room. This exciting programme brings together a growing community of activity providers, technology suppliers and data users. By setting common data standards, and helping organisations to openly publish their timetables and opportunities as open data, we are making it easier for people to get physically active. 

The ODI have recently secured a further £1.5m funding from Sport England to continue this initiative to March 2021. During this period we aim to:

  • Create value for activity providers and consumers. We need to demonstrate that publishing open data can help activity providers reach new customers or operate more efficiently. 
  • Increase the coverage, diversity and quality of data. We need to make more data available across the country, whilst also increasing the range of activity types included. We must improve the quality of the data available, for example with regard to accessibility. 
  • Strengthen capability. We need to help activity providers, platform providers and data users understand what they need to do and how to do it, independently of the ODI. 
  • Ensure that the change is sustained beyond March 2021. We need to ensure that the momentum and the infrastructure we have been building continue beyond the current funding period of the initiative. 

About the role

We are looking for an Engagement Consultant for the OpenActive initiative. You will be responsible for supporting a cutting-edge programme of work, in partnership with Sport England.  Your role will involve supporting the Engagement Lead to proactively scope out who we should engage with next and for what purpose, which strategic opportunities we should take up, and how we can better empower the OpenActive community. We expect the successful candidate to grow into the role and develop with the support of the team.

Key responsibilities

  • Build relationships with physical activity providers and systems, working with them to open their data via calls, meetings, presentations and conferences
  • Build relationships with open data users and brokers, working with them to use open data via calls, meetings, presentations and conferences
  • Work with and coordinate the OpenActive community to engage activity providers around use cases and physical activity campaigns, such as ‘Change4Life’ and ‘This Girl Can’
  • Manage and prioritise a pipeline of potential publishers and data users
  • Identify and propose ways in which the team can improve its approach or messaging to target specific audiences, and empower them to take action
  • Communicate progress internally and externally, through targeted meetings and workshops
  • Network and present at conferences, events and in meetings with senior stakeholders
  • Support the delivery of the engagement strategy

About you – skills, knowledge, and experience

  • Ability to work independently and prioritise effectively under pressure and to short deadlines
  • A good communicator with excellent written and verbal skills that can easily be adapted to suit different gatherings and circumstances
  • Being being able to take something complex and explaining it to non-technical audiences 
  • A familiarity and understanding of startup ecosystems and/or the physical activity sector and/or open data
  • Strong IT, research or analytical skills
  • A strong problem-solving and strategic planning ability
  • A team player who is comfortable working across multiple projects with a variety of stakeholders and interests represented
  • Organised, with excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to work proactively to identify and initiative new opportunities for the team
  • Educated to degree level, or equivalent professional experience

If you feel like you are suited to this role but don’t have all of the skills listed above, we encourage you to still apply. Please do so by outlining why you feel you are suited to the role and the unique skills that you would bring to it.

ODI values


You are good at what you do. You use your expertise to help with ODI’s mission. You are open and generous with that expertise and experience, and share it outside and inside ODI.

You can get better at what you do. You recognise the limits of your expertise and respect that of others. You are open to and seek advice, opinions and support to develop your expertise, within and outside ODI. You reflect on what works and what doesn’t to consciously learn, improve and grow.


You succeed when others flourish. You support and challenge others to do their best work. You open up opportunities for other people and organisations, and empower them to take them. You are as open as possible about what you are doing and what you have learnt. You encourage others to refine and build on your work.

You empathise with others so you can help them. You find out what people and organisations really need. You have empathy with their motivations and the constraints they operate under. You communicate in terms they understand.


You are trusted because you are honest and responsible. You are open with your opinion, open to hearing what others say, open to being wrong and open to changing your mind. You are not afraid to speak your mind when it is useful or important, and take responsibility for the results of doing so. You actively and curiously listen to others, and take responsibility for your responses to them.

You can do more than you might think. You are bold, creative and open to failure. You know what you do won’t be perfect at first but that doesn’t stop you. You start small and quickly and iterate to improve.


  • 5% contributory pension
  • 30 days’ annual holiday plus bank holidays 
  • Life Assurance cover
  • Long-term disability cover
  • Critical illness cover
  • Flexible working
  • Coaching and mentoring for skills and personal development
  • £750 annual training budget toward your own professional development

How to apply

To apply please send your CV and a cover letter to [email protected] explaining why you would be a suitable candidate.