(JT97) Director of Professional Standards

Hybrid: London office and home working | £80,000.00 Per Annum

Director of Professional Standards

· Are you a qualified legal professional?

· Do you have strong knowledge of regulatory law and experience leading and evolving disciplinary and contractual dispute processes?

· Are you an experienced team manager?

If so, this role could be an excellent fit for you.

The role

We are proud to partner with the Royal Institute of British Architects ('RIBA') to identify talent for their Director of Professional Standards role.

The purpose of the role is to lead the organisation’s Professional Standards Programme to drive and support the highest professional and ethical standards, working closely with the RIBA Standards Committee.

The core of the role involves dealing with disciplinary procedures, legal processes, complaints, and dispute resolution, and matters of professional ethics in the architects' profession.

The role requires excellent interpersonal and influencing skills, with an ability to deal with confrontational situations in a tactful and diplomatic manner. Work often needs to be completed within demanding, legally prescribed timescales.

The role will involve managing a team of 3 direct reports; therefore, it is essential that applicants are accomplished people managers with experience in empowering and leading teams.

This is a leadership role, involving (a) representing the organisation in external forums, (b) managing a small expert team, (c) business planning and budget management, and (d) modelling the organisation’s values.


•            This is a full-time role, permanent employment contract

•            Salary: c. £80,000

•            Employee benefits package which includes (a) a generous pension scheme with employer contributions (up to 12%), (b) life assurance, (c) annual leave of 27 days plus bank holidays

•            Location: hybrid, with 1 day per week in RIBA’s London office


The client

RIBA is a professional body for architects, primarily in the United Kingdom, with an international presence. For nearly 200 years, RIBA's mission has been to serve its members and society, aiming to contribute to the creation of better buildings, places, and stronger communities. Notably, RIBA is dedicated to setting and upholding high standards in the architectural profession.

They are committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive culture, ensuring a workplace where everyone can be themselves and thrive.


The candidate

•            Educated to degree level (ideally legal qualification) and experience working for a professional, membership or not for profit organisation on professional standards.

•            Capability and credibility to collaborate with Committee members and key senior stakeholders in establishing and overseeing professional standards policies and processes.

•            Demonstrable experience of managing complaints or legal processes such as professional conduct processes or equivalent tribunal or hearings processes, exercising judgement in evaluating and interpreting complaints.

•            Excellent communication skills with a clear, concise, logical and practical approach to verbal communication and report writing.

•            Excellent interpersonal skills, with an ability to influence members and industry, and deal with confrontational situations in a tactful and diplomatic manner.

•            Demonstrable experience of collaborating with partner bodies across the public, private sector and third sectors, and representing an organisation at a senior level.

•            Effective leadership skills, experience of managing staff and liaising with expert members and hearing panellists.

•            Demonstrable experience of business planning and budget management

•            Strong track-record of working within defined timescales and procedures, and a record of achievement in the delivery of corporate objectives.


For a confidential conversation with FJWilson Talent, RIBA’s recruitment partner for this vacancy, please contact Andrea Montgomery, on 0203 195 3600 or email us at resourcingteam@fjwilson.com

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