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Chief Executive Officer, The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)

Are you looking for a new Chief Executive Officer position that will allow a national membership organisation to be more agile, dynamic, and forward looking?

  • Location: 15 Rutland Square, Edinburgh, EH1 2BE
  • Salary: £65,000 - £70,000 per annum

About the role

To raise the profile of architects in Scotland, The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has recognised a need for a paradigm shift in its organisation and responsiveness to contemporary management and delivery challenges. Following a review of ongoing and future challenges for membership organisations and their services, the RIAS Council is seeking to appoint a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who will lead, collaborate and enable the RIAS to be an agile membership organisation.

Architecture is changing and there has never been a more vital time for the RIAS to be active and help to shape Scotland’s conversation about architecture and the built environment. Founded in 1916, the RIAS holds a unique position in Scotland and the new role will create an opportunity to engage with, support, and harness the creative energy of Scotland’s architectural community.

Through its members, the RIAS has the opportunity to facilitate open, constructive and inspiring conversations to help the Scottish Government and Scotland’s communities understand how architecture and the built environment can help to unlock some of Scotland’s key challenges including the climate targets for Scotland.

With headquarters in Edinburgh and a staff team of 15, the RIAS offers a wide range of services and products for architects, students of architecture, construction industry professionals and all those with an interest in the built environment and the design process across Scotland – and there is scope for more.

The CEO will provide dynamic and inspiring leadership to help the RIAS deliver existing services along with developing new services that members will need to enable them to rise to the challenges of rapidly changing professional roles in an evolving construction environment.

Who we're looking for

The RIAS is seeking a candidate with proven leadership skills who can operate at a strategic level, with a natural ability to command, challenge, negotiate and inspire. As a natural ambassador, the CEO will bring inspiration and vision to the RIAS and reflect the passion and energy of the sector.

With impressive communications skills, the CEO will lead our organisation internally and externally interacting with the membership, policy makers, government, professional bodies and regulatory authorities.

This is an exciting opportunity to be an integral part of an ambitious organisation where your voice, your ideas and your contribution will have a critical impact on our success, on opportunities for our members and on the future of our profession.

More information

If you would like to have an informal conversation about this opportunity you can contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

James Hunt | james@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07711 405444

Closing date for formal applications: 9am, Monday 1st March 2021

If you would like to know more about this role please contact James Hunt

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A welcome from the President, Christina Gaiger PRIAS

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in becoming the new Chief Executive Officer of The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS).

Architecture is changing and there has never been a more vital time for the RIAS to be active and help to shape Scotland’s conversation about architecture and the built environment. The RIAS holds a unique position in Scotland and the new role will create an opportunity to engage with, support, and harness the creative energy of Scotland’s architectural community.

Through its members, the RIAS is uniquely placed to facilitate open, constructive and inspiring conversations to help the Scottish Government and Scotland’s communities to understand how architecture and the built environment can help to unlock some of Scotland’s key challenges including the climate targets for Scotland.

With headquarters in Edinburgh and a staff team of 15, the RIAS offers a wide range of services and products for architects, students of architecture, construction industry professionals, and all those with an interest in the built environment and the design process across Scotland – and there is scope for more.

The RIAS is seeking a candidate with proven leadership skills who can operate at a strategic level, with a natural ability to command, challenge, negotiate and inspire. The individual appointed will have strong business acumen with the ability to manage an organisation that has charitable status but must be commercially agile. Importantly they will have experience in strategic financial planning and a track record in identifying and developing new sources of additional income, to further develop member benefits.

Our new CEO will work collaboratively with a diverse group of stakeholders, volunteers, and members. They will be able to balance often competing demands and enable collaboration and consensus. As a natural ambassador, the CEO will bring inspiration and vision to the RIAS and reflect the passion and energy of the sector.

With impressive communications skills, you will lead our organisation internally and externally interacting with the membership, policy makers, government, professional bodies and regulatory authorities.

This is an exciting opportunity to be an integral part of an ambitious organisation where your voice, your ideas and your contribution will have a critical impact on our success, on opportunities for our members and on the future of our profession.

I thank you for your interest and look forward to receiving your application.

Kind regards,

Christina Gaiger PRIAS
President, The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)

About RIAS

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) is the professional body for all Chartered Architects in Scotland. It was founded in 1916 to organise and unite in fellowship all architects in Scotland and to promote the value of architecture and the work of architects in Scotland.

As a Scottish charity the RIAS plays a unique role in assisting the creativity and experience of its members to help individuals, communities and businesses to develop a higher quality, more sustainable built environment.

The RIAS operates through the combined activities of the Six RIAS Chapters – Edinburgh Architectural Association, Glasgow Institute of Architects, Dundee Institute of Architects, Stirling Society of Architects, Aberdeen Society of Architects and the Inverness Architectural Association.

The RIAS has approximately 5,200 members, including chartered classes of membership: Fellows, Members, Academic and Retired and non-chartered: Students, Associates and Affiliates. The Incorporation also recognises people of eminence in international architecture, art, science, literature or contributions to the public life of Scotland as Honorary Fellows.

Core activities include the RIAS Quarterly publication, conferences, lectures, exhibitions and annual awards. The RIAS also run two accreditation schemes setting the standard in Conservation and Sustainability. The charity’s commercial subsidiary RIAS Services Limited offers a suite of further services to members, clients and the public including RIAS Practice Services, RIAS Consultancy, The RIAS Bookshop (soon to be online), a client advisory service and RIAS-Regs for Energy Design Certification.

The RIAS plays an important role in supporting its members to best use their professional skills and creativity and is striving to be an open, inclusive and agile organisation.

The RIAS is looking for dynamic and inspiring leadership to help deliver existing services alongside developing new services and benefits that members will need to enable them to rise to the challenges of rapidly changing professional roles in an evolving construction environment.

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    Closing date: 9am, Monday 1st March 2021
    Preliminary interview: Monday 8th March 2021
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