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Policy Manager (Education and Training) Architects Registration Board

The Architects Registration Board (ARB) are seeking a Policy Manager (Education and Training) who will lead work to modernise the initial education and training of architects across the UK.

  • Location: London (minimum of one day per week in the office, plus in-person attendance as needed for meetings)
  • Salary: c.£42,000

About the Role

The Policy Manager (Education and Training) will be responsible for leading ARB’s review of how architects are trained prior to entering the profession, which will include consideration of the competences future architects need and the routes by which they can be acquired. This major national project will also determine how to operationalise a new regulatory model for assuring standards, among other important issues. This position offers an exciting opportunity to play a key hands-on role in reforming a system of education that’s been in place for over 60 years by managing this work throughout and taking forward its outcomes in future.

The Policy Manager (Education and Training) will sit in a team of around ten people in ARB’s Professional Standards Department, overseen by Simon Howard, Director of Regulation. The Policy Manager (Education and Training) will also work closely with the Policy and Communications Department, which is led by Rebecca Roberts-Hughes, Director of Policy and Communications, and the Qualifications Department.

Who we are looking for

For our new Policy Manager (Education and Training), we are looking for someone who understands the language and landscape of the higher education (HE) sector, including a working knowledge of HE policies such as those related to accreditation; funding; qualifications; quality assurance; and regulation, among others. It is important that the person in this role has an in-depth understanding of the HE sector and how to successfully engage with the stakeholders within it.

In addition to a working knowledge of HE, we are also seeking someone with excellent project management skills. While a formal project management qualification is not required, we are looking for a Policy Manager (Education and Training) who can offer concrete examples of major pieces of work they have delivered. A skilful approach to setting and tracking priorities and working to deadlines will be critical in order to be successful in this role.

Alongside effective project management, building strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including ARB colleagues, higher education institutions, and professional and regulatory bodies, will be essential to the success of this review in the short and long-term. Therefore, we are keen to hear from candidates with experience of engaging with and managing stakeholders at a variety of levels and across different types of organisations. Much of the work that is central to the review being undertaken will involve taking initiative and managing work independently while also working within and across teams.

Another key part of this role will involve analysing qualitative and quantitative data collected as part of the consultation process and writing publishable reports for expert and non-expert audiences. The Policy Manager (Education and Training) will therefore need the ability to produce high-quality written work using precise language.

If you are someone who is looking for the chance to apply your HE knowledge and project management skills to an active policy development process, we would welcome you to get in touch.

Closing date: Monday 29th November 2021

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Jenn Allen | jenn@peridotpartners.co.uk

Kristina Preston | kristina@peridotpartners.co.uk

Dr Jenn Allen, Business Manager, Not for Profit, Peridot Partners

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ARB was established by Parliament in 1997 to regulate the architects’ profession in the UK. We are an independent, public interest body and our work in regulating architects ensures that good standards within the profession are consistently maintained for the benefit of the public and architects alike.

Our duties are contained in the 1997 Architects Act, and cover six main areas:

  • Prescribing – or ‘recognising’ – the qualifications needed to become an architect
  • Keeping the UK Register of Architects
  • Ensuring that architects meet our standards for conduct and practice
  • Investigating complaints about an architect’s conduct or competence
  • Making sure that only people on our Register offer their services as an architect.
  • Acting as the UK’s regulatory authority for architects

ARB is led by Hugh Simpson, Chief Executive and Registrar, and its work is overseen by a Board of 11 members, who are all appointed by the Privy Council. The Board comprises one independent, non-executive Chair and ten non-executive members made up of five members of the public and five architects.

There are just over 40 members of staff across five departments within ARB, which are as follows:

  • Corporate
  • Policy & Communications
  • Professional Standards
  • Registration
  • Qualifications

Further Information

Links to key information:

Organisational Structure Chart

Departmental Structure Chart

Strategic Plan

The Architects Registration Board is committed to ensuring our services are accessible to people with disabilities. We are continually improving the user experience for everyone while also ensuring we adhere to the Public Sector Bodies Accessibility Regulations 2018.

We offer the following amenities:

  • Our buildings and facilities have step-free access
  • We have meeting rooms that support hearing loops
  • Accessibility dogs are always welcome on our premises
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats if needed
  • We provide a flexible working environment, including locations

We have a reasonable adjustments policy which we are happy to provide on request.

If you have any further needs around accessibility, please get in touch with the advising consultants for a confidential chat on how we can best fulfill your needs.


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    Closing date: Monday 29th November 2021

    Interviews: w/c Monday 13th December 2021

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