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The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and its members. With a passion to promote a wider public appetite and interest in architecture through its website, exhibitions, talks and four million-strong collections, the RIBA has led the profession since its foundation in 1834, and continues to lead as architects face the challenges of the 21st century.
With 40,500 members worldwide and almost 5,000 overseas, the RIBA has a truly global reach. The International division maintains close relationships with organisations and key partner institutes abroad, assists members seeking work overseas and develops international trade relations, to support the RIBA's commitment of enabling good architecture and architects to flourish.
As Head of International, it will be your remit to successfully deliver the RIBA's International programme, with the aim of enhancing its influence and reputation in terms of professional relationships and standards, as well as increasing membership.
Developing relationships with overseas bodies is critical in maximising trade opportunities which is a vital aspect of the international division. Promoting the UK's export agenda for architecture, you will engage with agencies such as UKTI and British Expertise which will enable you to build key relationships and facilitate foreign trade delegations to the RIBA. You will also organise and take part in trade missions, conferences and exhibitions on an international level.
To succeed in these responsibilities, you will work in close conjunction with the RIBA International committee and Business Development team and be an ambassador for the RIBA's international activities.
Degree qualified (or equivalent), with first class interpersonal skills and a high level of political awareness, you should have had exposure to international and UK professional services with awareness of business, marketing strategies and working with member organisations.
The ability to manage a complex programme of work involving external partnerships and diverse stakeholders groups is essential. Preferably with fluency in a foreign language such as French, Spanish, German or Mandarin, experience within the construction, design or built environment sectors would be beneficial.
An element of international travel including overnight and weekend stays will be required from time to time, so flexibility is key.
If you would like to apply for this position, please complete and send a CV, Covering Letter, Applicants Statement and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form for the attention of Richard Brindley by email: firstname.lastname@example.org by post: RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD.
Closing date for applications: 14 May 2012
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