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Policy & Engagement Officer

  • Employer: Architects Registration Board
  • Reference: ARB/23/261229
  • Published: Wed 08/11/2023, 13:00 PM
  • Closing on: Wed 22/11/2023, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: To be confirmed
  • Salary: £32,000 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Workplace: Hybrid
  • Location: Westminster

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Policy & Engagement Officer

Architects play a crucial role in our society because they design the buildings and environments where we live and work.

The Architects Registration Board (ARB) is the professional regulator of architects in the UK. We maintain a publicly available Register of architects so anyone using the services of an architect can be confident that they are suitably qualified and are fit to practise. We also set the standards of conduct and practice the profession must meet and take action when any architect falls below them.

This role is in our Policy and Communications team and will be central to communicating with the people and organisations affected by our work. An ideal candidate would be someone looking to develop their skills across policy and stakeholder engagement.  The main role responsibilities are:

  • Researching, planning and contacting external organisations as part of a wide range of engagement activities and stakeholder relationship development.
  • Working with colleagues to ensure engagement opportunities are designed to reach target audiences and promoting them to ensure ARB’s work and policy development is informed by a wide range of stakeholder groups.
  • Organising meetings and events.
  • Gathering, analysing and interpreting evidence to inform and support the development of ARB policy, and preparing internal briefing material and reports as needed.
  • Analysing consultation responses to deliver insights and recommendations, using a range of quantitative and qualitative approaches.
  • Writing policy and analysis reports to an excellent standard, for a wide range of audiences.
  • Contributing to the organisation’s horizon scanning by developing expertise and understanding in key areas, monitoring policy developments and communicating these to colleagues.

Major projects next year that you’ll work on include:

  • A new Commission looking at the practical experience part of an architect’s education, where you’ll help shape its engagement and work plan while supporting its expert Commissioners to develop policy solutions.
  • Our review of the Architects Code that sets the standards of professional conduct and practice expected of architects, where you’ll use communications and policy engagement to add to our evidence base as we develop and finalise the new Code.

We’re looking for someone with some experience of stakeholder engagement and a keen interest in policy and communications, who wants to learn more and to develop their career. You don’t need to have worked in architecture or the built environment but you will need to be able to grasp complex policy issues and explain them, while being collaborative and interested in improving the built environment.


  • A flexible working policy.
  • There is an entitlement of 27 days’ holiday per year plus UK recognised Bank Holiday.
    There are subsequent increases to entitlement to annual holiday according to length of service.
  • A pension scheme with an employer contribution from 8% to 14%, depending on your own contribution.
  • A health cash plan, health insurance and a comprehensive benefits package.
  • An annual pay performance framework that supports pay and career development.
  • Childcare vouchers.

How to apply

Submit your CV and a short covering letter (no more than 750 words) telling us:

  • Why you are interested in this role specifically.
  • How your interests, skills and experience match what we’re looking for.
  • Why you think communications matters to ARB.

The closing date is Wednesday 22nd November.

Here at ARB, we are a small and diverse workforceWe want to create a genuinely inclusive workplace, where we embrace the differences of all our colleagues and celebrate diversity. We love to see applications from underrepresented groups and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.