Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

The RAIC National Office is Hiring an Executive Director


Established in 1907, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) is a voluntary national association representing approximately 5,000 members in Canada. The RAIC is recognized as the leading voice for excellence in the built environment in Canada, championing sustainable growth and demonstrating how smart design can enhance quality of life, while addressing important issues of society through responsible architecture.

The mission of the RAIC is to promote excellence in the built environment and advocate for responsible architecture. To achieve this, the RAIC is seeking an Executive Director to steer the affairs of the organization in accordance with the strategic direction set by the RAIC Board of Directors.


Leadership & Vision

  • Reporting to the Board and the Executive Committee, the Executive Director has direct responsibility for the strategic leadership and day-to-day operations of the RAIC
  • Responsible for accomplishing the goals and objectives of the RAIC Strategic Plan and Vision
  • Lead and manage strategic planning, budgeting, finance, human resources, programs and stakeholder relationships
  • Develop and drive the business plan of RAIC within the context of a national organization with international scope, executing on the strategic direction set by the Board to be recognized as the leading voice for excellence in the built environment


Operational Excellence

  • Lead, promote and manage organizational change and innovation
  • Lead and influence a volunteer Board of Directors to deliver on RAIC’s stated mission and vision
  • Lead and manage the employees of RAIC to ensure the mission and vision of RAIC is clearly understood and delivered upon
  • Attract and retain a high-calibre staff who continually create value for the institute and its members, contribute significantly to accomplish the institute’s mission, and are committed to working effectively toward continual improvement
  • Lead and manage the development of all financial and operational plans; oversee implementation of budgets, and monitor progress/changes related to budgets
  • Secure resources from a variety of sources, including grants, to support the institute’s programs and prepare follow-up reporting
  • Assist the Board in diversifying the funding base of the RAIC in order to ensure sustainability of the organization
  • Develop and maintain meaningful and effective relationships with RAIC members, along with allied organizations, including provincial regulators, local businesses, local chapters, government agencies, the media, service organizations and relevant international organizations to the benefit of RAIC members
  • Partner and maintain positive relationships with the College of Fellows, RAIC Foundation and the Syllabus Program
  • Lead and manage the annual Festival attracting architects from across Canada
  • Provide advice and support to committees and task forces which drive key areas of the Institute’s mandate and vision



  • Proven leadership ability and management track record with 10 or more years of relevant professional experience in a senior leadership / senior administrative / senior management role
  • Significant experience in successfully managing an organization with multiple stakeholders and professionals
  • Ability to communicate effectively both in English and French, orally and in writing, including promoting the organization and its programs in the media and to the public
  • Creative and innovative ability to draft and implement policies, programs, procedures and directives for the benefit of the organization and its members
  • Ability to think strategically and manage effectively with excellent analytical skills, good decision-making ability, exceptional team building and management skills
  • Demonstrates imagination, vision, diplomacy and the ability to build consensus with all stakeholders and sectors in the built environment, while also demonstrating an ability to make difficult decisions in a manner respectful of the organization
  • Demonstrated financial acumen
  • Demonstrated success leading complex organizational change


  • Experience running a National organization
  • Knowledge of the issues and challenges facing the Canadian architectural profession, construction industry and the built environment sector in general;
  • Knowledge of sound management theories, principles, practices, and techniques to establish plans, goals, and priorities for staff, volunteers and contractors; 
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of financial management including business management, cost/benefit analysis, risk management, forecasting, accounting, financial reporting, resource allocations and activity-based costing to manage and monitor program budgets, cost estimates, revenues, fees, cost-recovery plans, risk assessment, cost-benefit analysis, contracts and memorandum of understanding
  • Leadership experience managing the scope of a national organization
  • Experience with volunteer boards and governance practices

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