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RICS Senior Vice President: Help shape the world we live in

RICS Senior Vice President: Help shape the world we live in

We are currently seeking high calibre individuals who can contribute to our growth journey by performing the ambassadorial role of Senior Vice President, progressing to becoming President after two years. These are part-time Non-Executive positions.

Applications are now being accepted for Senior Vice President with a closing date of 4 February 2019.

Please return completed application form, commitment to serve, a curriculum vitae and a statement of support to: governance@rics.org

The ideal candidate will exude authority on global issues and will be a powerful, visible role model in every aspect of professionalism, while seeking to inspire the next generation into the future of the profession. He or she will be at ease talking to senior figures from related sectors, international institutions and governments.

The post-holder will be expected to play a key role in opening new market opportunities for the profession, and to attract VIP speakers to the Annual Summit of the World Built Environment Forum.

The Senior Vice President will also play a leading role on RICS' strategy setting and oversight body, Governing Council.

We particularly welcome candidates with diverse skills, experience and background.

About the role

We are inviting applications from individuals who can contribute to our journey by performing the ambassadorial role of Senior Vice President, progressing to President after two years. Therefore, candidates for Senior Vice President need to demonstrate qualities, skills and experience consistent with those of RICS President.

Progressing to President

The Senior Vice President, as well as the President Elect and President, are part-time non-executive positions. The President is RICS' senior ambassador with a global mandate. They must be prominent, engaging and highly effective members of the profession.

The President serves a one-year term, working in partnership with the CEO, Senior Vice President and President Elect to further RICS' strategic objectives. Principally, they contribute to market recognition of RICS' standards and services, inspiring the next, more diverse generation into the profession and enhancing the profession's understanding of RICS' goals.

Under current arrangements, the President chairs Governing Council, a body that sets RICS' strategic direction. This is subject to change in 2019, as part of a series of updates to the RICS Royal Charter and Bye-Laws. The President is not expected to have any day to day operational responsibilities for RICS as accountability for these and the delivery of the three year Business Plan sits with the Chief Executive and the Management Board.

The Senior Vice President must be a Fellow (FRICS) at the time of assuming office but if a Professional Member (MRICS) is elected then they will automatically become a Fellow upon election.

The President's role

  • The profession's principal external ambassador with senior stakeholders in governments, international organisations, employers and other professional bodies in land, property, infrastructure and construction.
  • The senior face of the profession.
  • Recognised as leader in their field, with real gravitas, particularly in promoting the strategy set by Governing Council.
  • Provide continuity of ambassadorial leadership of the profession through the successor team of President-Elect and Senior Vice President.
  • Support the Chief Executive in furthering RICS' strategic objectives and engaging the profession.
  • Advocate major RICS' initiatives, adding Presidential authority.

Person specification

The President's role is wide-ranging and challenging. Accordingly, the Leadership Nominations Committee is charged with looking for a number of criteria to be met before selecting and recommending to Governing Council a potential candidate for Senior Vice President who will progress to RICS President.

Essential criteria include:

Ambassadorial

  • proven ability to influence key decision makers to recognise and adopt professional standards
  • powerful communicator with first class listening and media skills
  • strong understanding of the value of market insight and an ability to seek it out
  • ability to quickly establish rapport and trust with diverse stakeholders
  • a strong commitment to RICS strategy, and an ability to relate it to members
  • persuades others to build on common ground, and not focus on disagreements
  • language skills suited to the candidate's market(s)

Role model

  • recognised leader in their field
  • demonstrable commitment to the highest professional and ethical standards
  • demonstrable commitment to serving the public interest
  • ability to inspire the next, more diverse generation into the profession

Trustee

  • strategic, with strong problem-solving ability
  • thorough understanding of the differences between a trade association and a professional body, and between non-exec and executive roles
  • a clear desire to serve the profession without need for personal gain

Other qualities

  • strong team-worker, willing to share collective responsibility
  • calm under pressure
  • at ease in different environments and cultures
  • reacts positively to unexpected changes or problems
  • resourceful when acting alone, and trusting of RICS local professionals/staff when accompanied on RICS business
  • ability to quickly grasp policy positions without need for heavy briefing
  • ability to relate policy positions to different contexts

Timeline

Applications are now being accepted for Senior Vice President with a closing date of 4 February 2019

Chartered professionals who wish to apply should refer to the application pack which can be downloaded on this page, and includes an application form and a "commitment to serve" declaration.

The application pack gives a description of the process to be followed, what is required as part of the application process, key dates and the Governing Council meeting in New York on 15-16 May 2019, where candidates who have been shortlisted will have the opportunity to address Governing Council.

Please return completed application form, commitment to serve, a curriculum vitae and a statement of support to: governance@rics.org