Assistant Director, Examination

NCARB’s Examination Directorate is searching for a collaborative, positive, and creative Assistant Director, Examination to help lead the team in developing and delivering the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) as well as supporting candidates and NCARB’s Member Boards.

The Examination team manages the day-to-day development and delivery of the ARE as well as works across the Council on several initiatives. Our small but mighty team works with hundreds of subject matter experts on the creation and maintenance of the ARE. We oversee ongoing improvements to the examination, and we support Council outreach efforts to inform licensure candidates and architects on all NCARB programs and services.

This position reports to the Director, Examination and is a highly collaborative role working with others across the organization. We take great pride in maintaining a high stakes examination that ensures proper assessment of licensure candidates. If you thrive in an environment that empowers you to work collaboratively, demonstrate leadership in a positive team environment, and accomplish goals that help others success, then this is the job for you.


Duties will include:

  • Collaboration as you partner with the other Assistant Director in Examination to oversee the ongoing development and delivery of the ARE.
  • You will contribute to ongoing professional growth and development of team members by building relationships, providing coaching, and developing and delivering training.
  • You will work closely with the director and council leadership to plan and execute the development of the ARE, support the strategic Examination Committee, and helping guide council-wide objectives.
  • You will work strategically to assess efficiencies, guide program messaging, and oversee research activities.
  • You will oversee exam candidate support including published guidelines, community forums, and blogs.
  • You will be an active part of Council outreach efforts to architectural universities, community colleges, high-schools, AIA chapters, and architectural firms.

At a minimum, you have:

  • An open positive attitude that enjoys working as part of a team.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree; or, combination of substantial related experience, training, and education may substitute. An accredited professional degree in architecture (B.Arch., M.Arch. D.Arch) preferred.
  • Architect candidates must be licensed in at least one NCARB jurisdiction and meet all NCARB certification requirements.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • 7-10 years of relevant experience in architectural practice, exam development, or related field, with a minimum 3 years of leadership experience managing people, projects, and/or contract management.
  • Demonstrated experience and strong skills in providing superior customer service, interaction with a wide range of professionals, attention to detail, and managing multiple projects.
  • Demonstrated proficiency using technology and a wide variety of software applications to include Microsoft Office Suite to include Word, Outlook, Excel, and Power Point.
  • Strong electronic file management skills; and, excellent calendar management skills using Outlook.
  • Ability to travel 20 -30% of time including weekends.

Ideally you also have experience with:

  • Demonstrated proficiency using Adobe (PDF), Bluebeam, and photo editing applications.
  • Knowledge and/or experience with copyright laws and usage preferred
  • Prior experience with test development or assessment.
  • Data analytics and reporting.

It would be awesome if you also had:

  • Experience serving as a staff committee liaison and supporting and facilitating committee work.
  • Experience working with teams in an Agile environment using Scrum.


NCARB is an EEO employer committed to recruiting a diverse workforce. 

  • Before beginning, please choose a quiet location where you will not be interrupted.
  • Disable all pop-up blockers and toolbars within your browser.
  • For some assessments it is recommended that you have available scratch paper and a pen/pencil.
  • Continue through the assessment process until you receive notice that "All necessary assessments have been completed."
  •  The length of time necessary to complete the assessment(s) varies, but the average time for completion is under 10 minutes.  If you need to stop during the process it is recommended that you do so upon receipt of an "Intermission" page. At that point, you will need to reenter by clicking on the link below.

System Requirements:

To take the assessment(s) you need to use a supported browser.  Click here to view the list of supported browsers.

Assistant Director, Examination