Staff Writer/Editor

Location
Washington D.C.
Salary
Competitive annual salary plus medical and dental insurance, 401K, and other generous benefits
Posted
Jun 12, 2018
Metro Area
Washington
Duration
Full Time

Landscape Architecture Magazine, the monthly magazine of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), is seeking a sharp, enterprising Staff Writer/Editor with the dexterity to shift between editorial and design duties in shaping critical aspects of our print and digital presentation to a worldwide audience. 

This position involves managing the magazine’s website, including the posting of articles and artwork in collaboration with a contract web editor; assembly of The Landscape Report, a twice-weekly e-newsletter to readers; tracking product releases to create the monthly Goods section; aiding the art director in page design and giving the final polish on layouts and graphics using Adobe InDesign and Photoshop; and managing the business of the magazine’s editorial advisory committee. It also includes opportunities to report and write news articles and department pieces.

A passion for design and environmental issues is a must, particularly related to land use, water conservation, public and open space, and climate change, as is a desire to explore the democratic process involving the public realm. Some education in landscape architecture or related fields such as architecture or urban design is preferred. The candidate should have impeccable grammar and usage skills, a striving for excellence in writing, a religious attachment to factual accuracy, and an ability to produce high-quality results under tight deadline pressures as part of a six-person staff.


The person in this position will also:

  • help support departmental and ASLA-wide planning, performance monitoring, and performance improvement processes and initiatives
  • support the ASLA mission and strategic objectives and uphold the values and culture of ASLA
  • perform other duties as assigned

Work Environment: ASLA is committed to hiring a diverse workforce and fostering a vibrant and inclusive workplace culture. ASLA values are dedication, excellence, integrity, leadership, and stewardship. The ASLA culture is collaborative, member-focused, accountable, responsible, and volunteer-supported. The organization embraces the “Baldrige Excellence Framework”—an integrated leadership and performance management system. 

A leader in environmental sustainability, ASLA is headquartered in a state-of-the-art facility designed to achieve LEED Platinum and WELL Building Standard Gold. The Center for Landscape Architecture features a green roof, landscaped patio, flexible meeting/event space, collaboration spaces, and advanced lighting, air quality, and A/V systems. The building is located one-and-a-half blocks from the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro Station serving the Red, Yellow, and Green Lines. ASLA has received awards for its employee wellness programs and is recognized as a Best Workplace for Commuters. 

About ASLA

The American Society of Landscape Architects is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing more than 15,000 members in 49 professional chapters and 82 student chapters. The Society has a staff of 50 and annual revenues of $12.9 million. Landscape architects plan livable communities that foster active lifestyles, design green streets that manage stormwater runoff, plan cutting-edge transportation corridors that are safe for all users, and help communities prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Landscape architecture includes both iconic and neighborhood places, including commercial developments, streetscapes, green roofs, parks, civic spaces, memorials, and residential communities. The Society’s mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship.

ASLA offers an attractive, competitive benefits package, including medical, dental, and life insurance; a generous 401(k) plan; a comprehensive wellness program; and flexible schedules. 

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