Editorial Design Assistant

Washington D.C.
Competitive annual salary plus medical and dental insurance, 401K, and other generous benefits
Jul 12, 2018
Entry Level
Metro Area
Full Time

Landscape Architecture Magazine, the monthly magazine of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), is seeking an Editorial Design Assistant.

This position involves aiding the art director in page design and giving the final polish on layouts and graphics for Landscape Architecture Magazine; 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; tracking product releases to create the magazine’s monthly “Goods” section; and managing the business of the magazine’s editorial advisory committee, including a monthly conference call. This job also includes opportunities to report and write news articles and department pieces.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for design and environmental issues, particularly related to land use, urban design, water conservation, and climate change. The candidate should also have the ability to produce high-quality results under tight deadline pressures as part of a six-person staff.

Education: BFA or BA in English, journalism, communication, design, or related field. Degree, coursework, or experience in landscape architecture, horticulture, or environmental design is a plus.

Skills: Knowledge of InDesign and Adobe Creative Suite; experience with basic page layout required. Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to balance heavy workload with short- and long-term project deadlines, address changing priorities, and work well under pressure; willingness to take direction and receive feedback. Ability to write quickly and clearly is preferred.

Experience: Prefer a minimum two years of professional experience in design for publication.

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.