Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Postal Code: 20001
Job Category: Magazines
Employment Type: 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 report and write the monthly Goods section; aiding the art director in page design and giving the final polish on layouts and graphics; 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.