Professional Practice Manager

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and its members work to design a more sustainable, livable, and beautiful world. Landscape architects create city master plans, design ecosystems, develop innovative park projects like the High Line in New York City, roll out bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, and renew residential landscapes. ASLA has more than 15,000 members in the U.S. and around the world.

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has an opening for a Professional Practice Programs Manager to manage content and maintain a network of experts related to landscape architecture areas of practice, including emerging practice areas and provides oversight for the Society’s professional practice networks, professional development programs, products and services.

  • Develops and directs Professional Practice Network (PPN) programs, outreach and services and provides counsel and support to the PPNs and assures the flow of technical and practice information to and from the PPNs. 
  • Manages and supervises the Professional Practice Coordinator and assists in mentoring, developing programs, outreach, and marketing.
  • Oversees LATIS (Landscape Architecture Technical Information Series) reports, including coordinating selection of topics, peer reviews, and ensuring that publication deadlines are met.
  • Helps represent ASLA at trade shows or other meetings of related organizations.
  • Works with annual meeting staff and PPN members to coordinate annual meeting PPN activities.
  • Assesses and develops website content in assigned practice areas.
  • With other ASLA directors and managers, serves as liaison to and coordinates ASLA participation with other professional and practice-related organizations.
  • Serves as staff liaison to the Council of Professional Practice Networks and other committees, task forces, and/or representatives as assigned. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Background/Experience: BA degree desired; BLA, MLA, or design or environmental degree helpful.

Skills: Proficiency in verbal, written, and interpersonal communication. Excellent organizational skills, good judgment, and attention to detail. Ability to balance heavy workload with short- and long-term project deadlines, address changing priorities, and work well under pressure. Facility with Microsoft Office computer applications required; experience with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, and Acrobat preferred.

Knowledge of landscape architecture and the design professions. Strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to target communications for particular audiences. Strong networking and interpersonal skills and the ability to provide counsel and guidance to committees and volunteers. The ability to manage complex projects.  Must develop and maintain a good network and knowledge of landscape architects and specialized practice areas; must maintain a broad knowledge of the landscape architecture profession, especially emerging issues and practice areas. Must be able to identify opportunities and serve as an advocate for the Society and the profession.

Experience: Minimum five years’ experience in landscape architecture or with the design professions. Demonstrated success in managing multiple projects, organizing workflow, writing/editing for publication, meeting deadlines, and in working with members and committees.

Submit resume w/cover letter, 2 writing samples, and salary requirement (must be included to be considered) to: email; applications with all required information will be considered. No relocation expenses, No phone calls please.

Work Environment, Culture, and Values: ASLA’s commitment to sustainability and stewardship of the land is reflected in the organizational culture and values and in the work environment. The organization embraces the “Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence” – a leadership and performance management framework. ASLA values are dedication, excellence, integrity, leadership, and stewardship. The ASLA culture is collaborative, member-focused, accountable, responsible, and volunteer-supported.

The work environment a newly renovated, four-story building. The redesigned building is LEED Platinum and WELL Building certified; conveniently located one-and-a-half blocks from the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro Station serving the Red, Yellow, and Green Lines. ASLA is recognized as a Best Workplace for Commuters and as one of the Washington region’s Healthiest Employers.  The ASLA building is Energy Star certified and uses 100 percent renewable wind energy.


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