The Planning Report/VerdeXchange,

Editor/Program Manager

1 month ago
Employment type
Full Time
Los Angeles
Closing date

About this organization

VerdeXchange is a global, green market makers conference bringing together leaders and innovators in the public and private sector to connect the dots and accelerate growth of the green economy.

For more than 30 years, The Planning Report has covered planning, land use, and public investment in Los Angeles to provide an inside look at the conversations shaping the built environment across the region.

About this job

Seeking an editor for a relatively small but highly respected publication covering public policy, land use, urban planning, sustainable technology and infrastructure in California and the metro Los Angeles area. The position also will serve as policy manager/co-coordinator for a yearly global conference covering clean energy technology, climate change policy, and environmental innovation.

Roles & responsibilities


Working under the direction of the publisher, the editor bears responsibility for all content (mainly long-form interviews) and ancillary operations, including promotion, website updates, and special projects. This is a small operation, and the publication’s remarkable access to public and private-sector industry leaders in Southern California & globally creates a unique, demanding, and rewarding experience for the right candidate.

Policy Manager

Working under direction of the chairman of an annual, global conference that features the best and brightest in the “green” and clean energy economy, the policy manager will oversee marketing and PR of the event through print and digital media (producing email blasts, tailored advertisements, press releases, and a quarterly print newsletter, as well as managing the conference website, registration platform, and database of participants). Policy manager will work with chairman to plan panels and events for the conference, so interest in clean energy, transportation, water, resilience, and finance is essential for enjoying the fast-paced environment of planning the conference.

Co-coordination duties—as the result of a lean, in-house operation—requires a solid problem-solving ethos, the ability to manage multiple projects at the same time, flexibility, and willingness to take on additional tasks as they arise. As with any conference planning, the policy manager must be able to fully dedicate the weeks leading up to the conference to work.

The job also entails a number of engaging, interesting consulting and subcontracting projects in the fields of transportation, water, clean energy, and civic engagement. The policy manager will gain experience in helping to manage projects that have direct impacts on Los Angeles’s policy


The ideal candidate will come with curiosity and a strong educational background with a degree in the liberal arts, policy, planning or climate. They should be well organized but open to ideas, independent-minded, and a strong writer. Candidates should have some combination of experience and interest in journalism/public affairs and public policy issues surrounding land use, sustainability and city-building.

Comfort with networking and the desire to enmesh one’s self within the civic infrastructure of metro Los Angeles & California is key to succeeding and enjoying this opportunity. This is a mid-/entry-level position but is appropriate for someone who learns quickly.

Candidates should have several years of experience in policy, planning, community development, local government, sustainability, and/or public affairs or journalism. Prior knowledge of desktop publishing is an asset but not necessary.

To apply

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and any questions to Clare,, by August 31.

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