The Planning Report / VerdeXchange

Editor and Policy Manager

Employment type
Full Time
about 1 month ago
Los Angeles

Editor and Policy Manager

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


The ideal candidate will come with a strong educational background with a degree in the liberal arts. She or he should be perceptive, flexible, organized, independent, and a strong writer. Candidates should have a 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 Los Angeles is key to succeeding and enjoying this opportunity. Familiarity with and fascination for Los Angeles is essential. This is a mid-/entry-level position, but is appropriate only 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.



Working under the direction of the publisher, the editor bears responsibility for all content (mainly long-form interviews) and ancillary operations, including promotion, subscription management, 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 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 landscape.


The start date is flexible, although we are hoping for someone to begin work in December 2018 or early 2019.

To apply

Please submit a resume and/or questions to [email protected] With apologies, a high volume of emails may preclude responses.