Editorial Associate

The Opportunity

The Architectural League of New York seeks an intellectually curious and engaged individual with a deep interest in the design and politics of the built environment to join its editorial and communications teams in support of the League’s wide-ranging programs and its award-winning publication, Urban Omnibus. The position combines editorial production tasks including copyediting, fact-checking, proofreading, image research and production, and working in our networked website CMS’s (WordPress/WPEngine) with communications-related tasks; social media content creation and channel/publishing platform management, email support, documentation and post-production tasks (light video editing, image resizing) for all programming and events. Some research and development of new written and audiovisual features for Urban Omnibus as well as other initiatives are possible.

Reporting to the Director of Development and Communications and to the Editor-in-Chief of Urban Omnibus, specific responsibilities of the Editorial Associate include:

ARCHITECTURAL LEAGUE COMMUNICATIONS (50%)

Reporting to the Director of Development and Communications and overseen day-to-day by the Communications Manager, the Editorial Associate assists with:

  • Social media production
    • Drafts and publishes all posts, including recording video, writing text, and producing visual assets using Canva and Hootsuite
    • Maintains all social media channels and accounts,  flagging or responding to comments, mentions, and direct messages 
    • Creates social media kits for program participants and their press agents
  • archleague.org website support
    • Webpage creation/content uploading in WordPress CMS
    • Image processing and archiving
    • Video post-production and uploading
  • Live program documentation (in coordination with the Director of Development and Communications as well as the Communications Manager, at least one representative from the Communications Department will be required to be present at all League programs)
    • Photos
    • Live Social Media
  • In coordination with the Program Manager, schedules videographer, serves as point of contact during events; coordinates video edits with communications staff; manages payment
  • Programs, competitions, and job listing on relevant sites, to support their promotion
  • Press landscape research and press contact list maintenance and support
  • Press mention archiving
  • Other outreach contacts database maintenance (education, government, etc.)
  • Metrics reporting; assembly and preparation.

URBAN OMNIBUS, EDITORIAL AND COMMUNICATIONS (50%)

Works with the Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor to support the monthly production of original UO editorial features, including:

  • Assisting with editorial research and leads 
  • Fact-checking
  • Copy-editing
  • Proofreading
  • Image formatting
  • WordPress entry

Works with the Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor to support UO communications, including:

  • Drafting, scheduling, and management of social media posts
  • Creation of graphic assets for social media and newsletter; elsewhere as needed
  • Assisting with outreach and engagement
  • Coordinating the publishing of UO content on AL channels, as overseen by the Communications Manager.

Qualifications and Skills

The ideal candidate will have an abiding interest in the contribution of everyone—from professional designers to people going about their everyday lives—to the collective work of citymaking. Excellent writing and editing skills, with serious attention to detail in language, image, and elsewhere, are essential, as is enthusiasm for communicating thoughtful and impactful work through careful but accessible writing and graphics. Video editing, photography, Mailchimp, Google Analytics, and graphic design experience are highly desirable.

REQUIRED

  • Demonstrated commitment to The Architectural League’s mission: to support transformative work in the fields of the built environment that addresses the converging crises of racism, inequity, and climate change
  • 2+ years editorial experience (which can include experience obtained while working toward a degree)
  • Excellent writer and editor
  • Superb attention to detail
  • Enthusiastic and knowledgeable about social media
  • Proficient at Adobe Suite and graphic design
  • Administrative and organizational skills necessary to carry out the responsibilities as described
  • Love of teamwork and a good team player while working in a collaborative work environment
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills in English
  • A sense of proportion and a sense of humor. 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • This position is hybrid, with some in-office presence required
  • Ability to sit or stand at a computer workstation for extended periods of time
  • Ability to maintain physical records and files by bending, reaching, and occasionally lifting up to 25 pounds
  • Ability to communicate effectively with staff members and other stakeholders by email, phone, virtually and in person
  • Some evening and weekend work required
  • Some travel required 
  • Able to work outdoors in inclement weather conditions
  • Able to work in an open office space.

Terms

This is a full-time position. Candidates must be located in, or willing to relocate to, the New York City region. We cannot pay relocation expenses. The salary range for this position is $53,000–$59,000, depending on experience. Benefits include health insurance and paid time off (vacation, sick days, personal days, holidays), as well as subsidized monthly transit and a 401(k) plan after six months of employment. We strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, and others who may contribute to the diversity of perspectives on the League staff to apply.

The advertised pay scale reflects the good faith minimum and maximum salary range for this role. The specific compensation offered may be dependent on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, the candidate’s experience, education, special licensing or qualifications, and other factors. 

Not sure you meet 100% of our qualifications? If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply. We are dedicated to considering a broad array of candidates, including those with diverse workplace experiences and backgrounds. Please use the questionnaire to tell us about your interest in the work of The Architectural League, and what you hope to bring to this role.

To apply, please attach a resumé and respond to the short-answer questions on the application form here.

We request that you do not submit a cover letter with your application materials. Questions? Please send them to William Kelly, Director of Operations and Special Projects, at kelly@archleague.org.

Though reviews will begin on February 5, applications will remain open until the position is filled.

About

The Architectural League of New York supports critically transformative work in the allied fields that shape the built environment. As a vital, independent forum, the League stimulates thinking, debate, and action on today’s converging crises of racism, inequity, and climate change, in service of a more livable and just world. League live events, digital media, publications, installations, and exhibitions present important work and ideas to inspire and help shape the path to a better future. The League encourages the development of talented younger architects and designers through competitions, commissions, and travel grants. In addition, the League creates opportunities to explore challenges in the built environment, through design studies and commissioned work, and pursues important areas of inquiry to help support the contribution of architecture to the common good, through research and sustained attention to selected topics.

About Urban Omnibus:

Based in New York City, Urban Omnibus is The Architectural League’s online publication dedicated to observing, understanding, and shaping the city. We raise new questions, illuminate diverse perspectives, and document creative projects to advance the collective work of citymaking.