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Employment

Thank you for your interest in working at the Petersen Automotive Museum.

Do not call or email museum staff directly, non-compliance will result in your resume being disregarded.


Fax to:
(323) 930-6642

Mail to:
Petersen Automotive Museum
Attn: Human Resources
6060 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
 

If you are a student interested in volunteer internships, please go to our volunteer page for more information.

Available Positions:

Education Coordinator

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned as appropriate)

Gallery Interpretation

• Develop and launch a Gallery Guide program in which volunteers are trained to great visitors, provide information about the museum, help with wayfinding, be watchful over the collection, and provide a limited amount of information about the exhibits.
• Create a Gallery Guide training program working with relevant museum staff, and evaluate performance. Create and fill shifts.
• Develop and launch a volunteer program that provides staffing of the Mechanical Institute Discovery Center. The volunteers that work in this area may work in collaboration with part-time paid staff and will help children engage with the hands-on exhibits and activities to learn about the systems that work together in a car.
• Create a Discover Center training program working with relevant museum staff, and evaluate performance. Create and fill shifts. Weekend shifts will be especially important.
Public Programs
• Design a variety programs for the adults, children, and families with the goal of encouraging interest in automotive history, industry, and design, collaborating with other museum departments when necessary.
• Programs may require the Education Coordinator to act as lead instructor, to find experts/specialists/artists to lead programs, or to train volunteers to facilitate programs.
• Programs may require the formation of outside partnerships.
• Develop program budgets, related literature and publications, promotion and marketing materials, and internal work orders and reports.

Administrative Duties

• Manage program data and tracking statistics.
• Manage email marketing lists and send email blasts to promote programs.
• Update web content and social media, working with the Museum’s Digital Content Manager
• Respond to emails and phone inquiries.
• Prepare materials or supplies related to programs or trainings.

Education, Experience and Requires Skills

• Bachelor’s Degree in Education, History, Museum Studies, or related field.
• Three to five years’ experience developing educational programs for a variety of learning levels and ages in a museum or nonprofit setting.
• Experience working with and coordinating volunteers.
• Experience with youth programming or classroom teaching a plus.
• Design or arts and craft skills a plus.
• This position requires a highly motivated, creative, and outgoing person who enjoys working with the public and volunteers.
• Excellent interpersonal skills, attention to detail, and ability to learn quickly and multi-task in a deadline driven environment.
• Applicant must be able to work varied hours on occasion, including evenings or weekends.

Send cover letter, resume, and three references to education@petersen.org. Email only, no calls please.

Volunteer and Tours Coordinator

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned as appropriate)

Volunteer Management

• Conduct a volunteer needs assessment with all departments and write job descriptions.
• Develop recruitment strategies and actively recruit (this may include attending outreach events), interview, and place new volunteers to build the museum’s volunteer team.
• Develop volunteer management policies and processes for the new museum and write a volunteer handbook.
• Implement the use of a volunteer database and management tool for creating and scheduling jobs, tracking hours worked, running reports, and managing volunteer personnel records.
• Provide orientations for all new volunteers and place volunteers with their appropriate staff supervisors for training.
• Communicate regularly with volunteers and facilitate the distribution of relevant material.
• Conduct periodic trainings for staff on how to work with volunteers.
• Oversee volunteer meetings (including monthly Pit Crew meeting), continuing education opportunities, and the volunteer recognition program which includes the annual volunteer appreciation dinner.
• Assist in the in preparation of the annual budget for volunteer programs.
• Confer with volunteers and staff supervisors to resolve grievances or determine corrective action plans, including the dismissal of volunteers if necessary.
• Act as staff supervisor for all Docents, including training, evaluation, and tour scheduling.

Tour Development

• For museum opening in December, participate in the development of a Highlights Guided Tour for the general public (non-school groups) that covers the three floors and architecture of the museum.
• Learn the content and collections that will be presented in the new exhibits and seek input and review from Curatorial staff for tour development.
• Create training materials and facilitate a training program for the docents, including other museum staff where appropriate.
• After opening, participate in the creation of additional tour offerings for the public and evaluation of existing tours.
School and Teacher Programs
• After the museum opens, work with the Education staff to develop school tours for grades K-12 including promotional and school visit materials.
• Train docents on the new school tours.
• Manage the scheduling and tour logistics for school tours, including tracking all statistics and providing attendance reports.
• Plan teacher previews, professional development workshops, and other services for educators.
• Maintain contact list for teachers and schools in the greater Los Angeles area.
• Assist in preparation of the annual budget for school and tour programs.

Education, Experience and Requires Skills

• Bachelor’s Degree in Education, History, Museum Studies, or related field.
• Qualified applicants will have 3-5 years previous experience managing volunteers in a nonprofit setting.
• Previous experience working with databases.
• Previous experience training and or teaching adults.
• Previous experience developing educational programs for a variety of learning levels and ages in a nonprofit or museum setting.
• Experience with K-12 curriculum development a plus.
• This position requires a highly motivated, creative, and outgoing person who enjoys working with the public and volunteers.
• Excellent interpersonal skills, attention to detail, and ability to learn quickly and multi-task in a deadline driven environment.
• Applicant must be able to work varied hours on occasion, including evenings or weekends.

Send cover letter, resume, and three references to education@petersen.org. Email only, no calls please.