employment at the Petersen

Welcome to the employment page of the Petersen Automotive Museum. To see a brief description of the position that interests you, select the position title. Human Resources will review each applicant’s qualifications for compatibility with available openings. Should a potential fit exist, Human Resources will contact the applicant directly.

An Equal Opportunity Employer: It is the policy of the Petersen Automotive Museum to provide all persons with equal employment practices and opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, veteran or marital status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. 


Please include a copy of the Employment Application Form in your email when applying to open position. 

Associate Curator

The Associate Curator is responsible for researching museum objects and artifacts, conducting exhibition research and curation, and overseeing curatorial staff. S/he will work closely with the Exhibits Director and other museum leadership staff to plan/develop exhibitions in alignment with the museum’s mission and strategic goals and coordinate the curatorial team to ensure that exhibit development and production projects are finished in accordance with budgets and in a timely manner.

Essential Functions:

  • Plan, develop, and see through to completion new exhibitions

  • Participate in meetings and discussions related to collections management, acquisitions, and de-accessioning

  • Write and edit content for exhibition descriptions and curatorial texts, including catalogs, gallery guides, training documents, and communications and marketing materials

  • Research museum owned and loaned objects and artifacts

  • Oversee curatorial staff and delegate responsibilities and duties, supervise their daily activities, conduct annual performance reviews, and determine departmental needs

  • Liaise with colleagues across departments and upper management, including the Board as needed

  • Develop relationships with other museums/institutions, and potential lenders and donors, and secure loans from same

  • Represent the museum at conferences, community events, and car shows

Minimum Education (or substitute experience) required:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

Minimum Experience required:

  • 3-5 years of experience with progressive supervisory responsibilities

  • Prior significant work experience in writing, preferably on automotive or museum-related topics

Skills Required:

  • Knowledge of museum and exhibition preparation procedures

  • Superb command of written English evidenced by high quality original writing and the ability to meticulously edit the work of others

  • Strong interpersonal communication, organizational and management skills

  • Team player who can smoothly manage interoffice activity, work well under deadlines, and be able to handle multiple projects

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office

  • Experience working in a museum environment, preferably at an automotive or transportation museum

To apply please send your cover letter and resume to jobs@petersen.org, and insert Associate Curator in the subject line.

Collection Technician/ Auto Mechanic

Reporting to the Collection Manager, the duties of the Collection Tech are focused on the long- term care, maintenance and preservation of collection vehicles and related objects. The Collections Tech will maintain the vehicles according to the established preservation and maintenance program, participate in the research of necessary and appropriate topics, assist with preserving collection objects in accordance with accepted methods, and maintain accurate records of work completed.

Essential Functions:

  • Assist with the preservation, maintenance, restoration, and repair of museum collection vehicles, fleet vehicles, and related objects

  • Perform maintenance, conservation, restoration, and repair tasks as assigned

  • Adhere to maintenance requirements for collection vehicles

  • Report on progress of restoration and maintenance tasks

  • Assist with light maintenance of incoming loan vehicles

  • Maintain function and appearance of vehicle shop and equipment

  • Track equipment, parts and supplies needs

  • Assist with the installation, deinstallation, and maintenance of all vehicles

  • Assist with transportation of incoming and outgoing vehicles

  • Participate in education and other public program activities

  • Travel with vehicles to represent Museum at select public outreach venues

  • Handle special projects as assigned

  • Keep records of work performed

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience) in Automotive Technology or a related field

  • Knowledge of automotive history

  • Minimum five years’ experience in hands-on maintenance of similar vehicles

  • Strong interpersonal communication, organizational and management skills detail-oriented work profile

  • Team player who can smoothly manage interoffice activity and work well under tight deadlines

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@petersen.org, and insert Collection Technician in the subject line.

Development Director

The Development Director will serve as a fundraising partner to the Executive Director and will be responsible for donor cultivation, corporate sponsorship, solicitation, and relations. Our ideal candidate has an interest in the automotive-enthusiast world and can share that passion with others.  This person will be an ambitious self-starter, willing to contribute efforts above and beyond in order to succeed.  The ability to think three moves ahead is critical to success in this position.

The Development Director is responsible for creating and implementing the comprehensive development strategy for the Petersen Automotive Museum, in partnership with the Executive Director and Deputy Director.  The Development Director is the lead professional responsible for achieving the Museum’s fundraising goals and engaging donors in ongoing programs and activities. These efforts will include leveraging key relationships and contacts within and outside of the Museum’s network to ensure capital and operating fundraising goals are met and surpassed.


  • Working with Senior Management to set and meet aggressive fundraising goals.

  • Designing, implementing and managing all fundraising activities including annual giving, endowment and capital campaigns, membership, special projects, and other related solicitations.

  • Developing and executing strategic plans for donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and ongoing engagement, including personal engagement with major and mid-level prospects.

  • Maintaining contact with and developing grant proposals for foundations, corporations and government funding sources.

  • Developing a comprehensive planned giving program.

  • Producing all development reports, including reports for the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and other agencies as requested.

  • Assisting the Board with recommending and researching potential new major donors and board members.

  • Creating and/or supervising personnel and office systems to support all development projects and operations.

  • Overseeing the management of databases and all records, files, and gift processing.

  • Ensuring all donors are kept informed about museum initiatives, activities, and events.

  • Organizing annual donor appreciation event.

  • Collaborating with the Marketing department to develop a public relations plan and an advertising plan that promote the Museum’s fundraising goals.

  • Working closely with the Deputy Director in the design and production of all major publications, including the Annual Report and digital marketing initiatives.


  • A minimum of 5 years non-profit fundraising experience, including a track record of successful planning, implementation, follow-up and closing gifts.

  • Bachelor’s degree in related area.

  • CFRE designation preferred.

  • Ability to communicate a compelling case for donations to a charitable organization.

  • A record of fundraising success for a single organization over 3 or more years.

  • Proven success in designing and managing donor and/or member relation programs.

  • Experience with developing and maintaining productive working relationships with board members and donors.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to work as a leader and as part of a team.

  • In a fast-paced, ever-changing environment, must have the ability to effectively multi-task, pivot effectively between projects, maintain strong attention to detail, is goal oriented and able to meet deadlines.

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to jobs@petersen.org, and insert Development Director in the subject line.

Marketing Manager

Under the direction of the Deputy Director, the Marketing Manager will provide creativity, insight, and project management supporting numerous programs and initiatives building the museum's overall offering.  This individual must be a compelling written and oral communicator, generator of creative, doable ideas, and project manager, capable of presenting work to senior executives and collaborating with appropriate teams.  Effective internal and external communication is a must.  Ability to think three moves ahead is critical to success in this position.  Our ideal candidate has some experience in working with automotive content (but not mandatory), has an understanding of automotive industry from collectors to new autos, is an ambitious self-starter and willing to contribute efforts above and beyond in order to succeed.


  • Lead the execution of digital, traditional, social and experiential marketing programs from start to finish, driving collaboration with the stakeholders and leveraging the right internal processes to ensure the museum hits its goals

  • Ensure the museum brand is effectively communicated across all advertising, events, and inside the museum

  • Work with the Deputy Director to create a programmatic calendar that reflects the road-map of the Petersen's monthly offerings, and work with events staff to assist in producing such museum events

  • Refine content across all digital museum channels and platforms.  Must be able to understand and articulate “The Petersen Voice.”

  • Stage marketing concepts for review and coordinate the review process as needed with the Deputy Director, museum partners and potential legal entities to meet all requirements

  • Develop business cases for marketing programs at the proposal stage and make recommendations on marketing tactics

  • Develop strategic plans for the museum’s PR Agency to execute

  • Give museum tours to press, partners, and VIPs (prior camera training a plus)

  • Monitor content on all applicable sites and apps to ensure it remains accurate, current, compliant and reflective of the Petersen brand

  • Evaluate the impact of marketing programs in achieving their stated objectives, with the larges emphasis on increased visitation

  • Partner with internal stakeholders, external agencies and museum vendors

Desired Skills and Experience

Necessary Qualifications:

  • Experience building complex marketing programs and reporting on the results

  • Strong problem-solving ability, including metrics-driven thinking

  • Expertise in managing traditional, digital, social and OOH marketing campaigns

  • Exceptional written, oral and visual communications skills

  • Strong project management skills

  • Ability to travel as necessary

  • Demonstrated understanding of how to accomplish marketing without having access to a corporate marketing budget. 

  • 3+ years of experience managing employees and marketing budgets required

  • Knowledgeable of web, website production and social analytics tools is a plus. 

  • Full knowledge of Google Analytics, PPC (Google and Social), Powerpoint (must be able to create compelling decks)

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing or communications

  • Attention to detail, attention to detail, attention to detail. 

To apply, please email your resume, cover letter, and past campaigns to jobs@petersen.org, and include Marketing Manager in the subject line.

Membership Coordinator

Position Summary

Under the guidance of the Membership Manager, the Membership Coordinator is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with all museum members.  Providing a high level of customer service and creating positive experiences for all guests is the highest priority for this team member.  They will be an integral member of the Development team, aiding in the cultivation and administration of the Membership/Development Department.

Essential Functions

  • Work with Membership Manager to plan, implement, and execute all operational procedures related to membership, including oversight of administrative tasks, print production for promotional materials, and policy maintenance

  • Create and drive timelines and other project related deliverables to ensure success of membership drives, including annual lapsed member re-activation campaign

  • Manage museum databases for all membership levels

  • Review and manage monthly renewal re-activation process for all members

  • Process all monthly receipts (Renewals + New Members)

  • Assist the Development Department with the execution of fundraising campaigns

  • Actively sell memberships at all specified Museum events

  • Record data for membership sales sold at admissions desk

  • Regular communication with both internal and external contacts

  • Organize set-up at member events (Cruise-ins and/or other off-site events)

  • Coordinate special projects such as campaign acknowledgements for gifts, calendars, membership card programs, and external events

  • Create and implement donation procedures and programs to ensure timely and accurate handling of membership donations

  • Batch membership gifts according to established timelines and protocols

Education, Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience preferred        

  • Experience with POS systems and/or membership database preferred

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications (strong Excel skills required)

  • Valid driver’s license required

  • Weekend availability and flexibility to work evening events, as required

  • Ability to build relationships and work collaboratively to drive results

  • Detail-oriented person who can prioritize and has strong organizational skills

  • Proactive and solution-oriented

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills 

To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to jobs@petersen.org, and include Membership Coordinator in the subject line.

Retail & Visitor Services Representative

Position Summary:

The primary focus of the Retail and Visitor Services Representative is to provide excellent customer service while consistently meeting the museum’s projected sales goals in admissions, tours, museum memberships and retail merchandise.

The Retail and Visitor Services Representative’s responsibilities include working closely with visitors to determine their needs, answer their questions about the museum and our products, and recommend the right solutions. He/she will also promptly resolve visitor complaints and ensure maximum customer satisfaction. The successful Retail and Visitor Services Representative will stay up-to-date with product features, museum exhibits and events, and maintain the museum’s high standards in visual appearance.

Education, Skills and Experience:

  • High school diploma or equivalent is strongly preferred

  • One year of work experience in retail sales and customer service preferred

  • POS transaction experience

  • Experience with inventory procedures

  • Organizational skills

  • Computer proficiency

  • English language proficiency

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Available to work flexible shifts

To apply, please email your cover letter and resume to jobs@petersen.org, and insert Retail/VSR in the subject line.