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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and insert Collection Technician in the subject line.
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 email@example.com, and insert Development Director in the subject line.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and include Marketing Manager in the subject line.
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.
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 email@example.com, and include Membership Coordinator in the subject line.
Retail & Visitor Services Representative
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
English language proficiency
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Available to work flexible shifts
To apply, please email your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org, and insert Retail/VSR in the subject line.