Discover the many exciting opportunities available to you at Peterson Companies, an industry leader and an equal opportunity employer.

A Culture That Feels Like Family

Collaborative. Respectful. Supportive. Dynamic. For over the past 50 years, Peterson Companies has created an environment where individuals experience tremendous opportunities to do their best work. It’s no wonder people work with us for the better part of their careers. Peterson Companies fuels employees’ passion to excel, and provides a clear path to success.


Working at Peterson Companies, you enjoy a variety of benefits and incentives designed to address the practical needs of you and your family. As an essential part of your full compensation package, these benefits are focused on what matters most to you. Along with the standard benefits you find at most companies, we offer more.

  • Company Paid Holiday Break  (Peterson Companies closes for the period after Christmas Day until New Year’s Day)
  • Professional Training & Development Programs
  • Access to Corporate Fitness Center
  • Annual Employee Awards
  • Corporate Events & Parties
  • Ticket Raffles to Sporting & Entertainment Events

Open Positions

Because of the volume of resumes we receive, we are not able to confirm receipt or give updates on the hiring process.  Please continue to check this website for updates.  Once the position is filled, it will be removed from this website.

Assistant Manager, Commercial (located in the Dulles Discovery, Chantilly, VA office)

The Assistant Manager of Commercial Development is responsible for managing all design, permitting, and construction aspects of assigned projects from feasibility through design and construction, including delivery to the customer and hand-off to property management.  The Assistant Manager is to ensure that these activities occur on time, for the least cost, and with the proper level of quality.  This position supervises, coordinates, and communicates the activities of engineers, architects, contractors, and utility companies, as well as supports the development project manager and customer representative(s).  He or she must identify and respond to customer needs and requirements to ensure project success.  The individual must assertively and professionally represent the company and its interests at all times.

Specific Duties

Predevelopment Assistance

  • Assist and facilitate lease negotiations, providing technical review and assistance, exhibits, budgets and schedules as required.

Budgeting and Cost Control

  • Assist with preparation of accurate and realistic budgets.
  • Solicit input from contractors and consultants at an early stage of design.
  • During construction, prepare and keep current a monthly Construction Cost Report (“PCO Report”). Ensure that all actual or potential change orders and or claims are reflected.
  • Take aggressive and creative action within all design, permitting, and construction activities to minimize total project costs consistent with the objectives of the project and the Project Manager.
  • Constantly validate that construction budget is adequate to cover all anticipated expenditures.
  • Review and approve consultant & contractor invoices regularly to ensure valid, accurate and verify that all payments due are made on time as required by contracts.
  • Prepare or approve tenant improvement allowance, escrow billings, or other billings to customers.
  • Meet regularly with project accountant to review job status, questions, invoices, new expenditures, etc.  Confirm that the accountant has a complete and accurate cost picture of the project, projected to completion.


  • Prepare preliminary schedules for leasing and sales proposals which address design, permitting, construction, and occupancy milestones and flag unusual constraints.  Schedules should be professional in appearance (usually in MS Project) and comprehensive but brief…one page is preferred.
  • Monitor schedules monthly and keep team members updated.
  • Cause contractors to monitor schedule progress and take corrective action when necessary.

Design Phase Activities

  • Hire, supervise and coordinate the work of multiple design firms including architect, land planner, civil engineer, and geotechnical engineers, and other specialized consultants as required.
  • Arrange geotechnical investigations  if required and oversee the drafting of recommendations for feasibility and suitability.
  • Review design as it evolves and provide direction to:
    Identify and implement cost reductions
    Minimize errors or gaps that will cause change orders
    Ensure constructability and quality in the completed product
    Keep designers work in conformance with our budget
    Ensure that designers adhere to project development schedule
  • Manage design fees / costs.
  • Provide guidance to designers regarding the Owner’s objectives for the project.
  • Coordinate/expedite design of work by public utility companies and offsite roads or transportation issues as required by the project.

Permit Phase Activities

  • Make or coordinate applications for all site and building permits;
  • Follow up on permit review status and address any comments or questions.
  • Communicate with plan reviewers and consultants to expedite the permits and obtain permits as required by project schedule.

Construction Contract Administration

  • Bid / Negotiate / Award / Administer all contracts in accordance with department and company policy and procedures.
  • Know and understand all contractor obligations.
  • Chair weekly contractor meetings on site and ensure that meeting minutes are prepared and distributed.
  • Inspect the quality and progress of work on a regular basis.
  • Accept or reject quality of the work and the performance of the contractor.
  • Keep inspectors informed of project status and address any concerns.
  • Respond to contractor questions and problems in a timely manner.
  • Review and negotiate all change orders.
  • Coordinate the work of multiple contractors onsite.
  • Educate the contractors and consultants on how their work and contractual obligations relate to our customer’s needs.
  • Cause the contractor to keep the site clean, safe, and in conformance with applicable government regulations.
  • Review, approve, and process contractor requisitions in a timely manner.
  • Assume a ‘tough but fair’ tone in all that we do; regularly and visibly demonstrate appreciation for all vendors.

Public Utility Company Coordination

  • Coordinate during project design with all utilities including electric, gas, telephone, CATV, water, storm and sanitary sewer.
  • Ensure that utility companies prepare relocation plans, new service routing plans, easements, cost estimates, etc., in a timely manner. Review / Approve / Process all.
  • Communicate customer requirements with various utilities frequently during design and construction to ensure each is fully informed with the requirements and schedule of the development.
  • Assist customer with applying for utility services.

Public Transportation Agency Coordination

  • Coordinate, during project design, public transportation agency issues such as public road access, street improvements, traffic signals (if required).
  • Apply for and process permits required for site development.
  • Initiate inspections by agencies and complete bond release items.

Customer Service

  • Coordinate specific and/or technical requirements and obligations with the customer.
  • Keep the customer fully informed of the status of the project with frequent verbal updates and monthly, written construction status reports.
  • Assist the customer as they begin to occupy their new facility.
  • Ensure that the customer is satisfied with the condition of their facility. Complete punch lists in a timely manner and secure written sign-off of the same.
  • Respond to warranty issues.
  • Facilitate customer turnover to property management.

Bond Release

  • Initiate inspections by various agencies holding bonds.
  • Coordinate completion of bond release items.
  • Coordinate with the bond administrator, the status of the bond release work and the projected date for completion.

Public Relations

  • Organize a regular appreciation luncheon or other appropriate events with contractors and consultants.
  • Communicate with neighbors adjacent to the development to keep them informed of the status of the project and address any concerns they may have.
  • Maintain the professional reputation and image of the company at all times.

Security Clearance

  • A Top Secret – SCI Security Clearance is a requirement of this position. It will be necessary to submit required paperwork for Government review and comply with request for interviews and background investigations.   Should the Security Clearance not be granted by the US Government, employment may be terminated.
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Development Accountant (located in Fairfax, VA)

General Description

Each Development Accountant is a key member of the accounting team at Peterson Companies and is primarily responsible for all accounting and reporting for the Construction and Development division of the company.


  • Review books monthly for closing by reviewing the Job Cost and General Ledgers and reviewing the Financial Statements;
  • Prepare and present project reports and cashflows at a monthly, quarterly or bi‐annual budget meeting;
  • Complete three year cashflows three to four times per year for consolidation into the company wide cashflow;
  • Review quarterly capital call and provide changes to Corporate Accountant;
  • Review, approve and record settlement sheets for lot/home sales and financing
  • Ensure Project Teams are complying with proper Contract Management processes and approvals for Commitments, COIs and Budget Changes
  • Prepare loan and escrow draws in compliance with associated documentation
  • Review and approve all vendor invoices and payments
  • Provide excellent customer service to both external and internal business groups
  • Transition completed projects to the Operations Accountant including but not limited to assisting with the preparation of a cost segregation study and placing assets in service
  • Prepare tax workpapers annually in coordination with the Tax Department
  • Complete annual tax filings including Personal Property Returns and BPOLs
  • Assist Controller with special projects
  • Comply with all company policies and procedures
  • Prepare Cost of Sales calculations and land allocations as needed

Leadership and Team Development

  • Hire, train, evaluate, reward and retain a team of professionals;
  • Expand teams accounting skills and knowledge of all types of real estate activities;
  • Foster the Peterson vision, values and mission;


  • B.S. in Accounting with CPA desirable;
  • At least 5 years of accounting experience and a level of understanding of the real estate, construction or development industry;
  • Real estate accounting software experience preferred;
  • Ability to think outside the box, understand the data and figure out how to accurately adjust it for changing circumstances
  • Strong and professional reporting, multi‐tasking, problem solving, interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement and work independently yet within deadlines;
  • High levels of integrity, work ethic and dependability
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Graphic Designer (located in Fairfax, VA)

General Description

Peterson Companies’ designer is a storyteller essential to achieving our goals. This ambitious and highly creative individual is deeply invested in projects from inception to the final product. They demonstrate total focus and commitment to every project—whether the concept springs from a team brainstorming session, a broader vision from department leadership, or their own unique perspectives. They are attentive and have the ability to understand clients’ needs, challenges, and goals, in order to effectively communicate them through creative designs. They will be eager to learn and keen to share.


  • Work with team members to create or update print and digital marketing assets including signage, brochures, website and social media graphics, e-blasts, video presentations, and more
  • Translating B2B and B2C business goals into smart concepts and highly original design recommendations that strategically drive solutions and align with overall marketing objectives
  • Resizing and adapting designs into usable layouts for multiple digital platforms, including social media and digital advertising
  • Develop and maintain marketing deliverables, including tenant memos, site maps, directories and presentations
  • Adhere to our multiple brand guidelines while leveraging expertise in the latest design software
  • Familiar with digital and social media platforms and curating content


Motivated, takes initiative, detail-oriented and organized, ability to handle multiple projects and tight deadlines, strong verbal and written communication skills, attentive listener and takes direction well


  • Bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication, Graphic Design, or similar.
  • 2-3 years of experience in Graphic Design
  • Experience developing marketing materials to support sales/marketing/real estate business development is preferred
  • Adept in Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop), Microsoft Office Suite, and Prezi
  • Strong knowledge of current design trends and techniques, experience in commercial real estate is preferred
  • Ability to work flexible hours
  • Professional appearance in both demeanor and dress
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Manager, Tenant Coordination - Retail (located in Fairfax, VA)

The Retail Tenant Coordination Department is responsible primarily for getting tenants in the Company’s existing and development centers open and paying rent.  The team oversees the design, permitting, and construction requirements for tenant build-outs to ensure that they are completed on time, within budget, and to the standards required by the Company, the project, and consistent with our commitments to our customers.

Additionally, the Retail Tenant Coordination Department is responsible for the planning, cost estimating, design, permitting, and execution of Capital Improvement Projects in existing centers.

To those ends, the Manager of Retail Tenant Coordination is a “player-coach” who:

  • Leads and manages all aspects of the Retail Tenant Coordination Department; and
  • Has direct project-level responsibility on various existing and planned centers of the Company.

The individual serving in this role must be technically sophisticated, collaborative, urgent, customer oriented (internally and externally), process-driven, and focused on delivering high quality work, whether in the planning or execution phase of an assignment.  This person must be a critical thinker and a problem solver.

Partnering with Leasing, Legal, Property Management, and Development as stakeholders, the Manager will ensure that the Tenant Coordination Department opens stores on time and on budget to maximize NOI while delivering best-in-class retail design and will complete Capital Improvement Projects on time and on budget to enhance the value of existing centers.

Leadership and Management Responsibilities

The Manager – Tenant Coordination, Retail will be responsible for managing a staff currently consisting of an Assistant Tenant Coordinator.  As such, the Manager will be responsible for determining the department’s staffing needs, hiring if appropriate, and helping the team grow its technical proficiency and capabilities.  More specifically, the Manager will:

  • Conduct Retail Tenant Coordination team meetings to build teamwork, trust, talent, commitment and alignment on project priorities and department programs/policies and procedures.
  • Conduct performance appraisals, compensation/bonus reviews, competency reviews and establish department goals and individual performance objectives which align with Retail Department and Company goals.
  • Demonstrate business, financial and administrative acumen. Establish departmental budgets, project budgets and tracking procedures, which include approving invoices and monitoring compliance with the stated budget(s).
  • Maintain a professional and positive atmosphere that permits the highest level of individual and collective departmental performance.
  • Build confidence, trust and respect in the Retail Tenant Coordination Department among internal stakeholders such as the Leasing, Legal, Property Management, Development, and Lease Administration groups. Be influential, timely and effective in communication, conflict resolution, and problem-solving. Similarly, build trust with outside stakeholders such as tenants, designers, consultants, contractors, and governmental plan reviewers and inspectors.
  • Working with key stakeholders, ensure that resources and processes are in place to maximize the Retail Department’s effectiveness in (i) executing leases and fulfilling Landlord obligations under them and (ii) undertaking renovation and repositioning efforts on existing assets.
  • In support of leasing efforts, review current processes (summarized in the attached flow chart) for the approval of tenant construction and design documents, including signage, and work with key stakeholders to identify and implement changes to this process.
  • Serve on the architectural review boards or design review committees for its projects as requested by the Company.

Project-Level Responsibilities

The Manager will be directly responsible for providing tenant coordination services for a portion of the existing and/or planned Retail portfolio.  As such, s/he will work with the Leasing, Legal, Property Management, and/or Development groups to implement tenant buildouts on time and on budget.

The Manager will also support Property Management with the planning and execution of Capital Improvement Projects in existing centers, also on time and on budget.

In these capacities, this person will manage the design, permitting, and construction of Landlord Work obligations under leases and for Capital Improvement Projects.  As such, s/he will play a leadership role in determining the scope, schedule, and budget of these efforts.  More specifically:

  • Support Leasing and Legal by reviewing tenant work letters and helping negotiate those at the LOI and lease stages of the transaction. This will include, but is not limited to, overseeing preparation of Condition Surveys, Test Fits, LODs, and other relevant documents and exhibits.
  • Support Leasing and Legal by preparing realistic and accurate cost estimates and schedules (consistent with established property budgets) for proposed Landlord Work. In some cases these may have been obtained from outside firms; review and evaluate.
  • Support Property Management and/or Development by preparing summaries of critical dates established in leases for completion of Landlord Work and managing to them.
  • Retain and manage architects, engineers, contractors, and other consultants needed to complete Landlord Work obligations under leases and for Capital Improvement Projects.
  • Coordinate with Lease Administration to ensure that there is a timely processing of legal notices (Premise Availability/Premise Delivery letters).
  • Ensure tenants’ construction activities, whether new store build-outs or remodels, are completed in accordance with the terms of their leases and that this work meets the Landlord’s architectural design and appearance standards.  This scope includes reviewing, commenting, and approving or rejecting tenant plans; assisting tenants with their permitting efforts as needed; and observing work performed directly by the Tenants to understand their schedule’s status, to confirm compliance with approved plans, and to preclude negative impacts on other tenants and the operation of the center.
  • Oversee the resolution of all tenant issues associated with Landlord/Tenant construction obligations that are defined in the Lease.
  • Work with Property Managers to develop five-year plans for all centers; troubleshoot and find solutions to maintenance issues (leaks, asphalt, etc.); bid and oversee selected repairs/capital improvements (e.g., roof, façade, parking lot, lighting upgrades); and work with Property Managers to develop unit pricing guides and standard spec sets and contracts.

Other Requirements

  • Minimum of 10+ years of experience in Retail Construction Management, ideally working for landlords or alternatively for tenants or contractors. This experience, with a focus on interior tenant build-outs, should include a wide range of tenant sizes from small in-line tenants of 1,000 sf or less up to anchor tenants of 40,000 sf or more.  This experience should include work building out tenant spaces in new centers as well as in second generation space.
  • The ideal candidate will demonstrate an ability to drive high-quality design and aesthetics by both the landlord and tenants.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture, Engineering, Construction Management or Interior Architecture is required or equivalent education and experience.
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Property Assistant, Retail (located in Silver Spring, MD)

Seeking an energetic, professional, personable individual to become a key part of a dynamic team responsible for management and marketing of XYZ centers. The Property Assistant (PA) position assists with the day‐to‐day functions of the project. He/she also serves as the liaison to the public, commercial clients, owners and contractors. This individual reports to the Property Manager and supports the marketing team. BA/BS preferred.


  • Support Property Manager.
  • Answers phones and greets visitors at the management office.
  • Maintain physical and electronic archives ensuring the various filing systems stay organized.
  • Maintain and update as necessary all tenant essential contact information and promotional address listings.
  • Track all tasks, projects and checklists pertaining to the properties including but not limited to insurance, roof leak calls, vendor invoice inquiries and work order logs.
  • Manage onsite office including maintaining office supplies, contracts and conference room scheduling.
  • Prepare work orders, contracts, drafting memos, letters.
  • Make and answering phone calls for multiple lines.
  • Prepare report packages for meetings.
  • Take meeting minutes.
  • Conduct property visits and identify tasks, issues or projects to address.
  • Obtain contract bids – Snow removal, landscaping, maintenance/repairs, etc.
  • Hold meetings with vendors to review anticipated work, work performance and or to close out specific jobs.
  • Support marketing team with events and promotions when needed.
  • Perform any other administrative duties as assigned.

A/P Accounting

  • Maintain and update master invoice coding sheets for all assigned projects.
  • Process invoices through Nexus System (web based payables system) for approval of manager. This includes:
    • Research any past due amounts and note the information on the invoice.
    • Working with/negotiating with vendors when discrepancies or outstanding balances are found.
  • Maintain additional payment schedules, track project costs.
  • Complete internal check requests as needed.
  • Create Direct Tenant Billings as needed (invoicing tenants).
  • Maintain, complete and administer the tracking of all property utility usage, charges and trends.
  • Team point of contact for partnership and third party invoice processing/tracking.
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Vice President, Construction and Development (located in Fairfax, VA)

General Description

One of the most respected and successful real estate companies in the country, Peterson Companies has an extensive 50 + year history in the development and acquisition of commercial, residential, and mixed-use properties, with over $3 billion of assets owned and managed. Headquartered in Northern Virginia, the privately-owned company has professionals in all facets of the development process, including design and construction, project management, land planning and zoning, legal, accounting, property management, leasing, and project finance. Peterson projects are some of the most iconic in the Washington metropolitan region including National Harbor, Fair Lakes, Downtown Silver Spring, Washingtonian, Fairfax Corner and Virginia Gateway. The firm has developed over 28 million square feet of commercial space (2.8 million sf in secure federal government buildings) and 31,000 residential single- and multi-family units.  The company’s current pipeline for future development consists of 2.4 million square feet of commercial (over 370 acres) and over 1,800 residential units.

As part of their long-term strategy to ensure world-class leadership, a new Vice President is being recruited to join the development team. Bringing a strong construction background, with extensive project management experience, the successful candidate will initially manage several important projects with the support of the internal team. Over time, this executive will help envision, organize and lead a cohesive, disciplined, design and construction team that can support all projects in the company. He/She will have the opportunity to become an indispensable leader in the organization.


Oversee full-cycle construction planning and management for multiple projects, including supervision of the team, external partners, contractors and consultants. As such, the successful candidate will also:

  • Optimize design, constructability, and overall value of each project;
  • Ensure consistency between development concept and construction documents;
  • Oversee cost, schedule, and constructability information during design/development phase;
  • Oversee site development, including site work, infrastructure construction, permitting and entitlements;
  • Provide guidance for scheduling and assign responsibilities to ensure timely completion of each project;
  • Manage financial control and accountability by understanding each project’s financial structure and restrictions;
  • Provide a seamless transition from construction through operations.

Candidate Profile

  • Provide a proven track record, including at least 10-12 years of increasingly responsible development and construction project management experience across a range of property types;
  • Expertise and detailed knowledge of construction, building codes, site construction and construction documentation;
  • Organizational and leadership skills that demonstrate the ability to manage and motivate a variety of skilled professionals managing multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Ability to interact effectively with finance, and marketing professionals, contractors, architects, governmental agencies, as well as a range of executives and personnel within Peterson Companies;
  • Strong financial acumen with the ability to analyze and assist in the preparation of financial projections, budgets and proformas;
  • Demonstrated integrity, work ethic, reliability, dependability and ability to work within deadlines;
  • Excellent judgment, strong reporting, negotiating, interpersonal, and communication skills;
  • Undergraduate degree required (preferably in engineering or construction) ; graduate degree preferred (ideally MBA or MS in Real Estate).
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