Careers


 

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, provides a clear path to success, and strives for diversity and inclusion in all that we do.

Benefits

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

Development Accountant (Located in Fairfax, VA)

Position Summary

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.

Responsibilities

  • Review books monthly for closing by reviewing the Job Cost and General Ledgers and reviewing the Financial Statements;
  • Prepare and present project reports and cash flows at a monthly, quarterly or bi-annual budget meeting;
  • Complete three year cash flows three to four times per year for consolidation into the company wide cash flow;
  • 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 work papers 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 & Team Development

  • Expand teams accounting skills and knowledge of all types of real estate activities;
  • Foster the Peterson vision, values and mission;

Qualifications

  • 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

This role requires the candidate to report to our office located in Fairfax, VA. Please respond with letter of interest, current resume, and professional portfolio.

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Family Office Accountant (Located in Fairfax, VA)

Position Summary

The Family Office Accountant must possess strong finance and accounting skills to navigate complex financial issues and find creative solutions.

The Family Office Accountant will be responsible for all areas relating to financial reporting for various trusts and other entities of the Peterson Family Office. This position will be responsible for developing and maintaining accounting principles, practices and procedures to ensure accurate and timely financial statements for the Peterson Family Office.

The ideal candidate must be able to work with tight deadlines and a multitude of accounting activities, including general ledger preparation, financial reporting, tax workpapers and the support for the family office.

Responsibilities

  • Prepare general ledgers and financial statements for family entities, which include trusts, partnerships, and C Corporations.
  • Process family office accounts payable transactions.
  • Oversee family office cash management.
  • Prepare monthly Investment Summary and annual tax workpapers.

Qualifications

  • BA/BS degree or equivalent practical experience.
  • CPA/CA or equivalent.
  • 5-7 years of prior experience in the financial reporting/general ledger area
  • Advanced Quick Books (or other accounting software), advanced Excel skills and proficiency with fundamentals of accounting to include creating complex reports, journal entries, etc.
  • Ability to analyze issues and research solutions
  • Strong intrapersonal, reporting, organizational, problem solving, critical thinking, time-management and communication skills;
  • High level of initiative, work ethic and dependability
  • Ability to maintain highest levels of confidentiality and integrity
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Experience with process improvement and proficiency with spreadsheet and presentation software.
  • Experience with individual accounting, trust and tax accounting preferred

This role requires the candidate to report to our office located in Fairfax, VA. Please respond with letter of interest, current resume, and professional portfolio.

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Corporate/Development Paralegal (Located in Fairfax, VA)

Position Summary

The Corporate/Development Paralegal (“PARALEGAL”) is a key member of the legal team at Peterson Companies and has significant responsibility for paralegal aspects of many corporate, development, finance and other (non-retail) operations of the Company.

Responsibilities

  • Provide general paralegal and administrative support to the General Counsel and Associate General Counsel, as well as the Development, Residential, Tax, Family Assets and Finance teams;
  • Provide general paralegal and administrative support to the Company, including coordinating execution of documents, notarization, and providing parcel and entity ownership and signatory informatory as needed;
  • Prepare and manage checklists;
  • Review Contracts, calendar deadlines and prepare contract summaries;
  • Review title commitments, title exception documents, surveys, and participate in other due diligence review for real estate acquisitions;
  • Prepare/coordinate closing documents for commercial and residential closings, including Deeds, Instruction Letters, and title company documents;
  • Organize/coordinate closing process from start to finish, including tracking post-closing matters and preparation of closing binders;
  • Prepare documents and coordinate process and documentation for 1031 exchange transactions;
  • Prepare wide variety of legal documents, including, promissory notes, deeds, residential and office leases, amendments to contracts and leases, etc.;
  • Prepare and file corporate documents for corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships in various jurisdictions, including formation, amendments and terminations;
  • Maintain corporate entities (including filing annual reports, preparation and coordination of execution of resolutions, certification letters, amendments to organizational documents, etc.)
  • Support the Finance Department throughout the commercial loan transaction process, including, preparation of organizational documents, organizational charts, coordination of title/survey and other checklist items
  • Work with title companies, surveyors, outside counsel and other real estate professionals; and
  • Respond to requests from principals of company.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Virginia Notary, or willingness to become one
  • At least 5 years of paralegal experience in a law firm or corporate legal department with a general background in real estate, and significant experience in at least one area integral to real estate such as acquisitions and sales, settlements, or corporate matters;
  • Proficiency in MS Office, particularly MS Word, and Adobe Acrobat;
  • Strong reporting, research, analytical, organizational, problem solving, interpersonal, time-management and communication skills;
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement and work within deadlines;
  • Ability to work independently and work in a team environment;
  • Ability to multitask and work in a fast-paced environment;
  • Highest levels of integrity, professionalism, work ethic, dependability and maintenance of confidentiality.

This role requires the candidate to report to our office located in Fairfax, VA. Please respond with letter of interest, current resume, and professional portfolio.

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Project Coordinator/Administrative Assistant (Located in National Harbor, MD)

Position Summary

The Project Coordinator/Administrative Assistant provides support to the Director of Facility Services / Tenant Construction and the Senior Property Manager. A typical day would consist of a division of tasks related directly to National Harbor permanent Tenants (retail, restaurant, office and kiosk), pushing site-related small projects, tasks and responsibilities to completion and integrating where needed into facility maintenance. This individual must be detail-oriented and self-motivated while aiding the leasing department, operations staff, legal department, tenants and contractors. A successful Project Coordinator/Senior Administrative Assistant is able to create professional presentations and specialized work-related documents regularly, track active project budgets and tackle various tasks, allowing the team to function at a highly proficient pace.

Work Experience Requirements

  • A minimum of 10+ years of experience in a construction, tenant coordination or property management-related environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills interacting with tenants, vendors, contractors and Peterson Cos employees either in person, via email or video conferencing systems (i.e. Zoom).
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to juggle and prioritize multiple competing tasks and demands and to seek supervisory assistance as appropriate.
  • Works independently and within a team on special nonrecurring and ongoing projects. Acts as project manager for special projects, at the request of the Senior Manager, which may include: planning and coordinating multiple presentations and disseminating information.
  • Ability to utilize organization skills to coordinate others when working on team projects.
  • Types and designs general correspondences, memos, charts, tables, graphs, business plans, etc. Proofreads copy for spelling, grammar, and layout, making appropriate changes. Responsible for accuracy and clarity of final copy.
  • Ability to work in both a structured and unstructured environment with consistent outcomes.
  • Deductive reasoning, ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce cognitive results.
  • Basic technology experience that allows troubleshooting of various software programs, as needed.
  • Detail-oriented nature is paramount to tracking project milestones and changing objectives.
  • Action-oriented – enjoys working hard and looks for challenges; able to act and react as necessary, even if limited information is available.
  • Work requires continual attention to detail in composing, typing and proofing materials, establishing priorities and meeting deadlines.
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite with an emphasis on Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. In addition, working knowledge of productivity/note-taking and task-management software (i.e. Evernote, Trello, Slack, Asana, Monday, or comparable platforms) and Microsoft Project.
  • Basic knowledge of Blue Beam Revu software.
  • Answer multi-line phone system and direct calls to appropriate departments.
  • Candidates will be required to take a Skills Assessment.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required.

Education Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration or related field is required.

Specific Duties

Construction

  • Coordinate aspects of construction project activities, as able. This would include, but not be limited to, formatting budgets and preparing comprehensive budget summaries based on bids and proposals provided by contractors and subcontractors. And contributing to value engineering of projects by seeking competitive bids.
  • Dispersal of relevant information to clients, subcontractors and tenants with the ability to adjust actions based on client needs.
  • Workflow development – contribute to or independently develop operating strategies, plans, procedures or best practices for optimal departmental function, especially in relation to data management.
  • Exercise customer service principles with ability to assess customer needs, create and maintain positive business relationships.
  • Execute sales or other financial transactions upon receiving managerial approval (i.e. fixtures, materials, etc. related to a specific construction project)
  • Assist with Design, Permitting and Construction phases of new buildouts, renovations and relocations of retail, restaurant & commercial.
  • Comprehensive data management related to lease administration, vacant space data archives, CAD plans, design criteria, Tenant Manuals, Orientations, Milestone Tracking and estimation with VTS and project management software, etc.
  • Regular maintenance of vital construction documents, landlord work letters, lease exhibits, creation of business plans and other professional writing tasks.
  • Prepare facility services and tenant construction recap presentations (quarterly, bi-annually and/or annually), as required.
  • Obtain and maintain records of regulator compliance, specifically, certificates of insurance and permits from general and subcontractors ensuring compliance based on the scope and criteria for the project in question.

Facility Services

  • Maintain living property maintenance reports which serves as a tracking mechanism for preventative and routine maintenance.
  • Research and order supplies for ground and facility maintenance, as necessary, and function as a liaison with the Nexus Systems team.
  • Maintain inventory of property storage areas utilized by Peterson Cos and onsite partners. The primary tool utilized to complete this requirement is Reftab.

Operations

  • Assist Senior Property Manager with managing and resolving maintenance requests, building operation inquiries and complaints.
  • Assist Senior Property Manager with preparation of monthly maintenance and activity reports.
  • Preparation of memoranda regarding building policies and activities.
  • Preparation of processed purchase orders and invoices.
  • Preparation and distribution of correspondence with tenants.
  • Scheduling appointments for Senior Property Manager.
  • Assembly and distribution of New Tenant packages.
  • Schedule and organize complex activities including weekly departmental meetings.
  • Regular tenant, contractor and customer correspondence (letters, memos, emails) at the direction of the Senior Property Manager.
  • Act as a liaison with other departments and outside agencies.

This role requires the candidate to report to our office located in National Harbor, MD. Please respond with letter of interest, current resume, and professional portfolio.

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Operations Property Accountant (Located in Fairfax, VA)

Position Summary

The Operations Property Accountant has primary responsibilities for all accounting functions relating to operating property assets at Peterson Companies.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Responsible for all accounting and reporting for a complex and diverse portfolio of operating properties. Specific duties include:

  • Prepare annual budgets, tax returns, CAM reconciliations, personal property tax returns, BPOL, and income & expense surveys;
  • Review general ledger activity;
  • Perform monthly closing process;
  • Prepare and issue monthly financial statements;
  • Provide income and CapEx variance analysis;
  • Review and reconcile construction in progress schedules;
  • Participate in monthly property status meetings;
  • Ensure billing, collection and reconciliation of tenant accounts;
  • Prepare and maintain balance sheet and bank reconciliations;
  • Ensure compliance with loan documents;
  • Coordinate lender reporting and prepare loan draws;
  • Create property reforecasts;
  • Review and approve all vendor invoices and payments;
  • Coordinate and process real estate tax payments;
  • Maintain compliance with all company policies and procedures;
  • Provide excellent customer service to all internal and external clients;
  • Assist with financing, acquisitions and dispositions;

Education and/or Work Experience Requirements

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to effectively communicate with internal and external customers
  • Excellent computer proficiency (MS Office – Word, Excel and Outlook)
  • Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude and providing exemplary customer service
  • Ability to work independently and to carry out assignments to completion within parameters of instructions given, prescribed routines, and standard accepted practices
  • Accounting Degree Required
  • 3 to 5 years of Real Estate Accounting Experience Required
  • MRI experience preferred

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards, including meeting qualitative and/or quantitative productivity standards.
  • Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards
  • Must be able to talk, listen and speak clearly on telephone
  • Must be able to work overtime as needed

This role requires the candidate to report to our corporate office located in Fairfax, VA. Please respond with letter of interest, current resume, and professional portfolio.

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Real Estate Counsel (Located in Fairfax, VA)

Position Summary

This position will work with both the Retail and Corporate legal departments providing legal counsel to the Peterson Companies and its affiliates in connection with the acquisition, development, financing, sales, leasing and management of the company’s office, retail, industrial, residential and mixed-use portfolios.

The successful candidate will provide legal advice to various business units and prepare and negotiate legal documentation of all types, including retail leases within retail shopping centers and mixed-use projects, office and industrial leases, service and purchase agreements, special event licenses, and others.  Ancillary to such primary duties, this attorney will also provide legal advice and prepare documentation associated with the development, operation, management, marketing, acquisitions and divestitures of the Company’s properties; provide legal advice in connection with commercial contract matters such as property management, community declarations, easement agreements, and lease disputes (such as collections, bankruptcy and CAM and real estate tax disputes); review title and survey; and perform varied research projects regarding existing legal and leasing documents.

Minimi Requirements

  • Juris Doctor Degree from an accredited institution with a strong educational background; licensed and in good standing
  • A minimum of four (4) years of law firm and/or in-house experience in commercial real estate, particularly in retail leasing and mixed-use centers
  • Strong legal/financial/business acumen and ability
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously and to work effectively and independently in a fast-paced and complex business environment
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • High level of personal responsibility and initiative
  • Expertise with Microsoft Office, including Word and Outlook

This role requires the candidate to report to our corporate office located in Fairfax, VA. Please respond with letter of interest, current resume, and professional portfolio.

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Marketing Content Manager (Located in National Harbor, MD)

General Description

The Marketing Content Manager is a key member of the National Harbor marketing team and is responsible for supporting the strategic marketing program that positions National Harbor as a premium destination. The role of the Marketing Content Manager is to insure continuity and relevance of the overall marketing messages on various platforms utilized to generate awareness and visitation to National Harbor.  The candidate in this position has a passion for marketing and social media and a desire to leverage marketing platforms to ensure guests have an engaging and positive experience at National Harbor. They will assist in creating marketing content and messaging through all technologies that will attract audiences to National Harbor and will integrate National Harbor branding across all digital assets and on property. This position will lead content creation, brand and voice management across social platforms, measurement reporting, and social platform content with partners.

Specific Duties

  • Display in-depth knowledge and understanding of social media platforms, their respective participants (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, etc.), keep up to date with platform changes, and how each platform can be deployed in different settings and to selective audiences
  • Administer the creation, editing, and publishing of relevant, original, high-quality photo and video content including creation of graphics and images for use across social channels; coordinates with sales, marketing and events to create and manage a regular social publishing schedule
  • Manage marketing content for promotions, campaigns, and social media activity across digital platforms
  • Maintain the identity of and provides a consistent voice for National Harbor’s social accounts
  • Develop, write and manage social media content calendar
  • Lead in the development and execution of social media, blogging, and influencer outreach
  • Use tools to analyze social media and identify trends, assess data, create insights, and adjust future messaging based on results.
  • Manage website content within the CRM and CMS, specifically Idss/Tempest
  • Engage, brainstorm and execute with National Harbor retail tenants and partners for promotional and marketing opportunities
  • Manage brand integration and production of digital marketing collateral and signage
  • Coordinate with other departments/staff to integrate market content across marketing channels
  • Work with marketing team members to solicit and share content across channels
  • Ensure consistency of brand visuals, voice, and tone across all platforms
  • Tracks key metrics to illustrate performance and engagement, referrals and follower adoption, proving the effectiveness and added value of creating community online
  • Assists with the distribution of content across all digital channels and through agencies
  • Compiles and edits content for print, signage, and digital projects as assigned
  • Assists in the implementation of digital contests/sweepstakes
  • Conducts surveys to better understand partner and audience needs and generates concepts to improve the user experience
  • Update and maintain calendar of events
  • Maintain marketing archives
  • Assists in researching and identifying relevant new technologies and digital marketing strategies to improve National Harbor marketing efforts
  • Manages digital content platform Enplug for paid sponsorship ads and reporting

Skills and Knowledge

  • Knowledge of both the local market and travel markets to align customer needs to product offerings
  • Excellent social and professional skills
  • Effective communicator and listener
  • Creative marketing professional
  • Good organizational skills to keep track of multiple projects
  • High self-motivation
  • A passion for promoting National Harbor and its offerings
  • Able to stay on top of current events both within the region and in the retail and tourism industries
  • Able to maintain a pulse on latest trends
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Competitor knowledge
  • Strict attention to detail
  • An open-minded person, outgoing and personable

Work Experience Requirements

  • Four-year degree preferred and five years hospitality experience with two years at a DMO or retail destination
  • 3-5 years of progressive marketing and event experience
  • Experience in managing marketing projects, producing marketing collateral and website content
  • Must have experience in social media platform content creation and blogging platforms
  • Experience with Facebook for Business and social reporting tools
  • Exceptional writing skills
  • Branding experience to understand promoting a brand, not just a product, to a wide range of clients and customers
  • Website management – CRM/CMS platforms
  • Content development and measurement
  • Experience shooting and editing video
  • Must be open to work occasional weekends and evenings

This role requires the candidate to report to our corporate office located in National Harbor, MD. Please respond with letter of interest, current resume, and professional portfolio.

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Peterson Companies is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, genetic information, marital status, or any other basis protected by law.

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.

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