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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.


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

Project Coordinator, Development (Located in Fairfax, VA)

Position Summary

We are seeking an organized and driven Project Coordinator to join the Peterson Acquisitions and Development team to help manage the execution of its rapidly growing development pipeline. The Project Coordinator will work in a fast-paced environment to support a team of experienced development professionals, outside consultants, vendors, and contractors who are responsible for developing a diverse pipeline including commercial, residential, industrial, data center, government, and retail development projects. Specific responsibilities include Financial Modeling, Due Diligence Analysis, Design, Permitting, Schedule monitoring and Construction oversight to support assigned projects.

The Project Coordinator should be tenacious, results-driven, and has strong task or project management skills. They must have an ability to communicate effectively, track documents and data with a high degree of accuracy, identify gaps and process improvement are key for this position. The role provides a unique opportunity with exposure to all aspects of the business in an excelling market with high visibility.


  • Support the site acquisition and due diligence process to vet prospective sites and assess site risks and opportunities
  • Compiling and/or analyzing geographical location and specific prospective site information, including permitting and land use data entitlement requirements, diligence reports (e.g., geotechnical, environmental, natural hazards,) and federal, state and local regulations
  • Help organize communications and tracking progress towards on-time delivery of projects by key internal and external stakeholders
  • Support the entitlements process (e.g., zoning, land use permitting) to ensure accurate and timely submission and execution of the necessary site entitlements and permits to meet project timelines
  • Work with Site Development Project Manager and other key project team members to ensure alignment among all internal stakeholders and to find creative ways to overcome obstacles in the site development process
  • Ability to break data into a presentable format for executives or project managers
  • Support the preparation of project recommendations for presentation to management for approval
  • Develop scalable, efficient tools and processes to improve delivery and communication for data center site development
  • Support project executives on large complex projects and assignments
  • Proactively manage project-related issues as requested
  • Demonstrating a proactive focus on meeting client and project requirements in a timely and cost-effective manner


  • 3-5 years experience in real estate development (commercial, multifamily, industrial, data center, government, retail, engineering, architecture, construction, finance, legal or other related field)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in engineering, finance, architecture, construction, law, or other related field
  • Experience in managing multiple projects and coordinating with internal staff and external consultants, vendors and other stakeholders.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Powerpoint)
  • Strong communication skills – written and verbal

This role requires the candidate to report to our cooperate 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.

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


  • 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.


  • 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 cooperate office located in National Harbor, MD. Please respond with letter of interest, current resume, and professional portfolio.

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Assistant Property Manager, Retail (Located in Gaithersburg, MD)

Reports to: Property Manager

Position Summary

Seeking an energetic, professional, personable individual to become a key part of a dynamic team responsible for the management and operations of an entertainment/lifestyle center in Montgomery County, Maryland.  The Assistant Property Manager (APM) 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.


  • Bachelors of Science or equivalent work experience
  • 1-3 years commercial property management experience
  • Must be detail oriented, organized and computer literate
  • Must be able to multitask and prioritize
  • Self-motivating, creative
  • Financial acumen and reporting skills


  • Support Property Manager
  • 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 report packages for distribution in meetings or electronically
  • Conduct property visits and identify tasks, issues or projects to address
  • Obtain contract bids – Snow removal, landscaping, maintenance/repairs, etc.
  • Prepare work orders, contracts, drafting memos, letters, meeting minutes
  • Develop and maintain relationship with tenants and clients. Resolve matters when applicable and inform Property Manager when items or issues warrant further involvement
  • Hold meetings with vendors to review anticipated work, work performance and or to close out specific jobs
  • Maintain progress tracking of physical space inventory including; move-in, move-out checklists and ensure preparation of vacant space condition for prospective tenant visits
  • Assist in the coordination of tenant build-out, move in and opening
  • Attend and participate in identified industry, community and governmental boards, organizations and meetings
  • Support marketing team with events and promotions when needed
  • Perform any other administrative/management 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
    • Obtain invoice payment approvals from individuals outside of std. Nexus invoice approval workflow as necessary
  • 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
  • Assist in planning, preparing and implementing operating budgets for properties and associations. Assist in identifying and planning for long-term financial goals and objectives
  • Assist with collection and review of delinquencies and sales reporting

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

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Development Manager (Located in Fairfax, VA)

Reports to: Assistant Vice President of Development


The ideal candidate for Development Manager thrives in a fast-paced environment, is an entrepreneurial decision maker, an action-taker, and who is able to think critically to solve complex issues.  The candidate will be successful if they can implement cross-functional project management on a variety of unique land development projects. Key responsibilities of this role include communicating effectively to all internal and external stakeholders, through both written and financial reporting,  assessing sites for development, executing due diligence, critically evaluating design consultants work product, obtaining zoning approvals, review and procurement of permits and approvals for construction, and construction project implementation.


  • Provide support to Assistant Vice President of Development for negotiation and implementation of project deals
  • Preparing cross-functional project reporting documents by integrating multiple inputs from multiple sources
  • Ability to learn how to negotiate, execute, and implement legal agreements such as leases, letter of intent, purchase and sale agreements, joint development agreements, consultant contracts, construction contracts, etc.
  • Strategic execution of project entitlements, including comprehensive plan updates, rezoning, federal state and local permits and approvals
  • Establish and update the project budget through cross-functional coordination of consultants, contractors, and internal team members
  • Assist in the engagement of local jurisdictions, economic development agencies, transportation departments and utility companies as needed for project execution
  • Prepare site feasibility studies to evaluate viability of projects
  • Present projects for approval to internal executive committee
  • Ability to read, interpret, and implement complex documents and consolidate into clear workstreams

Project Management

  • Management of project scope at all stages from feasibility through due diligence, entitlements, design, permits, and construction.
  • Develop and maintain holistic project schedules, with input from key stakeholders
  • Coordinating with accounting, finance, and tax on project budget.
  • Review contracts, invoices, change orders and pay applications
  • Tracking and reporting on progress of projects, including integration of legal and deal requirements
  • Managing relationship with external project consultants, including selection and engagement of consultants and providing feedback on performance
  • Critically evaluating the consultant work product, hold consultants accountable for timely and thoughtful completion of their deliverables
  • Facilitate effective cross-functional project meetings, including capturing action items and decisions.
  • Assist in preparation, submittal, and obtaining Permits, Fees, Bonds and Letter of Credits
  • Provide support to Assistant VP of Development and other internal development department leaders during selection of General Contractor, negotiations of contracts, and execution of construction.
  • Communicating and working to reduce construction impacts to rent commencements and tenant/CAM


  • 5-7 years’ experience in real estate development (commercial, multifamily, industrial, data center, government, retail, engineering, architecture, construction, finance, or other related field)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field
  • Strong Communication and Presentation skills – written and verbal
  • Ability to influence others
  • Strong Real Estate Financial and Reporting skills
  • Strong Project Management skills (preferably large complex projects)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office

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

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Senior Retail Tenant Coordinator (Located in Fairfax, VA)

Reports to: Director Retail Tenant Coordination

Assists: Leasing, Legal, Development, Asset Management, and Property Management Departments


The role of the Sr. Tenant Coordinator is to self-manage their workload for assigned deals in an effort to expedite Tenant openings to enhance Landlord’s opportunity for an earlier rent commencement date. While this role directly reports to the Director of Retail Tenant Coordination, they will also work collaboratively with leasing, development, legal leasing, and property management while also effectively communicating to their manager any issues of importance promptly and ensuring issues identified are pushed with urgency. This position must assertively and professionally represent the company at all times.

The Sr. Retail Tenant Coordinator’s primary responsibilities are for the design, permitting, and construction of Landlord Work and oversight of Tenant Work under the requirements of the Retail leases.  The RTC will take every effort to ensure on-time project completion, within budget and to the standards required and consistent with Peterson Companies’ commitment to our Tenants.

This position interacts with Leasing, Legal, Development, Asset Management, Property Management, Tenants, Architects, Owners, General Contractors, Permit Expeditors and Project Consultants, and governmental plan reviewers and building inspectors. In addition, this position will guide and expedite the build-out and occupancy process.

Skills and Qualifications

This position is responsible for tracking and encouraging the tenant progression through the tenant coordination process, plan review, tenant build-out, and successful openings.  This position must ensure that the tenant coordination guidelines set forth by Peterson Companies are adhered to.  In addition, this position will ensure that the tenant plan submittal represents the optimum prototype design and materials that will complement the aesthetics for the properties.

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience in Architecture, construction, or engineering is required
    •  Minimum of 4 years project management experience
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills
  • Effective organization and time management skills
  • Ability to deal with multiple tasks effectively and establish priorities
  • Proactive and results-oriented
  • Ability to negotiate and communicate to all levels inside and outside the company
  • Ability to develop and manage budgets and to control expenses
  • Ability to read and understand construction drawings and specifications
  • Strong knowledge of the site and building construction
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Project, Outlook, Adobe, and Bluebeam
  • Must be a self-starter with a “can-do” attitude, ability to learn various software in short order, adapt to any situation, wear multiple hats, perform multiple functions, and is a people person

Key Responsibilities

  • Manages and tracks the overall tenant design/construction progress from initial prospect to tenant opening, focusing on early store openings, through the tenant coordination process including, but not limited to, tenant plan submittals/approvals, lease review, tenant construction, permitting, Landlord work and project timing.
  • Maintains communication with key internal groups such as Leasing, Legal, Development, Asset Management, Property Management, and Bond Administration to ensure tenant issues are resolved, and tenant build-outs are built according to Peterson Companies approval.
  • Reviews and helps negotiate Tenant Work Letters, prepare budgets, and create schedules supporting the Leasing and Legal teams’ work negotiating LOIs and leases.
  • Analyzes, interprets, abstracts, and understands leases and administers the lease requirements.
  • Reviews and approves Tenant plan submission and documents for compliance with Peterson Companies criteria.
  • Provides tenant coordination leadership for major projects as determined by the Director Retail Tenant Coordination.
  • Reviews concept and signage documents of tenants for compliance with comprehensive signage packages.
  • Coordinates construction activities for Landlord Work, including the development of plans, permitting, RFP’s, bid reviews, and preparation of purchase agreements/contracts to ensure an on-time or early turnover to the tenant.
    • Prepare the RFP, define the scope of work, review the bids and selection of contractors.
    • Administer the lease requirements relative to the design construction and delivery.
    • Executes the physical work requirements from drawing production to permitting and bidding to construction.
    • Delivers possession to the tenants and facilitates openings for business and start of income.
  • Manages the budget by keeping project costs within budget parameters and reporting on actual and projected budget variances.
  • Assures adherence to schedule, quality standards, and tenant requirements by monitoring project progress, performing site visits, coordinating activities, and resolving project issues.
  • Assists in generating tenant construction lease exhibits with the leasing and legal teams.
    • Allocates due diligence to the leasing and legal teams regarding budgets, schedules, and scopes for deals under negotiation.
    • Review and approve or draft, as the case may be technical and construction exhibits.
    • Coordinate test fits with architects and prospective tenants.
    • Perform or obtain cost estimates for the proposed build-out work.
    • Prepare schedules and review schedule dates as required in the lease and lease exhibits.
  • Visits the shopping centers regularly to monitor the progress of any Landlord work and tenant construction work and promote methods to expedite tenant’s construction process.
  • Supervises the tenant’s construction work schedule to ensure the tenant opens on or before the rent commencement date (RCD).  Conduct field inspections and meetings with tenants and building inspectors, where necessary.
  • Performs punch list inspections for each project and promptly issues a final written copy to the tenant and tenant’s contractor upon the completion of each project.  Ensure compliance of all close-out documentation in accordance with the Lease.
  • Accurately reports and maintains the internal tracking system for all assignments.

Peterson Companies is an equal opportunity employer that embraces diverse backgrounds, perspectives, experience, and skills.  We offer a collaborative, innovative, achievement-focused culture with unique growth opportunities.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.

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

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