Jobs Board

Nashville, TN

Title: Curator

Reports To: Director

Areas of Responsibility:  Management and interpretation of the Collection

FLSA:  Full-time

Salaried/Hourly:  Salaried

Basic Function:  To manage the collection and direct related educational opportunities for the public, in accordance with the Museum’s mission.

  1. Functions and Responsibilities
  • Oversees all aspects of the Museum’s curatorial program with respect to the Museum’s collection of automobiles, planes, boats, mono- and bicycles, motorcycles, and related materials, including objects on loan.
  • Works with and directs the efforts of the Education department as it relates to the collection.
  • In conjunction with the Director, develops and executes plans for the long-term preservation and exhibition of Collection objects.
  • Works with staff to develop and monitor annual and long-term budgets for acquisition, preservation, restoration, exhibition, and storage of Collection objects.
  • Directs the content, planning, and installation of exhibits, both permanent and temporary.
  • Assists the Director in the identification of future acquisitions, assessment of current holdings, and making recommendations as to the disposition of objects no longer suited to the Museum’s Mission and Collection Plan.
  • Assists the Marketing Department in the preparation of materials related to the marketing and promotion of exhibits, programs, and services.
  • Oversees research on Museum objects, and provides guidance in the acquisition of reference and other suitable materials for research and the library.
  • Assists with the development of the Museum’s research resources as a public resource, including digitization of select materials and detailed photography.
  • Responds to changing needs in the community, as well as the needs of the Museum’s visitors.
  • Develops a relationship with the local, regional, and national museum community, and serves as an ambassador for the Museum in the local and professional community.
  • Keeps up-to-date with changes in appropriate technology and curatorial techniques.

Key responsibilities shall include:

  1. The planning, design, promotion, and maintenance of public exhibitions.
  2. Oversees documentation, organization, and appropriate storage of Museum objects, including loaned objects.
  3. Evaluation of existing and potential Museum vehicles as regards their suitability for the Collection.
  4. Direction of the technical staff in the proper care of objects.
  5. Review and verify the accuracy of the Museum’s descriptions of its objects, as well as those on loan. Conduct research to determine the provenance of objects when appropriate.

Education, Experience, and Skills Required:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Museum Studies, History, Library Sciences or related field required.
  • Qualified applicants will have had at least three years’ experience in an automotive museum or similar setting, developing and/or facilitating curatorial programs and services.
  • Strong research, organizational, and writing skills.
  • Basic understanding of mechanical and automotive systems, restoration, and maintenance.
  • Proficiency in standard Microsoft Office programs or similar is expected; uses technology to achieve desired results.
  • This position requires an outgoing, self-motivated individual who enjoys working with the public in a constructive, positive fashion resulting in appropriate resolutions of disputes and/or difficult situations.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, attention to detail, ability to work as a member of a team as well as on your own is expected.
  • Creatively handles staff resistance to implementing changes in policies and procedures.
  • Has a high degree of personal and professional integrity; acts in an ethical manner and avoids conflicts of interest.
  • A varied schedule, including some evenings and weekends, may be required.
  • Qualified applicants will, at the Museum’s expense, take and pass a DOT physical and drug screening, as well as a background check.

Compensation is based on qualifications and annual reviews will assess growth in job proficiency. Wages are based on a 40-hour work week. We enjoy 6 paid holidays/year, and earn 20 days/year of paid time off. Health insurance is available.

Lane Motor Museum’s Mission Statement

The mission of Lane Motor Museum shall be to collect, preserve, document, and interpret a mostly European collection of automobiles and motorcycles for the public, through both static displays and active demonstrations.

Disclaimer Statement:

This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, efforts, or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate description of the current position, other or different tasks may be required when and if circumstances change (e.g. emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, rush jobs, or technological developments)

At Lane Motor Museum, visitors of all ages are introduced to a broad variety of vehicles from Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Engineering, politics, geography, economics and design are some of the ways these automobiles have been important to human history. Lane Motor Museum is a working museum with the goal of maintaining all vehicles in running order. Vehicles date from the 1920s to today and feature a variety of microcars, amphibious vehicles, military vehicles, alternative fuel vehicles, airplanes, prototypes, one-of-a-kind vehicles and motorcycles.

The Museum is located on one of Nashville’s old pikes, about halfway between our vibrant downtown and Nashville International Airport. Nashville, named an It City by Forbes and the New York Times, is a growing and dynamic Southern city – for more information about Nashville, see:

Applicants may reply via email with Cover Letter and Resume to:

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Lane Motor Museum

702 Murfreesboro Pike

Nashville, TN 37210



Auburn, Cord, and Duesenberg Automobile Museum
Auburn, IN


To collect, document, preserve and interpret relevant artifacts and stories of the Auburn Automobile Company, Duesenberg Inc., Auburns, Cords, Duesenbergs and other significant automobiles and their heritage of innovation, competition, societal influence and design, engaging communities in enriched, educational and fun experiences that have enduring impact on diverse audiences.
BACKGROUND The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum’s trustees seek a creative, entrepreneurial Executive Director to ensure the smooth operation and viability of the Museum, strengthening the connections between the community and the Museum and broadening its financial support base. The Executive Director will provide the guidance and vision to take the Museum into its next period of growth and distinction.
* * * There are many aspects to the story of the automobile. The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum aims to educate, inspire and entertain its visitors with the automobile’s fascinating history and to convey the impact that its science and technology have had on our world. The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum opened to the public in 1974 in Auburn, Indiana, a 20-minute drive from Fort Wayne. It has a collection of 120 antique, vintage and special interest vehicles of outstanding craftmanship and beauty, often called “rolling sculptures.” The collection is housed in the original 1929 Auburn Automobile Company administration building, one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the Midwest and a National Historic Landmark. The Auburn Automobile Company’s parent company, the Cord Corporation, purchased Duesenberg Motors in 1926. Hand-crafted cars produced by the two companies were icons in their own time and are still held in many realms to be the most finely designed automobiles ever made. They were favorites of Hollywood figures of the era like Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, James Cagney and Greta Garbo. Recognitions received by the Museum include the Old Car Weekly News 2017 Golden Quill Award for the Museum’s member newsletter, the Accelerator; a 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for a record of exceptional visitor reviews; awards for exhibitions and website design from the National Association of Automobile Museums; an Indiana “Hoosier Hospitality Award” given to an outstanding long-time ACD Museum volunteer tour guide; and regular appearances on “Best Automobile Museums” lists from Autoweek magazine to MSNBC to USA Today. On display are legendary Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg Speedsters, Cord and Duesenberg Phaetons, convertible coupes and storied racing models. Several classics from other manufacturers are also exhibited: Cadillac, Rolls Royce, Lincoln, Packard, and Mercedes Benz, along with rare, one-of-a-kind prototypes, to enhance the visitor experience and understanding of the history, design, creativity and engineering excellence of the company and the role it played in the early decades of the automotive industry. The Museum’s artifact collection includes items like drafting tools and shop jackets worn by mechanics and drivers of the era. The collections are displayed on three levels in nine galleries. An adjacent state-of-the-art Collection Conservation Center, completed in 2012, is where the collection goes for maintenance and is a unique training space where students work with a volunteer “Pit Crew” of seasoned classic car conservators. They learn about restoration and preservation and are the next generation of enthusiasts and caretakers of collectible automobiles. Directly across the street, the Museum opened its newest addition in May 2016. The 1.5-acre Education & Exhibit Plaza holds outdoor programs and special events. The space has a stage with a screen for visual programming. The Museum’s archive of 70,000 documents is the most extensive collection in the US related to Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg history. The archive includes not only significant company records but original blueprints, designs and photographs of the extraordinary vehicles and is a treasure trove for historians, classic car owners and buffs and designers of projects that include cars of the period. Much of the research is done in-house, in the Museum’s Reading Room, and is a source of earned revenue for the Museum. The archive handles over 1,000 requests annually from all over the world. Digitization of the archives is presently underway to create a platform for greater public accessibility to such a rich vein of historic material. Educational programs at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg are designed to introduce school classes and adult visitors to the history of Indiana’s prominent role in the development of the automotive industry and the extraordinary genius of the engineers and designers of the Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg automobiles. The Education Department’s programs promote STEAM learning (science, technology, engineering, art and math) through workshops and interactive materials. In addition to people visiting cars at the Museum, the cars go out to visit people: “education automobiles” are often seen on the public roads in and around the Museum and at regional events, and school groups are able to sit in the automobiles and examine the engine, dashboard and more, “hands-on.” The city of Auburn’s annual Labor Day weekend Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival is one of the largest events in the state of Indiana, drawing thousands of visitors from all over the world. The Museum is “Ground Zero” for the Festival and holds back-to-back events and exhibitions including its annual benefit extravaganza. The Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums,  a prestigious recognition of operations and impact reflecting the highest industry standards. The Museum’s annual operating budget is $1.2 million, and it serves 50,000 visitors a year from every state and 40 countries. Earned income from the museum store, events, memberships, research projects and admissions provides about 50% of the operating budget. Active fundraising efforts raise the remaining budget. There is a staff of 22 employees comprised of 15 plus 4 full-time equivalents, an active 120-member volunteer corps, and a dedicated 20-person Board of Directors.

THE POSITION The Executive Director is the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum’s CEO, reporting to the Board of Directors through the Chairman of the Board. The Executive Director oversees a staff of 22 employees, five of whom are direct reports. The Executive Director will be an innovative leader, supporting and encouraging creative input and productivity of the staff, strengthening the connections between the community and the Museum and enhancing outreach to existing donors while pursuing a broader and deeper range of support. The Executive Director will take a leadership role in all cultivation and fundraising activities; work in collaboration with the Board and development staff to secure established relationships and aggressively seek new sources of support from individuals, corporations, foundations and government; and embrace the responsibility for making the ask. She/he will be the Museum’s chief spokesperson and public face and will have or acquire a comprehensive understanding of the Museum’s mission, role and potential, including knowledge of the Museum’s history, collection, culture, programs, funding, partnerships and operations. The Executive Director has overall responsibility for the Museum’s strategic direction and is accountable for all aspects of the Museum’s operation, including planning, programming, financial management, marketing, fundraising and community engagement. She/he will be a visible and involved participant in community affairs and comfortable interacting with a wide range of people. In addition, the Executive Director will:

  • Provide leadership to the Board and staff in developing strategic plans for programming and outreach, increasing visibility locally, nationally and internationally, expanding visitation and earned and contributed income, and ensuring that the plans are implemented and monitored.
  • Be a responsible and enthusiastic steward of the Museum’s assets: collection, annual revenue, facilities, staff and relationships with volunteers and donors, the Board of Directors and the city of Auburn.
  • Assess the current operating structure, including program implementation and staffing; report her/his findings to the Board and suggest changes where needed; ensure an infrastructure that will achieve the Museum’s goals and objectives.
  • Develop and monitor annual operating budgets and plans to ensure that necessary human and financial resources are available; provide responsible management for the Museum’s business operations and physical plant, including identifying any needed repairs and improvements to the facility; establish a budget and fundraising plan for undertaking the work.
  • Cultivate productive relationships within the immediate community as well as regionally and nationally, building good will and collegial partnerships with other cultural organizations.
  • Develop a comprehensive marketing program that will promote the collection, its value and uniqueness and the Museum’s innovative educational and exhibition programs to funders and the general public.
  • Motivate and inspire staff, understand their strengths and concerns, and encourage each member’s professional growth; maintain open and frequent communication with Trustees, staff and volunteers within a collegial working environment.

Qualifications and Experience

The successful candidate will have at least seven years’ experience in a senior level position gained at a history, science or multi-disciplinary museum or other related cultural organization; individuals from the business or educational sector with an appropriate background will also be considered. She/he will be enthusiastic, results-oriented and decisive and have a collegial, team-oriented working style and an engaging public presence; be an excellent communicator and a skilled fundraiser and marketer; and have a record of successfully setting and meeting goals, experience working with a Board of Trustees and managing people and operations. A sincere appreciation for the Museum’s collection, mission and role are of the utmost importance. A graduate degree in a related field is preferred. In addition, the Executive Director will have:

  • Strong leadership, motivational and coalition-building skills
  • Demonstrated experience and success raising funds
  • A marketing bent and knowledge of marketing techniques
  • An understanding of how to run a museum and a high regard for proper business practices
  • The skill and experience to provide the Museum with both day-to-day and long-term strategic direction and the dedication, discipline and ambition to translate vision into concrete achievement
  • An understanding that education and preservation are foundational to a museum’s work, without losing sight of the fact that museums also have an entertainment component
  • Talent for building trust and confidence with a broad constituency, particularly the automobile collecting community
  • Familiarity and ease with technology and its implications for day-to-day operations
  • A roll up your sleeves work ethic, ready and willing to pitch in at any level, and an outgoing, collegial personality and sense of humor.LOCATION Before mass production came along in Detroit, Indiana was the center of the original automobile industry. Auburn, Indiana, a small city of 13,000, is known today as the “Home of the Classics” for its illustrious automotive history. The Auburn Automobile Company prospered in the 1930s, and cars produced under each of the three brands, Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg, are maintained by devoted fans and collectors to be the finest ever made. The county seat of DeKalb County, Auburn is in northeast Indiana, 20 miles north of Fort Wayne, Indiana’s second largest city, with a population of approximately 265,000. Chicago, Indianapolis and Detroit are all within a 2 to3 hour drive or train ride from Auburn. Auburn’s economy today is solid and diverse, including manufacturing and research and development for the automotive industry. The downtown is a National Historic District encompassing 52 buildings built between 1870 and 1935. Besides the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum, Auburn is also home to the Early Ford V8 Foundation Museum, the Hoosier Air Museum and the National Auto and Truck Museum. The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, held every Labor Day weekend in Auburn, is one of the largest festivals in the state, featuring the “Parade of Classics” (automobiles) and quilt, antique and art exhibitions, classic and contemporary car auctions and much more. Auburn supports extensive public parks, a vibrant public art program, and active citizen involvement. “Small-town” community spirit co-exists with easy access to bigger-city amenities in neighboring Fort Wayne. Millennial professionals are increasingly drawn to the area by its low cost of living, unique mix of home architecture ranging from Queen Anne and American Craftsman to mid-20th century jewels and new downtown lofts and apartments, popular minor league sports and solid passion for the arts (see BuzzFeed’s tongue-in-cheek appreciation here). Fort Wayne’s downtown cultural district includes the Auer Center for Arts & Culture, home of the Fort Wayne Ballet; the Fort Wayne Museum of Art; ArtsLab Theater; the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory; the African/African-American Historical Museum; the nationally-recognized Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, and the 33-acre Headwaters Park, center of the annual Three Rivers Festival – a nine-day summer extravaganza drawing half a million visitors to musical performances, a fine arts fair, races, a parade and food. The area’s rich cultural diversity is highlighted by Fort Wayne’s annual German Fest, Greek Fest, Arab Fest, the Cherry Blossom Festival celebrating all things Japanese, and the growing influence of an expanding Burmese population.

Fort Wayne and the surrounding communities have several of the best K-12 schools in the state. Universities in the area include Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) and the University of Saint Francis. Fort Wayne International Airport serves the region and Amtrak stops at Waterloo, 5 minutes from Auburn, providing easy access to the larger cities of Chicago and Detroit. Climate is moderate, with average summer temperatures from 60 to 84 degrees and winter temperatures from 16 to 36 degrees.

Please address all inquiries and recommendations in confidence to the retained search consultants: Freda Mindlin or Nancy Kaufman Opportunity Resources Inc. New York, NY (212) 744-4409



Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation, Inc.
Indianapolis, IN

POSITION TITLE:                       Curator for Vehicles

ORGANIZATION:                      Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation, Inc.

REPORTS TO:                             Executive Director

POSITION LOCATION:            Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, Speedway, Indiana

FLSA STATUS:                            Exempt

This position description is for an employee of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, LLC (“Speedway”) to work for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation, Inc. (“Foundation”), d/b/a Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum (“Museum”), pursuant to the relationships of the Speedway and the Foundation set forth in their Shared Services Agreement dated as of December 2006, as currently in effect and as it may hereafter be amended.

 Essential Functions:

Full-time position as Curator for Vehicles to oversee all aspects of the Museum’s curatorial and education programs with respect to its collection of race cars, passenger cars, dragsters, motorcycles, land speed record holders, and similar racing and automotive vehicles, which currently number more than 350.  Working within the context of the Foundation’s strategic plan, master facility plan, and the master interpretive plan for the Museum, the Curator of Vehicles will provide vision and leadership for implementation of those plans, including (a) the development and execution of plans for preserving, restoring, and maintaining all Museum vehicles, as well as vehicles on permanent or temporary loan to the Museum; (b) developing permanent, temporary, periodic, and traveling exhibits from vehicles in the Museum’s collections and loaned to the Museum; (c) assisting the Curator of Media and Historic Archives (“MHA”) and education staff with exhibits and programs that focus primarily on non-vehicle objects or content; (d) overseeing restoration and maintenance of all Museum vehicles; (e) oversight of vehicle collections acquisition and management, including assessments of vehicles in the collection and recommendations for disposition of duplicate, non-functional, or other vehicles that do not fit the Museum’s mission and strategic plan; (f) oversees research on Museum vehicles and develops a program to provide research services for owners of similar vehicles; (g) provides expertise and guidance in the acquisition of reference and other materials for research and archives that relate to vehicles; (h) assists in the  development of public access to Museum archives and sharing of Museum collections on-line through photography and digitization; and (i) creation of content for the Museum’s website, social media, and other communications vehicles to both educate and promote the Museum.

Key responsibilities include:

  1. Preservation, restoration, and storage of vehicles
    1. Oversees organization, documentation, and storage of Museum vehicles, including vehicles on permanent or temporary loan to the Museum
    2. Analyzes donations of prospective vehicles for appropriateness in Museum collection
    3. Solicits donations of vehicles
    4. Develops three to five-year restoration plan, prioritizing vehicles that merit restoration, and working with other Museum staff, develops individual vehicle plan and budget
    5. Responsible for assuring accuracy of all descriptions of vehicles on display or loan, including research to determine provenance of vehicles
    6. Represents the Museum at automobile concours, conferences, meetings, and other gatherings involving historic race cars, Indiana passenger cars and other vehicles
    7. Serves as liaison to owners of historic race cars and passenger cars on substantive matters about vehicle provenance, history, construction, and restoration
    8. Periodically analyzes existing vehicle collection to eliminate duplicates, significantly deteriorated, or inappropriate vehicles, and works with other staff to assure proper disposal, sale, or other disposition
    9. Assures proper storage and maintenance of vehicles to maximize preservation for future use and reference
    10. Develops individualized standards and plans for maintaining each vehicle in the Museum’s collection
    11. In consultation and conjunction with other Museum staff, works with third-party contractors specializing in vehicle restoration and preservation to implement Museum restoration plans and priorities
  1. Works with and oversees the work of third-party curators and/or experts and other staff on curating aspects of the Museum’s vehicle collection as to which the Curator has limited expertise
  1. Development of permanent, temporary, and traveling exhibits using Museum vehicles
    1. Provides leadership in developing concepts for Museum exhibits, maintaining an on-going three to five-year exhibit plan.
    2. Works with individuals and partner organizations to obtain items on loan for Museum exhibits.
    3. Works with Museum colleagues to develop written, audio, and film/video content for exhibits.
    4. Works with counterparts in other Museums to develop traveling or joint exhibits.
    5. Oversees budgeting, planning, installation, and break-down of all exhibits.
    6. Works with sponsorship and fundraising staff to secure funding for exhibits.
    7. Works with communications and outreach staff on promoting exhibits.
    8. Assures all Museum staff and volunteers are informed about the exhibit and can act as interpreters and guides.
    9. Develops educational and programmatic content to enhance exhibit content and story-telling.
    10. Provides leadership in organizing annual Historic Racing Exhibition and the periodic Pace Car Reunions.

4    Works collaboratively with Curator for MHA to develop special exhibits and refresh permanent exhibits with content and objects from the Vehicle and MHA collections. 

  1. Develops and manages loan program for Museum vehicles, assuring the safe use and display of all Museum vehicles while on loan. Develops collaborative relations with other automotive museum curators to facilitate exhibit development with loaned vehicles.  Develops relationships with private vehicle owners to gain access to historically important vehicles for Museum exhibits.
  1. Participates in Museum’s design and development efforts for facility improvements as lead for vehicles, assuring adequate storage, lighting, temperature and humidity controls, and public access opportunities. Assists with development of interactive exhibits involving vehicles.
  2. General Administrative Duties
    1. Develops and oversees three-year and annual plans and budgets for vehicle collections and exhibits.
    2. Assists other staff in preparing content for tours, education programs, exhibits, museum self-guided tours, Museum mobile applications, and similar communications vehicles.
    3. Works with senior leadership of Foundation and Board of Directors to implement strategic plan, provide support for other functional groups, and enhance communications aspects of colleagues’ projects.
    4. Hires, supervises, evaluates, trains, and otherwise manages members of team and provides input on performance evaluations of other staff.  Currently, supervises Restoration Services Manager, Assistant Curator, Vehicle Maintenance Specialist.   Collaboratively supervises other staff that may be engaged in vehicle management, such as Museum Historian.

Job Requirements:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Basic knowledge of automobile and race car mechanics, car construction and operation, running and maintenance needs
  • Experience with preservation, restoration, maintenance, and proper storage of vehicles
  • Extensive substantive knowledge about open wheel race cars, open wheel racing, other race series, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis 500 and other races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • Familiarity with the owners of key open wheel race cars and select passenger cars
  • Strong research, organizational, and writing skills
  • Experience with website and social media management (Facebook, Twitter)


  • Bachelor’s degree in history, library science, archives, museum studies, motorsports, or similar educational program; or the substantial equivalent in other training or direct job experience.
  • At least 15 years’ experience in working with race cars, passenger cars, and similar vehicles, and communicating and educating the public through use of such vehicles.
  • Basic understandings of mechanical and automotive systems, restoration, and maintenance.
  • Extensive knowledge of auto racing, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis 500 and other races at the IMS track, IndyCar racing, NASCAR, and other racing series.
  • Excellent organizational skills, with attention to detail in the display, transport, and storage of vehicles.
  • Extensive experience working collaboratively with a variety of people with different skills and abilities.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills
  • Understands annual planning and budgeting processes and has had significant experience with both.
  • Understands data and can analyze it to monitor and measure performance.
  • Uses technology to achieve desired results; uses MICROSOFT Office products (OUTLOOK, WORD and EXCEL), and other software and hardware technology systems.

Complexity/Problem Solving:

  • Handles several projects and varying deadlines simultaneously.
  • Develops solutions to problems that arise during the day.
  • Handles difficult personalities, both as to staff and the public, in a constructive, positive fashion resulting in appropriate resolutions of disputes and/or difficult situations.
  • Experiments to find creative solutions. Enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar opportunities.
  • Creatively handles staff resistance to implementing changes in policies and procedures.
  • Analyzes outcomes of programs and processes, seeks improvement, plans for and implements improvements, striving always to work as effectively and efficiently as possible.
  • Not afraid of experimenting (within reason), failing, or learning from new approaches.


  • Works independently, without direct supervision.
  • Distinguishes between problems and solutions requiring management approval and those that s/he may resolve directly.
  • Maintains confidentiality of proprietary, confidential, and sensitive information.
  • Has a high degree of personal and professional integrity; acts in an ethical manner and avoids conflicts of interest.
  • Prioritizes projects and adjust priorities in light of changing needs and circumstances.
  • Follows through promptly and delivers work product on-time and of a superior quality.

Communications/Interpersonal Contacts:

  • Communicates with passion and commitment the mission and vision of the Museum as well as its strategic and operating plans to third parties as well as internal audiences.
  • Effectively communicates plans and ideas to colleagues and external individuals or organizations.
  • Communicates performance issues to supervised staff and provides guidance, training, and constructive feedback.
  • Communicates effectively with a wide variety of people.
  • Keeps colleagues and supervisor informed of progress of tasks, as well as issues that require supervisor’s resolution.
  • Knows when to ask questions to seek guidance and when to move forward on his or her own.

Working Conditions/Physical Demands:

Work requires physical exertions and/or physical strains.  May involve infrequent exposure to disagreeable weather conditions.  Must periodically work evenings and on weekends, especially in May.

Work Environment: 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation, Inc.
Indianapolis, IN

POSITION TITLE:                       Restoration Technician

ORGANIZATION:                      Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation, Inc. (Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum)

REPORTS TO:                             Manager of Restoration Services

POSITION LOCATION:            Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum

FLSA STATUS:                            Non-Exempt

OTHER STATUS:                        Full-time

This position description is for an employee of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, LLC, (“Speedway”) to work for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation, Inc. (d/b/a Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum), pursuant to the relationships of the Speedway and the Foundation set forth in their Shared Services Agreement dated as of December 2006, as currently in effect and as it may hereafter be amended.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum restoration services is responsible for the restoration, preservation, and maintenance of the Museum’s vehicle collection.  


The Restoration Technician assists the Manager of Restoration Services in restoring Museum vehicles as funds allow; maintaining Museum vehicles used in exhibitions, parades, demonstrations, and concours/car shows; preserving vehicles that do not run; and maintaining all running vehicles.   The Technician may assist in the supervision and training of other Museum staff who get involved in restoration projects from time to time, interns, seasonal assistants, and volunteers.

Specific duties include:

  • Repairing damaged, aged, or otherwise incomplete vehicles, including (a) fabricating components for chassis, frames, brackets, and other support and mechanical components as necessary; (b) repairing minor dents and body imperfections; (c) paint touch-ups; (d) rebuilding engine components; and (e) routine vehicle maintenance.
  • Assisting Manger of Restoration Services with maintenance program for all running Museum vehicles and implementing plans for each vehicle.
  • With Managers approval, purchasing of goods and equipment necessary for routine tasks and projects.
  • Transporting vehicles to local venues and between Museum controlled storage sites.
  • Supervising interns, other Museum staff who assist Restoration Services function from time to time, seasonal staff, and volunteers
  • Participating in meetings and training programs with respect to restoration services.
  • Under direction of Manager, collaborating with automotive museums on restoration matters.


  • Minimum of five years of relevant experience in vintage/antique race car and automobile repair, restoration, preservation, and maintenance.
  • High school graduate or GED equivalent required; senior certification or Associates Degree in automotive engine design and repair, auto maintenance and repair, and/or bodywork preferred.
  • Experience and interest in older engine systems and body construction techniques.
  • Excellent attention to detail and high accuracy rate required.
  • Basic skills in welding, fabrication, use of metal lathe and mills, use of basic power tools for engine and body work, wiring, and similar technical skills and knowledge.
  • Current driver’s license valid in Indiana.
  • Interest in motorsports preferred, with experience working with race car maintenance a plus.
  • Knowledge of and experience using MICROSOFT Office products (WORD and EXCEL).
  • Problem solving skills:  ability to see and diagnose a problem, determine best method of fixing the problem, how to obtain and allocation necessary resources, and execute on the solution.
  • Ability to communicate with a variety of individuals on technical matters.


  • Ability to work independently, without limited supervision.
  • Ability to distinguish between problems and solutions requiring management approval and those that s/he may resolve directly.
  • Maintains confidentiality of proprietary, confidential, and sensitive information.
  • Has a high degree of personal and professional integrity; acts in an ethical manner and avoids conflicts of interest.
  • Ability to prioritize projects and adjust priorities in light of changing needs and circumstances, recognizes when to involve manager in decision-making about priorities.
  • Follows through promptly and delivers work product on-time and in acceptable condition/quality.
  • Ability to work within an established plan and budget.

Communications/Interpersonal Contacts:

  • Ability to communicate own plans and ideas to colleagues and individuals or organizations with which s/he interacts.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people.
  • Keeps colleagues and supervisors informed of progress of tasks, as well as issues that require supervisor’s resolution.
  • Knows when to ask questions to seek guidance and when to move forward on his or her own.

Working Conditions/Physical Demands:

Must work all or a part of a day on weekends at various times during the year, especially in April and May, during select other events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, or as may periodically be requested and/or necessary.  Must be able to lift 40 pounds, push vehicles (with assistance of others), work underneath cars, bend over engine bays, and otherwise work at sometimes awkward angles or positions.  Due to potential work-related exposure to chemicals, awareness of and adherence to Hazard Communication and Personal Protective Equipment written programs is expected.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.









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