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Did You Know?

  • The Jefferson Hotel was supposed to open on November 1, 1895, but at the last minute it was realized that November 1 was a Friday, and it was considered bad luck to start anything on a Friday. So the hotel was opened on Halloween instead.

  • From the time the hotel opened until 1937, rooms were just $1.50 per night.  A room with a private bath was $1 more per night.

  • The Thanksgiving Day Dinner at the hotel in 1949 cost $2.50.

  • When Elvis stayed at the hotel in 1956, he brought his own television and the hotel manager was shocked that Elvis ate his bacon with his fingers.

  • In the mid 1950s, the hotel had a pink limousine to drive guests throughout the city.

  • The Jefferson has been in several movies including My Dinner with Andre (1981), First Kid (1996), HBO's Ironed Jawed Angels (2004), The American President (1995) and the recently discovered Rock and Roll Hotel (early 1980's).

  • Alligators once resided in marble pools in the Palm Court Lobby.  Richmonders would vacation in Florida and bring the baby alligators home as pets.  As they outgrew sinks and bathtubs, residents would bring them to live at The Jefferson.  Tour the hotel’s public area and see how many alligators you can find today!

  • Thirteen US Presidents, including Harrison, McKinley, Wilson, Coolidge, Taft, both Roosevelts (Theodore and Franklin Delano), Truman and Reagan, both Bushes (George H. W. and George W.), Clinton and Obama have been guests at The Jefferson Hotel.

  • Legend says that Bill "Bojangles" Robinson was discovered by his life-long agent while dancing across the dining room at The Jefferson Hotel. 

  • Frank Sinatra once entertained guests in Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel with an impromptu performance after enjoying his dinner.

  • Artifacts from over a century of the hotel’s history are housed in a museum at the bottom of The Grand Staircase, including a photo of Elvis at the hotel's old lunch counter.

  • The priceless statue of Thomas Jefferson that stands watch over the Palm Court lobby has only left his post on one occasion.  In the 1902 hotel fire, he was rescued from the building only to have his head bumped on the cobblestones.  He took a brief vacation to Edward Valentine’s art studio where his head was reattached.

  • The Grand Staircase at The Jefferson Hotel has long been rumored to be the staircase featured in the iconic film, Gone with the Wind.

  • The Jefferson Hotel is often cited as one of the finest examples of Beaux Arts architecture still in existence today.

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Management Positions
Food and Beverage

Lemaire Restaurant Service Attendant
FT/PT: Part Time
Shift Hours: PM Shifts 4:00pm - 10:00pm *Must work weekends
Openings: 1

Provides service and assistance to Restaurant Servers, setting, clearing and cleaning tables, being helpful and courteous to guests. Excellent people and communication skills a must and ability to lift heavy trays.

Line Cook
FT/PT: Full Time
Shift Hours: Shifts Vary - Must be flexible
Openings: 1

Position requires career oriented candidates with strong culinary backgrounds. Candidates must have previous experience in a full service kitchen. Strong abilities on all stations a must. Must possess a positive attitude. Must be energetic, professional, excellent communicator and a team player.

Kitchen Steward
FT/PT: Part Time
Shift Hours: Shifts Vary
Openings: 1

Responsible for maintaining immaculate kitchens including general cleaning of kitchens and equipment and providing necessary equipment to front of the house staff allowing for smooth, professional guest service. Maintain pots and pans for use by the chefs. Sweep and mop floor in pot room. Will properly store dishes, glassware and silver in proper areas. Candidate will have knowledge of chemical usage and proper handling.

Garde Manger
FT/PT: Part Time
Shift Hours: AM Shift
Openings: 1

1-2 years experience of high volume pantry production, knowledge and proficiency of all cold food menu items, including but not limited to salads, sandwiches, hors d'oeuvres, sauces, dressings, artful assembly of various platters such as fruits, cheese, crudités, ect.

TJ's Host/Hostess
FT/PT: 1 Full Time & 1 Part Time Position Available
Shift Hours: Shifts Vary *Must Work Weekends*
Openings: 2

Responsible for seating guests, coordinating reservations and ensuring and assisting with Five Diamond service in our casual fine dining restaurant. Excellent people and communication skills a must. Previous restaurant experience helpful.

Administrative Assistant - Convention Services
FT/PT: Part Time
Shift Hours: Shifts Vary
Openings: 1

The Assistant is responsible for filing, billing/closing files, answering the phone, printing labels/coupons/parking passes, reminding groups of their cutoff dates, proofing the rooming list, prepare weekly cutoff reports, monitoring the computer work stations, handles copying, scanning, faxing services for guests in the business center, manages the executive coach and completes small projects for the Conference Manager. Must be detail oriented! Must have excellent organizational skills and the ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously. Computer Skills: Microsoft Office (required), Delphi and Opera (preferred)
Rooms Division

FT/PT: Part Time
Shift Hours: 5:00pm to 10:00 *MUST WORK WEEKENDS
Openings: 1

Position provides the hotel with the proper cleaning, servicing and turning down of beds during the evening. Must be friendly, accommodating and attentive. Must be able to physically perform position including lifting up to 30 lbs, standing and walking continuously. Previous work experience required.

Room Attendant
FT/PT: Part Time
Shift Hours: 8:00 am to finish *Must work weekends*
Openings: 1

Position provides the hotel with the proper cleaning and servicing of guestrooms and assigned work areas. Will include attending to assigned areas that need attention. Must have Strong housekeeping experience. Excellent people skills and communication skills a must!

Security Dispatcher
FT/PT: Part Time
Shift Hours: Shifts Vary
Openings: 1

Responsible for answering phones in a professional manner including guest inquiries. Greeting internal guests to the hotel at the Security Dispatch Office. Monitoring closed circuit security cameras. Responding to emergencies in support of Security Agents while on duty. Must be friendly, accommodating and attentive. Must be able to physically perform position including lifting up to 30 lbs, Previous work experience required.

Bellman/Midnight Bellman
FT/PT: Part Time - Hourly
Shift Hours: Shifts Vary - *MUST WORK WEEKENDS
Openings: 1

Will greet all arriving and departing guests from the hotel using the Five Diamond/Five Star standards. Will assist arriving guests w/ luggage and escort them to the Front Desk. May also assist valet with parking and retrieving guest vehicles. Must be able to operate automatic and manual vehicles safely. Must provide a driving record (0-+ points) and a valid Virginia Driver’s license. Must possess excellent communication skills and effectively work with others.