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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

Sales Manager
FT/PT: Full Time
Shift Hours: Flexible
Openings: 1

Candidate must be a seasoned, results-oriented, self-driven sales professional who flourishes in challenging environments. Must be a proven revenue producer, able to work within provided frameworks but also able to self-manage through common sense approach to problem solving. Sales Manager will need to advocate for client and associates alike and be comfortable with a commission-based salary. Must possess outstanding inter-personal skills to ensure first-rate experience for clients while ensuring hotels values and goals are achieved. Must be able to manage concurrent activities successfully and be a true team player. Will endeavor to succeed in multi-faceted market segments. College degree with a minimum 2 years hotel sales experience, preferably in a luxury hotel, required. Prior use of Delphi and Opera software a bonus.
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.

Gift Shop Attendant
FT/PT: Part Time
Shift Hours: Shifts Vary * Must Work Weekends*
Openings: 1

Responsible for friendly, courteous service to all guests in Gator’s Gift Shop Must be comfortable handling numerous guest requests. Must maintain proper cash handling procedures. Must have excellent communication and verbal skills to include Sales abilities. Must be able to work Friday, Saturday and Sunday, (day or night shifts) and possibly an additional shift during the week as needed.

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.
Rooms Division

Gift Shop Attendant
FT/PT: Part Time
Shift Hours: Shifts Vary - Must Work Weekends
Openings: 1

Responsible for friendly, courteous service to all guests in Gator’s Gift Shop Must be comfortable handling numerous guest requests. Must maintain proper cash handling procedures. Must have excellent communication and verbal skills to include Sales abilities. Must be able to work Friday, Saturday and Sunday, (day or night shifts) and possibly an additional shift during the week as needed.