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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

TJ's Supervisor
FT/PT: Full Time-Hourly
Shift Hours: Shifts Vary - Must Work Weekends
Openings: 1

To coordinate, manage, and direct the activities of TJ’s Restaurant under the direction of the Restaurant Manager and within the guidelines set by The Jefferson Hotel. To establish long and short range objectives for TJ’s, ensuring high quality service, standards and satisfaction to our guests. Individual must possess knowledge of five diamond, five star standards and exemplify, as well as direct those principles.
Food and Beverage

TJ's Assistant Supervisor
FT/PT: Full Time
Shift Hours: Shifts Vary - Must Work Weekends
Openings: 1

To coordinate, manage, and direct the activities of TJ’s Restaurant under the direction of the Restaurant Manager and within the guidelines set by The Jefferson Hotel. To establish long and short range objectives for TJ’s, ensuring high quality service, standards and satisfaction to our guests. Individual must possess knowledge of five diamond, five star standards and exemplify, as well as direct those principles.

Banquet Server
FT/PT: Part Time
Shift Hours: Shift Vary
Openings: 2

To service all banquet functions relating to preparation and service to hotel guests. Prior food service experience required. Hours of work will fluctuate based on the business levels. Excellent people skills and communication skills a must! Must be physically able to lift and balance heavy trays above shoulder. Must be flexible to work weekends and holidays.

Room Service Server
FT/PT: Part Time
Shift Hours: PM Shift - Must work weekends
Openings: 1

Responsible for in room dining services including tea service. Room Service requires previous Food Service experience, professional presentation, good communication skills and an eye for detail. Tea Service requires same as Room Service. Must be flexible to work weekends and holidays.
Rooms Division

Staff Accountant
FT/PT: Full Time
Shift Hours: Shift starts a 9:00am
Openings: 1

The Jefferson Hotel has a great opportunity for individual with degree or degree pending. This position will be responsible for financial statement preparation, bank reconciliations, daily revenue reporting, general ledger reconciliations, and customer service. Previous hospitality experience preferred. Strong Excel skills are required. Resumes should be submitted with salary requirements for consideration.

Security Agent
FT/PT: Full Time
Shift Hours: 11:00pm - 7:00am
Openings: 1

Responsible for Safety and Security of Hotel Guests, employees and property. Must have a background in Security, Military or Police. Must possess excellent Customer Service Skills, diplomacy and good communications skill (oral and written.) Must possess strong work ethic and honesty and integrity must be above reproach.

Maintenance Mechanic
FT/PT: Full Time
Shift Hours: Shift Varies - Must Be Flexible
Openings: 1

Seeking an individual with 5 years experience in Facility Maintenance. Must have general knowledge in Heating & A/C, plumbing and electrical repairs. Must also have excellent customer services skills. Must be fully flexible for shift work and able to work on call (including weekends.