Hospitality Recruitment Campaign
DURHAM, N.C., February 9, 2022 – Three hotel properties located on Duke University’s campus, Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, JB Duke Hotel and The Lodge at Duke Medical Center, today launched a dynamic hiring campaign to recruit top talent in the hospitality industry. With more than 50 open positions currently available between the properties,ranging from food and beverage to housekeeping to engineering, the comprehensive hiring effort invites candidates to explore career opportunities, review competitive benefits and get to know employees through a new online career portal at https://dukehospitalitycareers.com.
To launch the hiring initiative, the hotel trio is hosting a weekly “Hospitality Hiring Hour” event series every Tuesday beginning February 15 through May 31 from 4-5 p.m. Each week, interested candidates, career counselors and instructors are invited to stop by Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club’sHolloway Board Room as guests for complimentary light bites and refreshments prepared by the properties’ own award-winning Fairview Dining Room culinary team. Attendees willhave the chance to connect with managers and staff to ask questions and learn about the variety of job opportunities available. The meet-and-greet event is open to anyone considering a role in hospitality; those interested willhave the opportunity to meet with hiring decision-makers and apply for part- and full-time positions at all three hotelproperties while onsite.
“A primary focus of our hiring campaign is to immerse job seekers into a day in the life of current employees. We want them to get to know the work environment and help them envision the ways they can be a part of a diverse, talented team,” said Deana Merrell, Area Director of Human Resources for the three hotelproperties. “Every day we have a unique collaboration that takes place between the three properties, and this partnership offers so many opportunities for growth and development. After spending 30 years here, I am still energized each time I help an employee find a career path that aligns with their passions. It’s an honor to see our team membersflourish personally and professionally.”
The Washington Duke Inn, JB Duke Hotel and The Lodge offer a competitive benefits package for qualifying employees, including medical, life insurance, short- and long-term disability and a 401k program with a company match. The properties recently raised base pay for hourly employees to $15 per hour, with onsite perks including a free mealduring each shift, free onsite parking, an employee referral bonus program, and more. A recent benefits addition is two more paid holidays, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and each employee’s birthday, bringing the total to eight paid holidays.
The hospitality career portal serves as a central resource for job candidates seeking openings across the family of hotels. It also features testimonialvideos from several WashingtonDuke Inn,JB Duke Hotel and The Lodge employees, highlighting theirpersonalcareer paths, supportive work environment, and reasonsthey enjoy working at the hotelproperties. To learn more about the hiring campaign, view current employment opportunities or submit a resume to the properties’ online talent community, visit https://dukehospitalitycareers.com.