Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club’s Southern Hospitality Career Fair kicks off major hiring initiative
With ambitious plans to hire nearly 100 new employees in 2021, the luxury Durham hotel is offering a taste of the property’s incredible ambiance and warm hospitality
DURHAM, N.C., June 17, 2021 – Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, the AAA Four Diamond luxury inn and golf c lub located on t he campus of Duke University, is hosting a Southern Hospitality Career Fair on Thursday, June 24, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the property’s scenic Te rrace on the Green. The event kicks off a major hiring initiative for the Washington Duke Inn, JB Duke Hotel and The Lodge at Duke Medical Center, who anticipate hiring upwards of 100 new team members by the end of the year.
Career fair attendees will enjoy a selection of complimentary “bites” and beverages from the award-winning Fairview Dining Room, as well as try their luck in a putting contest alongside many of the outstanding PGA professionals at the Duke University Golf Club and Top 100 Teacher and PGA Master Professional Ed Ibarguen.
“To understand how special it is to work here, you have to come and experience it for yourself,” said Deana Merrell, area director of human resources, Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club. “The historic ambiance and breathtaking grounds make this is a wonderful place to start or continue a career in hospitality, but our long-time employees will tell you that the supportive, family feel nurtured by our team is what truly sets this place apart.”
At the career fair, potential new team members will have opportunities to speak candidly with long-time employees and interview for a variety of flexible part-and full-time positions in housekeeping, maintenance, and food and beverage. The Washington Duke Inn, JB Duke Hotel and The Lodge at Duke Medical Center will extend offers to qualified applicants on the spot.
“When I first came here, I felt like I was at home,” said housekeeper Angela Baker, who started working at the Washington Duke Inn six years ago. “I love the atmosphere, the comfort, the environment, the fresh flowers and the special gatherings. It is the best place in the world to work because this place is all about family. We welcome people with an open heart and make you feel at home.”
“If anyone wants to leave their employment at the end of the day, and feel that they made the world a little bit better and a little bit warmer, this is the place to do that,” added server Bryan Castellucci, who started working at the Washington Duke Inn nearly 16 years ago. “I have appreciated t he freedom to grow and learn, while gaining a wealth of knowledge, insights, experience and relationships.”
The Washington Duke Inn recently raised starting pay for hourly employees to $15 per hour, with perks including a free meal during each shift, generous benefits, a lucrative employee referral program and free parking. To review all career opportunities, please visit www.washingtondukeinn.com/careers.
The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club has reintroduced many of its amenities, and outfitted a brand new game room for children, while keeping safety measures in place as the top priority for guests and employees. The Fairview Dining Room, which has come to define Durham fine dining with its regional American specialties and impeccable service, is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a traditional Afternoon Tea (reservations required). Visitors can enjoy fresh, thoughtfully crafted f ood and drinks in the dining room or outside on the property’s expansive patio, with views of the Duke University Golf Course and Duke Forest.
The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club has also reopened its heated indoor swimming pool and fitness center, which hotel guests can access during their stay. All overnight guests at the Inn enjoy access to the Duke Faculty Club for a small fee. To book a stay, please call 919.490.0999 or book online.
About Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club is a AAA Four Diamond hotel located on the campus of Duke University, only 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport and ten minutes from Research Triangle Park. Nestled on 300 acres filled with tall pines and hardwoods, the Inn is known for its delicious cuisine in the Fairview Dining Room, winner of the AAA Four Diamond Restaurant Award and Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Favorite amenities include the Bull Durham Bar and the Robert Trent Jones-designed 18-hole championship Duke University golf course. Named one of U.S. News’ Top 15 Best Hotels in North Carolina, the Inn is set apart from other area hotels and conference centers by unparalleled service, a gracious staff and attention to detail.
For more information and reservations call (919) 490-0999 or (800) 443-3853 and visit washingtondukeinn.com. Follow Washington Duke Inn on Facebook at facebook.com/WashingtonDukeInn, Twitter at twitter.com/WashingtonDuke and Instagram at instagram.com/WashingtonDukeInn.