Job Location:
Royal Sonesta Washington, DC Capitol Hill

Job Description Summary

Perform a variety of human resources administrative duties while maintaining confidentiality to the extent possible in all HR-related matters.

Job Description

Administration and General HR Support

  • Maintain complete knowledge of and comply with all departmental policies/service procedures/standards.
  • Schedule meetings, interviews, HR events etc. and maintain the team’s agenda. Attend designated meetings, take minutes, and distribute.
  • Complete and maintain data entry into Workday system. Compile reports from the database as needed.  Produce and submit reports on general HR activity.
  • Report to Human Resources Director any employee complaints, relating to benefits, paychecks, manager/employee relations issues, etc.
  • Fulfill a variety of employee needs including but not limited to: provision of name tags, parking passes, direct deposit forms, employment verification letters, etc.
  • General HR office support including process requests for overnight mail and other delivery/messenger services; Prepare and send faxes; receive and distribute faxes to appropriate personnel; Make photocopies; Type correspondence, memos and reports.
  • Maintain employee files: create files for new employees and ensure that all paperwork pertaining to each employee is placed in the appropriate file on a timely basis.
  • Maintain current knowledge of all benefit programs.  Effectively communicate and promote employee benefit plans; answer all employee questions or refer them to appropriate resources.
  • Order and stock HR office supplies.
  • Retrieve and distribute HR departmental mail.
  • Recruitment and New Hires

  • Manage the pre‐hire screening process: administer drug tests, background checks and reference checks.  Work with HR team to move candidates along in the WD tool.
  • Process all newly hired employees, ensuring completion of all required paperwork in WD.  Maintain an accurate I‐9 system, ensuring that there is a current I‐9 for all employees. Monitor E-Verify System.  Schedule employee for orientation.  Assist new hires with name tags, parking passes, uniforms and locker assignments.
  • Employee, Candidate and Guest Service

  • Anticipate employee and guest needs, respond promptly and acknowledge all customers, however busy and whatever time of day.
  • Answer phones and greet all individuals arriving at the HR office. Respond appropriately to all requests.
  • Maintain employee communication areas such as bulletin boards, cafeteria, employee entrances and locker rooms.
  • Coordinate employee activities such as Employee of the Month/Year, GM lunches and birthday and anniversary recognition programs.
  • Maintain friendly, positive employee relations at all times.
  • Other Duties

  • Monitor and maintain cleanliness, sanitation and organization of assigned work areas.
  • Maintain knowledge of all hotel services/features and hours of operation.
  • Deliver Passionate & Engaging Service to our Guests
    • You will be passionate and truly engaged in taking care of our guests,  recognizing individual guests and anticipating their unique needs in order to exceed their expectations
    • You will consistently deliver our GUEST model:
      • Greet or welcome everyone, warmly with a smile
      • Use eye and ear contact and guest’s name
      • Establish/anticipate needs
      • Solve and own all requests/complaints
      • Thank everyone
  • Build solid relationship with your Colleagues
    •  Treat colleagues, employees and candidates with respect and dignity
  • Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned. The employee is expected to work in other areas of the hotel when needed to assist operations to perform job duties not necessarily contained in this job description.
  • Qualifications and Skills

    A candidate for this position must possess the following applicable knowledge, skills and abilities and be able to demonstrate and provide applicable examples to support his/her competency.

  • Track record of delivering exceptional service experience
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Appropriate professional appearance and demeanor
  • Knowledge of HR processes and best practices
  • Strong ability in using MS Office (MS Excel and MS PowerPoint, in particular)
  • Experience with HR databases and HRIS systems (e.g. Workday)
  • Familiarity with social media recruiting
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Good organizational and time management skills
  • Effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Make sound decisions in a manner consistent with the essential job functions
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all staff
  • Exercise a high degree of initiative, judgment, and discretion
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred; high school diploma or GED required
  • Two to three years of human resource experience, preferred
  • Company Overview


    Welcome to Sonesta.  These three simple words could open up a whole new world to you. Each of the hotels and resorts in the Sonesta Collection provides a unique experience unrivalled in the hotel industry. Sprung from the classic hoteliers of the mid-20th century, Sonesta enjoys a rich history celebrating nearly 80 years in hospitality.  We offer a diverse and distinctive portfolio of nearly 60 properties across 3 continents, each providing an authentic visit delightfully reflecting the culture and personality of its destination.   

    We aspire to greet every Sonesta guest with a spirit of warmth and welcome, proudly exceeding our guests’ expectations. Those aspirations extend deep into the heart of our hotels – right into the lives of our employees. In fact, we consider ourselves more than a hotel management company – we’re a member of the communities we serve.   At our core, we celebrate the individuality of everyone who walks through our doors. For our employees, that means we ensure they develop the skills and tools they need to do their job and exceed even their own expectations.  We invite you to discover what you have been missing at Sonesta. Join us – we can’t wait to meet you!

    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, religion, age, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by local, state, or federal laws, rules, or regulations.

    The statements in this job description are intended to represent the key duties and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be ALL responsibilities or qualifications of the job. This position is classified as exempt and is not subject to overtime in accordance with Federal and State Regulations. This job description is subject to change at any time.

Additional Job Description


Sonesta recognizes that benefits play a vital role in helping ensure the health and financial security of employees and their families. We offer a variety of benefits to our employees including:

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Health Savings Account with Company Match
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan with Company Match
  • Paid Vacation and Sick Days
  • Sonesta Hotel Discounts
  • Educational Assistance
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Company Paid Life Insurance
  • Company Paid Short Term and Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Various Employee Perks and Discounts

Upon submitting your application, please ensure you complete a full application in addition to attaching a resume. Incomplete applications received will not be considered.