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Culture Champion

Posted March 29, 2021

Graduate Seattle
Seattle, WA

About This Job

Graduate Hotels®, is seeking a Culture Championto join Graduate Seattle and its wonderful team of hospitality enthusiasts.    

Graduate Hotels creates authentic, playful spaces that connect a community’s travelers, students, and locals. Through thoughtfully curated design, creative F&B and community-focused events, we create hotels worthy of their hometown.  

We are a diverse team of experience makers and storytellers. As a Graduate Hotels team member, you are the local insider shaping guest experiences. Our goal is to make every guest feel like a local even if it's their first time in town. In order to help you deliver on that goal, we encourage our team members to embody the same mindset as our guests through Graduate experiences and encouraged community exploration.   


  • Coordinates recruiting efforts for property by building awareness of the talent within the community and university, posting positions, and screening applicants for brand and position fit 

  • Process applications, hires, and pre-employment screening in HRIS and ATS systems  

  • Facilitates new hire orientation, onboarding, and training programs  

  • Maintains basic employment information in HR information system, including scanning of employment documents into electronic personnel files within the HRIS  

  • Answers HR line and routes calls accordingly; handles basic inquiries and forwards on any employee relations and delicate human resources concerns to regional people and culture leadership 

  • Is in the know of culture concerns and brings them to the attention of the appropriate party and/or regional people and culture leader 

  • Coordinates recognition programs including reminders, award ordering, and celebratory announcements 

  • Administers company recognition and engagement programs to include Extra Credit, Referral Program, Quarterly Service Awards Program, and/or any other company implemented program 

  • Assists with ensuring compliance posters are in employee areas, timeclock is accessible, and breakroom/employee areas exude Graduate brand and culture 

  • Assists and is the liaison to company benefit and perk programs 

  • Consistently tracks brand and compliance training through the LMS and other company established training programs, communicates training gaps and accomplishments 

  • Assists and supports associates in navigating and locating appropriate employment resource and/or contact 

  • Provides assistance to all people and culture projects as needed by GM and/or Regional people and culture leadership 


  • Degree in hospitality, human resources or business administration preferred 

  • Minimum of 1-year hospitality experience  

  • Experience in community and employee relations 

  • High proficiency with Microsoft Office including Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and Word 


  • Knowledge, understanding, and comfort training others, facilitating programs/presentations, and public speaking internally and externally 

  • Strong customer service and interpersonal communication skills 

  • "Hands-on" approach to projects and initiatives 

  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality and has proven trust by others at all levels of the organization 

  • Positive presence and command skills  

About Graduate Hotels®

Graduate Hotels is a hand-crafted collection of hotels that reside in dynamic university-anchored towns across the country.  Each hotel pays homage to the heritage of its unique town through cultural nods to the local community.  Launched in 2014, there are currently 28 hotels across the U.S. and an additional seven hotels set to open by the end of 2021. Graduate Hotels is owned by Adventurous Journeys (AJ) Capital Partners, a vertically integrated real estate developer, owner and operator. For more information on Graduate Hotels, please visit

*Graduate hotels is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


About this Employer

Graduate Seattle

4507 Brooklyn Avenue
Seattle, WA 98105

(206) 634-2000

154 Room Hotel

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Our Hotel

Graduate Seattle  is more than just a place to lay your head. While you’re with us, climb up to the rooftop bar, Mountaineering Club for the best views of the city and take a bite of  our famous breakfast sandos at Poindexter Coffee. We’re the perfect spot for Huskies – and their dogs! Pets stay free at Graduate Hotels.

Our historic 1930s Art Deco digs, just a ten-minute stroll to UW’s campus, sits proudly in Seattle’s University District. Purple pride runs deep in the lush lobby, inviting Huskies past and present. Over 36 feet of plaidly clad sofas ease up to a communal coffee table warmly perched fireside. An installation of seashell mobiles dances above, an amped up wall invites conversation and jewel toned rooms wink at our storied past. High above, our scenic rooftop bar serves up hues and mountain views of the inspired landscape.

For groups of two to 200, Graduate Seattle has the right-size ballroom, boardroom or breakout room for your event. Let us host your Seattle wedding, U-Dub meet-up or business meeting. Our creative events and culinary teams will work with you to customize a memorable experience that perfectly suits your gathering.