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At the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA),
we create unique dining experiences.

Amuse Restaurant is a contemporary fine dining restaurant overlooking the Robins Sculpture Garden, featuring an innovative menu and fresh, local ingredients. Just like the works of art in the museum and on the walls of Amuse, visitors delight in new masterpiece dishes and cocktails.

When dining at Amuse, every aspect of the meal is a touchpoint, a foundational pinning, evoking the right ambiance, feeling, and desired energy. Our dedicated service professionals bear witness and make possible some of the best days ever for our guests.

“…people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

We welcome applications to skilled service professionals who are team-centric and positively energetic to join the museum as
Amuse Server.

This is a non-exempt position without benefits, eligible to work up to approximately 28 hours per week on average and up to 1,450 hours annually (May 1 – April 30).

Why Join the Amuse Team?

Inclusive Workplace

We are proud of our diverse workforce and vibrant art-filled surroundings. We value your strengths and experiences. Come be yourself!

Flexible Scheduling

The team works to provide reasonable and advanced-scheduling notice to staff within the agreed upon availability. We are open 365 days a year, therefore there are a variety of shifts to work. We are open for lunch service 7 days a week, and offer dinner service on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.


Work with people whose talents shine not only at work but also beyond work hours. Many of our staff are creatives who find an ease in serving others, have an eye for the details, and enjoy the flexibility this position offers.


Revenue from Amuse and other Enterprise operations directly supports museum operations. VMFA is the only art museum in the United States open 365 days a year with free general admission. Our purpose is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret art and to encourage the study of the arts.

Professional Environment

Professionalism is a key tenet in our workplace. We treat each other no less than how we treat our guests. Come create career-supportive relationships with some of the best service professionals in the industry. Learn and grow with us.


All VMFA staff enjoy free admission to special exhibitions, previews of special exhibitions, employee pricing for select museum programs and classes, and discounts at Amuse, Best Café and the VMFA Shop.

About the Work

The work is straightforward,
working together to offer an elevated dining experience.

Here is how
Amuse Servers accomplish this as a team:

  • Greets guests with a friendly and welcoming demeanor.
  • Accurately accepts customer’s food and drink orders.
  • Serves patrons food and beverages.
  • Accurately communicates guest’s order to chefs and bartenders.
  • Collects payment from guests.
  • Assists in setting tables and rearranging the dining area to accommodate larger groups, private parties or as needed.
  • Delivers a memorable dining experience by resolving all customer issues promptly.
  • Provides attentive service to diners, like refilling drinks as needed and checking their needs during meals.
  • Maintains table settings to include replenishing utensils, filling water glasses, removing courses as completed.
  • Anticipate and accommodate guest needs, respond to requests in a professional and polite manner.
  • Performs some cleaning duties, such as at the service station, around the kitchen and in the dining area.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to demonstrate a professional demeanor with guests and other employees.
  • Ability to read, comprehend and follow basic restaurant floor plan, menus and instructions
  • Ability to multitask, solve problems and make sound decisions in an ever changing restaurant landscape
  • Ability to remain calm, professional and gracious in a fast paced, high-pressure environment.
  • Ability to maintain a professional demeanor and appearance during service.
  • Ability to be prompt and punctual to scheduled shifts.
  • Ability to use fine and gross motor skills; finger and hand dexterity; reach with hands and arms; climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk and hear; and taste and smell.
  • Ability to stand or walk for up to 10 hours.
  • Ability to lift or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to maintain knowledge of menu items and ingredients.
  • Ability to handle money accurately.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Prior fine dining or food service experience, particularly in fast-paced restaurants.
  • Knowledge of ABC best practices and regulations’ RSVP or TIPS training.
  • Knowledge of fine dining, beer, wine and food is also preferred.
  • ServSafe Food Handler’s certification is a plus.
Special Requirements
Selected candidates must pass a criminal history background check.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit three (3) references. Provide full name, phone number and email address. References may be attached in a separate document in the “other” field in the portal; or they may be included with the resume or cover letter.

Professional references are preferred. Other reference types will also receive consideration. References should be able to attest to your knowledge, skills, and abilities, especially qualifications relevant to the position for which you are applying.

Interested individuals must submit an online application. Posting may close after five business days of opening. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply before 11:59 pm on May 26, 2022.

Please contact the HR office at recruitment@vmfa.museum if you need assistance.

VMFA is an EEO/AA and Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Certified Employer. Diverse and inclusive hiring practices are at the heart of what we do at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
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