Best Café Staff (Wage, Non-exempt)

At the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), we facilitate great guest experiences.

The Best Cafe Team is relentlessly passionate about their work. Every guest encounter is an opportunity to show how much we care about making your visit special. Our dedicated service professionals are the best ambassadors for the museum 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 from friendly, service-oriented individuals who are team-centric and positively energetic to join the museum as Best Cafe Staff.

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 Best Cafe 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 number of event opportunities to work.


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 events 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, make guests feel special.

Here is how Best Cafe Staff accomplish this as a team:
  • Set-up /Break down area(s) to managerial specifications for daily operations, restock and follow daily operational procedures
  • Anticipate and accommodate guest needs, respond to requests in a professional and polite manner
  • Serve fantastic fare to guests, replenishing stations, bussing tables, and ensure that guests’ needs are met; knowledge of menu and other food offerings
  • Support event-related activities
  • Ensure that areas are clean by following daily guidelines for sanitation and upkeep
  • Operating the cash register, bar, barista stations, and other cafe positions as needed
  • Gaining knowledge of the museum and providing guests with information

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 instructions and menus
  • Ability to operate the point-of-sale register system, including processing credit card and cash transactions
  • Ability to remain calm, professional and gracious in a fast paced, high-pressure environment
  • Ability to maintain a professional demeanor and appearance during shifts
  • Ability to be prompt and punctual to scheduled shifts, working various schedules
  • 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 pound

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior food service or retail experience
  • Knowledge of beer, wine and food is also preferred
  • ServSafe, TIPS, or RSVP certifications

Special Requirements: 

Selected candidates must pass a criminal history background check.

Special Instructions for 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. This position is open until filled.  Posting may close after five business days.  Interested applicants are encouraged to apply before 11:59 pm on November 23, 2022.

Please contact the HR office at 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.  Read more.

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