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Why Work at Room Key?

Room Key is a hotel search engine founded by six of the world's leading hotel companies. Join our dynamic team and enter the exciting and challenging world of online travel!

Room Key has the culture and practices of an agile start-up. We move fast, work hard and have lots of fun along the way. But unlike your typical start-up, we are backed by huge names in the hotel industry, all of whom have a vested interest in our success. You might have heard of one or two of them ;-)

This makes Room Key a rather unique and special place to work and combines the positive aspects of working for a start-up with the job security of a much larger company.

Benefits include:

  • Learn from and contribute to a highly talented team
  • A world-class location in historic Charlottesville, VA
  • Cutting edge Clojure/Clojurescript/Javascript tech stack
  • Excellent compensation, bonus scheme and benefits, including medical, dental, 401(k)
  • Agile working practices
  • Open vacation policy
  • Flexible working hours
  • Travel related perks
  • Attend your annual choice of tech conference
  • Highly competitive office Mario Kart

Charlottesville Openings

If you are familiar with Charlottesville, you will already know why it is consistently voted one of the best places to live and work on the East coast.

If not then let us introduce you to a beautiful and historical city, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Less than two hours south of Washington D.C., Charlottesville is the proud home to two World Heritage Sites: the University of Virginia and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.

The Room Key offices are located downtown, in a fantastic space with panoramic views, just off the historic downtown mall with its restaurants, free concerts and an eclectic arts, culture and growing tech community right on the doorstep.

Add to this the opportunity for outdoor adventure, numerous local vineyards, breweries, superb restaurants, amenities you would only expect to find in much bigger cities and a unique mix of urban sophistication and spectacular rural beauty and you’ll immediately fall in love with this very special place.

Want to know more about whether Charlottesville is the place for you? Here are a few things you might want to take a look at:

Back End Developer (Clojure)

Room Key is looking for a software engineer with strong server-side web development experience - preferably with Clojure - to join our backend web development team in Charlottesville, Virginia (sorry, no remote work available).

Solve interesting problems! At scale! Using Clojure! Room Key's website regularly handles over 500,000 unique visitors per day.

The environment is fun, friendly, collaborative, and is really fast-paced: schedules are measured in days, not weeks, and our team is obsessed with delivering a world-class set of software products and services.


See above for the benefits of working at Room Key

Ideally you have:

  • Phenomenal testing principles (and perseverance), incl. perhaps a grounding in basic stats
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Willingness to fulfill multiple roles
  • BS in Computer Science (but equivalent real-world experience is even better)
  • Experience with Clojure or other functional programming languages
  • Experience with several database types: object stores (redis), relational (postgres)
  • Experience with JVM-hosted development
  • Experience with Amazon Web Services (the more the better) and Kafka
  • Experience with GIS and spatial analysis
  • 5+ years professional software development experience
  • 5+ years professional web experience
  • Experience with service oriented architectures
  • Demonstrated interest/experience in high performance, scalable systems
  • xkcd in your daily-read list
  • Enthusiasm, team-contributor mindset and obsessive attention to detail

Don't be shy! If you are enthusiastic but only have a subset of our ideal qualifications, we still want to hear from you.

How To Apply

E-mail your resume to jobs@roomkey.com. Please also include a recent code sample relevant to our technology stack and representative of your best work.

Front End Web Applications Developer

Roomkey.com requires an experienced Javascript developer with a deep understanding of large-scale front-end web applications. Knowledge of established frameworks such as Backbone.js is expected as well as a demonstrated interest and awareness of where the latest client-side technologies are heading, for instance functional reactive programming and ES6. A strong understanding and passion for what constitutes good UI/UX is essential. A rigorous approach to testing is expected along with knowledge of the latest client-side development tooling.


See above for the benefits of working at Room Key


  • Work as a key member of an agile development team in a relaxed, proactive environment.
  • Design and develop new user-facing features to enhance and grow a product already receiving 10-15 million unique visits a month.
  • Evolve an existing web application to take advantage of the latest and best practices.
  • Collaborate with back end developers in designing and maintaining the API consumed by our front end applications.
  • Translate UI/UX requirements into lightweight, performant and scalable code.
  • Keep abreast of the latest front end technologies and use them to develop new product ideas and concepts through hackathons and skunkworks projects.
  • Attend at least one yearly technology conference to keep your skills and enthusiasm sharp.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Expert-level understanding of JavaScript, preferably with at least five years’ experience in a commercial setting developing large-scale front-end web applications.
  • Excellent understanding of HTML5 and CSS3 along with higher level templating engines and CSS preprocessors.
  • Good understanding of Backbone.js (or other frameworks), jQuery and Underscore.js.
  • Experience with Javascript testing libraries such as Mocha, Chai and Sinon and associated tooling and technologies such as PhantomJS, Selenium and BrowserStack.
  • Enthusiasm for exploring a functional reactive approach to building client-side web applications using React/Redux or higher level languages such as ClojureScript.
  • Proficient understanding of cross-browser compatibility issues and ways to work around such issues.
  • Familiarity with JavaScript module loaders, such as Webpack and Browserify.
  • Familiarity with front-end build tools, such as Grunt, Gulp and npm.
  • An understanding of the use of Node.js in a development environment.
  • Proficient understanding of code versioning tools, such as Git.
  • Good understanding of browser rendering behavior and performance across mobile and desktop platforms.

Bonus Points for Experience in Any of the Following:

  • ClojureScript!
  • UI design using Photoshop, Illustrator or similar
  • Developing browser extensions
  • Developing mobile applications
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Multivariate testing, metrics and statistics
  • Mario Kart Wii

What Next?

Interested? Please email a resume to jobs@roomkey.com. Please also attach a recent code sample representative of your best work.

Director, Digital Marketing


Charlottesville, VA


The Digital Marketing Director will create and execute the customer (B2C and B2B2C) marketing strategy for Room Key with an emphasis on digital, direct response channels including SEO, SEM, Display, Affiliates, Social and Email marketing. Reporting to the CEO, this role will define the appropriate mix of channel investment to maximize Room Key’s goals in customer acquisition, customer share building and customer retention in a highly competitive and crowded marketplace. Room Key is relatively new to the digital marketing space, requiring this role to define, build out, and implement much of our marketing practice.

This role will wear many hats, from planner to executor, and also serve as a marketing “generalist” with responsibilities across traditional marketing functions including branding, positioning, market research and general media advertising.


Planning / Strategy

  • Design a marketing strategy focused on customer acquisition/share-generation/retention across digital and traditional marketing channels.
  • Identify customer insights to understand customer behaviors and design marketing strategies / campaigns to capitalize on those insights.
  • Perform financial analyses to estimate pro-forma performance and optimize marketing investments
  • Collaborate with Hotel Partners to develop new approaches to highlighting properties in a multi-brand environment

Campaign Execution

  • Implement, manage and optimize metrics-driven campaigns across a variety of channels
  • Build out Room Key’s capabilities in the channels where today it doesn’t exist.
  • Hands-on campaign execution across all aspects –
    • Identify target audiences and media
    • Negotiate placement with digital media channels
    • Define and implement appropriate ad copy and creative assets
    • Ensure campaigns are properly tagged and tracked for appropriate measurement
    • Identify and define supporting technologies required for campaign effectiveness (e.g. landing pages)


  • Implement “test and learn” techniques in campaign executions to test different variables
  • Interpret data to analyze campaign performance and identify optimization opportunities
  • Produce reporting on program effectiveness on an agreed frequency/cadence


  • Manage customer / market research as appropriate to identify customer insights and market opportunities
  • Collaborate with other Room Key team members to define the Room Key brand (value proposition, look / feel, tone)


  • Previous experience planning, building, executing and optimizing B2C and B2B2C customer acquisition, share-building and retention campaigns across multiple digital channels.
  • Expert knowledge and understanding in how to leverage the following channels for demand generation: SEO, SEM, Display, Affiliates, Social and Email marketing. Not a technologist per se, but a working understanding of how the technology works across the various digital channels.
  • A strategic marketer who is intellectually curious and committed to continually updating her/his knowledge of the digital space
  • A resourceful marketer who has demonstrated an ability to do “more with less” and think / execute innovatively to outperform a crowded, competitive market.
  • Excellent communication and influence skills; able to speak to senior audiences to convince them of the recommended strategy
  • A “hands-on” executor who can manage multiple projects simultaneously and ensure flawless execution.
  • Bachelor’s degree with min 6 years of experience in digital marketing


  • Manage a team of 1-2 marketing professionals across campaign design, execution, and analytics
  • Position reports to the CEO

How To Apply

E-mail your resume and cover letter to jobs@roomkey.com.

Digital Marketing Analyst

Room Key is seeking an experienced Digital Marketing Analyst to join our Charlottesville, VA team. You will be responsible for analyzing and optimizing the performance of various paid and organic marketing campaigns across multiple channels, helping us to acquire new customers, grow share with our existing customers and continually improve website conversion.

Due to the nature of our ownership, Room Key occupies a unique position in the highly competitive online travel space. Your efforts in this challenging and rewarding role will help to drive measurable growth and success as we look for new opportunities in this exciting market.


  • Work with the Digital Marketing team to develop, implement, and optimize Room Key's marketing strategy
  • Assist in identifying and implementing new advertising technology capabilities and best practices
  • Provide reports and key insights to business stakeholders through daily use of analytics and reporting tools including Adobe SiteCatalyst/Omniture, Google Analytics, Tableau and MS Excel.
  • Identify and maintain baseline marketing metrics to provide ongoing insights into performance and opportunities for improvement
  • Assist in developing several marketing channels including paid search, SEO, display advertising, content, retargeted advertising, affiliate programs, and social media.
  • Improve paid search performance through research and anaylsis of keyword performance and landing page copy.
  • Implement a process to determine and continually analyze the best use of discretionary marketing spend.


  • Bachelor's degree in mathematics, statistics, digital marketing, computer science, or related field (or equivalent work experience)
  • At least 4 years of experience in web and digital marketing
  • Ability to proactively obtain compelling insights from data and to confidently communicate recommendations to business stakeholders based on those insights.
  • Experience with leading analytics and reporting tools (e.g. Adobe SiteCatalyst/Omniture, Google Analytics, Tableau) along with statistical tools and languages (e.g. R, Python, MS Excel).
  • Strong skills in SQL and experience in using various data sources to develop insightful and actionable outputs and reports
  • Strong communication skills and ability to work comfortably with both marketing and technical team members in a fast-paced, agile environment.
  • Experience in the online hotel industry or wider travel industry is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of advertising technology standards and best practices.
  • Experience working with a variety of display, publishing and content networks and exchanges.

How To Apply

E-mail your resume to jobs@roomkey.com.