The new Sheraton Grand Hotel near Capitol Hill will stage a "mass hiring" next week to fill more than 250 entry-level and supervisory jobs that pay up to $25,000 a year.

Officials of the new hotel and the D.C. Department of Employment Services, which will help in processing the applicants, expect a massive turnout in a city that continues to suffer from a high unemployment.

"We are especially pleased that the hotel has given us this opportunity to help local residents, many of whom are unemployed, by providing employment in a growing industry," said Matthew Shannon, director of the employment services agency.

Applications for all positions will be accepted between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday at the Sheraton Washington Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW, in Exhibit Hall A.

Those seeking a job will be required to present a social security card and the names of three business references or, for those with no work experience, the names of personal references. Non-U.S. citizens will be required to present a valid "green card" or other documentation.

This is the second time the D.C. government has worked with a major new downtown hotel to throw open the hiring process. Last November, the city assisted the Marriott Corporation in the hiring of more than 400 persons for jobs at the firm's new J.W. Marriott Hotel, near 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

The city agency is currently providing screening and referral assistance for about 40 hotels in the District, in addition to construction companies, consulting firms, restaurants, colleges and wholesale and retail stores.

The new 15-story Sheraton Grand Hotel, which will open Dec. 28 near New Jersey Avenue and F Street NW, will contain 272 rooms, two restaurants, a cocktail lounge and wine bar.

Jobs to be filled include reservation agents, housekeepers, limousine drivers, baggage handlers, clerks, auditors, cashiers, chefs, restaurant managers and bartenders.