Opening Date: February 8, 2013
Closing Date: Continuous
Walla Walla Community College invites applications to fulfill the role of Director of Enology and Viticulture Program on the Walla Walla campus located in Walla Walla, Washington.
Walla Walla Community College was recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the top five community colleges in the United States and received the honor of “finalist with distinction.” Walla Walla Community College is a comprehensive institution providing professional-technical, transfer, transitional studies, and extended learning programs at the postsecondary level.
The Director of Enology & Viticulture provides leadership for the College’s efforts related to the Enology and Viticulture program and the wine industry. The Director is responsible for the management and implementation of a strategic plan to ensure world-class status for the E & V Program and College Cellars. Areas of responsibility include supervision of staff, marketing and communications, and community and industry relations. The Director will also serve as the General Manager of College Cellars. The Director is expected to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and key industry leaders to achieve the goals and objectives that further the mission of the program.
- Provide leadership for the Center for Enology and Viticulture.
- Develop and manage an annual plan and budget for the Enology and Viticulture program.
- Develop and manage an annual plan and budget for College Cellars.
- Interface with administration on management issues.
- Participate in industry and governmental affairs with college president as they relate to programs and fundraising.
- Oversee winery compliance in conjunction with Washington State Liquor Control Board regulations and the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.
- Oversee and manage the business and marketing of College Cellars of Walla Walla.
- Instruct and/or manage specified course work and industry seminars.
- Facilitate Advisory Committee leadership. • Host tour groups and dignitaries as required.
- Develop and maintain relationships with enology and viticulture programs at baccalaureate institutions.
- Monitor program performance; recommend and implement improvements.
- Coordinate activities with the Culinary Arts program.
- Participate in local, state, and regional industry-related organizations to foster relationships and build support to include, but not be limited to: Washington Wine Commission, Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance, Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers, Washington Wine Institute, Vinea Winegrowers Sustainable Trust, Washington Wine Education Consortium, ETS Laboratories, Port of Walla Walla, and International Wine Guild.
- Attend industry meetings, seminars, and functions to advance programs.
- Foster international relationships to increase program visibility and develop partnership opportunities.
- Manage and foster industry relationships for placement of workforce-ready students.
- Manage and facilitate wine and food consumer education efforts with industry partners.
Strategic Planning and Marketing
- Develop a long-term strategic plan for the Enology and Viticulture program.
- Develop a long-term strategic plan for College Cellars.
- Coordinate a comprehensive marketing and public relations strategy that effectively positions the programs.
- Conduct media relations on behalf of the program with responsibility for the full range of communications activities, including interviews and news releases. Secure local, state, and national media attention.
- Exceptional interpersonal and written communication skills.
- Demonstrated ability to establish effective working relationships with the college, community, industry, and media contacts.
- Effective leadership and management skills/ strong organizational and communication abilities.
- Demonstrated marketing skills.
- Bachelor’s Degree in related field required; Master’s degree desired.
- Industry experience may substitute for education at the discretion of the college.
- Experience in the wine industry – 10 years desired.
- Entrepreneurial experience desired.
- College level instruction experience desired.
Conditions/Terms of Employment:
This full-time professional position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. In accordance with the provisions of the Federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Walla Walla Community College hires only United States citizens and aliens authorized to work in the United States. Persons hired must be able to provide acceptable documentation of lawful authorization to work in the United States within three (3) days of employment and official college transcripts.
All administrative exempt staff at Walla Walla Community College set aside 1% of their gross salary every pay period for a Voluntary Employee Benefit Association (VEBA) pre-retirement medical expense account that is used to reimburse the exempt employee for out of pocket medical expenses. All exempt employees are required to participate in this program.
Required Application Materials
This position will remain open until filled with the first screening of applications on March 8, 2013. To qualify for consideration, applicants must meet required qualifications and competencies and submit a complete application packet, which includes the following:
- Online application (www.wwcc.edu/jobs)
- Cover letter (3-5 pages that aligns with the essential functions of the position)
- Comprehensive resume or curriculum vitae
- List names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references
- Unofficial transcripts