Walla Walla Community College (WWCC) is seeking applicants for a Director of Enology & Viticulture position at the Walla Walla campus.
At Walla Walla Community College, we inspire all students to discover their potential and achieve their goals by providing relevant, equitable, and innovative learning opportunities and services. We have identified three core themes that describe the fundamental aspects of the College's mission by translating it into practice: Student Success, Strong Communities, and Resource Stewardship. As an organization, we value learning opportunities, a sense of community, diversity, health and humor, excellence, integrity, teamwork, innovation, personal and professional growth, and sustainability.
This position has primary responsibility for teaching courses within the Enology and Viticulture program, leading the instructional team, and leading production operations. The Director is responsible for all aspects of program and winery operations to ensure education and production meet industry demands. This position will be responsible for developing new, and maintaining existing, industry relationships that benefit the students we serve and the programs they are enrolled in. The director will provide oversight of all wine making operations for the wines produced by College Cellars, including oversight of the estate vineyards and the production winery including maintaining compliance with all state and federal regulations.
The Director will have regular interaction with the Business Office at WWCC to ensure that College Cellars is being run in fiscally responsible manner, will work with media to promote College Cellars and the Enology and Viticulture program. The Director will be expected to maintain a high level of engagement with the WWCC campus community, Enology and Viticulture staff and instructors, staff and instructors in other areas, and with the Dean of Workforce Education whom they report to directly.
- Ability to instruct students in winemaking and viticulture practices relevant to the wine industry.
- Possess and display a passion for students and their academic and professional success.
- Develop relevant curriculum to enthusiastically and effectively teach courses, workshops and seminars that meet the needs of both students and the local/regional wine industry.
- Recruit, advise, mentor and support students’ educational and career goals. Assist in placing them in industry positions relevant to their career goals.
- Engage with students both in the classroom and outside of the classroom via practical hands-on learning opportunities.
- Work with other institutions to develop and assess of the enology and viticulture program curriculum and organization.
- Develop and implement program effectiveness and outcomes measures for Enology and Viticulture courses.
- Work with other institutions to produce and maintain articulation agreements and international opportunities for students.
- Develop and maintain relationships with enology and viticulture programs at baccalaureate institutions.
- Foster and maintain strong working relationships with local and regional wineries, industry experts, students, alumni and college staff. Work with the wine industry on issues relevant to program planning, promotion and evaluation.
- Stay current with the latest scientific advances, techniques and technology in winemaking and winery management, incorporating that information into academic curriculum as appropriate.
- Develop programs for recruiting and maintaining enrollment.
- Participate in department, division and College committee and activities.
- Engage with deans and directors of other WWCC programs to further the strategic goals of the college.
- Develop and manage an annual plan and budget for the Enology and Viticulture program and teaching winery known as College Cellars.
- Direct, manage, and oversee all winemaking functions.
- Interface with administration on management issues of College Cellars and wine production.
- Participate in industry activities and maintain positive relationships as they relate to the Enology and Viticulture program.
- Maintain all winery compliance records required at the local, state and federal levels.
- Collaborate with other WWCC departments including the Executive Leadership Team, Business Services, and the Foundation.
- Attend and actively participate in Advisory Committee meetings.
- Supervise Enology & Viticulture department staff and maintain a healthy working environment.
- Instructional skills including project-based learning and hands on instruction styles.
- Exceptional interpersonal and written communication skills.
- Demonstrated ability to establish effective working relationships with students, the college, community, and industry.
- Effective leadership and management skills/strong organizational and communication abilities.
- Ability to understand and make data-based business management decisions to ensure the fiscally responsible operation of the winery.
- Ability to recognize the value of cultural, ethnic, gender and other individual differences in people.
- Bachelor’s Degree in related field required. Industry experience may substitute for education at the discretion of the college.
- Experience in the wine industry required.
- Master’s degree in related field.
- Ten years of wine industry experience.
- College level instruction experience.
- Business management experience.
- Bilingual in Spanish.
Terms and Conditions of Employment:
This is a full-time administrative exempt position. Persons hired must be able to provide acceptable documentation of lawful authorization to work in the United States within three (3) days of employment. WWCC participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. Official college transcripts required at time of hire. Candidates may be subject to a criminal history background check as a condition of employment. Information from the background check may not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position. The college is a tobacco free institution.
This position requires physically demanding labor to perform and assist with winemaking functions in the cellar and estate vineyards. This contract position work schedule will typically be Monday through Friday 8-hours each day. During the summer, work schedule is Monday through Thursday 10-hours each day. Periodic travel may be required for industry collaboration and professional development.
Annual salary range: $92,500 -$97,000. Effective July 1, 2023 the college anticipates a 4% cost of living increase to be added to this salary.
The college has an excellent benefit program including paid sick leave; paid vacation leave; medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance; retirement and two optional deferred compensation programs. All full-time employees will automatically have 3% of taxable income deferred into the State of Washington Deferred Compensation Program (DCP). All administrative exempt staff set aside 1% of their gross salary in a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) (VEBA). All exempt employees are required to participate in this program. Walla Walla Community College requires all employees to participate in direct deposit for payment of salary.
Required Application Materials
This position will remain open until filled. To be included in the initial screening, applications should be received by May 21, 2023. To qualify for consideration, applicants must meet required qualifications and competencies and submit a complete application packet, which includes the following:
- Online NEOGOV application.
- Cover letter
- In the cover letter, please communicate your ability to meet the requirements of this position as indicated by the position description, focusing on business management, student support and instruction, and engagement with the wine community.
- Names and contact information for three professional references
- Answers to three (3) supplemental questions
- Unofficial transcripts for application purposes; official transcripts are required prior to an official start date.
WWCC also reserves the right to not fill this position, reject all applicants, reopen the position, or make a direct appointment. Applications received during this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies at the College's discretion.
If you have difficulty logging into your account, attaching documents, submitting your application, etc., please call NEOGOV Applicant Support at 1-855-524-5627.
Walla Walla Community College is committed to provide equal opportunity and nondiscrimination for all educational and employment applicants as well as for its students and employed staff, without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, including gender expression/identity, marital status, age (over 40), the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, the use of trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, or status as a Vietnam and/or disabled veteran, National Guard member or reservist in accordance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Federal Rehabilitation of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and any other applicable Federal and Washington State laws against discrimination. To qualify for veteran's preference, you must attach a copy of your DD214 or NGB 22. The Human Resources Office is accessible to persons with disabilities. If you need accommodation in the application/ employment process, please call (509) 527-4323 - TDD (509) 527-4412.