Director of Enology & Viticulture
Walla Walla Community College
$96,200.00 - $100,880.00 Annually
Walla Walla, WA
WORKFORCE TRANSFER & TRADES
Join our team to help inspire all students to discover
their potential and achieve their goals by providing relevant,
equitable, and innovative learning opportunities and
Walla Walla Community College (WWCC) is seeking applicants for a
Director of Enology & Viticulture
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,
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
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
Participate in department, division and College committee and
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
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
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
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
Demonstrated ability to establish effective working
relationships with students, the college, community, and
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
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
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.
Conditions/Terms 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
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
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
Required Application Materials
This position will remain open until filled. To be
included in the initial screening, applications should be received
by September 4, 2023.
qualify for consideration, applicants must meet required
qualifications and competencies and submit a complete application
packet, which includes the following:
Online NEOGOV application
Names and contact information for three professional
Answers to three (3) supplemental questions
Unofficial transcripts for application purposes; official
transcripts are required prior to an official start date.
Please ensure you have attached all required application
materials as you will not be able to attach any documents after you
have submitted your application. If you have difficulty
logging into your account, attaching documents, submitting your
application, etc., please call NEOGOV Applicant Support at
1-855-524-5627 or email them directly at
- 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.
WWCC 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.
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
To apply, please visit https://www.schooljobs.com/careers/wwcc/jobs/4038805/director-of-enology-viticulture