District Winery Job Openings

District Winery is seeking a Senior Event Manager to coordinate and execute weddings, social events, corporate events, fundraisers, and more. The Senior Event Manager will ensure client management and the events themselves run smoothly and efficiently, following the sales process and through each event's completion. This position requires a calm demeanor during high paced and intense situations, attentiveness to all aspects of an event, and the ability to easily communicate and manage a large team.

Key Responsibilities

  • Create and implement event execution procedures as per Co-Founders' vision and standards
  • Act as main point of contact for private event clients immediately following booking, throughout planning process and through the event. 
  • Manage client relationship and respond quickly and efficiently to client questions and concerns via email and phone; Anticipate potential client questions, issues and conflicts and proactively troubleshoot
  • Oversee event schedule from a high level, ensuring adherence to all deadlines including but not limited to: walk-through schedule, menu selections, vendor introductions, tasting schedule, etc.
  • Manage hiring, staff performance, and termination process for event service staff
  • Proactively engage with guests to ensure a positive experience 
  • Manage event staff, setup and breakdown of the space for events
  • Interface with back of house staff to ensure proper delivery & coordination of food service
  • Manage all event forms, seating charts, and other administrative documents for events 
  • Liaise with external vendors leading up to and throughout the event
  • Help train staff on their food and wine knowledge

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree, ideally in Management, Communications, or related degree from an accredited university
  • 5+ years of experience in event and/or catering management
  • Must have a passion for weddings and be able to manage multiple weddings in a weekend
  • Flexible schedule with weekends and nights available
  • Enthusiastic, self-motivated, and outgoing
  • Ability to establish productive relationships with people at all levels
  • A positive and adaptable approach to problem solving
  • Ability to thrive in a team environment 
  • Must demonstrate proficient knowledge and use of computer and basic programs (e.g., Google Suite including Google Docs & Spreadsheets)
  • Detail oriented and exceptional organizational skills
  • Ability to multitask in fast-paced environment, competently handling demanding deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interface with clients; must demonstrate professional phone and business etiquette
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of and appreciation of wine strongly preferred

Other Information

  • Compensation: Competitive salary and benefits
  • Start Date: June 2017
  • How to Apply: Please send resume and personalized cover letter in PDF format to jobs@districtwinery.com
     

District Winery is seeking a full-time Assistant Winemaker for our urban winery. We are looking for an intelligent and motivated person with extensive knowledge of all aspects of the winemaking process. As Washington DC’s first commercial winery, this is a unique opportunity to be part of a dynamic winemaking team focused on crafting exceptional wines in an urban environment. 

Responsibilities

  • Schedule and coordinate all production and laboratory activities based on required winemaking parameters
  • Train and supervise all production employees (including harvest interns), and actively monitor performance and achievement
  • Coordinate all additions to juice and wine based on analytical results and/or desired winemaking goals
  • Coordinate labor and shipping associated with all cellar activities, including bottling (dry goods in/bottled goods out), harvest and bulk wine sales
  • Develop and maintain inventories of cellar supplies, including juice and wine additives, bottling dry goods, sanitation and cleaning chemicals, etc.
  • Understand operating principles and be capable of operation of all winery production and laboratory equipment, including but not limited to complete bottling line operations, harvest equipment, plate-and-frame filter. As needed, schedule preventative and other maintenance on equipment to prevent inefficiencies and catastrophic failures wherever possible
  • Guarantee accurate and timely cellar records with through in-house Google docs based tracking spreadsheet
  • Ensure all compliance-oriented wine specifications meet the full legal obligations according to the TTB and ABC, including but not limited to legality of label information, fill heights, record keeping, etc.
  • Schedule, execute and participate in tasting panels for quality assessment and wine blends and prepares sensory trials
  • Interacting with guests in tasting room and at events
  • Minor repairs and maintenance to equipment and facility
  • Maintain an active awareness of industry trends, developments, education and research activities
  • Write cellar work orders and activities as needed
  • Act as winery spokesperson, as needed, with public, trade and press
  • Act as backup or support, when necessary, for all members of the District Winery Team
  • Staffing organize hiring and supervision of temporary staffing (bottling and harvest) under strict guidelines and budgetary restrictions

Requirements

  • 3-5 years practical (hands-on) winery experience
  • Certified experienced forklift operator
  • Strong organizational, analytical, and time management skills
  • Robust knowledge of cellar operations
  • Ability to read and understand measurements, interpret lab results
  • Impeccable attention to detail
  • Good communication skills (verbal, email, etc)


Other Information
Must have a valid driver's license and clean driving record, be able to lift and move up to 50 pounds and climb ladders and stairs. Extended hours are required during peak times of year, often occurring in a cold and wet environment. Fluency in English is required.

  • Compensation: Competitive Salary and Benefits
  • Start Date: July 2017
  • How to apply: Please send resume and personalized cover letter in PDF format to winery.jobs@districtwinery.com


 

District Winery is seeking a Restaurant Manager to lead our service team and be the driving force in bringing our guests a top notch dining experience. This position requires a calm demeanor during high paced and intense situations, attentiveness to all aspects of the dining room and bar with the ability to easily communicate and manage a large team.


Key Responsibilities 

  • Create a positive environment for all team members and guests
  • Manage hourly dining room and bar staff
  • Lead the team in service, ensuring that all standards are adhered to
  • Actively coach the team throughout service, providing ongoing feedback and development
  • Interact with guests throughout service to monitor satisfaction and ensure a positive and memorable experience
  • Oversee hiring, scheduling and training of service staff
  • Perform various administrative duties related to managing the restaurant
  • Maintain the facilities to the highest of standards
  • Organize monthly Liquor, Beer and Wine inventories
  • Manage POS system and organization
  • Conduct bi-annual staff reviews
  • Perform various operational and administrative duties related to restaurant management and upkeep 
  • Manage the restaurant's appearance and atmosphere 
  • Address any guest issues and work towards positive outcome 
  • Perform opening and closing procedures for the restaurant 
  • Maintain a safe environment for both guests and staff


Requirements

  • 3+ years of experience in fine dining management
  • Must have a passion for service and hospitality
  • Flexible schedule with weekends and nights available
  • Enthusiastic, self-motivated, and outgoing
  • Ability to establish productive relationships with people at all levels
  • A positive and adaptable approach to problem solving
  • Ability to thrive in a team environment 
  • Must demonstrate proficient knowledge and use of computer and basic programs (e.g. Google Suite including Google Docs & Spreadsheets)
  • Open Table experience
  • Detail oriented and exceptional organizational skills
  • Ability to multitask in fast-paced environment, competently handling demanding deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interface with clients; must demonstrate professional phone and business etiquette
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of and appreciation of wine strongly preferred

Other Information
Compensation: Competitive salary and benefits
Start Date: July 2017
How to Apply: Please send resume and personalized cover letter in PDF format to foh.jobs@districtwinery.com

District Winery is seeking a Restaurant Floor Manager to round out our service team and be a driving force in bringing our guests a top notch dining experience. This position requires a calm demeanor during high paced and intense situations, attentiveness to all aspects of the dining room and bar with the ability to easily communicate and manage a large team.


Key Responsibilities

  • Create a positive environment for all team members and guests
  • Manage hourly dining room and bar staff
  • Lead the team in service, ensuring that all standards are adhered to.
  • Actively coach the team throughout service, providing ongoing feedback and development
  • Interact with guests throughout service to monitor satisfaction and ensure a positive and memorable experience
  • Oversee tasting bar operations
  • Maintain beer and liquor inventories
  • Manage all smallwares storage and inventory levels
  • Perform various administrative duties related to managing the restaurant
  • Maintain the facilities to the highest of standards
  • Perform various operational and administrative duties related to restaurant management and upkeep 
  • Manage the restaurant's appearance and atmosphere 
  • Address any guest issues and work towards positive outcome 
  • Perform opening and closing procedures for the restaurant 
  • Maintain a safe environment for both guests and staff

Requirements

  • 2+ years of experience in fine dining management
  • Must have a passion for service and hospitality
  • Flexible schedule with weekends and nights available
  • Enthusiastic, self-motivated, and outgoing
  • Ability to establish productive relationships with people at all levels
  • A positive and adaptable approach to problem solving
  • Ability to thrive in a team environment 
  • Must demonstrate proficient knowledge and use of computer and basic programs (e.g., Google Suite including Google Docs & Spreadsheets)
  • Detail oriented and exceptional organizational skills
  • Ability to multitask in fast-paced environment, competently handling demanding deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interface with clients; must demonstrate professional phone and business etiquette
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of and appreciation of wine strongly preferred

Other Information
Compensation: Competitive salary and benefits
Start Date: July 2017
How to Apply: Please send resume and personalized cover letter in PDF format to foh.jobs@districtwinery.com

District Winery is looking for motivated professionals to join the team at our new restaurant and winery in the Navy Yard.

We are excited to be a part of the neighborhood and are looking forward to serving Modern American fare in a relaxed yet refined setting, alongside a strong wine list and craft cocktails. Ideal candidates should have solid fine dining experience, be creative, and be interested in a serious commitment to a growing company. 


Server

Provide service to dining room tables for food & beverage
Guide guests through the dining experience, including providing food & beverage suggestions, offering tastings and flights of our wines, and providing exemplary knowledge of all our offerings
Complete all opening, closing and running sidework, including but not limited to: setting tables, re-stocking service station, linen folding, polishing glassware
Running food from kitchen to guests in dining room and bar area
Delivering drinks from service bar area to dining room guests
Bussing and pre-bussing of tables as necessary, keeping tables clean and clear of excess clutter
Optimize guests’ comfort level and controlling the flow of service
Service is casual, yet polished. Every table should leave knowing that we make all of our own wine and that we sell them at retail prices to go
Constantly keep an eye on teammates and provide assistance when needed

Bartender

Work with management to create unique house cocktails based on restaurant guidelines
Assist with putting away beverage orders
Adhere to all requirements for servers
Maintain a clean, organized, and stocked bar at all times
Verbally acknowledge every guest at the bar within 30 seconds
Assist all staff by being a source of knowledge for all beverages
Accurately record all wastes, shift drinks, comps and tastes for each service
Communicate with runners, bussers and management throughout service on items needed
Create regulars by getting to know bar guests and their habits
Responsible for closing down the restaurant each night, which includes but is not limited to cleaning all floors and floor mats, sealing and wiping down all bottles, organizing end of day financials, etc.
Working with management to provide periodical spirits training to staff
Adhere to DCW standardized recipes for house cocktails and batch items

Runner

Work with chef to expedite food from kitchen to guests in the dining room and bar areas
Bussing and pre-bussing of guests at tables and bar
Deliver food to guests and announcing the name of the dish clearly and cleanly
Maintaining expo station, including garnish upkeep, torchons, plate wipes
Set up and break down coffee station.
Assist servers in cleaning and resetting of tables when guests leave
Assist staff in closing down restaurant by cleaning floors, bar mats, taking out trash, putting away cut fruit, etc.

Busser

Assist servers and bartenders with pre bussing and bussing dirty plates and glasses
Pour water for guests and keep water bottles filled
Deliver food to guests and announcing the name of the dish clearly and cleanly
Keep service stations stocked with glassware, share plates and silverware
Keep bar stocked of items as needed throughout service, such as ice, fruit, sodas, flatware, linens
Polish flatware and glassware throughout service
Clear and reset tables
Assist staff in closing down restaurant by cleaning floors, bar mats, taking out trash, putting away cut fruit, etc.

How to Apply: Please send your resume to foh.jobs@districtwinery.com

The Catering Sous Chef reports to the Chef de Cuisine and is responsible for aiding in planning, implementing, directing and maintaining food programs and back of house operations for our premiere wedding and corporate event venue. The Catering Sous Chef must ensure that all goals are met while complying with local and federal health requirements.  In addition, the Catering Sous Chef is responsible for the training and management of back of house event personnel, always trying to ensure optimal staff utilization.

Responsibilities

  • Work with owners and executive staff to maintain a high standard of food and service and to ensure that food business operates as per upper management’s vision and standards
  • Oversee day-to-day kitchen operations for all aspects of food production
    • Assist with the development of menus while working with event team and upper management for suggestions and needs
    • Conduct on-going staff tastings
    • Consistently execute and oversee production of menu
    • Maintain recipe files
    • Oversee food purchases and inventory control
  • Manage back of house personnel, including full-time and freelance cooks, ensuring they comply with management protocols
    • Provide culinary leadership to staff
    • Consistently execute and oversee production of menu
    • Oversee portion control and food presentation
    • Expedite and manage back of house staff during key events
  • Communicate regularly with Event Managers on upcoming events
    • Meet with private event clients during the sales phase if deemed necessary by Director of Sales
    • Conduct food tastings for private event clients
    • Review upcoming events to ensure menu and timeline are accurate
    • Coordinate menu changes as needed (allergies, dietary restrictions, etc.)
    • Ensure excellent and consistent customer experience for events
  • Responsible for maintaining back of house compliance with Department of Health standards. 
    • Conduct regular food safety walkthroughs

Requirements

  • At least 5 years professional fine dining kitchen experience 
  • Extensive experience with wedding and corporate catering
  • Excellent management and delegation skills
  • Positive and constructive attitude during service and able to maintain composure and lead through example
  • Must be able to provide examples and explanations of how administrative duties (scheduling, prep sheets, order sheets) are built and maintained
  • Keep a clean and orderly kitchen
  • Hold Washington DC Food Manager’s License

Other Information

  • Compensation: Competitive salary and benefits
  • Start Date: July 2017
  • How to Apply: Please send resume and personalized cover letter in PDF format to boh.jobs@districtwinery.com
     

The Restaurant Sous Chef reports to the Chef de Cuisine and is responsible for aiding in planning, implementing, directing and maintaining food programs and back of house operations for our restaurant. The chef must ensure that all goals are met while complying with local and federal health requirements.

Responsibilities

  • Work with owners and executive staff to maintain a high standard of food and service and to ensure that  food business operates as per upper management’s vision and standards for multiple locations
  • Oversee day to day kitchen operations for all aspects of food production
    • Assist with the development of menus while working with the front of house team and upper management for suggestions and needs
    • Conduct on-going staff tastings
    • Consistently execute and oversee production of menu
    • Maintain recipe files
    • Oversee food purchases and inventory control
  • Manage back of house personnel, including full-time and freelance cooks, ensuring they comply with management protocols
    • Provide culinary leadership to staff
    • Consistently execute and oversee production of menu
    • Oversee portion control and food presentation
    • Expedite and manage back of house staff during restaurant service
  • Responsible for maintaining back of house compliance with Department of Health standards. 
    • Conduct regular food safety walkthroughs
  • Work with Front of House team to ensure excellent guest experiences

Requirements

  • At least 5 years professional fine dining kitchen experience 
  • Excellent management and delegation skills
  • Positive and constructive attitude during service and able to maintain composure and lead through example
  • Must be able to provide examples and explanations of how administrative duties (scheduling, prep sheets, order sheets) are built and maintained
  • Keep a clean and orderly kitchen
  • Hold Washington DC Food Manager’s License

Other Information

  • Compensation: Competitive salary and benefits
  • Start Date: July 2017
  • How to Apply: Please send resume and personalized cover letter in PDF format to boh.jobs@districtwinery.com
     

District Winery is looking for motivated culinary professionals to join our team. These positions will help with all aspects of food production for a busy restaurant and event venue. Our boutique urban winery is set in the heart of The Yards, a bustling community in DC's Navy Yard along the Anacostia River.  We function as a restaurant and private event venue, featuring full-service weddings with wine crafted on-site, exquisite cuisine, and the beautiful winery as a backdrop.

Requirements

  • Cooks (Restaurant Prep and Service, Full-time Catering, and Freelance Catering)
  • Experience in fine dining restaurant or high end catering
  • Strong knife skills a must (this includes owning your own knives)
  • Attention to detail and ability to follow recipes
  • Flawless track record with attendance
  • Strong team-working skills
  • Positive attitude
  • Food handler's safety certified a plus
  • Neat, quick and efficient worker
  • Highly independent

Porters

  • Attention to detail
  • Flawless track record with attendance
  • Strong team-working skills
  • Positive attitude
  • Food handler's safety certified a plus
  • Neat, quick and efficient worker
  • Highly independent

Other Information

Compensation: Competitive hourly wages based on experience
Start Date: August 2017
How to Apply: Please send resume to boh.jobs@districtwinery.com