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 marketing manager for our urban winery. We are looking for a smart, energetic person to help market District Winery wines, restaurant, and private events via traditional and new media channels.

Responsibilities

  • Work with co-founders and executive team to generate marketing and sales strategies
  • Develop and manage ongoing promotions for restaurant and winery
  • Generate online ad campaigns, group-targeted newsletters, and collateral that support marketing efforts
  • Manage and develop strategy for all social media accounts including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, SnapChat and LinkedIn
  • Manage company loyalty program
  • Coordinate and attend off-site marketing sponsorship and community events
  • Work with PR company to ensure consistent brand messaging and press coverage
  • Coordinate with freelance graphic designer to create collateral materials
  • Generate monthly metric based reports displaying marketing performance
  • Build and manage online wine retail sales including a District Winery Wine Club
  • Submit wines for reviews and competitions
  • Make regular updates to website
  • Manage donation requests

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in business or marketing
  • 5+ years experience in marketing
  • Experience in wine or hospitality related industry
  • Must be proficient with MailChimp, including building newsletters and list management (groups, segmentation)
  • Experience maintaining content on Wordpress
  • Strong understanding of current Social Media platforms
  • Knowledge of Google Analytics, Facebook advertising, and Google AdWords
  • Very strong written and oral communication skills
  • Impeccable attention to detail
  • Excellent follow through skills and ability to work with minimal supervision

Other Information

Compensation: Competitive salary and benefits
Start Date: May 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

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