Join the District Winery Team

Learn, grow, and thrive at DC’s first winery.

 

Open House Interviews Every Monday 2pm – 4pm

 

Have a passion for wine and want to learn more about it? Enjoy helping make special occasions even more special for people? Or just want to share in the wonderful world of food, wine, and hospitality? From restaurant servers and event staff to tasting bar associates and winery production employees to management and director level roles – there are lots of ways you can join the District Winery team. 

 

District Winery is always accepting applications for talented industry professionals, even if we are not actively hiring for a position. We believe in excellence and quality and know that our success depends on each and every one of our employees. Every role is equally important and at District Winery, we strive to ensure employees feel a sense of pride in their contribution to the guest experience and the company as a whole. 

 

Teamwork, integrity, and positivity are at the heart of working at District Winery. We celebrate success and offer continued support for employee growth and development. District Winery offers competitive wages, healthcare benefits, 401K, commuter benefits, and more. 

Don’t see a role below that’s a perfect fit? We still want to hear from you! Send your resume in PDF format to [email protected] or come by District Winery any Monday from 2pm – 4pm for open house interviews.

Current Opportunities

District Winery is seeking an extremely motivated and creative Director of Sales to maintain and develop a successful events business. The Director of Sales will be responsible for attaining department sales goals, building high quality event products, and hiring/training a talented sales team.

Responsibilities

  • Responsible for achieving monthly, quarterly, and annual Sales Department targets, including reaching personal sales goals and ensuring overall Sales team’s targets are met 
  • Build and maintain long-standing client relationships as a method of reducing attrition and operating at a high level of repeat business
  • Recruit and hire talented Sales Managers as needed
  • Manage Sales Managers and develop monthly, quarterly, and annual sales goals with direction from the CRO of the company
  • Work with Director of Operations to create new, and maintain existing, event products
  • Oversee creation of sales collateral and marketing material to assist in the overall sales process from lead generation to booking
  • Develop annual pricing and sales strategy as directed by the CRO of the company
  • Respond to incoming event inquiries with a keen ability to prioritize and recognize business opportunities
  • Take clients through the full sales process from inquiry to post-booking
  • Work closely with the Director of Operations and Event Team to ensure successful execution of events
  • Work with Director of Operations on continued menu development and custom menus 
  • Attend local networking and other industry-related events as needed for the purpose of growing client base, contacts and general industry awareness.

The ideal candidate will be extremely personable, have a strong knowledge of the local event market, including an existing rolodex, be well organized and a self-starter. Flexible availability is required to accommodate client needs. Hotel sales experience will also be considered.

 

Other Information

  • Compensation: Competitive salary and benefits (401K, Healthcare, Commuter Benefits)
  • Start Date: December 2019
  • How to Apply: Please send resume and personalized cover letter in PDF format to [email protected]com

District Winery is seeking a talented event salesperson to manage the sales and booking of events, including responding to inquiries, following up with potential clients, meeting clients, converting inquiries into sales, and promoting offers.

Key Responsibilities

  • Working as part of the sales team to meet monthly team and individual financial targets and booking goals
  • Continuously creating a unique venue experience in line with District Winery’s brand
  • Managing clients through the full sales process from qualification, first appointment to post-booking, including but not limited to:
    • Responding to inquiries
    • Developing new sales prospects and conducting outside sales calls
    • Booking client walkthroughs and appointments
    • Building client relationships
    • Conducting on-site walk-through appointments
    • Creating custom proposals
    • Contract negotiations, closing & booking
    • Follow-up and client maintenance until client is introduced to their event manager
    • Attention to up-selling client near the end of the event process
    • Collecting deposits and assisting with additional payments as needed
  • Meeting monthly sales goals and accurately tracking projections
  • Attending local networking events, and maintaining presence in the industry
  • Updating, implementing and maintaining all sales collateral and website language
  • Participating in development and implementation of marketing strategies which promote the venue to our key markets and new markets
  • Working closely with the Event Team to ensure successful execution of the client’s vision
  • Assist in the preparation and monitoring of sales, department and budgetary reports as and when required.

Requirements

  • 5 years experience selling private events
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Extensive experience with wedding and corporate events
  • Excellent client management and communication skills
  • Positive and constructive attitude with a strong ability to act as part of a sales team unit
  • Solid understanding of how to analyze sales data to draw actionable conclusions
  • Solid working knowledge of Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets

Other Information

Compensation: Competitive salary, commission and benefits
Start Date: November 2019
How to Apply: Please send resume and personalized cover letter in PDF format to [email protected]

The General Manager (Restaurant) is responsible for managing the District Winery restaurant and tasting bar operations, including overseeing the front of house management team and hourly staff. The goal of this position is to lead, mentor, and coach a stellar team of individuals and ensure that District Winery operates at the highest level of quality, providing exemplary customer satisfaction and guest experiences.

Key Responsibilities

  • Achieve company’s restaurant and tasting bar revenue targets by leading a team of managers and hourly staff to provide exceptional service to guests
  • Maintain proper staffing levels by analyzing team schedules, business levels, and customer satisfaction
  • Build employee schedules and continually adjust throughout the week, adhering to business levels and company labor targets.
  • Lead weekly restaurant managers and tasting bar meetings to go over goals, priorities, concerns, staff development, and pre-shift training
  • Work with BOH & Winery to ensure that new product launches are integrated seamlessly into the menu and that staff is continually trained on the details of each product
  • Facilitate open communication between managed staff and other departments
  • Devise, create, and implement ongoing FOH training. This includes new hire training and testing along with continued staff education including weekly pre-shift staff training curriculum
  • Oversee the inventory and ordering of beverages, china/silver/glass, paper goods, and other service related items
  • Manage and organize the POS system including the input of current staff members and all menu items
  • Assist Executive Chef with food costing and pricing
  • Respond to general Contact Us and other inquiries related to the restaurant, tasting bar, and tours
  • Promote and implement relevant marketing promotions and specials
  • Work with Human Resources department to ensure employees are properly on-boarded/off-boarded and employee paperwork is in good standing
  • Aid in creation, revision, and implementation of SOPs, policies & procedures
  • Manage restaurant reservations including, but not limited to, responding to reservation inquiries, large party requests, date night packages and general OpenTable maintenance
  • Manage and optimize large party inquiries and oversee seamless execution of their meals
  • Manage Tour and Wine events schedule and availability
  • Work with Marketing Department to staff and facilitate any off-site wine events
  • Interact with guests throughout service to monitor satisfaction and ensure a positive and memorable experience
  • Work with head bartender to develop and appropriately cost seasonal cocktail and beer programs
  • Work with Tasting Bar lead to ensure sales goals are created and met
  • Manage online fulfillment of wine orders
  • Lead the team in service, ensuring that all standards are adhered to
  • Actively coach the team throughout service, providing ongoing feedback and development
  • Manage the restaurant's appearance and atmosphere
  • Manage online review platforms (Yelp, OpenTable, Google), address any guest issues and work towards a positive outcome
  • Maintain or improve company rating score on review platfomrs
  • Perform opening and closing procedures for the restaurant and tasting bar
  • Maintain a safe environment for both guests and staff

Requirements

  • 5+ years of experience in restaurant management
  • Maintain a current ABRA Manager license
  • TIPs Certified
  • Must have a deep passion for service, hospitality, and providing memorable guest experiences
  • Must have a flexible schedule with the ability to work weekends, nights and holidays
  • Enthusiastic, self-motivated, and outgoing
  • Ability to establish productive relationships with people at all levels
  • Desire to provide leadership to a team, and to inspire and cultivate each member individually
  • Maintain 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, Aloha POS)
  • Detail oriented and exceptional organizational skills
  • Ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment, competently handling demanding deadlines
  • Ability to analyze department operations, identify areas of improvement, provide data-based support, and present findings, solutions, and recommendations to senior management
  • 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
  • Hospitality degree a plus

Other Information

  • Compensation: Competitive salary and benefits (401K, Healthcare, Commuter Benefits)
  • Start Date: December 2019
  • How to Apply: Please send resume and personalized cover letter in PDF format to [email protected]

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 service 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 [email protected]

Job Description District Winery is seeking smart and friendly people who have a passion for wine to work in our winery tasting bar as wine sales associates and winery tour guides. Responsibilities
  • Greet and welcome guests and provide excellent customer service
  • Confidently pour wines and educate customers in all aspects of District Winery
  • Sell tours, tastings and retail wine by the glass, bottle and case
  • Collect email addresses from guests for marketing purposes
  • Stock supplies, keep tasting bar tidy, maintain displays and upkeep general cleanliness
  • Answer phone and help direct guests
  • Work off-site tasting events in and around the DC metro area
  • Tour guides will give groups guided tours of the winery, along with a curated wine tasting
Requirements
  • 1 or more years sales experience in a retail wine shop or winery
  • Strong wine knowledge; familiarity with wine production a plus
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong knowledge, enthusiasm and a passion for wine tasting and wine production
  • Relaxed, friendly and professional demeanor
  • Ability to work in fast-paced environment and stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to bend and lift 30+ pounds safely
  • Must be available nights, weekends, and some holidays
Other Information Compensation: Hourly plus tips Start Date: August 2017 How to Apply: Please send resume and cover letter in PDF format to [email protected]

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 [email protected]