Join the District Winery Team

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

 

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].

 

The General Manager will oversee all aspects of the Events Venue, Restaurant & Bar, and Tasting Bar to maximize financial performance, guest satisfaction and staff development in accordance with the Company’s mission and established quality standards.   This includes hiring, training, and coaching of the salaried and hourly staff. The General Manager will develop customer service through innovation & strategy, motivation, vision, goal setting, training & development, and progress and performance reviews, to ensure core operations are meeting and exceeding the Company’s high standards. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Ensure that all aspects of the business operate in accordance with the Co-Founder’s vision and standards
  • Develop and attain business KPIs
  • Work with management team to maintain appropriate cost controls around labor and products (China/glass/silver, paper goods, beverages, etc)
  • Collaborate with management team on establishing promotional campaigns and revenue targets and implement plans to reach and exceed targets
  • Oversee Restaurant, Event & Banquet Manager(s) and all FOH hourly staff ensuring adherence to all company policies including but not limited to: time & attendance, conduct, dress code, cell phones
  • Work with management team to provide ongoing coaching, counselling and development of all Restaurant, Tasting Bar and Event FOH staff members including real-time feedback as well as annual performance reviews
  • Provide leadership and direction to management team to create a superb and consistent customer experience
  • Interact with guests to ensure positive experiences and promptly address any complaints
  • Recruit, manage, and discipline staff in accordance with company policy and procedures
  • Manage labor costs and meet labor budget targets
  • Develop strong communication and line reporting procedures to guide service implementation making improvements or changes where required
  • Prepare financial and other reports for management that clearly explain operational effectiveness, trends and variances.
  • Implement safe working practices
  • Coordinate with Facilities Manager to ensure cleanliness, setup and breakdown of the space for events
  • Maintain a positive, productive, organized, and safe environment for all restaurant and tasting bar employees in line with employee handbook and Company vision
  • Interface with back of house staff to ensure proper delivery and coordination of food service that meets client’s expectations and District Winery’s standards
  • Responsible for maintaining business and staff compliance with Department of Health and ABRA policies
  • Other duties as assigned to meet changing business needs

Who We Are Looking For

  • Bachelor’s degree, ideally in Business/Hospitality Management, or a related degree from an accredited university
  • 10+ years of experience as a Director or GM level employee within the F&B Industry
  • 15+ years in hotel or  large restaurant management
  • Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources
  • Sales management experience preferred with strong analytical skills and an understanding of sales strategies required to drive sales team performance
  • Flexible schedule including weekends, holidays and nights
  • Enthusiastic, self-motivated, and outgoing
  • Active listener, critical thinker, with solid time management skills
  • Service orientated with the vision and leadership to create memorable experiences
  • 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 with exceptional organizational skills
  • Ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment and meet 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 (401K, Healthcare, Commuter Benefits)
  • Start Date: September 2019
  • How to Apply: Please send resume and personalized cover letter in PDF format to [email protected]com

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: September 2019
  • How to Apply: Please send resume and personalized cover letter in PDF format to [email protected]com

The Restaurant Manager is responsible for managing the District Winery restaurant and tasting bar operations,  including overseeing front of house supervisors and hourly staff. The goal of this position is to represent the Company’s best interests, ensure that District Winery operates at the highest level of quality, and provides exemplary customer satisfaction.

Key Responsibilities

  • Maintain proper staffing levels
  • Set employee schedules on a weekly basis, providing a minimum of a projected 2-week schedule for hourly FOH staff members
  • Facilitate weekly Restaurant Managers meeting to go over restaurant goals, priorities and concerns, as well as pre-shift training
  • Work with Kitchen & Winery to ensure that new product launches are integrated seamlessly into the menu
  • Edit and update electronic and physical menu files
  • Ensure that good, open communication exists between restaurant staff and management
  • Devise,create and implement all FOH training. This should include but not be limited to new hire training and testing along with continuing staff education including the weekly staff training curriculum.
  • Oversee inventory and ordering of restaurant china/silver/glass, alcohol, paper goods, and other service related items.
  • Manage POS system and organization including current staff members and all menu items.
  • Respond to general contact us and other inquiries related to the restaurant and tasting bar.
  • Promote and implement relevant Restaurant Marketing promotions and specials
  • Work with Office & Human Resource Manager to ensure restaurant employees are properly onboarded/offboarded 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 large party inquiries and execution
  • Interact with guests throughout service to monitor satisfaction and ensure a positive and memorable experience
  • 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
  • Address any guest issues and work towards a positive outcome
  • 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
  • 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: September 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]