District Winery Job Openings

The Director of Operations 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 Director of Operations will develop managers and team members to attain their maximum potential while delivering excellent 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 business functions comport with Co-Founders’ vision and standards
  • Work with General Manager to develop and attain business KPIs 
  • Ensure that the events, restaurant & tasting bar operate in accordance with the General Manager's vision and standards
  • Work with General Manager 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 phone use
  • 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 and operational costs to meet monthly & annual budgeted 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
  • Work closely with Facilities Manager to oversee maintenance, organization, and cleanliness of the building, and also assist with 3rd party vendor management.
  • 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 related degree from an accredited university
  • 5+ years of experience as a Director or GM level employee within the F&B Industry
  • 10+ 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
  • Flexible schedule including weekends, holidays and nights 
  • Enthusiastic, self-motivated, and outgoing
  • Active listener
  • Time Management skills
  • Critical thinker
  • Service orientated
  • 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 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
  • Start Date: August 2019
  • How to Apply: Please send resume and personalized cover letter in PDF format to [email protected]com

District Winery is seeking an Event Manager to coordinate and manage private events. The Event Manager will be responsible for post-sale client management as well as ensuring the events themselves run smoothly and efficiently. This position requires a calm demeanor during fast paced and intense situations, attentiveness to all aspects of an event, and the ability to easily communicate and manage an event.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Implement event execution procedures as per the GM’s vision and standards
  • Act as main point of contact for private event clients immediately following booking, throughout planning process, and during the event. 
  • Manage client relationships and respond quickly and efficiently to client questions and concerns via email and phone; Anticipate potential client questions, issues and conflicts and proactively troubleshoot
  • Proactively engage with guests to ensure a positive experience 
  • Manage event staff, setup and breakdown of the space for events on days where Banquet Manager is not scheduled
  • Interface with back of house staff to ensure proper delivery & coordination of food service
  • Manage all BEOs, Floorplans, and other administrative documents for events 
  • Liaise with external vendors leading up to and throughout the event

 

Who We Are Looking For

  • Bachelor’s degree, ideally in Management, Communications, or related degree from an accredited university
  • 2+ years of experience in event management, off premise catering, private dining and/or hotel 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, healthcare, 401K, and other benefits
  • Start Date: August 2019
  • How to Apply: Please send resume and personalized cover letter in PDF format to [email protected]

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 boh.jobs[email protected]
 

Located in Washington, DC, District Winery is the premier urban winery focused on quality. We produce 6000 cases annually with a focus on the best AVA'a in the country. A very unique opportunity to get hands on experience with a wide range of styles from multiple and distinct AVA's. Previous experience is a plus, but not required. Housing not provided.

Key Responsibilities

  • Cleaning and sanitizing equipment
  • Grape sorting and processing
  • Punch downs and pump overs
  • Additions
  • Racking/wine and juice movements
  • Analysis, Brix and Temperature
  • Fermentation management
  • Bottling as needed

What we are looking for:

  • Attention to detail
  • Able to work long and flexible hours
  • Able to lift and carry 50+ pounds
  • Able to safely climb ladders, equipment etc.

 

Please send your cover letter and resume to [email protected] Internship will run from approximately Mid-September to early November.