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Director of Public Relations and Communications

Van Duzer Vineyards (Chicago or Dallas, OR office)

Chicago, IL

Job Description:

Van Duzer Vineyards, a family owned Oregon winery, is seeking to hire an enthusiastic Director of Public Relations and Communications to lead public relations, social media and communications. This position can operate from either the family’s downtown Chicago marketing office or the winery, located west of Salem, OR. This person will report to the Proprietors but will work with winery administration to create a public relations plan to increase brand awareness through the winery’s social media accounts and through an outreach plan to wine writers and reviewers. This person must have a “team player” attitude, the ability to take initiative and be able to efficiently work on many projects at one time while also meeting deadlines. The ideal candidate must have strong self-management skills, have an overall willingness to help when and wherever needed and adjust quickly to changing priorities as this is the nature of a small winery environment.

Job description:
• Manage weekly Facebook postings and other social media outlets such as responding to Trip Advisor and Yelp comments
• Write regular newsletters and monthly e-blasts for distributors, customers and wine club members
• Provide collateral material for wine club communications, promotions and educational events at the winery and elsewhere
• Create and manage collateral materials for the sales team
• Create sales sell sheets in anticipation of releases and as requested
• Website updates including landing page promos, blog, news, tech notes and recent ratings
• Manage database of key contacts
• Occasionally visit key accounts
• Host off-site lunches with wine writers with the goal to have reviews of Van Duzer wine in major market publications

Qualifications:
• BA in Communications, Public Relations or similar field
• 3 years Public Relations experience within the wine industry; must have active and strong relationships with wine press and media contacts
• Excellent communication skills, written and verbal
• Advanced knowledge of social media platforms
• A strong sense of design, playing close attention to detail and consistency
• Must have graphic design experience and be comfortable using Photoshop, In-Design, Microsoft Office and/or other design software
• Familiar with creating Power Point presentations and simple videos for the sales team
• Must have a professional presence to be able to entertain press and represent the winery

This is a full-time position but candidates must be flexible to work evenings and weekends when winery events take place. Salary: DOE with individual health benefit.

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Job Posted:
Monday, July 14th
Type of Work:
Full Time
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Van Duzer Vineyards (Chicago or Dallas, OR office)
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