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Winery Operations

Allan Hancock College

Santa Maria, CA

Job Description:

Winery Operations

Department: Life and Physical Sciences
Category: Exempt
Posted: 2/2/2018
Closing Date: 2/28/2018

Winery Operations
Allan Hancock College is accepting applications for a full-time, 12 month exempt position supporting the Viticulture and Enology Program and reporting to the Dean, Academic Affairs. The desired start date is April 2018. The successful candidate must pass a Department of Justice clearance and a pre-employment physical before the start date.

*This position is contingent on continued funding.

Work Schedule:
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. This is a FLSA exempt position.

•  The starting salary is $7,206 per month (range 1, $7,206 to $8,759 per month on the classified exempt salary schedule).
•  Benefits include medical, dental, life, vision (employee only), salary protection insurance, and eligibility for PERS retirement.

Allan Hancock College serves more than 20,000 students in northern Santa Barbara County. Located on the central coast and just minutes from spectacular beaches and rolling vineyards, AHC operates three campuses – the main campus in Santa Maria, a state approved center in Lompoc and a center in Santa Ynez. As one of the largest employers in Santa Barbara County, the college is an integral part of the community and enjoys strong support from local leaders and industry.

AHC, a Hispanic-Serving Institution, is proud to serve underrepresented students. The college has twice received recognition from the Aspen institute as one of the top colleges in the country. If you are looking for a position where you can have a direct impact on our students, AHC may be the place for you!

To learn more about Allan Hancock College and the Central Coast, visit our Human Resources page at and click on the Welcome to AHC video.

Allan Hancock College Classified – Exempt
Human Resources Range 1

Under supervision of the appropriate Dean, Academic Affairs and the direction of the program coordinator, the incumbent will plan, organize, coordinate, and perform duties that facilitate operations within the program and oversee the performance of the winery and vineyard including sales; values and promotes the mission and vision of the college.

This is a classified exempt position. The incumbent provides instructional and programmatic support by working with faculty and students in the Viticulture and Enology Program as well as the day to day operations of the vineyard and winery. The incumbent, with a considerable degree of independence, is responsible for the coordination of maintenance, inventory, outreach, and all sales of the college’s vineyard and winery. An incumbent in this class is designated as a working supervisor, and performs a full range of duties requiring a high level of technical knowledge and ability.

1. Oversee winery operations and supervises wine sales.
2. Assists faculty in prepping for and developing upcoming vineyard activities which can include readying equipment for student and staff use and inviting guest speakers.
3. Assists faculty in supervising students during group/team activities and in class-related vineyard operations and procedures.
4. Coordinates and communicate winemaking activities and information with custom crush clients.
5. Helps to coordinate year-round maintenance of vineyards including plowing, spraying, maintaining and repairing irrigations systems, servicing tractors, and implements.
6. Accurately reports and posts all pesticides and herbicides in use to program coordinator.
7. Provides walking tours of the vineyard.
8. Helps to coordinate maintenance for and servicing all winery equipment including barrels.
9. Maintains inventory of all chemicals and equipment in the winery and lab and the storage of empty wine bottles.
10. Pulls wine samples monthly for lab analysis, adds sulfur dioxide additions or tops off wines as needed. Runs wine sample analysis as needed.
11. Gathers data from vineyard physiology and winemaking operations including experiments in viticulture and wine business.
12. Coordinates monthly wine events including weekly college wine sales.
13. Reconcile daily sales and monthly inventory for accounting department.
14. Identifies, pursues, and maintains accounts with all retail markets, wine shops, and restaurants; hosts weekend wine tastings.
15. Coordinates with Auxiliary Accounting and AHC staff as necessary for the planning and development of sales and outreach activities.
16. Serves as liaison at mandatory Continuing Education seminars for PAC and in monthly wine and agricultural business symposiums and seminars.
17. Recruits, interviews, hires, schedules, and trains classified exempt and student worker employees.
18. Schedules and supervises wine production operations including but not limited to wine fermentation, blending, stabilization, bottling, and storage.
19. Helps prevent problems with wines and communicates potential issues promptly to program coordinator and faculty.
20. Maintains computer software database.
21. Prepares and participates in sensory evaluation trials.
22. Performs related duties as required.

Knowledge of:
•  Subject matter terminology, techniques, equipment, and materials used in the Viticulture and Enology program, as demonstrated through college-level coursework, experience, and/or other assessment;
•  Industry standards for winemaking and basic wine chemistry;
•  Bottling and labeling tasks including preparation and execution;
•  Use of tractors;
•  Principles of supervision and training;
•  Proper handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous materials;
•  Accounting software systems, spreadsheets, and databases;
•  Application of laws, regulations, and requirements related to area of assignment;
•  Oral and written communication skills; strong attent

Additional Information:

Job Posted:
Monday, February 12th
Type of Work:
Full Time