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Executive In-Residence - Wine Studies

Linfield University

McMinnville, OR

Job Description:

Position: Full-time Executive In-Residence position in the Evenstad Center for Wine Education and the Wine Studies Department in the School of Business at Linfield University.
Starting Date: July 1, 2021
Rank: Administrative position with administrative and teaching responsibilities, faculty rank if appropriate.


The Evenstad Center for Wine Education integrates numerous wine education programs and activities that supports Linfield students, the wine industry, and the community. The goals of the center are to provide academic and experiential learning for students and adult learners along with supporting the wine industry through certifications, seminars, research, Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) courses and preserving and documenting the history of the Oregon Wine Industry.

Linfield University delivers America’s leading comprehensive, four-year liberal arts Wine Studies degree area, promoting the best in global standards, advancing sound, ethical, and sustainable business practices, and instilling a passion for always doing the right things the right way. Wine Studies students at Linfield University obtain knowledge about the history, culture, production, business, science, and appreciation of wine. Courses in this major encourage understanding and critical analysis of the cultural, social and economic significance of wine in Oregon and around the world. Students who complete a major in Wine Studies are well prepared for graduate studies in viticulture, enology or wine business and well positioned to pursue careers in the wine industry or the hospitality industry.

Linfield University invites highly motivated candidates to apply for a position at the Executive In-Residence level working both administratively in the Evenstad Center for Wine Education and academically in the School of Business. A fundamental requirement of this position is expertise in Business or a related field, along with wine industry experience. Strong candidates will have proficiency in various aspects of wine business, including but not limited to management, marketing, finance & accounting, value chain, sales, distribution management, consumer behavior, and human resources. Additional areas of expertise may include, but are not limited to, social and digital media, hospitality and event management.

- Be a highly visible leader and champion of The Evenstad Center for Wine Education by engaging with local, national, and international wine industry professionals to promote the center and foster partnerships that further the center’s role as a preeminent wine education leader.
- Drive academic excellence within the Wine Studies and Business degree areas by enriching the student learning experience, empowering students to think critically, and fostering the synthesis and integration of new information in novel ways.
- Serve The Evenstad Center for Wine Education as outreach liaison with various boards and organizations aligned with the wine industry, including statewide to regional grower and producer groups, local chambers of commerce, and regional tourism efforts.
- Lead The Evenstad Center for Wine Education and the School of Business in graduate program developments in wine business and hospitality areas.
- Prepare and teach courses in Wine Studies to a diverse student population based on the department's course learning outcomes, utilizing a variety of instructional strategies appropriate to the needs of students and the standards of the discipline.
- Serve as the internship and career development lead for the center and department.
- Assist students as an advisor in academic, internship, and career planning.
- Participate actively in the center and department responsibilities and governance, including curriculum review and revision, program review, assessment of student learning outcomes at the course and program level, and other departmental activities.
- Remain current in the field through a variety of professional development activities.

•  Bachelor’s degree in Business, Viticulture, Enology, or related field or professional equivalent.
•  Seven or more years of experience working in the wine sector with a proven track record of results generation and success in the industry.
•  Ability to relate well to colleagues, students, and staff in a small university.
•  Knowledge of the Oregon and global wine industry.

•  Master’s degree in Business, Viticulture, Enology, or related field.
•  Extensive experience working in the super-premium or luxury wine sectors.
•  Prior teaching or training experience.
•  Prior teaching experience at the university level.
•  Knowledge of the Oregon wine industry.

In evaluating candidates for this position, the University may consider a combination of education, training, and experience which provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform duties of the position.


Please complete our online application and submit the following documents. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, application materials should be received by the priority screening date, April 2, 2021.

Letter of interest
Resume or curriculum vitae
Samples of professional or scholarly work
Statement of teaching and/or wine industry management philosophy
Statement on approach for creating an inclusive learning environment
Teaching evaluations (if available)
Contact information for three references
College/university transcripts will be required prior to final interviews

Questions may be directed to the search chair, Gerardo Ochoa, Special Assistant to the President & Director of Community Relations.

Additional Information:

Job Posted:
Monday, February 22nd
Type of Work:
Full Time