Director, Enology & Viticulture
Lake Michigan College - Benton Harbor, MI

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Job Summary:
In collaboration with the Dean of Career & Workforce Education, provides leadership, vision, planning and operational management for the Enology and Viticulture Program, as well as for the College winery operations. Works collaboratively with faculty, staff, industry representatives, and others to achieve the goals and objectives of the unit. Also serves as General Manager of the College winery.

Essential Functions:
1. Actively participates in local, regional, and national organizations relevant to viticulture, wine production, and the hospitality/tourism industry.
2. Monitors enrollment, plans and participates in student recruitment and retention, collaborates on the development of marketing materials for the program and the winery.
3. Assures compliance with all applicable laws and regulations of local, state, and federal agencies charged with overseeing the safe and legal production of alcoholic beverages.
4. Establishes a Program Advisory Committee in compliance with the requirements of the Carl Perkins Act.
5. Fosters relationships and builds support for the growth of the viticulture, enology, and tourism businesses of the region.
6. In collaboration with program faculty, develops measureable program outcomes and monitors the assessment of student learning for the program.
7. In collaboration with the program faculty, assures an adequate equipment base to teach enology and produce high quality wines.
8. Procures necessary supplies and ingredients for wine production, including grapes.
9. Oversees the care of vineyards, harvest, and crush of grapes to be used in wine production.
10. Serves on College and community committees as needed and as assigned.

Other Duties:
11. Performs other duties as assigned.

Under the limited supervision of the Dean of Career Education and Workforce Development, the Enology/Viticulture Program Director is accountable for the planning and daily operation of the program, including the supervising of any staff assigned to the unit.

Job Specifications:
Bachelor’s degree AND two years of full-time (or part-time equivalent) related experience in a field related to Wine Studies/Enology is required; Master’s preferred. Substantial industry experience may substitute for education at the discretion of the College. Five or more years of experience in the wine industry strongly desired. Teaching experience in postsecondary education strongly preferred.

SKILLS AND PERSONAL QUALITIES : Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills are required, including strong oral and written communication skills, diplomacy, and the ability to work with all disciplines, levels, and backgrounds. Demonstrated ability to establish effective working relationships with the College, community, and industry required. Ability to direct and manage multiple priorities, utilize effective time management skills, and exercise sound administrative judgment. The successful candidate will exhibit exceptional strength in strategic thinking, analysis and problem solving, organizational leadership, collaboration, and a results-oriented vision and focus.


Salary Range:
Negotiable with respect to experience

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Official transcripts required upon hire.

This is a full-time, contract position in the newly created Enology and Viticulture program. Position starts immediately. Classes within the program begin Fall 2014 Semester, pending approval by the Higher Learning Commission.

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