Winery Supervisor, Allan Hancock College, Santa Maria, CA

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.

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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 attention to detail; ability to troubleshoot independently.

Demonstrated ability to:

  • Plan, organize, and implement essential functions of a winemaking facility;
  • Learn the procedures, functions, and requirements of assigned duties;
  • Recognize student progress and take effective measures to enhance continued achievement;
  • Train students and staff in the use of instructional and winery equipment;
  • Work in campus network and computer-based applications;
  • In-depth knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and database programs;
  • Calibrate sprayers and seeders;
  • Perform wine analysis including sulfites, titratable acidity, alcohol, YAN and others;
  • Prepare clear and accurate operational reports and analyze winemaking and vineyard data;
  • Understand, carry out, and communicate oral and written directions;
  • Direct and review the work of subordinate staff.

Education and Experience:

A bachelor’s degree in winemaking, viticulture, or wine business and at least 5 years of experience in the wine industry is required, a master’s degree is preferred; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Supervisory experience desirable.

License Required:

  • Possession of a valid and appropriate California driver’s license.
  • Forklift Operator certificate within the first year of employment.
  • HazMat General Site Worker certificate within first year of employment.

Working Conditions:

  • This is an FLSA exempt position.
  • Duties are performed in both an outdoor and office environment, at a desk or at a computer.
  • The incumbent will experience interruptions while performing normal duties during the regular workday.
  • Work requires travel to other locations to attend meetings or conduct work.
  • The incumbent will have contact, in person, via e-mail, and on the telephone, with faculty, staff, and the general public.
  • May be required to work a flexible work week which includes day and evening hours and occasional weekend assignments and may be assigned to any district location.

Physical Demands:

  • Moderate work lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling 50 pounds maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds with occasional heavy work.
  • Work requires standing, walking, and sitting for extended periods of time.
  • Operates a computer.
  • Communicates over the telephone in person, and via email.
  • Work outside without effective protection from the weather.

Special Qualification:

A sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of staff and students and to staff and students with disabilities.

Exempt 12/17



A committee will give priority review of application materials submitted by Wednesday, February 28, 2018.  This position is open until filled.  Meeting minimum qualifications does not insure the candidate an interview.  Therefore, it is important that the application be thorough and detailed.  Applicants will be assessed on the breadth and depth of education, training, experience, skills, knowledge, and abilities.  A limited number of applicants will be invited for an interview at the college at their own expense.  Interviewed candidates may be asked to complete written and job-related exercises.  The district reserves the right to extend time limits, reinitiate or withdraw the recruitment-selection process at any point.  Final candidates may be required to pass a pre-employment drug screening.


To be considered as a candidate for this position, please submit the following application materials to the college human resources office by 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 28, 2018:

  • Signed district application for classified positions
  • A current and complete resume of education and professional experience
  • Transcripts (Copies are acceptable for the application process).  Official transcripts are required if hired.
  • Cover letter

APPLICATION: For application materials please visit our Web site at or contact:

Human Resources, Building B
Allan Hancock College
800 South College Drive
Santa Maria, CA 93454-6399
(805) 922-6966, extension  3338
(805) 922-9196, FAX