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Wine Program Director, Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center, Prosser, WA

Full Time Exempt Position, Posted February 20th, Open until filled.

All applicants must submit resume and cover letter to No calls please.

Job Description
Looking for an enthusiastic wine professional to lead the Wine Program at the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center. Lead a staff team dedicated to celebrating and showcasing Washington wine and agriculture and delivering outstanding guest service at every opportunity. Organize monthly wine tasting themes and wine purchasing, wine education experiences, and wine sales of a unique, brand neutral tasting room. Manage and grow the Best Sellers Wine Club. Work with team members to implement multiple large wine and fundraising events each year. Serve as a representative of the Clore Center to the public and build relationships with industry partners, donors, and supporters.

Essential Functions

  • Share a passion for Washington wine and its history.
  • Available Tuesday through Saturday, some evenings, with ability to work a flexible schedule.
  • Hire, train, and supervise Wine Program staff including tasting room staff and wine education staff.
  • Create and deliver wine education to a variety of audiences, from introductory to industry professionals.
  • Coach and develop sales skills in team members.
  • Manage budgets, schedules, and data with a high level of detail.
  • Lead or participate in staff teams to organize and host large events, from beginning to end.
  • Prepare and deliver reports to the Board of Directors as requested. Experience with nonprofit organizations a plus.
  • Work on multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously, ability to manage schedule and demands to meet goals.
  • Occasional travel to network and cultivate relationships to build exposure for the Clore Center. Attend trade shows and industry events. Build on and expand relationship across the Washington wine industry.
  • Manage POS, inventory, and ticketing systems with the highest level of detail.
  • Serve as a polished and professional representative of the Clore Center and Washington wine and agriculture.


  • High school diploma (college preferred) plus five years tasting room, wine retail sales, hospitality, or wine education experience.
  • Proven wine knowledge, whether though certification or experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to present a calm, professional demeanor and communicate effectively in person, by phone, and by email.
  • Excellent communication skills, including writing, proofreading, and public speaking.
  • Ability to act independently and exercise sound judgement.
  • Attention to detail and ability to perform under pressure during high profile events.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and work assignments that require assistance from a variety of staff and volunteers.
  • Ability to motivate and work effectively with groups and individuals.
  • Experience supervising staff and volunteers.
  • Experience with MS Office 365 Software, social media, and website management platforms.
  • Experience with retail management systems.
  • Experience with nonprofit organizations, Board meetings, and fundraising activities.
  • Required to work weekend and special events.
  • Required to lift and move cases of product that can weigh up to 50 pounds.
  • Knowledge of federal and state legal compliance related to tasting room operations.
  • Must hold a Class 12 Mixologist Permit. Required to be 21 years of age or older.
  • Must hold a Benton Franklin County Food Handlers Card.