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The Auction of Washington Wines is Washington State’s only nonprofit wine event that has been around for 32 years. We are ranked in the Top 5 U.S. Charity Auctions, and have raised over $47 million since our inception in 1988.
Our focus is on elevating the awareness of Washington state wines through a series of events over a weekend in August and throughout the year. Proceeds benefit Seattle Children's Hospital and Washington State University's Wine Science Research. AWW is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization.

Current openings

Director of Operations & Events (DOE)

Full Time

REPORTS TO: Executive Director

Broad Function & Scope of the Position

The DOE is an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual with ability to manage all aspects of the AWW events and operations. The DOE will work directly with the executive director to ensure all events reach revenue goals and stay within expense expectations. In addition, the DOE will work with individuals in the wine industry and collaborate with the AWW Board, Co-Chairs, beneficiary staff and volunteers.

Overall Responsibilities

* With the executive director, establish overall event goals, strategy and budgets for events from 20 to 1500 attendees. Track and report progress over the year

* Oversee event execution including negotiation with contractors and vendors and managing financial, legal and licensing responsibilities

* Oversee corporate sponsorship program assisting in developing new and maintaining current sponsors

* Oversee winery relations, outreach and fulfillment of auction lots

* Oversee live auction procurement working with the board, co-chairs, and AWW team members

* Oversee Gala event production and execution, serving as lead for the event

* With Seattle Children’s Hospital team, assemble and direct volunteer teams as needed

* Maintain community visibility by attending industry and community events. Meet and steward current and new prospects, partners, wineries and sponsors.

Job Qualifications

* Wine industry knowledge is desirable

* Bachelor’s degree is preferred

* 10+ years of progressively responsible experience in event operations and management including producing large events of over 800 people

* Proven track record of successfully managing budgets and meeting financial goals

* Proven track record of recruiting and managing staff and volunteers

* Ability to clearly communicate (written and spoken)

* Ability to creatively develop and drive ideas from conception to reality

* Ability to balance, prioritize and perform multiple tasks with varying levels of urgency

* Team-oriented, able to work with different personalities and coach people toward goals

* Able to work standard office hours with occasional nights and weekends when necessary

* Valid US driver license, car and insurance coverage

* Must be able to lift and carry one case of wine, or the equivalent of 40 lbs

* Dynamic, self-motivated, positive, flexible, outgoing, “can-do” personality a must

* Demonstrated ability to establish relationships with donors, patrons, clients, corporations, etc.

Salary: Depends upon experience

Benefits: Medical, 401K, 12 paid holidays, paid time off, access to wine related events

How to Apply

Send a resume and cover letter to stomberg@washingtonwine.org. Please specify Director of Operations and Events in the message subject line. In your cover letter please tell us how your specific experiences and accomplishments match our needs and mission. We will contact qualified applicants. Deadline for submission is November 16th, 2018.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and required skills.

Equal Employment Opportunity

AWW provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, citizenship, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, and any other category protected under city, state or federal law.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Applicants as well as employees who are or become disabled must be able to perform the essential duties & responsibilities either unaided or with reasonable accommodation. The Agency shall determine reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis in accordance with applicable law.


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