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Assistant Director of Craft Brewing & Distilling - Lead Distiller


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South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) seeks a highly motivated and qualified individual for the position of Assistant Director of Craft Brewing and Distilling - Lead Distiller.
Applications must be submitted online at: https://www.schooljobs.com/careers/spscc/jobs/4020593/assistant-director-of-craft-brewing-distilling-lead-distiller 

The Assistant Director-Lead Distiller of the SPSCC Craft Brewing and Distilling Program reports to the Dean of Workforce Education & Food and Beverage Arts and assists with the coordination, planning, and support of the program in its goal to offer high-quality and comprehensive education and training in craft brewing, cider making, and distilling. The program provides educational enrichment opportunities for students through exposure to, and involvement in, an array of diverse experiences, including commercial equipment training, internships, site visits, workshops, conferences, community collaborations, and guest speaker events.

The Assistant Director-Lead Distiller should be familiar with, or able to become familiar within three months, relevant federal and state regulations, college policy, and available funding options.

This position requires a flexible work schedule, including availability for evenings and weekends. Many activities are performed independently and with minimal supervision. The Assistant Director-Lead Distiller may be assigned responsibility for decisions in the absence of the Dean of Workforce Education & Food and Beverage Arts in matters where procedures and policies are not well known or established.

South Puget Sound Community College is committed to increasing its cultural diversity with an emphasis on equity and inclusion among its professional staff. A firm understanding of anti racist policy development coupled with the skills to eliminate barriers that harm underrepresented people is a college requirement. The students that we serve come from a variety of backgrounds. On average, 43% of SPSCC students are people of color. We strongly encourage members of the underrepresented groups, veterans, and bi- or multi-lingual individuals to apply for this position to help meet the needs of our diverse students and service district. 

And if that isn't enough?  We also offer:

  • A healthy work/life balance for our employees with the opportunity for flexible work schedules and remote work depending on position and college needs
  • Fine dining in the Percival Room, offering vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices as part of our Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts programs
  • The Clipper Coffee Corner serving Batdorf & Bronson coffee and a selection of delicious food items from our baking/culinary students
  • A brand new Health & Wellness Center
  • FREE Bus service every 15 minutes to downtown Olympia and beyond
  • FREE parking on our campuses – permits are not required
  • On-campus child care
  • Percival Creek which runs beneath our campus footbridge, provides year-round beauty and views of Chinook, Coho, and chum salmon pass through each fall
  • Many walking paths that are marked and on nicely paved sidewalks
  • SPSCC promotes wellness with a variety of different workshops and events on campus
  • Lots of activities with our Artist & Lecture series, which are FREE for staff and faculty
  • Many community events in the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts
  • Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)that offer an opportunity for SPSCC employees to gather and connect around issues that define them personally, and which affect their work at the College and their professional development. Current Employee Resource Groups include:
    • Staff and Faculty of Color (SFOC) ERG - an employee network which strives to create an intentional and relational foundation for community and trust building across different groups through shared values.
    • The LGBTQIA+ ERG creates a space for LGBTQIA+ staff and faculty at the college to share resources, build support and community, and work towards greater equity and accessibility. 


What You'll Do

Technical Production Coordination

  • The Assistant Director-Lead Distiller assists the faculty lead with student outreach and communication and will assist in instructional program recruitment efforts
  • Under the direction of the Dean and in consultation with facilities management and staff, helps coordinate course-work and annual schedules to ensure that facilities and supplies are available for program coursework
  • Assists with quality testing, production, packaging operations for Percival Creek commercial products
  • Under the direction of the Dean and collaboration with the Assistant Director-Lead Brewer, coordinates scheduled production runs for all Percival Creek Brands
  • Works with the Business and Distribution Director to maintain regulatory compliance related to the Craft Brewing and Distilling Program and Percival Creek LLCs with local agencies including LCB, DOH, DOR, and with the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
  • Assists the Business and Distribution Director in hosting events that support the industry needs for education
  • Tracks Brewing and Distilling equipment maintenance in support of instruction and commercial production. Facilitates routine maintenance and repairs as appropriate
Instructional Support and Lab Coordination
  • Supervises safe student activity in the laboratories and the production floor
  • Works directly with faculty to prepare, modify and develop instructional resources to support hands-on laboratory style curriculum
  • Integrates industry standards into instructional environments and supports student learning in classroom and lab settings
  • Assists the Craft Brewing and Distilling team in providing off-site industry tours for students learning based on course curriculum needs and schedules
  • Assists the dean with student outreach and communication and will collaborate in recruitment efforts with units of the college
Oversight and Coordination of Student Production Efforts
  • Manages production schedule and student work to achieve commercial and instructional production goals
  • Supervises student production to assure safety, quality, and adherence to facility processes and standards
  • Assists and directs technician preparation and breakdown of production floor sessions which includes managing inventory related to beverage production and instruction, and placing orders to replenish stock, materials, and supplies as needed


Qualifications You Possess


  • Bachelor’s degree and experience working in distilling beverage industry. Five years of experience in the industry may be in place of a bachelor’s degree
  • Experience in production, process engineering, and/or packaging
  • Actively contributes to a work environment that embraces diversity and inclusion and uses numerous strategies to enhance the attainment of organizational goals
  • Demonstrated experience with the business, science, history, process, or culture of food and beverage fermentation.
  • Excellent communication skills, the ability to work well with others, and function as a team member
  • Ability to exercise good judgment in evaluating situations, solving problems and making decisions
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to work independently and prioritize multiple tasks, and accommodate numerous interruptions
  • Use of computers and software applications, specifically MS Office suite: Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends
  • Cultural Self -- The ability to understand one's own inter sectional identity and how it influences identity development and how one navigates the world.
  • Collaborative -- The ability to work in culturally diverse groups toward a common goal by involving, including and valuing others.


To Apply

 Applications must be completed online and include the following attachments:

  1. Cover letter addressed to the Screening Committee highlighting your ability to perform the responsibilities and competencies described in the job posting. 
  2. Current resume/CV showing all educational and professional experience which demonstrates how you meet the minimum and any preferred qualifications.
  3. Copies of unofficial transcripts from institutions of higher education.
Top candidates will be notified directly to interview for this position. Selection will be based on the applicant's knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties listed in this job posting as identified in the materials requested above. Applications with comments directing the reader to see attachments will be considered incomplete.
Veterans Preference
Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and wishing to claim Veterans Preference should redact their personally identifiable information from a copy of their United States Department of Veterans Affairs honorable discharge documentation and email to neaton2@spscc.edu with the job number for which they are applying in the subject line.
Background Check Condition of Employment
Employment with the college is contingent upon the successful completion of a comprehensive background check. Any adverse information will be considered on a case-by-case basis and does not automatically preclude a candidate from employment.

Bargaining Unit
This position has been designated as a bargaining unit position represented by the Washington Federation of State Employees.
South Puget Sound Community College values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator
South Puget Sound Community College provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, religion, or status as a veteran of war. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment (unwelcome sexual conduct of various types). SPSCC provides reasonable accommodations for qualified students, employees, and applicants with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Federal Rehabilitation Act. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, Title II and Title IX, Samantha Dotson, Executive Human Resource Officer /Title IX Coordinator, 360-596-5361, ssoto@spscc.edu, Building 25, Room 220, 2011 Mottman Rd SW, Olympia, WA 98512; South Puget Sound Community College is a smoke-free/drug free environment.

Applicants needing accommodation in the application process in an alternative format may contact the Human Resources office at (360) 596-5500.       
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