Interested in working in the DC craft beer scene?  Job opportunities with the DCBG and with our member breweries will be listed below as they arise.  

DC BEER WEEK PUBLICIST - Request for Proposal (posted 3/16/17)

Overview: This request for proposal is for building engagement and attendance for DC Beer Week, August 20-27, 2017. The right firm or individual will be able to help the DC Brewers’ Guild (DCBG), now host of the week, effectively transition the event from a for-profit management model to a nonprofit community and market-building event. We seek a social media strategist and execution pro with energy and enthusiasm to generate real, measurable results.

Background: DC Beer Week was started almost a decade ago by DC’s brewing community, then substantially smaller. The idea of a summer beer week was to bring people out at a slow time of year, spread the love across all area craft beer bars, and create energy around the growing beer scene. In recent years, DC Beer Week was part of a private company and was run for profit. Last year, the DC Brewers’ Guild, the nonprofit association of the DC craft brewing community, took over. This year we have ambitious goals for building the event.  Today, there are 11 breweries in DC alone. There are beer events throughout the year, both at breweries and at larger events in the community (i.e. beer festivals, charity galas, beer dinners & tap takeovers). Close-in Maryland and Virginia suburbs have their own thriving beer scenes, creating a growing national buzz about craft beer in the DMV.  All good! The challenge for DC Beer Week, however, is to rise above the beery noise as the leading fundraiser for the DCBG, and friend-raiser for the DMV’s entire craft beer community. DC Beer Week is aims to be a fun set of events for all those of legal drinking age and considered worthy of support by individuals, brewing organizations, restaurants and other businesses who think local.

What We Need:  Last year, DC Beer Week focused heavily on earned media, including offering earned media spots to sponsors. With the growth of the number of participating breweries, bars, and restaurants, our strategy is shifting to a social one. While we will still look for earned media opportunities, we need a strategic social star to:

•             Lead the charge and oversee the messaging strategy including planning and execution of the full PR/Marketing package. Ensure messaging is consistent, tools are provided, activation is well coordinated, deadlines are met, and all cats are herded and aligned!

•             Develop a strong messaging strategy for acquiring event sponsors and soliciting event attendees.  Take us from selling sponsorships (April-May), through developing collateral materials and paid ads (June-July), and building buzz up to and throughout the event (August 20-27). While the DCBG’s Beer Week committee will be responsible for sponsorship recruitment and managing ticket sales, the right person for this job will craft the approach and messaging so it is seamless throughout the process.

•             Create and execute a promotional plan and provide related tools for DC Beer Week staff and sponsors to easily get the word out. (e.g. prewritten tweets, a rollout calendar of social media pushes, and tailored copy for web content and email blasts)

•             Implement highly engaging social media strategy, including full execution of strategy aligned with full DC Beer Week messaging strategy.

•             Define measurable campaign(s) using specific social channels and the DC Beer Week e-mail list, both to generate visibility for sponsors and to encourage attendance at events

•             Advise on how to best use the DC Beer Week website, ensuring that we get the most we can out of the site for event promotion.

•             Identify where to best focus public relations efforts with messaging guidance and identification of nontraditional earned media (e.g. bloggers) and top social media channels

•             Grow existing marketing assets (followers, fans, e-list subscribers) as well as develop new ones as needed (photo and logo bank, “owned” hashtags, etc.)

•             Gather and deliver trackable results to the DCBG.  How many folks did we reach via Instagram and Snapchat? What engagement did we see on Facebook and Twitter? How many more Untappd badges did we earn this year over last?

Asset Reference

•             Website: www.dcbeerweek.net

•             Twitter: @DCBrewersGuild

•             Facebook: @DCBrewersGuild

•             Instagram: @dcbrewersguild

•             Mailing list: 2,300

Application Details:  We’d like to hear how you’d approach this project in short form. Please submit proposals of no more than three pages to Kathy Rizzo, Executive Director, DC Brewers' Guild at Kathy@dcbg.org  

Questions from interested consultants can be submitted to Holly Haliniewski, Operations Manager,    DC Brewers’ Guild at Holly@dcbg.org

Deadline for proposal submission: Friday, April 7, 2017

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DC Brau Brewing Company - Virginia Sales Manager  (updated 3/16/17)

DC Brau Brewing Company in Washington, DC, is seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated Sales Manager to join our Marketing and Sales Team and represent our brand in Virginia. 

Since our launch in the spring of 2011, DC Brau Brewing Company has become a competitive regional brand in the DC/MD/VA craft beer market. As we grow, we are looking to increase our sales management staff to support the DC Brau brand in the local marketplace. We currently seek to hire an experienced Sales Manager in Virginia. 

The Virginia Sales Manager will be responsible for the promotion of the DC Brau portfolio of brands and the promotions and sales of draft and canned beer in both off- and on-premise accounts in an assigned territory. This professional is expected to work closely with DC Brau’s distribution partners and Marketing and Sales Team to grow sales volume, open new accounts, and maintain existing accounts while developing new relationships throughout the distribution network. We are looking for applicants with relevant experience in brand representation (preferably with craft beer), accounts management, and sales. This is NOT an entry-level position. It is an excellent opportunity for someone willing and interested in further developing themselves professionally within a rapidly-expanding brewery.

Our ideal Virginia Sales Manager has a deep passion for craft beer, knowledge of and entry into the Virginia craft beer community, superior customer service skills, and the ability to build relationships with a broad range of customers and accounts. This professional must also possess strong working knowledge of how beer is made and the difference between craft brands and general market brands.

Job Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Increasing market share and same-store sales of our beers
• Aggressively pursuing new accounts and building relationships with existing accounts
• Growing and maintaining ongoing relationship with distribution partners
• Developing and maintaining expert beer knowledge and understanding of the DC Brau product portfolio, product availability, and sale techniques
• Managing individual time and activities to maximize sales volume in a defined territory
• Maintaining familiarity with liquor laws and licensing practices for all distribution areas
• Conducting beer tasting and account staff education with key accounts
• Meeting or exceeding established sales benchmarks
• Organizing, planning and staffing promotional and special events
• Accurately reporting activities and account records to the Senior Accounts Manager and Accounts Management Team
• Working collaboratively with the DC Brau Accounts Management and Marketing and Sales Teams

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Beer sales experience at distributor or brewery level is a must
• Ability to become a Certified Cicerone within 6-8 month period
• Excellent written and oral communication skills a must
• Excellent persuasive selling and relationship development skills a must
• Bachelor's Degree, equivalent experience is a must
• Ability to adjust and adapt quickly to changes in schedule or customer demand
• Service industry and hospitality experience preferred
• Must have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and some experience using web-based storage sharing applications (i.e. Google Docs, Dropbox, One Drive, etc.)
• Available to work Monday through Friday as well as occasional weekend days as required
• Access to a personal vehicle
• Have an engaging and easy going personality
• Must live in the state of Virginia

DC Brau is offering full-time (40+ hours/week) employment. After a probationary period full-time employees are offered benefits including medical, vision and dental insurance, paid time off, and holidays.
DC Brau is an equal employment opportunity employer and implement policies and practices that do not discriminate against applicants or employees.

Submit your cover letter and resume via email to Gregs@dcbrau.com

View this job opportunity via Brewbound

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Bluejacket – Full Time Bartender (posted 3/2/17)

Bluejacket is a forward-thinking, full production brewery in DC housing an exciting restaurant and bar,

located a few blocks from Nationals Stadium & Yards Park in the heart of the burgeoning Navy Yard neighborhood. With 20 drafts and 5 casks of unique beers all brewed in house, we're looking for bartenders with a shared passion for food and beverage to join our team.

Responsibilities of the bartender position include but are not limited to:

-Learning about and educating guests on our extensive craft beer, wine, and liquor programs

-Learning about and educating guests on our daily changing menu and how to properly pair food & beverage

-Precise order taking and correctly sending information to the kitchen

-Constant communication with management, kitchen, floor staff, host, and fellow bar staff regarding guests likes, dislikes, special needs, potential issues, etc.

-Providing guests with an above and beyond bar experience, not just another couple rounds at the bar

As with all Neighborhood Restaurant Group restaurants, our main focus is on hospitality and providing the best overall experience for every guest. We provide an environment that encourages staff education and professional growth, but most importantly, we want our staff to have fun and truly enjoy being part of this experience

Bluejacket -- 300 Tingey St SE, Washington, DC 20003 -- 202/524-4862 -- info@bluejacketdc.com

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Bluejacket – Host/Reservationist  (posted 3/2/17)

Bluejacket is seeking full and part time hosts! Day time and evening positions available.

We are looking for a candidate with the following qualifications:

- A clear, firm grasp of what "hospitality" is

- A natural ability to "Wow" guests

- Knowledge of Open Table

- Solid experience coordinating a high volume of guests, and maximizing capacity effectively

- The ability to read the flow of a dining room and quote accurate wait times

- A creative approach to problem solving

- The ability to multitask while demonstrating grace under pressure

Responsibilities of the Host position include, and are not limited to:

- Being a leader at the front desk

- Coordinating the seating and flow of the dining room, while using it to its

maximum potential

- Constant communication with the kitchen and management during service regarding seating, guests, dining room flow, any potential issues, etc.

- Recognizing repeat guests

- Being the guest's agent into the restaurant- offering them every possibility to make sure they have a fantastic experience!

Bluejacket -- 300 Tingey St SE, Washington, DC 20003 -- 202/524-4862 -- info@bluejacketdc.com

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Bluejacket – Full Time Server  (posted 3/2/17)

Bluejacket is a forward-thinking, full production brewery in DC housing an exciting restaurant and bar, located a few blocks from Nationals Stadium & Yards Park in the heart of the burgeoning Navy Yard neighborhood. With 20 drafts and 5 casks of unique beers all brewed in house, we're looking for servers with a shared passion for food and beverage to join our team.

Responsibilities of the server position include but are not limited to:

-Learning about and educating guests on our extensive craft beer, wine, and liquor programs

-Learning about and educating guests on our daily changing menu and how to properly pair food & beverage

-Precise order taking and correctly sending information to the kitchen

-Constant communication with management, kitchen, bar, host, and fellow floor staff regarding guests likes, dislikes, special needs, potential issues, etc.

-Providing guests with a true dining experience, not just another meal

As with all Neighborhood Restaurant Group restaurants, our main focus is on hospitality and providing the best overall experience for every guest. We provide an environment that encourages staff education and professional growth, but most importantly, we want our staff to have fun and truly enjoy being part of this experience.

Bluejacket -- 300 Tingey St SE, Washington, DC 20003 -- 202/524-4862 -- info@bluejacketdc.com

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