GROWER ENGAGEMENT OFFICER (Wine Jobs: Management & Administration)

Full Time

  McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association

  Adelaide, South Australia

Only 45 minutes south of Adelaide in South Australia, McLaren Vale is home to sustainable winegrowing, world-class wines and culinary experiences, as well as pristine natural attractions and unparalleled tourism offerings.

The McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association is the peak representative body for all grape-growers, wine producers and tourism providers in one of Australia’s most valuable wine tourism regions – a combined representation of more than 550 businesses and over $500m in immediate farm-gate value.

The Association provides the major industries of the McLaren Vale region – wine, food and tourism – with a vision for the future in both domestic and international markets. The Association plays a crucial role in securing the region’s economic and environmental sustainability.

This broad and pivotal role provides support to McLaren Vale’s 300+ growers as guided by industry developments, the Board of MVGWTA and the General Manager.

This part-time role is ideally suited to an individual with sound environmental and/or viticulture understanding, as well as excellent organisation, administration and communication skills. Reporting to the General Manager, this role will involve multiple aspects of a regional grower liaison.

Responsibilities include:

  • Management and implement of region’s annual sustainability program, Sustainable Australia Winegrowing (SAW) including membership, auditing, data analysis and report preparation and dissemination
  • Administrative coordination and oversight of viticultural extension and education programs as required and identified through annual SAW results
  • Administrative coordination and oversight of various local, state and federally funded programs, seminars and workshops, such as the SA Centrals Program activities
  • Administrative management of the McLaren Vale Weather Station Network and CropWatch reports
  • Oversight and liaison to the Districts Working Group, the Phylloxera & Biosecurity Working Group and Viticultural Reference Group
  • Production and dissemination of appropriate reports and information to Members, such as the Eutypa Research Trails with the South Australian Research and Development Institute
  • Extension of MVGWTA alliances with other regional, government and industry bodies.

The ideal individual:

  • Demonstrated practical experience in positive, outcome-driven community engagement
  • Demonstrated practical and/or technical experience in viticulture, winemaking, environmental sciences or related fields
  • Demonstrated experience in data analysis, interpretation and reporting
  • Excellent communicator with well-developed writing and presentation skills (presentations to grower groups will be required)
  • Budget management experience
  • Awareness and understanding of State and Federal government grant system
  • Passion and commitment to the industry
  • Professionally empathetic, respectful, results orientated, value constructive feedback, self-motivated, positive attitude
  • High level of integrity across all activities and relationships
  • Methodical, high-attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to work autonomously and collaboratively with multiple stakeholders to achieve results and meet multiple deadlines
  • Ability to develop, build and leverage diverse, professional relationships and networks

This role will be appointed as a 12-month, part-time contract initially, and may be extended pending performance and the Association’s capacity.

This role is located in McLaren Vale; some intrastate travel may be required. A valid driver’s licence is required to fulfil this role.

Recruitment agencies need not apply. You must have the legal right to work in Australia.

Closing date: 5pm, ACST, Sunday 20th May 2018

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