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Technical Instructor of Viticulture and Enology

Colorado Mesa University

This is a Contract position in De Beque, CO posted August 18, 2022.

Revised Posting
A comprehensive university in Grand Junction, Colorado Mesa University provides exceptional educational opportunities on a state-of-the-art campus. As western Colorado’s largest university, CMU serves students on its main campus in Grand Junction, its satellite campus in Montrose, its community college, Western Colorado Community College and via online offerings. 
Colorado Mesa University serves as the primary intellectual and cultural center of western Colorado and promotes the exchange of ideas that are of regional, national and international importance. Founded in 1925, it’s a dynamic university enrolling more than 11,000 students at the associate, baccalaureate and graduate levels.
At the heart of the CMU experience is an integrative and experiential approach to higher education that encourages students to think differently and empowers them to challenge assumptions. CMU brings students together with expert scholars and thinkers from different disciplines to make connections between ideas and gain the skills to solve the unstructured, complex problems they’ll encounter in life. Our focus is on providing quality academic programs, built on a strong liberal arts core that support students’ interests and regional employment needs, as well as technical programs that respond to vocational workforce demands.
The Grand Valley is home to some of the best outdoor recreation in the state of Colorado and the best part you won’t have to fight traffic and crowds to enjoy it. CMU is surrounded by the Grand Mesa, Book Cliffs and the Colorado National Monument. We have world-class mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, and rafting.  In addition to a mountain resort that’s less than 45 minutes from campus for skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing. Living and working in Grand Junction, you will be able to explore one of Colorado’s best kept secrets.
Job Title: Technical Instructor of Viticulture and Enology
Department: Community College Affairs
Position No.  F00271
Employment Type: Faculty
Salary: $70,000.00 – 80,000.00.  Commensurate with education and experience.  Excellent health and retirement benefits package:
Application Deadline: Open until filled. 
How to Apply: Applicants will be asked to complete an online application by creating a profile and then providing personal and demographic information.  In addition, please be prepared to upload a:
  •  Cover letter
  •  Resume or CV
  •  Copy of transcripts for all degrees completed (if your transcripts include a social security number or birthdate, please redact that information before uploading the document.  Official transcripts will be required upon hire)
Provide three letters of recommendation:
  •  May be emailed to
  •  Note the candidates name in the subject line
Direct Inquiries Contact:  Christi Hein,970-255-2606,
The instructor, reporting to the Director of Instruction, is responsible for teaching viticulture and enology curriculum in an Associate of Applied Science degree program. Duties include teaching, curriculum development, course scheduling, winery lab and vineyard management, and supplies and equipment ordering. This is a full time, 12- month faculty appointment with administrative duties.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

Teach and advise students in the viticulture and enology program 

Create an effective learning environment for students while using appropriate resources, technology, and pedagogy in the delivery of courses

Responsible for instruction to follow approved curriculum and to achieve course student learning outcomes

Evaluate student performance in coursework and make necessary provisions to meet learning needs

Maintain student communication, grades and attendance through CMU/WCCC Learning Management System

Order supplies and maintain equipment as needed

Monitor lab competencies and confirm skill levels

Perform all responsibilities and instructional duties in accordance with local, state, and federal regulations, as well as WCCC/CMU policies and procedures

Coordinator of the Warren Winiarski/Gerald Ivancie Institute for Viticulture and Enology (WWGIIVE). This includes maintaining an engaged program advisory committee (2 meetings a year) representing both the V&E program and the WWGIIVE and providing fundraising assistance. Also collaborating through industry research and students in the program.  

Arrange and coordinate guest speakers and field trips

Maintain good working relations with related business and industry

Review and update program curriculum as required by business, industry and in accordance with Higher Learning Commission requirements

Recommend, monitor and update course and program outcomes and assessments

Promote a positive collegiate atmosphere and develop positive relationships with other faculty and students

Significant participation in recruiting, retention, and advising required

Collaborate with Director of Instruction in the development and refinement of program curriculum and scheduling

Maintain necessary professional and educational credentials and currency appropriate to teaching assignments; apply for CTE credential within 6 months of employment

Participate in professional development activities that facilitate professional expertise in the areas of teaching and maintenance of viticulture and enology competence

Participate in local, state, or national related professional associations

Assist with open houses and orientation

Maintain student files with required paperwork as well as intent to graduate forms

Maintain and manage program budget 

  •  Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in viticulture, enology, chemistry, microbiology, or related field
  •  Demonstrated teaching experience, at either secondary or post-secondary level, in related field (work experience may be considered for some of the teaching experience).
  •  Minimum of 4000 hours (approximately 2 years’ full time) of related occupational experience within the past 7 years.
  •  Basic computer skills, strong communication skills
  •  Master’s degree from an accredited institution in viticulture, enology, chemistry, microbiology, or related field
  •  Industry related certificates or licenses

Colorado Mesa University is particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and who have a demonstrated commitment to improving the levels of access and success for underrepresented students within higher education.

Colorado Mesa University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community.  To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment.  Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history.  Applicant must be able to verify U.S. employment eligibility.  Colorado Mesa University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a culturally diverse faculty, staff and student body.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment.  To request an accommodation, please contact the CMU Human Resources Office by phone or email.  You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed.