Job Summary

Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery is a cold-climate vineyard and winery located in Southern Minnesota. The winery’s grounds host five outdoor event spaces and one indoor event space. The winery produces the finest cold-climate wines through focused excellence. Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery is searching for an Event and Marketing Assistant with marketing background and event management experience along with experience supervising employees. Qualified candidates will hold a four year degree in Marketing, Communications or other related field of study or be in a degree program working toward completion. Experience is preferred in social media, InDesign and/or Adobe Creative Suite, strong writing skills, and photo/video editing. Additionally, a qualified candidate has experience planning, organizing, and executing events. The candidate must have excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and an eye for detail. The position requires a person with high-energy and creativity. The candidate must have a keen eye for trends and development in the wine industry. The candidate must also have a strong desire to learn and grow within a first-class organization. We believe today’s business environment requires an individual that leads by example, understands business operations and never loses focus on achieving outstanding results that promote our brand and our distinctive culture.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Represent Chankaska at trade shows and other promotional events
  • Represent company brand professionally, graciously and enthusiastically
  • Participate in weekly strategic planning process, including product understanding, sales forecasts, pricing and position
  • Assist in the development of brand marketing programs and initiatives to deliver against the brand’s annual volume and profit targets; ex: promotions, public relations, package development, interactive advertising and maintaining social media
  • Oversee aspects of brand promotion in terms of sales, creative services and outside vendors as applicable, to help achieve brand goals as directed by the marketing Director
  • Conduct ongoing market research
  • Maintain consumer communication including PR efforts, assist in website management and other online marketing initiatives including social media, event listings, and other online marketing opportunities to promote business growth
  • Work closely with the general manager, tasting room manager, event manager, distribution manger and wine club manager to provide marketing support, promotions and initiatives
  • Represent the company brand professionally and graciously
  • Complete sales-related and marketing administrative projects that include running marketing and sales reports, conducting research on company and other assignments in database.
  • Provide assistance in planning and executing internal branding events, weddings and private client events.
  • Lead and supervise event staff
  • Assist in writing and editing sales and marketing materials, which include articles, presentations, sell sheets, posters etc.
  • Provide administrative aid for various projects related to marketing, including project meetings schedule, minutes of meeting, transcribe notes and compose memos.
  • Prepare press releases, company newsletter and event announcements
  • Update and maintain website
  • Assist in promotional strategies and product development
  • Provide administrative support to Event and Marketing Director and General Manager. The support may include running errands, coordinating travel and seminar logistics and preparing appointments and agendas
  • Generate thank you letters, form letters and other mass mailings

Qualifications and Skills

  • Ability to focus on multiple tasks and deadlines and effectively prioritize and manage them
  • Creative, flexible and innovative team player
  • Self-motivated, passionate, enthusiastic, focused, creative and positive
  • Knowledge of marketing principles
  • Proven leadership, management and general business acumen
  • Experience with coordinating events
  • Strong time management skills
  • Email communications/social media content planning and analytics
  • Web design
  • Ability to work with Microsoft office programs/Word/PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook
  • Understand new technologies and apply to marketing principles
  • Excellent copyright skills
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent graphic design skills
  • Ability to work independently and complete self-driven projects
  • Capable of writing reports and business correspondence
  • Skilled in drawing insights through customer research data and trend information
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • Must be able to multi-task and abide by deadlines
  • Creative listening and critical thinking skills in a potential high-stress environment
  • Strong analytical and strategic skills
  • Should have product and customer awareness
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Windows, Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint required, proficiency in design software like the Adobe Creative Suite, especially InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop or Light Room preferred
  • Ability to interface and maintain effective relationships with all level of employees

in a team-oriented environment



DOQ, Benefits Eligible

Job Type: Full-time

Required education:

  • Bachelor's

Required experience:

  • Marketing: 2 years

Required shifts:

  • Morning, Mid-Day, Evening