2017-18 Community Fellow Program – Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance

Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance

Mission: The Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance is a non-profit wine industry membership organization whose primary mission is the marketing of the Walla Walla Valley’s American Viticultural Area (AVA). The Wine Alliance functions as the leading informational resource for consumers, media and trade interested in learning more about the Valley’s wine industry.

Project: The Fellow will assist in the development, reorganization and unification of various sources of spatial data to a more cohesive architecture. This entails the filtering, sorting, cleaning and organizing of numerous sources of digital and analog records and information on our members vineyard holdings, production capacities, and event participation. Upon the completion of this reorganization, the Fellow will be tasked with analysis forecasting and modeling of future customers and member organizations.

The Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance plans to make this data and analytics available to various other organizations in the valley with an economic interest on the County’s growing tourism and agricultural landscape. The Fellow will aggregate data on the second largest industry in the Walla Walla Valley and make it available to other organizations with a vested economic interest in this industry – the City, the County, the Port, The Downtown Foundation, Visit Walla Walla – so that these organizations may plan business, marketing, and development strategies accordingly, in a synergistic fashion to benefit all parties.

Having this data in a well-organized and easily retrievable format will allow us to focus on visitors previous attendance and interest to allow us to focus our marketing efforts on similar patrons. By collecting and recording data on the members’ holdings and production, the Wine Alliance can use this information to highlight the economic importance and effect of the Walla Walla AVA and associated businesses upon various other economic and local government organizations.

Our Fellow will work closely will all three Wine Alliance staff members, and will have access not only to the data of the 150 members that constitute the organization, they will have direct access to the wineries, vineyards, and growers, for research purposes – they will be able to walk out onto the land for tangible, immediate data collection. They will also benefit from the collective experience and background of the staff, the board members, and member partners for various learning perspectives.

Job Description

This position is available to Whitman College juniors and seniors who are eligible to work in the U.S. and able to work the entire academic year, September 2017-May 2018.

Title of Fellow: WWVWA Data & Applications Analyst

Proposed Hours of Work/Days of Week: Average of 5-6 hours per week, flexible schedule; Fellows are expected to work a total of 150-160 hours for the academic year plus 20 hours for bi-weekly meetings with Fellow group.

Supervisor’s Name and Contact Info: Heather Unwin, Executive Director, heather.unwin@wallawallawine.com & Natasha Blake Rudnick, Events Manager natasha@wallawallawine.com

Please apply via email with your resume and cover letter.

Review of application materials:
Email: natasha@wallawallawine.com
Applications reviewed on a rolling basis (last day to apply is Sept. 10th)

Learning Outcomes:

  • Analyze problems and recommend suitable solutions
  • Classify and sort information
  • Design, code and test a database to a beta level
  • Learn about the real-world uses and needs of data for a rapidly changing agricultural industry
  • Develop communications skills as they learn how to work as an in-house “expert” in an industry that is unfamiliar
  • Develop confidence as they design and “pitch” their database

Skills Required:

  • 0-2 years of experience in the field or in a related area
  • Above average ability to gather data and perform market analysis
  • Computer skills and ability to learn specialized software Proficiency with Microsoft Excel Proficiency with statistics software a plus
  • Highly organized with attention to detail
  • Relies on self-guided research and problem-solving approaches to project
  • Able and interested in working autonomously


  • Complete various market research projects
  • Interpret results using a variety of techniques, ranging from simple data aggregation via statistical analysis to complex data mining
  • Work with business leaders to identify analytical requirements
  • Coordinate database management
  • Participate in marketing meetings and strategic planning
  • Perform other miscellaneous duties as assigned


  • Attends work at office as scheduled
  • Sense of humor and grace under pressure
  • Willingness to change direction when circumstances dictate
  • Professional behavior with regard to attendance, discretion and punctuality

Student Fellows must be eligible, willing, and able to work entire academic year, September 2017-May 2018 (except for Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring breaks).

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