Cup of Excellence

Title: Managing Director, Cup of Excellence

Directly Reporting to: ACE/COE Executive Director 

Salary: Depends on Experience, Full Time, Salaried Position


The Managing Director of Cup of Excellence is a key position, responsible for all management, operations and logistics support for the Cup of Excellence competitions. This position requires an international specialty coffee background, professional cupping ability, knowledge and experience with specialty coffee supply chain issues, project management skills. Position based in Portland, Oregon or remotely will be considered.


  • Overall Program management for COE competition in all countries
  • Ability to ensure financial sustainability and program growth
  • Assist local country partners to recruit farmer competition entries 
  • Primary liaison with COE country coordinators and head judges
  • Assist in updating COE program and head judge contracts
  • Manage competition schedules and activities
  • Organize and facilitate international judges
  • Identify opportunities for improvement, propose and implement improvements for competition process
  • Analyze historical COE information  
  • Assist, uphold and oversee implementation of all competition standards
  • Maintain competition manuals for coordinators, head judges and auditors
  • Create COE training video for producers 
  • Assist and help implement training of head judges on upgraded standards and cupping form applications
  • Responsible for on boarding new countries
  • Assist with COE adaption to country needs
  • Analyze market for additional COE competitions 
  • Reviewing and approving equipment needs
  • Assist in institutional and industry foundation support
  • Manage additional projects as assigned by Executive Director 


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Experience with coffee sensory skills
  • Proficiency with all Microsoft Office suites, Google Suite
  • Knowledge of website editing preferable
  • Strong Excel skills (including Pivot tables, V-lookups, statistics and basic formula writing)
  • Not afraid to work with data:  collect data, establish facts and forecast tools
  • Familiarity with specialty coffee supply chain from producer through purchasing fulfillment
  • Project management experience required, projects in developing countries a plus  
  • Specialty coffee production and quality control experience a plus


  • Adaptive and flexible
  • Positive and diplomatic under pressure
  • Self-starter
  • Creative problem-solver with entrepreneurial spirit
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Collaborative/team player
  • Excellent interpersonal/relationship building skills
  • Highly organized, efficient and detail oriented
  • Strong written skills
  • Willing to travel internationally (up to 35%)
  • Spanish fluency required
  • Other language skills a big plus e.g. Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Chinese