COSTUME SHOP MANAGER

University of Washington   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Manufacturing / Production / Operations
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Posted on July 8, 2020
Req #: 177658
Department: DRAMA
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Posting Date: 03/10/2020 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. 
Shift: First Shift 
Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.

Although open until filled, priority application date is April 5, 2020.  

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for six consecutive years.

The School of Drama is a dynamic, creative, and highly productive unit with 20 faculty and 20 staff members serving 80 undergraduate majors, 35-40 Master of Fine Arts students, 10-15 PhD students, and over 1,000 non-majors enrolled in courses.

The School of Drama has an exciting opportunity for a full-time, 11-month Costume Shop Manager. Reporting to the Production Manager (a staff member), the Costume Shop Manager is responsible for managing the costume shop and staff while balancing the needs of the School’s academic, artistic, and production needs. Pursuant to University policies and procedures, the Costume Shop Manager works independently and in partnership with the Production Manager on financial and personnel matters, stock and facilities upkeep and development, and other duties as assigned. This requires making decisions that affect the daily and long-range activities of the costume shop, the costume shop staff, the productions of the School of Drama, and the education of graduate and undergraduate students. The Costume Shop Manager also works closely with the School’s faculty to ensure that learning objectives in the costume design curriculum are achieved.

The School of Drama is a learning environment where the teaching and mentoring of students is paramount. The Costume Shop Manager should possess a keen interest in the creative process and a desire to problem-solve with students, staff, and faculty. A proactive and positive attitude is required as is ongoing investigation into and curiosity about the costume field.

Our faculty, staff, and students are engaged with the ways that race, gender identity, sexuality, ability, class, and ethnicity intersect within and shape the human experience, both within the educational experience and outside of it. We encourage all members of the School of Drama to think critically about the world around them, and engage actively. Thus, we are strongly seeking candidates whose experience has not only prepared them to fulfill our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, but has also given them the confidence to fully engage with people from a wide spectrum of backgrounds.

Specific job functions by area are listed below:
Lead the Costume Shop in supporting the School’s productions and academic curriculum
  • Direct and supervise the build of costumes for the School’s main shows (currently six) and several smaller laboratory events, ensuring quality construction techniques and sourcing. Serves as an interface between the Department of Dance and the School of Drama regarding costumes for some dance concerts.
  • Work with students, faculty, and staff to decide how best to achieve costumes for these performances and ensure that costumes are completed on time and on budget.
  • Guide BA and MFA (design, directing, and acting) students on the technical, financial, and collaborative aspects of mounting a show on stage.
  • Participate in season and long-range planning with staff and faculty.

    Provide hair and make-up support and facilitate student-learning regarding best practices
  • Provide quality hair and makeup support, including wig styling and guidance to all actors regarding healthy hair styling choices. Facilitate student-learning regarding best practices for diverse hair and make-up needs.

    Hire and supervise Costume Shop staff, overhires, and student employees
  • Oversee a staff of two – a Costumer Lead and a Costumer Specialist – and participate in the hiring of any new staff and temporary (overhire) staff.
  • Supervise graduate student workers (academic service employees) as well as any undergraduate work-study students assigned to the Costume Shop.

    Manage costume shop equipment and inventory
  • Research and suggest costume shop equipment and supply purchases to the Production Manager.
  • Manage ongoing repair of equipment.
  • Oversee large wardrobe inventory.
  • Maintain a close working relationship with other professional costume shops both in the area and nationally.

    Other duties as assigned.

    REQUIREMENTS:
  • Minimum of 2 years of higher education or equivalent
  • Minimum of 4 years of professional experience in costume production for theatre or other forms of live performance
  • Supervisory experience in costume shops and/or theatrical venues

    ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
  • Experience working in multiple forms of costume construction
  • Experience in the upkeep and long-term storage of costume stock
  • Experience providing hair and make-up support to actors
  • Willingness to have a flexible work schedule to accommodate early morning, evening, and weekend hours for meetings, fittings, and dress rehearsals
  • Demonstrated problem solving and analytical skills
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to new technical and administrative systems
  • Demonstrated commitment and interest in equity, diversity, inclusion, and access
  • Agility, adaptability, and creativity in new and evolving situations
  • Strong communication skills, including diplomacy and discretion
  • Ability to work independently, professionally, and proactively with a high degree of reliability and accuracy
  • Collaborative work style and ability to work well in a diverse workplace with a wide range of skill sets
  • Proven organizational and multi-tasking skills in a fast-paced, demanding environment
  • Broad understanding of the arts, artists, and the artistic process

    DESIRED:
  • Experience in an institution of higher education
  • Curiosity and imagination

    Application Process:
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  • Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

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