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Costume Shop Technician

Fresno State University
California, United States
Salary Not Specified
Closing date
Sep 5, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Performing Arts, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Arts Administration, Other Academic Affairs, Business & Administrative Affairs, Facilities Management & Physical Plant, Auxiliary Services
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Details

Costume Shop Technician
(Performing Arts Technician II - 10/12 pay plan)

Compensation and Benefits

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range: $2,908 - $3,300 per month

Full Classification Salary Range: $2,908 - $5,261 per month

  • This is a full-time (equivalent to 40 hours per week), probationary, non-exempt position.
  • This position is on a 10/12 Pay Plan which is equivalent to ten months of salary distributed over a 12-month period. The scheduled months off will be June and July.

The CSU system provides a comprehensive benefit package that includes medical, dental and vision plans, membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), sick and vacation time, and 14 paid holidays a year. Eligible employees are also able to participate in the fee waiver education program. A summary of benefit information can be found here .

Job Summary

Under the supervision of the faculty costume designer and costume shop supervisor, the Costume Shop Technician is responsible for the shared leadership, coordination and planning of the day-to-day operations of the costume shop, including its machines, work spaces and costume stock. The costume shop assistant is also responsible for serving as assistant costume designer and/or supervising assistant designers; establishing and meeting construction and fitting deadlines; attending rehearsals and working with designers to meet artistic goals; and may assist in other costume production areas as directed by the needs of the shop and the productions. The assistant supervises and instructs students as the supervisory designee for and in collaboration with the Costume Shop Supervisor.

The technician is also responsible for the creation of costumes; interpretation of original design work and pattern drafting based on costume designs, including all facets of the construction process such as alterations, fittings and maintenance of pulled, purchased or rented clothing items. In addition, the technician will oversee student wardrobe crews and serve as hair and make-up lead.

Key Qualifications

  • Comprehensive knowledge of historical periods as it relates to design of costumes along with the construction and materials needed for making theatre and dance costumes
  • Demonstrated experience drafting/draping patterns
  • Demonstrated experience constructing costumes; tailoring experience a plus
  • Knowledge of and the ability to use industrial sewing machines
  • Thorough understanding of the costume design and construction collaboration processes

To view the full list of qualifications and job responsibilities, please click the Position Description button above.

Education and Experience

  • Two years of related experience working in professional repertory or stock theatre company or academic costume shop and/or equivalent completion of professional training or college coursework

Department Summary

The Theatre and Dance faculty and staff includes performers, designers, and playwrights with top academic credentials as well as professional experience. The department is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

The most important element in the department's success is the students. Our undergraduates enjoy unusual opportunities to play leading roles, to direct, and to design for lab and mainstage productions. Undergraduate playwrights have seen their work in staged readings, workshops and in mainstage productions. Organizations such as the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival and the American College Dance Association have honored numerous Fresno State Students. Together, students, faculty, and staff have created shows that have won regional, national, and international honors.

Deadline & Application Instructions

Applications received by September 1, 2021 will be given full consideration by the search committee. Applications received after that date will be forwarded at the request of the Hiring Manager and/or search committee.

Please click “Apply Now” to complete the employment application for California State University, Fresno. Interested applicants must complete the application and attach the following: 1) their most recent resumé/vitae, 2) a cover letter that addresses their specific qualifications and interest, and 3) contact information for three professional references. Interested applicants must also upload a digital portfolio or a link to a portfolio website showing photographs of costume construction, crafts and wig/make-up work .

Fresno State

California State University, Fresno is one of 23 campuses in the California State University System. The University's mission is to boldly educate and empower students for success through our values of Discovery, Diversity and Distinction. The current student population is more than 25,000, including a large percentage of students with diverse and culturally rich backgrounds. The University serves the San Joaquin Valley while maintaining deep involvement with the state, nation, and across the globe.

Metropolitan Fresno, with a multi-ethnic population of over 527,000, is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. The campus is within driving distance of Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, San Francisco, Los Angeles, the Monterey Peninsula, beaches, sailing, lakes, and numerous ski resorts. Fresno boasts one of the most reasonable housing markets in California and offers a wide array of locally grown fruits and produce.

Equal Employment Opportunity Information

California State University, Fresno is committed to maintaining and implementing employment policies and procedures in compliance with applicable state and federal equal employment opportunity laws and regulations. Executive Orders 1096 and 1097 prohibit discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of a protected status: race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex (including gender identity), sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition and covered veteran status. Fresno State's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring, and retention. We are proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.

Supplemental Information

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with California State University, Fresno. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Fresno State has identified as sensitive.

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

This position may be a "designated position" under the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This will require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within six (6) months of assuming office and every two (2) years thereafter.

Fresno State is a tobacco-free, smoke-free and vapor-free campus.

Advertised: 26 Jul 2021 Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close: 01 Sep 2021 Pacific Daylight Time

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