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Costume Technician (Temporary)

Dean College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
May 23, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Other Arts, Performing Arts
Employment Level
Employment Type
Part Time
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Company Description:

Dean College is a private, residential New England college grounded in a culture and tradition that all students deserve the opportunity to discover and exceed their greatest aspirations.

A personal and transformative community since 1865, Dean tirelessly inspires our students to unimagined heights through personalized support and integrated delivery of academic, co-curricular and experiential learning.

Our graduates are lifelong learners who thrive in their careers, embrace social responsibility, and demonstrate leadership.

This is The Dean Difference.

Consistently recognized as a Top Regional College and a Best Value School by U.S. News & World Report and named a College of Distinction for four consecutive years, Dean serves approximately 1,200 full-time students and 300 part-time students and offers more than 50 combined bachelor's and associate degree programs and specializations, as well as a robust schedule of continuing studies and certificate programs throughout the year.

Dean College is perfectly situated in Franklin, Massachusetts, which is conveniently located between Boston and Providence, Rhode Island and is accessible to Boston by commuter rail. The Dean College/Franklin station is only a five-minute walk from campus. Approximately 90 percent of the College's student population lives on campus.

Dean provides a supportive academic environment that thrives on student engagement and exceptional teaching. The Dean Difference is exemplified through each student's commitment to their professional futures, social responsibility and leadership. Outside of the classroom, students participate in 16 athletic teams and more than 30 on-campus groups and organizations.

Ninety-six percent of our bachelor's degree students are employed or enrolled in graduate school within 12 months of graduation. Alumni are hard at work in top-ranked graduate programs and are employed by organizations such as Universal Studios, Dell Technologies, Liberty Mutual, Kraft Sports + Entertainment, the Boston Ballet, and more.


Job Description:

The Costume Shop Manager is responsible for the construction and maintenance of costumes, supply management, and the oversight of the costume shop staff during the regular academic year. This individual will also take part in the pre-production planning process as it pertains to costumes, which includes meetings, rehearsals, and fittings. The Costume Shop Manager/Assistant Designer may be assigned designing duties for some dance and/or theatre projects and reports to the Costume Designer-in-Residence.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Organize the costume shop, supplies, and all inventory;
  • Manage shop equipment, including repairs, maintenance, and replacement;
  • Work with the Designer-in-Residence and respective production teams on scheduling and oversight of costume construction, alterations, cleaning, and repairs for all theatre and dance productions;
  • Participate in production meetings and work with Stage Management for fittings and production notes;
  • Oversee the completion of both made-to-order and pulled costumes for the stage for dance and theatre productions;
  • Prioritize work processes and expedite productions within scheduled deadlines;
  • Actively take part in the production process and facilitate a smooth transition of the costumes from Shop to dress rehearsal.
  • Grade commercial patterns to specific measurements and sews technically challenging projects.
  • Maintain the technical specifications and the integrity of the costume design.
  • Schedule backstage costume support during performances/run of show;
  • Foster a culture of safety, and ensure safe work environment and practices are observed;
  • Maintain a tidy workspace.
  • Contribute to the overall success of the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance and the School of the Arts by performing any additional duties and responsibilities assigned.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Managerial and Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Supervisor of student employees (hiring, scheduling, time-keeping, etc.);
  • Supervisor for costume shop staff (hiring, scheduling, time-keeping, etc.).


  • Flexible Schedule
  • Up to 29 hours per week
  • in addition to working during the day, this position requires night and weekend work, particularly during rehearsals and performances.



  • Experience in theatrical cutting, stitching, and crafts for theatre and dance, required;
  • Experience in costume design, required;
  • Experience in management, preferred;
  • Knowledge of costume history, preferred;
  • Working knowledge of costume materials (e.g., fabrics, notions, craft supplies), required;
  • Experience and skill in operating a variety of sewing machines, including (but not limited to) single needle industrial; industrial zigzag, overlock, merrow or serger, multi-needle sequin machines, steam irons, cutting tools, and domestic straight and zigzag machines to create assigned costume elements required;
  • Understanding of pattern alteration, required;
  • Minimum 5 years of sewing experience, required;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of fabric types and uses, required;
  • Working knowledge of specialty needlework techniques, preferred;
  • Knowledge of alteration methods for purchased garments, required;
  • Knowledge of garment fitting, required;
  • Comfortable with stretch fabrics, beading and sequins, required;
  • Skill in a variety of contemporary and historical hand sewing techniques, preferred;
  • Ability to identify and distinguish colors, required;
  • Ability to sit for extended periods of time, required;
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, required;
  • Able to lift 20 Lbs and work around chemicals, required
  • Working knowledge of safety standards and standards implementation, required;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, including the ability to speak to coworkers, guest artists, managers and students with good judgment, kindness and clarity, required;
  • Ability to work well under tight deadlines in a fast paced and high-pressure environment, required;
  • Experience working with a diverse collegiate population, preferred;
  • Experience organizing and maintaining the organization of a shop environment, preferred;
  • Ability to foster an innovative, collaborative, inclusive, and productive environment, required;
  • Covid-19 Vaccination and Booster Shot, required;

Additional Information:

Dean College is an equal-opportunity, Title IX institution and pledges to recruit, select and promote diversity by providing equality of opportunity in higher education for all persons, including faculty and staff with respect to hiring, continuation, promotion, and applicants for admission, enrolled students and graduates without discrimination or segregation.

The College is interested in candidates who have the communication skills and cross-cultural abilities to maximize their effectiveness with diverse groups of colleagues, students, faculty, and community members. All employment decisions are made on a non-discriminatory basis.

Dean College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law.

This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in College programs, services, and activities. A pre-employment background screen is required for all employees.

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