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
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.
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
- Organize the costume shop, supplies, and all inventory;
- Manage shop equipment, including repairs, maintenance, and
- 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
- 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
- Actively take part in the production process and facilitate a
smooth transition of the costumes from Shop to dress
- Grade commercial patterns to specific measurements and sews
technically challenging projects.
- Maintain the technical specifications and the integrity of the
- Schedule backstage costume support during performances/run of
- 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,
- Supervisor for costume shop staff (hiring, scheduling,
- 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
- 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,
- Knowledge of alteration methods for purchased garments,
- Knowledge of garment fitting, required;
- Comfortable with stretch fabrics, beading and sequins,
- Skill in a variety of contemporary and historical hand sewing
- 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
- 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,
- 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;
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
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
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