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Full time
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Costume Shop Manager
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Job Description

Job Title: Costume Shop Manger

Reports To: Head of Costumes

Classification: Salaried- Exempt


Reporting to the Head of Costumes, the Costume Shop Manager is responsible for the overall management of the daily activities in the wardrobe workroom including alterations, restoration and new builds.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Include the following. Other duties may be assigned;

* Collaborate with Head of Costumes to supervise costume shop daily activities and contract employee functions.
* Prepare weekly payroll bills for costume shop personnel and turn into Production Coordinator for processing to Finance department.
* Responsible for maintenance/upkeep of machinery in costume shop, dye, spray room and Wortham work room.
* Attend all production (and planning) meetings for Company productions. Attend all design meetings for Company new production builds as assigned by Head of Costumes.
* Collaborate with Head of Costumes in budgeting and staffing projections. Review weekly budget totals and report to Head of Costumes.
* Coordinate with Stage Management and Wardrobe Assistant(s)/Wardrobe Coordinator(s) (1 & 2) regarding rehearsal items (new, existing and specialty).
* Assists, advises and supports Head of Costumes and designers in producing the Artistic product for Company and Academy productions.
* Coordinates purchasing of general stock and show specific items for costume shop. Collaborate with Head of Costumes/designers regarding purchases for new production builds. Organize all purchases (fabrics, trims, notions, accessories) for use in shop and fittings.
* Coordinate new production bibles for design, fabric and contracts. Oversee production of cutter bibles/patterns/references for future reference.
* Collaborate with cutter/drapers and project team leaders regarding costume shares lists. Generate shares list for Wardrobe Assistant(s)/Wardrobe Coordinator(s) (1 & 2) for production purposes.
* Coordinate with Wardrobe Assistant(s)/Wardrobe Coordinator(s) (1 & 2) specialty shoe/boot painting needs for Company and Academy. Oversee painting process with dyer/crafts personnel.
* Manage Shoe Room Coordinator
* Generate inventories regarding all new production builds for assistant(s) use to create departmental file(s).
* Attend technical/dress rehearsals for Company new production builds. Collaborate with Head of Costumes and Wardrobe Assistant/Wardrobe Coordinator (1) regarding notes and coordinate notes for costume shop personnel. Oversee notes to completion for following performance date.
* Collaborate with Head of Costumes and Wardrobe Assistant/Wardrobe Coordinator (2) regarding notes from Academy technical/dress rehearsals and coordinate notes for costume shop personnel. Oversee notes to completion for following performance date.
* Collaborate with Head of Costumes and dyer to create laundry suggestions/instructions for new production builds and present findings to wardrobe assistant(s) (1 & 2) for incorporation into production paperwork.
* Assists, advises, and supports Public Relations department as assigned by Head of Costumes.
* Assists, advises, and supports Head of Costumes, Associate Director of Human Resources and Facilities Manager regarding safety needs/issues.
* Creation and upkeep of MSDS/SDS books.
* Coordinate intern assignments (dependent on criteria of student program and departmental needs).
* Generate Costume Shop deadlines with Head of Costumes for the departmental season calendar.
* Assists, advises, and supports Head of Costumes as needed.


Education & Experience

* Bachelor's Degree in Technical Theatre or higher education
* Minimum of 2 years costume shop experience with one year in leadership role

Computer Skills

* Proficient personal computer skills including electronic mail, record keeping, routine database activity and processing systems, (Outlook, Word and Excel) etc.


* Organization/Planning - Develops clearly defined, realistic, measurable objectives that are consistent with the company's objectives. Formulates specific strategies and programs to achieve objectives. Sets priorities and timing of programs to ensure efficient implementation. Properly allocates resources (financial, staffing, etc.). Organizes personal workload. Manages projects effectively; Meets deadlines consistently.
* Decision Making/Problem Solving Objectively evaluates alternatives. Consistently selects the alternative, which most effectively achieves objectives. Is willing to make decisions; is willing to be held accountable for the results of decisions. Is able to perceive and diagnose the symptoms of problems; is able to clearly identify and define problems. Gathers and analyzes data relevant to the problem; Formulates alternatives that will most effectively solve the problem.
* Job Knowledge- Possesses the skills, knowledge and expertise required to perform the essential aspects of the job as well as any other specific educational and/or certification requirements
* Leadership - Ensures efficient execution of departmental plans and objectives. Capitalizes and builds on workforce diversity. Effectively manages day-to-day departmental operations. Regularly communicates with staff; demonstrates a willingness to listen and acts and/or follows up on issues. Guides and inspires others to accomplish goals, both individually and as a team. Defines and encourages high standards of performance: leads by example. Structures and delegates assignments to achieve maximum results at minimal effort and in minimal time.
* Communication - Communicates effectively in writing and verbally; expresses complex ideas in simple terms. Clearly and concisely expresses in individual or group situations. Comprehends and processes information and responds to communication from others. Communicates, empathizes, uses diplomacy, influences, and gains cooperation. Interacts effectively across functions and levels of the company.
* Flexibility/Adaptability - Admits and corrects mistakes; ensures the integrity of work. Accepts constructive criticism or responsibility for outcomes. Effectively responds to change. Adjusts to and accepts changes in direction and priorities. Sees changes in the business or work environment, understands implications and adjusts priorities as needed on short notice.
* Client-Peer Orientation -Builds partnerships, networks and coalitions with peers and others. Probes to discover peer underlying needs and matches available or customized services and resources to that need.

Physical Demands:

* Bending legs downward and forward by bending leg and spine.

* Ascending or descending stairs, ramps and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms

* Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances.

* Standing, particularly for sustained periods of time.

* Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less).

* Distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more).

* Color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors).

* Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, drag, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.

* Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally to lift, carry, pull, or otherwise move objects.

Work Environment:

Well-lighted, heated and/or air-conditioned indoor office setting with adequate ventilation.

Regular - Monday - Friday, occasional weekends, this position does require work outside of the normal business hours.

Light overnight travel (up to 10%) by land and/or air.