COSTUME SHOP MANAGER

Position Information

Position Information

Position Number 66420
Type of Recruitment External
Position Title COSTUME SHOP MANAGER
Position Summary

Administers and oversees the costume production areas of University Theatre. Oversees student employees, production crews, shop labs, and budget (in consultation with Costume Designer). Provides instruction of undergraduate courses in appropriate costume and makeup areas as needed.

Required Qualifications


MFA in Costuming or a combination of education and experience that equates to six years.
Experience in pattern drafting, draping, cutting and alterations, painting, dyeing, dance costuming, and appropriate tailoring skills.
Ability to work some evening/weekend hours associated with productions, rehearsals and performances.
Knowledge and experience to teach costume, stage make-up, or other theatre courses as needed.
Ability to perform the essential functions of the job.

Preferred Qualifications


Experience in a university or professional costume shop.

Duties & Responsibilities


Administers and oversees the costume production areas of University Theatre.
Responsible, in consultation with Costume Designer, for production budget.
Communicates with the Costume Designer to make decisions about appropriate materials and technology to be used and procedures to be followed to accomplish the various designs of the production.
Schedules, trains, supervises, gives assignments to and evaluates student employees and production crews.
Designs and implements laboratory settings in which students may learn production principles.
Teaches courses in appropriate costume and make-up areas and other theatre courses as needed.
Organizes, operates and provides inventory control for the costume areas of theatre production.
Remains current with new materials and procedures by participating in various professional associations.
Participates in production conferences with directors and designers to develop and plan the goals and concepts for each production.
Works some evening/weekend hours associated with productions, rehearsals and performances.
Works with the Director of University Theatre to develop a production calendar.
Completes tasks in accordance with the production calendar.
Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervision Exercised

None.

Message to Applicants

Position will remain open until filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by Friday, January 19, 2018. The University reserves the right to close the recruitment process once a sufficient applicant pool has been identified.

You must submit an on-line application in order to be considered as an applicant for this position.

Cover letters may be addressed to the Hiring Committee.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit recommendation letters. If you require additional space to upload recommendation letters, please utilize other document (1) & (2).

Please submit a work sample, which may include examples of costume construction, sewing, draping, etc. Pictures may be uploaded or you may provide a web link to view your portfolio.

Employee Group Professional & Administrative -Salary
Staff Pay Level<br><br><a href=
Pay Range $35,000-$55,000
Division Academic Affairs
Department Communication & Dramatic Arts
Position Status Regular
Position End Date
Employment Status Full-Time
FTE 1.0
Position Type 12 month
Weekly Work Schedule M-F, 8a-5p; evenings and weekends as needed
At Will? No
Location Mount Pleasant, MI
About the Department
About CMU

Founded 125 years ago, Central Michigan University is a major, national university with 26,000 students, more than 30 remote locations in the U.S. and Canada, and 225,000 alumni worldwide.

CMU offers more than 200 academic programs at the undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral levels. Academic excellence is found in programs considered among the best in the nation, such as engineering, information systems, neuroscience, physician assistant, physical therapy, sales, logistics, fashion merchandising and design, advertising, marketing, public relations, and broadcasting. Central has been a pioneer in extended learning for nearly 50 years, and its online programs for undergraduates and the military, as well as its online MBA and online graduate education for teachers and school leaders, are nationally ranked.

Central Michigan University expands its academics with immersive, hands-on opportunities such as research, volunteering, study abroad, internships and leadership experiences.

The fourth-largest university in Michigan began with the mission of addressing a demand for teachers prepared and qualified to lead classrooms and educate future generations. That commitment to fulfilling unmet needs continues today through many newer programs, including our College of Medicine, which in May 2017 graduated its first class of doctors dedicated to serving medically underserved communities.

Employees have access to fitness facilities and a nationally recognized wellness program as well as health care and benefits that exceed regional, state and national norms.

With student-athletes who are expected to perform equally well in the classroom and on the field, CMU is a member of the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference. CMU Athletics regularly earns accolades for student excellence in the classroom (almost 30 percent of our students were honored in spring 2017 for GPAs of 3.5 or higher) and on the field, with frequent men’s and women’s championship seasons in sports such as football, basketball, gymnastics, field hockey, soccer, baseball and softball, and wrestling.

Central is located in a quaint, tight-knit community in the heart of central lower Michigan. Our community offers a robust mix of outdoor opportunities, family attractions. and restaurants and brew pubs. Mount Pleasant’s small-town life is complemented by cultural activities on campus, including concerts, plays and guest speakers. Mount Pleasant is an hour or two from most Michigan destination spots, including Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Ann Arbor, as well as the state’s sunset beaches, golf and ski resorts, and our famous “Up North” communities, state parks and lakes.

EEO Statement

CMU, an AA/EO institution, strongly and actively strives to increase diversity and provide equal opportunity within its community. CMU does not discriminate in employment against persons based on age, color, disability, gender, gender identity/gender expression, genetic information, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or weight (see http://www.cmich.edu/ocrie.)

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Posting Begins 12/19/2017
Posting Ends
Open Until Filled Yes

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn of this vacancy? Please indicate specific source (i.e., CMU website, Lansing State Journal, etc.):

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Are you currently an internal employee of CMU according to the <a href="https://www.cmich.edu/fas/hr/Documents/internal-candidate.pdf#search=definition%20of%20internal">university's definition</a>?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * If yes, to which employee group do you belong? (If not applicable, select "Not Applicable").
    • Not Applicable
    • Office Professional
    • P&A, SO or Faculty
    • Public Broadcasting
    • Police
    • Service Maintenance
    • Supervisory/Technical
  4. * Do you have an MFA in costuming or equivalent combination of education and experience that equates to six years?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have experience in pattern drafting, draping, cutting and alterations, painting, dyeing, dance costuming, and appropriate tailoring skills?
    • Yes
    • No

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Work Sample
Optional Documents
  1. Recommendation Letters
  2. Other Document (1)
  3. Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness
  4. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  5. List of References
  6. Other Document (2)