Costume Construction Manager

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Work type: Non-Classified/Professional
Location: Boise, ID
Categories: Education and Training, Media and Arts

About Us:

Boise State University, powered by creativity and innovation, stands uniquely positioned in the Northwest as a metropolitan research university of distinction. Learn more about Boise State and the City of Boise at

Boise State University is building an inclusive community of faculty and staff whose unique skills, cultural contributions, work history, and perspectives create a rich and rewarding academic experience for our students. Research demonstrates that people thrive when they feel welcome, respected, and inspired. We seek applicants who are committed to helping us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. Applications from members of historically marginalized groups, including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged.

The Department of Theatre, Film, and Creative Writing offers two undergraduate degrees in Theatre Arts and two undergraduate degrees in Film and Television Arts. The Theatre Program produces five to six productions a year, including a musical or opera every two years. The Film Program produces the Narrative Television Initiative, a sequential four-course project that culminates in the completion of a three-episode original television series or feature film. The Theatre Program has approximately 70 majors and the Film Program has approximately 120 majors.

Job Summary/Basic Function:

Instructs students in various costume shop and equipment programs such as costume technology and maintenance. Uses creative and technical skills to translate theatrical costume designs for construction and oversee daily lab operation.

Department Overview:

The Department of Theatre, Film, and Creative Writing serves the university and the College of Arts and Sciences as a partnership of programs focusing on the learning, practice, and interaction of the dramatic, cinematic, and literary arts. Located within the School of Arts, the department fosters the rigorous intellectual investigation of form, practice, and theory, and an active arts community through undergraduate research, professional training, experiential learning, and interdisciplinary collaboration between each of its three programs.

Level Scope:

Professional with a combination of education and experience to contribute on a project or work team.

Essential Functions:

60% of Time the Costume Construction Manager must:

  • Instruct students in the use of costume construction lab tools and maintenance.
  • Maintain organization and cleanliness of costume construction lab and storage.
  • Supervise and manage the construction of costumes.
  • Meet completion of production deadlines, maintain costumes during the performance run of productions.
  • Instruct and supervise student stitching, wardrobe and makeup crews.

35% of Time the Costume Construction Manager must:

  • Serve as primary draper and pattern maker for 3-4 productions per academic year.
  • Attend all fittings, weekly production meetings, monthly faculty meetings, and end of semester post mortem meetings.
  • Attend technical and dress rehearsal with possible evening and weekend work calls.
  • Manage wardrobe assistance and access for Film Program, student productions and external costume rentals "Complete Purchasing Card reconciliations and track expenditures."

5% other duties as assigned.

Position maintains regular work hours in the Theatre Annex Costume Lab and storage area. Exposure to paints, glues and dyes (PPE provided). Must be able to stand for extended periods of time, climb stairs, and lift up to 25 lbs

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

Costume Technology skills:

  • Patterning, cutting, draping, construction, painting, dyeing and costume crafts.
  • Knowledge of fabric, notion and their suppliers.
  • Knowledge of equipment used in the costume industry including, but not limited to: single and multi-needle sewing machines, (industrial and domestic), steam irons and cutting tools.
  • Understanding of industry safety standards and how to implement them.
  • Familiarity with period costume construction techniques.
    Knowledge of color theory, and a basic understanding of the history of art, fashion and décor.
  • Good interpersonal, communication and problem solving skills.
  • Collaborative work style and ability to work well in a diverse workplace with a wide range of skill sets.

Knowledge of supervisory practices.
Knowledge of bookkeeping and budget practices.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent relevant professional experience

Valid Drivers License

Preferred Qualifications:

MFA in Costume Technology.
Some teaching experience is preferred.

Salary and Benefits:

Starting salary is $42,452.80.  Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at

Required Application Materials:

Resume or CV, minimum 3 professional references.
Cover letter. 
Portfolio with examples of costume construction experience preferred.
Applicant materials due by July 6, 2022.



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