Job details

California State University, Stanislaus
  • Position Number: 5209688
  • Location: Turlock, CA
  • Position Type: Fine and Applied Arts - Theatre and Dance

Costumer (Performing Arts Technician II)

Job no: 537980
Department: Coll of Arts, Hum, Soc Science
Work type: Staff
Location: Stanislaus - Turlock
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Probationary, Part Time, Theatre Arts, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Position Summary
(Classified as: Performing Arts Technician II)

Part-time (3/4 time-base; 0.75 FTE; 30 hours/week) position available on or after August 12, 2024 in the Theatre Department. This appointment is on the 10/12 pay plan position and works 10 months, paid over 12 months, with June 15 - August 15 off each year.

The Costumer works independently with limited creative or technical direction and plays a pivotal role as a creative and technically adept member of the production team. They meticulously craft costumes according to design specifications, manage complex projects independently, prioritize safety and quality, and provide leadership by directing staff members and fostering collaboration, thereby contributing significantly to the success and seamless execution of productions.

Job Duties
Duties include but are not limited to:
  • Utilize ingenuity, technical skills, and knowledge of production goals and themes to create and construct costumes according to design specifications.
  • Tasks may include preparing and/or drafting new patterns, selecting and preparing materials, reconstructing existing costumes, creating new costumes from scratch, fabricating costume accessories and wigs, fitting costumes and making alterations, styling hair, applying makeup, repairing and restoring costumes, ordering supplies, and ensuring proper cleaning, maintenance, and storage of costumes.
  • Independently handle more complex projects within the production specialty, including planning, organizing, and implementing for one or more productions.
  • Manage multiple priorities and tasks simultaneously, demonstrating considerable judgment and discretion in material use and adherence to safety requirements.
  • Work with minimal creative and technical direction, determining approaches to projects and priorities independently.
  • Provide lead work direction to other staff members, ensuring coordination and effective collaboration within the production team.
  • Maintain ongoing coordination with faculty involved in productions, offering direct lab support to students engaged in production activities.
  • Responsible for overseeing the costume shop, costume storage areas, and dressing rooms, including maintaining and caring for all equipment, coordinating necessary equipment repairs, and managing consumable stock and supplies.
  • Other duties as assigned.

    Minimum Qualifications
    Entry to the first level within this classification requires one to two years of experience working for a theater, repertory or stock company engaged in the applicable production specialty such as costume construction, stage and set construction, lighting production, and/or sound/audio production. This background normally would be achieved through professional training or applicable college coursework and practical experience.

    Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Theater or related field.
  • Three years of experience in a similar role within the performing arts or related industry.
  • Demonstrated expertise in costume construction.
  • Proficiency in using relevant equipment related to costume design, production, and maintenance (e.g. sewing machines, fabric cutters, mannequins).
  • Experience providing lead work direction or mentoring to junior staff members or students in a production setting.
  • Familiarity with budgeting and cost estimation processes for production-related materials and supplies.
  • Experience in collaborating with diverse teams to achieve production goals.

    Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Thorough and specialized knowledge and experience in applicable production specialty. More sophisticated knowledge of design theory and principles to be able to translate design specifications or drawings into costumes and accessories
  • Ability to independently manage production support projects and productions by breaking segments into working units that coincide with production needs.
  • Ability to work on more complex projects/designs and to work with more difficult materials and equipment, including the ability to select and use the most appropriate materials to meet production needs.
  • Ability to use more complex features of applicable software packages for production specialty.
  • Ability to plan the layout and use of work areas.
  • Thorough knowledge of safety requirements and standards related production support specialty and stage operations and ability to train others in safety measures and ensure compliance with codes and regulations.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of historical periods for design and construction of materials and effects related to applicable production specialty.
  • Thorough and comprehensive knowledge of costume techniques, including specialized hand sewing and machine techniques, and ability to work with a wide range of costuming materials.

    Physical Requirements
    The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Occasionally required to work nights and weekends as needed.

    Salary Range
    Anticipated starting salary will be $2,450.25 - $2,695.50 per month plus excellent paid benefits. Salary will depend on the qualifications of the successful finalist. (Full range: $2,450.25 - $4,433.25 per month)

    Compensation & Benefits
    Commensurate with qualifications and experience. As a member of the 23-campus CSU System, we offer an extremely competitive benefits package that includes, but is not limited to, outstanding vacation, health, dental, and vision plans; a fee waiver education program; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); and 15 paid holidays a year. Link to (Bargaining Unit: 9) Benefits Summary: CSU Employee Benefit Summary

    How to Apply
    To be considered, qualified candidates must submit a completed Stanislaus State online employment application, cover letter, and resume. Applications are accepted electronically only. Please note that failure to completely fill out each section of the online application may result in your application not receiving consideration. To apply online, please click the "Apply Now" button on this page.

    Application Deadline
    OPEN UNTIL FILLED; SCREENING TO BEGIN ON OR AFTER APRIL 24, 2024. (Applications received after the screening date will be considered at the discretion of the university.)

    Criminal Background Clearance Notice
    Satisfactory completion of a background check (which includes checks of employment records, education records, criminal records, civil records; and may include motor vehicle records, professional licenses, and sex offender registries, as position requires) is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

    Additional Information
    Campus & Area
    California State University, Stanislaus serves the San Joaquin Valley and is a critical educational resource for a six-county region of approximately 1.5 million people. The University is fully committed to creating a culture of diversity and inclusion - one in which every person in the University community feels safe to express their views without fear of reprisal. Widely recognized for its quality academic programs, the University has 10 nationally accredited programs and 662 faculty members. 94 percent of full-time faculty holds doctorates or terminal degrees in their fields. The University offers 43 undergraduate majors, 16 master's programs, 7 post-graduate credentials, a doctorate in education and serves more than 10,000 students. New instructional facilities have been built for the unique pedagogy of professional programs, laboratory sciences and performing arts.

    Stanislaus State continues to receive national recognition with its ranking as one of the best 384 colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The University was one of 12 public universities in the nation to be recognized by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for demonstrating exceptional performance in retention and graduation rates. In addition, U.S. News and World Report ranks Stanislaus State in its top 10 among public universities in the West, while Washington Monthly honored Stanislaus State as the West's No. 1 university for the money. Stanislaus State also is recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Clery Act Disclosure

    Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the annual security report (ASR), is now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Stanislaus State for the previous three years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the office of the Clery Director located at One University Circle, Turlock, CA 95382.

    Equal Employment Opportunity

    The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply. The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083, revised 7/21/17, as a condition of employment.

    Applicants requiring necessary accommodations to the application process may contact the Human Resources Department at (209) 667-3351. California Relay Service is available at (800) 735-2922 voice and (800) 735-2929 TDD. As a federal contractor, we are committed to attracting a diverse applicant pool. Please consider completing the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability form (your response will not be shared with the search committee) at: Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability PDF Form.

    CSU Stanislaus hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

    The CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California. The CSU prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside California.

    The individuals who appear to be the best qualified for this position will be contacted by telephone or email for an interview.


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