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Costume Shop Manager

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

Full Time
Posted March 31, 2021

Job Title: Costume Shop Manager

FLSA Status: Full-Time Exempt

Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities

Date Prepared: 03/31/2021

The Arvada Center is seeking a Costume Shop Manager to join our theatrical production team. We are a well-established organization with a 44-year history and are seeking a costuming professional who is passionate about our mission and who can add value through supervising creative costuming and craftwork.

Organizational Mission and Story

The Arvada Center celebrates and elevates the human condition with engaging arts, humanities, education, and entertainment that expand the cultural landscape for everyone who visits us.

The Arvada Center produces, curates, and creates national-caliber arts, humanities, education, and entertainment that are designed to help you see, hear, feel, and think a little deeper. Here, there’s truly something for everyone. You’ll find something you can not only relate to, but something that resonates—no matter who you are, no matter where you’re from.

Position Purpose:

Supervises and ensures smooth operations for the costume shop, including the hiring, training, scheduling, and supervision of shop staff, facilitates the completion of all garments in advance of established deadlines, and builds costumes for theatrical productions.

Job Knowledge:

  1. Coordinates Costume Shop:

-Develops and provides oversight of operations for the costume shop.

-Builds and alters costumes for each production, including period and custom costumes.

-Facilitates incoming and outgoing rentals, donations, and loans of costumes when required.

-Maintains costume shop, including keeping work area clean, safe, and free of debris, and maintaining an organized stock of costumes and tools.

-Facilitates costume shop equipment and tool maintenance.

-Works closely with designers and producers for facilitating artistic goals and quality of all costumes. Communicate with designers, stage management, and staff to coordinate fittings.

-Read all scripts and collaborate with designer and production team to create a comprehensive, detailed costume piece list for each show.

  1. Supervises Workers:

-Hires, trains, directs, and assigns work and schedules for costume employees, including temporary over-hires.

-Exhibits strong supervisory and project leadership skills.

-Exhibits knowledge of Equity Union rules.

-Communicate with costume, wardrobe, wig, and makeup departments, attend all costume fittings, and facilitate understudy fittings and paperwork to ensure quality and maintain integrity of productions.

  1. Administrative Duties:

-Collaborates with designer to develop itemized budget.

-Reviews budget and maintains costs in accordance with budget.

-Establishes and facilitates vendor sources for purchase and accounts.

-Track costs and submit invoices in a timely manner.

-Keeps track of employee time sheets and tracks labor costs.

-Conduct shop meetings, attend staff and production meetings.

-Order necessary supplies.

-Exhibits strong written and verbal communication skills and interact with all personnel, vendors, and the general public in a positive and cooperative manner.

-Exhibits strong time management skills, and demonstrates a strong ability to prioritize and meet deadlines.

-Other duties as assigned.

Scope of Authority:

Receives general supervision under the direction of the Performing Arts Manager. Responsible for meeting deadlines. Plans own work and the work of others to meet defined work plans and objectives.

Financial Accountability:

      Purchases materials and supplies, working within the confines of the budget for each show. Records and tracks all expenditures on a timely basis.

Supervision exercised:

Supervises all costume shop workers. Has final responsibility for assigning and scheduling work and training. Makes recommendations on performance evaluations, interviews, hiring, disciplinary actions, and terminations.

Working Environment/Physical Activities:

      Requires moderate physical effort by handling objects up to 50 pounds occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds frequently.

Education and Experience Required:

Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of education and related experience with theatrical costuming. Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of education and related experience with theatre emphasis and sewing skills and five (5) years of theatrical costume design at a supervisory level required.

Material and Equipment Directly Used:

Sewing machine (industrial & domestic), steamer, industrial iron, serger, washer & dryer. Proficiency with computer, Excel, and Word.


Ranges from 46500-50500, depending on experience.

Application Instructions:

Please send an email with your resume and cover letter to jobs@arvadacenter.org . Please put the job title in the subject line of your email. This position will remain open until filled.

Conditions of Employment:

This is a full-time, exempt position that is eligible for benefits. The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is dedicated to the principles of equal opportunity employment in any term, condition, or privilege of employment. We do not discriminate against applicants or employees on the basis of age, race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, genetic information, disability or any other status protected by state or local law. Candidates from traditionally marginalized communities are especially encouraged to apply.


Note: This job is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job.

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