Posting Details

Posting Number A01493
Position Title Costume Shop Manager
Position Number E01164
Salary for Announcement

The salary range is $45,300 – $63,850.
The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.
The above salary range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting. MSU Denver offers a full benefits package.

Pay Grade

Pay Grade (2020):15

Employee Category Professional staff
Department Theater
EClass Code Full Time Professional Staff
Position Summary

The Costume Shop Manager is responsible for the daily operation, safety, organization, and management of the costume shop. These duties include completion of costume elements within production deadlines; supervision of all necessary production purchases; communication with the designer, director, stage management regarding costume details, fittings, cleaning, and maintenance and troubleshooting; supervision of strike; and adherence to provided budgets.

The Costume Shop Manager, with the guidance of the Production Manager, is responsible for the supervision and safety of student, volunteer and paid costume shop staff, initiating student employee paperwork, time entry approval, supervision and termination of student employees within the university process. Is responsible for keeping the shop supplied with all appropriate materials and goods; maintains general organization of the work and storage spaces. Works with the Theatre Department Costume Faculty to develop and implement training for students; and utilizes summer months to complete costume stock and equipment inventories and equipment maintenance. Follows departmental guidelines on fittings and measurements.

The University is particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented groups.

Metropolitan State University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer.



60% of position:
• Oversee the completion of all costume elements for departmental productions to the Costume Designer and Director’s satisfaction and within production deadlines.
• Supervise the purchase of all necessary materials and supplies needed for each production.
• Coordinate all costume rental orders.
• Pattern, drape, cut and construct costume pieces and accessories as needed to complete all costume elements by the production deadlines while supervising students and other shop staff.
• Act as a liaison with Stage Management students for costume fitting and production notes.
• Attend fittings as necessary for troubleshooting and production continuity.
• Train and support wardrobe crew on cleaning and maintenance of costumes during the run of the production; attend production meetings and dress rehearsals as requested by Costume Designer, Costume Director and/or Production Manager.
• Oversee costume strike after each production and ensure that all rental and stock costumes receive proper cleaning and are returned or restocked.
• Train student wardrobe head and crew to ensure the smooth transition of the costumes from costume shop to dress rehearsal and performance.
• Ensure adherence to the production and general costume shop budgets in a timely fashion.
• Track all production expenditures.
• Supervise, instruct, and insure a safe working environment for all students, volunteer and paid staff workers in the costume/wardrobe areas, including the implementation of costume shop safety standards.
• Along with Costume Director, develop and implement training procedures in basic costume construction skills for all work-study, practicum, and lab students.
• Maintenance of machinery used in the costume industry including but not limited to: industrial and domestic single and multi-needle sewing machines, steam irons, and cutting tools.
• Lift heavy costumes and fabrics up to 30 lbs.
• Stand at the cutting table for extended periods.

30% of position:
• Manage shop supplies, including stock fabrics, notions and materials.
• Maintain shop safety, shop activities, shop equipment, production equipment, and storage areas, including repairs, maintenance and replacements.
• Maintain and improve organization of storage for costumes, accessories, wigs, and other supplies.
• Review and update equipment inventories.
• Assist in coordinating costume shop use with two other institutions.

10% Other duties assigned.

Required Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree.
• Experience in professional costume shop setting.
• Experience in theatrical patterning, cutting, construction, and costume crafts required.
• Experience costume materials including but not limited to: fabrics, notions, and craft supplies.

  • Important Note: Successful applicants will ensure their resumes clearly demonstrate that their work experience describes how they meet all required qualifications.
Preferred Qualifications

• MA or MFA, Costumes or related area
• Costume shop management experiences
• 1+ years in Theatrical and/or Dance University and College experience preferred
• Knowledge of wigs and makeup
• Experience working with a diverse student population is desirable.
• Good interpersonal and communication skills.
• Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills.
• Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite, Email, Dropbox, Costume Bible).
• Working knowledge of costume history.

Posting date 01/08/2021
Closing date
Closing Instructions Open Until Filled
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) 02/01/2021
Special Instructions to Applicants

IMPORTANT: In order to be considered as an applicant you must apply via the online application system,

References refers to a list of three professional references and their contact information.

Official transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire.

Talent Team Representative Sophia Montano
Talent Team Representative E-mail

MSU Denver is pleased to offer our current and potential employees a wide array of benefit options. To learn more, please visit the following link:

Employee Benefits Offerings

Diversity Statement

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a unique, access-oriented campus community that values diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. Our student population consists of nearly 50% first generation students and over 45% students of color. We are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution located in downtown Denver.

We create an equitable learning and working environment in concert with individuals who consistently demonstrate commitment to equity and inclusion. We greatly value the diverse identities and perspectives of our students, faculty, and staff and recognize that in order to achieve a just and equitable society, diversity must go beyond simple representation. It requires critical inquiry and dialogue and a commitment to action. We strive to provide a culture of belonging for all community members to achieve personal and professional success.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

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