Charlotte Ballet – Costume Shop Manager

Categories: Job Opportunities
Job Title: Costume Shop Manager
Classification Seasonal/Contract
Department: Production
Reports To (Job Title): Production Manager


Charlotte Ballet is seeking a Costume Shop Manager for the 2020-2021 season in Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte Ballet, led by Artistic Director Hope Muir, is known for its strong dancers and versatile repertoire, ranging from classic ballet like Nutcracker to bold, contemporary works. The company of 28 professional dancers annually presents six performance series in Charlotte spanning from October to May and has increasing opportunities to tour the region and beyond. With an international roster of choreographers, Charlotte Ballet is focused on bringing new works to audiences. In light of the recent challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, Charlotte Ballet has amended the season to three Charlotte performance series. Production team members also support the efforts of Charlotte Ballet’s Academy and Education programs. Strong candidates for Costume Shop Manager would thrive in a fast pace environment, would be highly adaptable, and can work independently while maintaining a high level of artistic integrity and quality. Please note that Charlotte Ballet will ask all employees to submit to a background check, follow strict Covid-19 safety protocols and is unable at this time to pay for relocation.


Job Purpose: The Costume Shop Manager supervises the operations of the Charlotte Ballet costume shop and the technical aspects of the fabrication and maintenance of costumes for Company I & II, Academy, and Education performances. Manage costume rentals in-going and out-going. The position requires significant work time during evenings, weekends, and some holidays.


Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Item # (% of Time)

(Please list and prioritize the position’s duties. Indicate the approximate percent of time for each item, including only those essential functions required to perform the job.)

1. (35%)

Direct Charlotte Ballet costume shop staff and overhire. Provide leadership in the costume shop to create a respectful, efficient, safe, and productive shop atmosphere. Manage physical resources and timelines to meet all deadlines determined by Artistic Director or Production Manager. Communicate challenges effectively.

2. (25%)

Manage costume construction from concept through execution. Maintain safe working practices in the costume shop. Manage resources to stay on budget and on time.

3. (15%)

Refurbish, alter, and recreate existing costumes. Schedule fittings with Rehearsal Directors. Manage dancer undergarments and provide updated fitting notes. Compile and archive all necessary costume/wardrobe information for each production, including but not limited to: patterns, fabric swatches, laundry notes, dressing notes, design concepts, communications, etc.

4. (10%)

Work with Artistic staff and guest designers/choreographers to achieve their artistic intent.

5. (5%)

Manage wardrobe rentals (in-going and out-going). Work with Production Manager to maintain inventory, create contracts, shipping, laundering, etc.

6. (5%)

Manage shoes for Company I & II along with specialty character shoes for Academy, as needed.

7. (5%)

Other duties as required or assigned.


Section III – Job Dimensions and Qualifications

Positions Supervised:

Costume Shop Staff, Costume Shop overhire, IATSE stagehands, Academy and Education volunteers

Internal Contacts:

Costume Shop Staff and over hire, Production Department staff and over hire, Academy staff and dancers, Artistic staff and dancers, Development staff, Education staff, Marketing staff

External Contacts:

Designers, Vendors, IATSE, Choreographers, Patrons

Education Level and Focus:

Industry experience in costume construction and wardrobe supervision, experience necessary to be determined by Artistic Director. Costume design experience beneficial.

Years and Type of Related Experience Required:

3-5 years costume shop management experience. Some dance background strongly recommended.

Professional/Technical Competencies

Preferred 3-5 years professional experience in costume shop management, preferably in dance

Cutting, draping, pattern drafting, stitching, construction, fitting and garment alteration proficient

Working knowledge of fit/construction techniques specific to dance

Clear communicator; presents ideas and information effectively and clearly, both orally and in writing

Competent in generation of production paperwork/history/record keeping

Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work independently and with varied personalities individually, as well as in a team setting

Actively listens to concerns and problems, helps provide appropriate solutions and follows up to ensure positive outcomes

Demonstrates diplomacy and tact in all interactions

Builds rapport and develops effective, collaborative relationships

Faces difficult situations with tenacity

Ability to manage, observe, evaluate, and instruct staff

Demonstrates sound management skills, including the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines

Work well under pressure while managing deadlines

Keen eye for detail

Must have valid driver’s license with proper insurance

Experience with operating, servicing, and maintaining a wide variety of machines as related to costume repair and construction

Helpful to have experience in costume crafts including but no limited to: textile dyeing and manipulation, millinery, leatherworking, jewelry, and beading.

Charlotte Ballet is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Candidates will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, veteran or disability status. Interested candidates should include a resume, professional references and contact email.

Job Type: Contract

Pay: $785.00 per week

COVID-19 considerations:
Charlotte Ballet has incorporate all measures in compliance with CDC and North Carolina Executive orders including: social distancing, mandatory masking, personal protective equipment, pre-shift health screening, added sanitation measures, and more.


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