Theatre Discipline Costumer/Publicist

Job Title: Theatre Discipline Costumer/Publicist
Location: Morris
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Part-Time
Job ID: 330485

The University of Minnesota Morris (UMM) Theatre Discipline has an opening for a Costumer/Publicist. This is a nine month, 75% time, 30 hrs/week (hours vary), Monday - Friday position that includes working some Saturdays and Sundays and reports to the Theatre Arts Discipline Coordinator. This position is represented by a Bargaining Unit: AFSCME Technical. The qualifications are as follows:

Essential knowledge, skills and abilities
Candidates must have some college training or experience as a technician or a designer. The candidate must be able to sew, read patterns, organize, meet deadlines, assist with designers, work with students and work within a budget. Competency in Microsoft Word and Excel are required for the position; knowledge of Photoshop a plus.

About the Job

Purpose of the position
The Theatre Discipline Costumer/Publicist provides leadership and supervision for student workers in the production of costumes and publicity materials for the UMM Theatre Discipline productions. Position includes acquiring necessary materials for costumes and publicity, caring for equipment, attending meetings as needed and assisting theatre faculty with additional discipline duties.

Job duties
Manage the costume shop and oversee the production of costumes. This includes (but is not limited to) working from costume designs to create the costume, purchasing materials and costume pieces, caring for equipment, and working within the budget for each show. (65%)

Supervise the creation, production, and distribution of publicity materials. This includes (but is not limited to) newspaper blurbs, posters, photos, programs, displays, etc. Manage the box office, house management and children's show booking, and work within the budget for each show. (35%)

This position must demonstrate sensitivity, knowledge and understanding of diverse academic, socioeconomic, gender, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

30 hours per week
15 of those 30 hours are during the 2-5pm times, which includes supervising work-study students to produce production material. The other 15 hours are spent in meetings, at rehearsal, prepping for work-study students and shopping.

The employer reserves the right to modify, change or add to the duties of this position, consistent with the classification description, at any time.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references. Review of applications begins immediately and will be accepted until the position is filled.


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About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM)

The University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM) makes its home on a 121-year-old campus on the western edge of the state and is one of the top public liberal arts colleges in the nation. The small, close-knit campus emphasizes faculty/student collaboration in research, study abroad, and service learning. Deeply rooted in the tall grass prairies of Minnesota, the campus also has advanced sustainable, environmentally friendly initiatives that have grown to levels of national leadership and touch nearly all aspects of campus life.

A distinctive undergraduate campus within the University of Minnesota system, Morris combines a rigorous, student-centered residential liberal arts education with access to the resources and opportunities of one of the nation's largest universities. A founding member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), Morris provides students with a rigorous academic experience, preparing them to be global citizens who value and pursue intellectual growth, civic engagement, intercultural competence, and environmental stewardship. The student body of nearly 1700 is supported by 130 faculty members, a student/faculty ratio of 13:1. The Morris campus is the most ethnically diverse in the University of Minnesota system, with 20 percent American Indian students, 10 percent U.S. students of color, and 12 percent international students.

Morris is highly ranked by national publications -- U.S. News & World Report as a top-ten public liberal arts college; Forbes as one of the best colleges and universities in the nation; and Fiske Guide to Colleges includes Morris in its list of “the best and most interesting” schools in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom. Morris students consistently win national awards – in 2017-2018, Morris was the only public baccalaureate institution among the top student Fulbright award producers. Among University of Minnesota campuses, Morris has the highest proportion of faculty in the University’s Academy of Distinguished Teaching. The campus is also a national leader in sustainability, evidenced by receipt of the inaugural Excellence in Sustainability award from the National Association of College and University Business Officers and an Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education STARS Gold rating.