Assistant Costumer/Cutter

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Job location: Smith College

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-06-04
Req: R-202100419
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Job Summary

Assist in the daily operations of the Costume Shop, planning and executing the costumes for the Theatre and Dance Departments’ productions.The position is divided equally between the two departments.

Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Essential Functions


Assist with the consultation with designers and choreographers; prepare for the execution; order and purchase materials and constructs.Oversee the construction of all the costumes for the major productions and concerts.Set up fittings for the designer; adjust garments with input from designer; mark and oversee all alterations; launder, clean and repair costumes for the theatre and dance productions with student help. Attend rehearsals and production meetings as needed.


Supervise and instruct all students, interns and work study students


Teach techniques of sewing and the execution of designs including beginning and advanced construction procedures in THE 200, THE 254 and THE 354 labs as well as other construction and running crews for productions.


Maintain costume facility.Maintenance of storage and equipment for Theatre and Dance departments include:storage, pulling and restocking of garments and accessories.

Other Functions


Ensure a safe and hazard free environment for all workers. Back up other staff needs as necessary.Perform related duties as required.

All employees are expected to participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Minimum Qualifications (knowledge, skills, education, experience, certifications, licenses)

College level instruction and experience in theatre/dance costume construction or equivalent experience.

Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.


Experience with pattern drafting or draping, cutting of muslin version for first fitting, consulting on and often swatching and shopping for appropriate fabrics, fabric preparation and dying, tailoring and sewing period garments.Experience using and maintaining industrial and home sewing machines as well as industrial irons, steamers and sergers.

Please attach BOTH a current resume and a cover letter in order for your application to be considered for this position . You may combine your resume and cover letter into a single file or attach multiple files to your application, but BE SURE you have provided all attachments BEFORE SUBMITTING your application. You will NOT be able to attach additional files after you have hit the Submit button.

Review of applications will begin

June 14, 2021

Compensation Grade:

Grade M Non-exempt

Position Type:


About Smith College

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts.  A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges.

Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.




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Posted: 6/6/2021
Application Due: 8/5/2021
Work Type: Full Time