Working Title: Lecturer: Costume Lab Manager/Designer
Classification Title: 9-Mo Non-Tenure Track Faculty
College: Col of Arts & Architecture (Col)
Department: Performing Arts Services
Position Designation: Faculty
Employment Type: Permanent – Full-time
Months per year: 9
Primary Purpose of Department: The College of Arts + Architecture Performing Arts Services, in collaboration with the Departments of Theatre, Dance, and Music, seeks to advance the academic and event activities in the College’s performance venues in support of the College’s goals. Through its curricular, production, and operational activities, PAS works with the three performing arts departments to provide high-quality academic, production and performance experiences for CoA+A majors and UNC Charlotte students.
Our faculty and staff are committed to:
Excellence: The measure of high quality of student work in the classroom and in our shops and performance venues are a critical part of students’ theoretical and practical training.
Relevance: The work that we produce with our students should be relevant not only to the training they receive in the classroom, but also connect to our students’ communities both on campus and beyond.
Integrity: We teach and honor the values of collaboration, personal discipline, ethical behavior and respect.
Professionalism: Our faculty and staff are working professionals who teach and model industry standards. Through classroom, practicum, and internship opportunities, we strive to prepare our students to work in the performing arts industry and gain acceptance into graduate programs.
Vacancy Open To: All candidates
Description of Work: The University of North Carolina at Charlotte recognizes the differentiation of mission, goals, and objectives inherent in the diversity of disciplines represented by its colleges and departments. Thus, the Job Responsibilities and Essential Functions for Non-Tenure Track Faculty should be interpreted in the context of the related departmental and collegiate teaching goals.
Teaching – Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to teaching may include but are not limited to: subject matter competence, course design, course presentation, and grading student work.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The Costume Laboratory Manager/Designer oversees the direction, execution and realization of all costuming elements associated with the College of Arts and Architecture’s productions and performances. Primary responsibilities include construction and/or purchase, maintenance, and operation of costumes for all designs that are assigned to the Costume Lab (50%). This includes working with Faculty and Guest Designers to achieve artistic vision while meeting budgetary requirements. Related duties include tracking and coordinating all costuming related production schedules in regard to labor and budgets and attending production meetings and dress rehearsals. The Costume Laboratory Manager manages the Costume Laboratory, costume inventory, and related spaces, supervises and/or trains required costume lab/production personnel (student volunteers, student workers, and part-time employees) and provides limited design support for arts productions.
The Costume Laboratory Manager/Designer also plays an important role in the education of performing arts students in the College of Arts and Architecture. The Costume Laboratory Manager/Designer is responsible for teaching two to three courses per semester, depending on production design duties. Normative teaching responsibilities include Production Practicum and Introduction to Technical Theatre (this class is typically team taught with faculty focusing on Electrics, and Scenic Arts). Other topics courses, which are determined by the needs of the performing arts departments, have included Introduction to Costume Techniques, Advanced Costume Techniques, Stage Makeup, and Advanced Stage Makeup. In addition to operating as the Costume Lab Manager, this position may be asked to design the costumes for a Dance or Theatre Production during each academic semester (50%).
Minimum Education/Experience: UNC Charlotte gives primary consideration to the earned masters and/or terminal degree in the teaching discipline or a related discipline.
Preferred Education/Skills/Experience: This position requires a Masters degree in costume design and 3-5 years of experience in costume management. Experience with dance, music and theatre in an educational setting and a demonstrated understanding of the relationship between design and production is preferred. Experience designing costumes for Dance with an emphasis in Modern Dance.
This position requires strong written and oral communication skills with the ability to manage multiple projects concurrently. This role will have to manage relationships across multiple disciplines with varying degrees of experience and knowledge, the ability to foster positive, professional relationships are key.
Demonstrated understanding of the industry standard tools and skills of a production costume shop, including but not limited to working knowledge of all costume fitting needs, measurements, standard sewing machine, pattern work, and familiarity with cutter/draper responsibilities.
Special Notes to Applicants: Finalist is subject to a criminal background check. Finalist will be required to submit an official transcript of the highest earned degree.
Job Open Date: 07/27/2015
Open Until Filled: Yes
Date Review of Applications will Begin: 10/15/2015
Proposed Hire Date: 01/01/2016
Contact Information: Chris Buess; Chair, Search Committee; 704-687-0241