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Purpose: Reporting to the Artistic Director the Wardrobe Manager is responsible for supervising all aspects of the company wardrobe in preparation, building and execution. The Wardrobe Manager will lead the day-to-day management of the department including general organization and oversight, scheduling, fitting supervision, crew management, expense tracking, buying, build planning/execution and budget management as set by the Artistic Director.
Miami City Ballet seeks to develop and nurture its diversity. Miami City Ballet is committed to maintaining an inclusive community that recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person; fosters tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect. Miami City Ballet is an EEO employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Leadership and Mentorship
Communicates & demonstrates our mission and values to all stakeholders.
Ensures a comfortable and safe work environment within Wardrobe and in Theatre settings for team members.
Motivates and develops direct and indirect reports.
Contributes to good inter-departmental communication and interpersonal relations.
Attends all staff meetings and informs direct reports of significant events.
Crew scheduling and management
Assist in creating the season schedule for the wardrobe department based around performance dates and build requirements.
Notify the Production Director of running crew needed to satisfy the needs of each production.
Manage the daily, weekly and project deadlines as required by the demands of each individual production.
Encourage a high standard of execution in costume construction, organization, and documentation.
Hiring and managing crew as needed.
Managing make up and wig/hair requirements as determined on a show-by-show basis. At times this will include hiring the appropriate individuals to complete prep and consultation in these departments.
Oversight of wardrobe crew members performance management and annual reviews.
Build and preparation for new creations and re-mounts/rentals
Creating a build schedule based on the budget provided by the Production Director.
Design breakdowns for new builds including build hours/piece and project quoting/costing.
Compiling all new design information including materials used, vendors and material pricing.
Acting as the liaison between the costume designer, artist, AD and the wardrobe crew. Communicating the finer design requirements to the Cutter and communicating the function requirements to the costume designer.
Assisting/facilitating the designer in purchasing the appropriate materials for the new design.
Gathering the costume information for rentals from the Production Director including arrival and departure dates, contractual requirements regarding alterations and cleaning and reviewing all running paperwork prior to the show’s arrival.
Determining if any supplemental pieces are required to fulfill the shows costume requirements. This can include men’s ballet boots, capes, etc. These pieces may be used from MCB stock or built by MCB if budget allows.
Taking fitting photos to be used in the creation of costume inventories and for archival information.
Managing the rebuild/maintenance requirements for the Nutcracker on a yearly basis as determined by the age and functionality of the costumes.
Acting as the buyer for the department and gathering supplies as needed.
Scheduling dancer fittings with stage management when required.
Expense tracking, budget management and reporting
Managing the wardrobe budgets for the season, as provided by the Finance Director.
Reviewing and approving all wardrobe crew timesheets every 2 weeks as determined by the payroll schedule.
Responsible for the general organization of information contained within the wardrobe department.
Maintain the company and rental wardrobe inventory documentation as a whole both at the company studios and the warehouse.
Provide administrative support to the wardrobe department and function as the liaison between the wardrobe department, the company, designers, and external parties.
Special Event and Marketing support
Manage requests for costumes that are required as part of special events, performances, and marketing/development opportunities.
This includes providing dressed mannequins and/or prepping costumes for small scale performances.
Sound interpersonal, team building skills, and a positive attitude.
Strong leadership skills.
5 years minimum wardrobe experience that may include but not limited to theatre, film, and commercial experience.
3 years minimum costume shop management experience preferred.
A post-secondary education in either costume construction, theatre arts or fashion construction is considered an asset.
Strong understanding of the costume design and build process.
Budget management skills an asset.
Experience in dance and/or tutu construction is preferred.
Working Conditions / physical requirements
The schedule in the studios is Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:30pm. However, at times fittings may be scheduled later as determined by the dancers’ schedule.
The Wardrobe Manager is required to be present at all fittings.
The Wardrobe Manager is required to be at the opening nights of every program.
This position is not required to tour with the company for every show, but it may be necessary to travel based on the production requirements.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, use hands, and speak and hear. The employee must lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
A demonstrable ability to handle a deadline oriented, fast paced environment.
The Wardrobe Manager is expected to be punctual, personable, and work well with others. This position requires strong organizational, leadership and problem-solving skills and a self-motivated attitude towards the work.
Primarily working at the Miami City Ballet Studios when not on site for productions or events.
Attendance at ‘Runs in Costume’, ‘Studio Dress Rehearsals’ and ‘Dress Rehearsals’ at the theatre are mandatory.
Ensure working relationships with the Rehearsal Director(s), Artistic Director, Production Director as well as with representatives of the Miami City Ballet School.
Ensure working collaboration with Miami City Ballet administrative staff.
Foster good relations and communication with a variety of interest groups, these include suppliers, the performing arts industry and the community at large.
Act at all times in the best interest of Miami City Ballet in promoting its artistic objectives.
As determined by the Artistic Director.
To apply, please email: 1. Resume 2. Cover letter briefly outlining your experience specifically concerning the qualifications, essential duties and responsibilities listed above.
Please note: Applications will not be considered if they do not address the qualifications, essential duties and responsibilities for this role, and please include examples of your work as requested above.
Miami City Ballet’s mission is to produce and present the highest level of dance performances throughout Florida, the United States and abroad, train young aspiring dancers, and develop Miami City Ballet School into a leader of dance education.