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Job Opening: Fine Arts Technician-Dance Costumer/Designer

Published September 21, 2021



Fine Arts Technician-Dance Costumer/Designer

Florida State University, College of Fine Arts, School of Dance

The Florida State University School of Dance invites applications for our full-time staff Costumer/Designer position. The successful candidate will be a collaborative, collegial partner prepared to work with our current faculty and staff in preparing our students for success through an understanding of the integration of performance, scholarly, and creative activities and disciplines.

This position is responsible for all aspects of costuming for the School of Dance. Currently, the School produces one dedicated faculty/guest concert, one concert series that is a mix of faculty and student works, several MFA projects, and occasional special projects. The primary responsibilities for this position include the following:

  • Costume consultation and/or design for faculty and guest works for School of Dance productions and occasional special projects. Consultation and guidance in costume design choices for students, especially for MFA final projects. Advisement and coordination with outside designers if utilized for faculty, guest, or MFA final projects.
  • Coordination and implementation of costume designs for faculty and guest works, whether new construction, purchase, adaptation, or reuse of stock. This could include material acquisition, dying, draping, cutting, stitching, craft work, and fittings. Support and guidance in costuming student projects, including assistance with coordination, acquisition, and training. Management and coordination of the use of costume stock. Development, training, and enforcement of procedures surrounding all aspects of costuming for the School.
  • Budget estimation for future costume projects and needs for the costume shop. Purchase, documentation, and reporting responsibility for all costume and special projects.
  • Maintenance of costumes and equipment, including laundry, repairs, sending out dry cleaning and taking machines for maintenance.
  • Supervision and training of students and occasional temporary staff.
  • Other duties as required.


Required qualifications include: 

  • An undergraduate degree.
  • At least four years of experience in costume design and construction.
  • Basic computer competency.
  • A driver’s license may be required to purchase or pick up materials and deliver sewing machines for yearly maintenance.


Additional preferred qualifications include:  

  • An undergraduate or master’s degree specializing in costume design and technology.
  • Significant experience in designing and constructing costumes specifically for dance.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.


Application process:  

  • All applications must be submitted via the Florida State University Human Resources’ Omni portal, Select “Current Career Opportunities” and enter job ID#54255. The position is entitled “Dance Costumer and Designer”.
  • Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Consideration of applicants will begin on March 18, 2023.
  • Applications must include a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references we may contact if the application moves to the interview stage.
  • FSU is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer. FSU’s Equal Opportunity Statement may be viewed at
  • The university requires a criminal background check if the application is successful.

The FSU School of Dance is a recognized leader among college dance programs and has offered professional dance degrees for almost sixty years. Graduates of our programs include dancers, teachers, scholars, and leaders in companies, schools, universities, and art organizations in the United States and abroad. Our facility, Montgomery Hall, is one of the best in the nation. The Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) is aninternationally recognized dance research center and a part of the School of Dance. This unique and visionary institute brings a steady stream of prominent and emerging dance artists to campus to create and develop the work that the rest of the world will experience in years to come. Add to this mix an esteemed faculty and talented students, and it is easy to see why we are excited for what is to come. Join us.