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Design Associate and Costume Shop Coordinator, College Conservatory of Music

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Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati ranks among the nation’s best urban public research universities. Home to more than 47,000 students, 10,500 faculty and staff and 330,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 research university with a physical setting The New York Times calls “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.”


With the launch of Next Lives Here, the Cincinnati Innovation District, a $100 million JobsOhio investment, eight straight years of record enrollment, worldwide leadership in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 athletic conference, UC’s momentum has never been stronger. UC’s annual budget tops $1.6 billion and its endowment totals $1.9 billion.


Job Overview

The University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music is searching for a Design Associate/Costume Shop Coordinator. The chosen candidate will lead the costume shop in the areas of acquisitions, budgeting, craft projects and rooms, facilitating the completion of shows on time my maintaining the overall scope of the design.

Essential Functions

  • Facilitate the completion of shows by coordinating the show calendar and needs with our labor and financial resources.
  • Manage all purchases for the shop and maintain the budgets.
  • Complete show shopping, returns and shipping including all concur paperwork and budget tracking.
  • Handle all offsite pickup and delivery.
  • Handle costume donations, rentals and rehearsal pieces.
  • Attend at least one dress/tech rehearsal for each show and oversee the completion of show laundry, dry cleaning and rental returns.
  • Maintain, clean and organize costume stock and costume shop spaces.
  • Oversee the use, stocking and organizing of the craft room.
  • Design costumes for shows and coach students to complete costume crafts as needed.
  • Assist with mentoring of design students throughout their show process.
  • Consult on Safety standards with the Shop Foreman, Design and Technology Professors and maintain adherence to safety protocols.
  • May provide direct and/or indirect supervision to exempt and non-exempt staff (i.e., hiring/firing, performance evaluations, disciplinary action, approve time off, etc.).
  • Perform related duties based on departmental need. This job description can be changed at any time.

Required Education

  • Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts with course work in theatre costume design or costume technology.
  • Seven (7) years of relevant work experience and/or other specialized training can be used in lieu of education requirement.

Required Experience

  • Three (3) years of experience in theatrical productions or related field.
  • Ability to design and produce costumes for a wide range of theatrical endeavors.
  • Ability to work well with others of a wide range of abilities in a wide range of situations.

Additional Qualifications Considered

Supervision experience.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Repetitive hand motion (such as typing) - Continuously
  • Talking - Continuously
  • Hearing, listening - Often
  • Standing - Often
  • Walking - Often
  • Bending - Often
  • Climbing stairs/ladders - Often
  • Kneeling, squatting - Often
  • Stooping - Often
  • Reaching overhead - Often
  • Pulling, pushing - Often
  • Lifting - up to 20 pounds - Often
  • Sitting - Seldom
  • Lifting - up to 50 pounds - Seldom
  • Hazards: Includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts of machinery or tools used to perform work, moving vehicles, electrical current, working on scaffolding and high places, or exposure to chemicals.
  • Atmospheric Conditions: Conditions that affect the respiratory system, such as fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases, or poor ventilation.


Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


REQ: 92776 


Design Associate and Costume Shop Coordinator, College Conservatory of Music

Date:  May 25, 2023

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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