School of Dance Wardrobe Manager Seasonal Position
Wardrobe Assistant Role Description: The School of Dance Wardrobe Manager is a seasonal non-exempt employee of Ballet Hispánico and reports directly to the Associate School Director and School of Dance Production Manager. The position requires the oversight of all School of Dance (SOD) costume needs including the organization, management, implementation of costumes, and props directly related to all School of Dance performances and events. The SOD Wardrobe Manager works collegially with the Company Wardrobe Director in the costume shop to ensure all organizational needs can be met. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Work in tandem with the Associate School Director and School of Dance Production Manager to oversee and determine costuming needs for all School of Dance events and strategy for execution of wardrobe tasks including purchasing of material and creating and building costumes as needed for productions.
- Supports the Wardrobe Director in maintaining the efficiency and maintenance of the wardrobe office and all wardrobe spaces.
- Costume maintenance, including all sewing repair, alterations, laundry/cleaning, professional cleaning, and maintaining SOD costume integrity.
- Attends and leads wardrobe needs for all School of Dance events both at Ballet Hispánico and outside venues as well as manages the communication and planning with external theater wardrobe staff.
- Track costume order statuses and communicate status with direct reports.
- Place orders as needed for productions and performances.
- Update and organize School of Dance costume inventory and Virtual Costume Catalog
- Organize props and accessories, making them accessible to faculty as needed.
- NOTE: Some touring may be required.
Wardrobe Skills Required:
- Perform domestic sewing, serging, and hand sewing, and the estimating and cutting of fabric.
- Leads student measurements and fittings.
- Assists with restocking when needed.
- Provide costume support for the artists during performances such as quick changes and emergency costume issues.
- Pull, organize, label, and prepare costumes for all school program performances/events as well as their distribution and/or prep for travel.
- Create instructions for costume care for students as needed.
- Perform flat patterning and draping when needed. (preferred but not required)
The SOD Wardrobe Manager’s overall schedule will be dependent on the School’s programming needs and primarily will be September to mid-December and January to June with the possibility of development into a full-time role pending needs.
The Weekly schedule will be based off of a 40-hour work week, however more or less hours dependent on workload will be possible. The primary schedule will be Monday to Friday 10am-6pm and will shift to support performances, student fittings, measurements, etc. Some weekends and evenings will be mandatory. Schedule will be determined in coordination with the School Associate Director and communicated in a timely manner.
NOTE: Applicants must be fully vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus in order to be eligible for this position.
Compensation: $22-25/hour commensurate with experience.
About Ballet Hispánico
Acclaimed as one of America’s Cultural Treasures (Ford Foundation), Ballet Hispánico brings communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through innovative dance performances, transformative dance training, and enduring community engagement experiences.
Founded in 1970 by National Medal of Arts recipient, Tina Ramírez, the organization emerged during the post-Civil Rights Movement on NYC’s Upper West Side, providing a safe haven for primarily Black and Brown Latinx youth seeking artistic sanctuary during the plight of 1970s New York City. With the need for place, both culturally and artistically, families found their way to Ballet Hispánico. With a focus on dance in order to develop artists who work, the training, authenticity of voice, and power of representation, fueled the organization’s roots and trajectory.
With a focus on dance, achievement, and public presence, the organization flourished through the three roots of its mission: its Company, School of Dance, and Community Arts Partnerships. Over the past five decades, by leading with Latinx culture at the forefront of performance, education, and advocacy, BH’s mission is a catalyst of change and possibility for communities throughout our nation. As an organization progressing with the needs of its community, BH serves as a platform for historically omitted and overlooked artists providing capacity, voice, and affirmation.
● Cover Letter describing your interest in this position and Ballet Hispánico's work
● Minimum of 2 references
Send all listed required materials via e-mail to email@example.com with the subject heading of “School of Dance Wardrobe Manager - Applicant’s Name.” E-mail submissions only. No phone calls. Upon receipt of your application, you will be notified regarding any next steps.
● Applications will be accepted through August 22, 2022.
● Start date for selected candidate will be September 6, 2022.