Instructional Laboratory Technician – Theatre Arts Costumer - West Valley-Mission Community College District in Saratoga California

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West Valley-Mission Community College District

Saratoga, California

United States

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Detailed Job Description

The Theatre Arts Department at West Valley College is seeking a talented individual to fill the position of Instructional Laboratory Technician – Theatre Arts Costumer.

West Valley College, though just minutes from the heart of the Silicon Valley, is in a beautiful park-like setting on 143 wooded acres. Our staff and faculty are among the most qualified in the state and our students appreciate the college for its friendly staff and supportive atmosphere.

Under direction of an assigned supervisor, operate an instructional Theatre Arts Costume Shop/Laboratory and maintain equipment, tools, costume stock and supplies; oversee all aspects of costume construction for two main stages and two to three studio productions each season; manage costume rentals and loans; facilitate student learning by providing assistance to faculty and students; supervise and tutor individual and small groups of students in technical aspects of the instructional program; technical supervision of part-time hourly employees or student assistants, as assigned.

Applicants who possess the knowledge, skills, and life experiences to address the cultural and educational needs of a culturally diverse student population are encouraged to apply.


53% of full time, 20 hours per week, 11 months per year, with anticipated start date of January 21, 2015. This position is a member of the West Valley-Mission Classified Employees Association (WVMCEA), Office, Technical & Business Services Employee Unit.

Work Location: West Valley College, Saratoga, CA.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination equivalent to:
1. Education – Two years of college, professional or equivalent experience in a costume shop;


2. Experience in design shop management, direction of student crews, script analysis and standard clothing construction skills;


3. Demonstrated ability to effectively work with persons of diverse socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds.

Desired Qualifications

  • Advanced sewing skills.
  • Knowledge of and experience in sewing machine operation and maintenance, tailoring and pattern drafting.
  • Pattern drafting and cutting, costume crafts, millinery, hair and wig styling, theatrical makeup, fabric dyeing and painting.
  • Skills and experience in costume inventory maintenance, record-keeping, and budget coordination.

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty of the position satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions required for the position.

  • Maintenance of the costume shop, the wardrobe, equipment and supplies.
  • Act as liaison between directors and designers regarding costume design requirements and their feasibility.
  • Purchase yardage, sewing sundries, dyes, paints, and other items pertaining to costume requirements.
  • Operate a variety of machines and devices for cutting, sewing and fitting of theatrical costumes.
  • Arrange for cleaning, laundering and repairing of costumes during the run of a production. Clean and store costumes after the production.
  • Select, construct and fit appropriate costumes and fabric scenery materials. Cut, curl, style or fabricate wigs, perform hat and headdress construction, apply makeup, and construct jewelry, masks and armor.
  • Provide students and cast members with assistance and training in costume techniques. Set up, operate and demonstrate the use of specialized clothing construction equipment.
  • Prepare purchase orders and review materials needs with vendors, suppliers, and Theatre Arts instructors.
  • Manage and organize the Theatre Arts wardrobe stock. Manage and organize costume rentals and loans of Theatre Arts wardrobe stock.
  • Maintenance of a variety or records, logs and files related to equipment and costume inventory and purchases, locks, keys, and student records.
  • Train and provide direction of production students and hourly assistants under the supervision of a certificated instructor of Theatre Arts. Assist in hiring hourly assistants.
  • On occasion, design costume pieces, as directed by instructor or other certificated personnel.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices and applications of costuming for college productions.
  • Theatrical costume design, sewing, pattern adjustment, dry goods, sewing materials and cleaning processes.
  • Clothing alteration and repair.
  • Health and safety precautions used in a theatre arts costume shop.
  • Operation and maintenance of a theatre arts costume shop.
  • Record keeping methods.
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Interpersonal skills including tact, patience and courtesy.

Ability to:

  • Construct and maintain a variety of styles in theatrical costumes and accessories.
  • Work closely with directors, technical staff and students towards a common goal under deadline pressure.
  • Create and meet a production framework and schedule.
  • Operate sewing machines and other equipment related to theatrical costuming.
  • Coordinate a costume budget.
  • Direct others.
  • Work independently.
  • Effectively communicate and interact with persons of diverse abilities and academic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted during the course of work. Train, schedule, supervise and evaluate student workers, if assigned.
  • Maintain a clean and orderly laboratory/shop environment.

Salary and Benefits

  • Anticipated Hiring Range: $1,990–$2,162 monthly.
  • Employer-contributed medical, dental and vision for employee and dependents, to include domestic partner (prorated for employees working less than 100% of full-time).
  • Employer-paid long term disability for employee.
  • Voluntary life insurance.
  • 13 paid holidays, plus 1 floating holiday annually; paid non-workdays between Christmas and New Year.
  • Up to 22 days vacation leave accrued annually (prorated for employees working less than 100% and 12 months).
  • 12 days sick leave accrued annually (prorated for employees working less than 100% and 12 months).
  • Personal necessity leave and personal business leave.
  • Educational growth incentive program from $35 to $175 monthly.
  • $500 longevity award annually after 15 years of service and $1,000 longevity award annually after 20 years of service.
  • CalPERS retirement.
  • Position is union affiliated with required dues.

Application Information


  • Interested applicants must submit online all materials requested, including: (1) A completed online West Valley-Mission Community College District application; (2) Resume; (3) Transcripts – (unofficial or official copies) for stated degrees having the degree confer/award dates circled. Official transcripts will be required prior to employment start date should the position be offered; (4) Cover letter and/or reference list, if requested; and (5) Any requested licenses or certificates, if applicable.
  • All sections of the online application, including Education and Educational Work History, must be completed thoroughly.
  • Supervisor(s) name(s) and telephone numbers must be included in the application.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Do NOT send unrequested materials. Unrequested materials will not be used for consideration of employment.
  • The employment application and supporting documents represent you; it is to your advantage to fill out the application form carefully and completely.


  • If a minimum requirement is possession of a degree, then a copy of transcripts is required to be included with your application to verify the degree being awarded. If no transcripts are included, the application may be screened as not meeting minimum requirements.
  • Degrees must have been awarded by a college or university accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation and/or the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Candidates with degrees earned outside of the United States must provide official certification of equivalency to U. S. degrees by a certified U. S. credential review service, must have a U.S. evaluation (course by course of the transcripts) and must be submitted with this online application.
  • If you do not have an electronic version of the transcript, you can get it scanned at an office supply or copy store; then attach the electronic version of your transcript to this online application.
  • Copies of diplomas, grade reports, graduation petitions, transcript evaluations requests, or similar documents WILL NOT be accepted in lieu of transcripts.

For assistance, contact:
Office of Human Resources, Attn: Recruitment
14000 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070
Phone: (408) 741-2174 Fax: (408) 867-9059

West Valley-Mission Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Keyword Phrases

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  • student-centered learning environment
  • empowering diverse human capital
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Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: See Job Description
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Analyst / Staff
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:2 - Year Institution / Technical
Application Requirements: CV/Resume