Costume Technician

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Work type: Staff
Location: Long Beach
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Temporary, Full Time

Job Summary 

Under the supervision of the Costume Shop Manager, the Costume Technician supports the department’s production and academic program demands by creating costumes based on designer renderings. Additionally, they assist the Shop supervisor with costumer spaces and stock maintenance.

Key Responsibilities

  • Cutter/Draper, working mostly independently taking measurements, creating patterns, cutting, constructing, fitting, and altering garments.
  • Re-fabricates and alters existing garments.
  • Creates costume accessories and decoration.
  • Assists undergraduate students by advising on appropriate choices to complete garments and accessory construction/alterations.
  • Assists the Costume Shop supervisor in maintaining the Costume Shop spaces, garments, machines, tools, and supplies.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

Ability to interpret designers rendering and ability to work withing time limits and meet deadlines. Working Knowledge of historical styles, accessories, and patterns for men's and women's garments. Familiarity with flat pattern techniques, draping techniques, pattern manipulation techniques, costume/garment construction techniques, fabric manipulation techniques, and fitting techniques. Basic understanding of millinery, cordwainer and cobbler techniques, dyeing techniques, paint and surface design techniques, and other costume crafts techniques. Knowledge of materials, supplies, notions, and equipment relevant to theatrical costume and accessory fabrication.

Ability to communicate with an ethnically and culturally diverse campus community.  Ability to follow all university policies, procedures, and guidelines including but not limited to safety, civility, information security, and non-discrimination policies and procedures.  Ability to contribute to a positive university experience for each and every student and assist in achieving the university's commitment to a "vision of excellence."

Education and Experience

  • Equivalent to 24 semester units of related college coursework and two years of related professional or technical experience required.


  • Bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts, Fashion Design, or a related field preferred, and/or equivalent professional experience.
  •  Demonstrated experience in costume construction and maintenance, preferably in a theatrical   or performing arts setting.
  •  Proficiency in sewing, pattern making, and other relevant costume techniques.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail, with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

Physical Summary

Medium work - Job involves lifting heavy-weight objects (20-40 pounds) and/or 20% - 40% of the job involves standing, squatting, kneeling, or walking. May require pushing or pulling objects within the weight limits.


Theatre Arts


Performing Arts Technician II


Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department’s fiscal resources.

Hiring Range: The hiring range for this position is $3,920 - $4,489 per month commensurate with candidate's education, experience, skills, and training.

CSU Classification Salary Range: The CSU Classification Salary Range for this position is $3,920 - $7,093 per month.


Excellent benefits through CalPERS (health, vision, dental), tuition fee waiver, generous vacation and sick leave, and 14 paid holidays each year.

Time Base

1.0 time-base, 40 hours per week.

Duration of Appointment

This is a temporary position for three years with no permanent status granted. Temporary assignments may expire prior to the ending date.

Application Procedures

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PLEASE FILL OUT THE APPLICATION COMPLETELY. It is important that all sections of the on-line application are filled out completely and accurately. Please include all relevant education and experience. Your application will be used to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications for this position. 

Additional Information

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily and is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

CSULB is not a sponsoring agency for staff and management positions (i.e. H-1B Visas).

California State University Long Beach expects respectful, professional behavior from its employees in all situations. Acts of harassment or abusive conduct are prohibited. Demonstrated appropriate professional behavior, treating others with civility and respect, and refusing to tolerate abusive conduct is expected of all employees.

Equal Employment Statement

California State University Long Beach is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that is strongly committed to promoting diversity in all areas of the campus community. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, physical or mental disability, gender or sex, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, and veteran or military status.


We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact

Out of State Employment Policy

California State University, Long Beach, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees upon date of hire to reside in the State of California.

As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.


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