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Head of Wardrobe - Alberta Ballet Company

This is a Seasonal, Full-time position.

Category: Production
Province: Calgary, Alberta
Position: Head of Wardrobe
Deadline: May 10, 2019
Posted: April 10, 2019

Job Description / Duties

Reporting to the Director of Production, the Head of Wardrobe is responsible for supervising all aspects of the performance wardrobe in preparation and building. The Head of Wardrobe will lead the day to day management of the department including general organization and oversight, scheduling, crew management, expense tracking, buying, build planning/execution and budget management as set by the Director of Production.

Key Deliverables/Responsibilities

Leadership and Mentorship
Communicates our mission and values to all stakeholders.
Provides for a comfortable and safe place to work.
Motivates and develops direct and indirect reports.
Contributes to good inter-departmental communication and interpersonal relations.
Attends all staff meetings and informs direct reports of significant events.
Crew scheduling and management.
Creates the season schedule for the wardrobe department based around performance dates and build requirements.
Books sufficient crew to satisfy the needs of each production.
Manages project deadlines as required by the demands of each production.
Encourages a high standard of execution in costume construction and organization.
Hires and manages IATSE crew as governed by the Alberta Ballet White Contract.
Manages make up and wig/hair requirements as determined on a show by show basis.
Build and preparation for new creations and re-mounts/rentals:
Create a build schedule based on the budget provided.
Design breakdowns for new builds including build hours/piece.
Compile all new design information including materials used, vendors, and material pricing.
Act as the liaison between the costume designer and the wardrobe crew.
Assist/facilitate the designer in purchasing the appropriate materials for the new design.
Gather the costume information for rentals from the Director of Production including arrival and departure dates, contractual requirements regarding alterations, cleaning, and reviewing all running paperwork prior to the shows arrival.
Determine if any supplemental pieces are required to fulfill the shows costume requirements
Take fitting photos to be used in the creation of costume inventories and for archival information.
Manage the rebuild requirement for the Nutcracker on a yearly basis.
Act as the buyer for the department and gathering supplies as needed.
Schedule dancer fittings with the artistic staff when required.
Expense tracking, budget management and reporting:
Tracking all expenses for the departmental including invoices and visa statements.
Manage comprehensive budgets per year provided by the Director of Production.
Submit all wardrobe crew timesheets to the Director for approval.
Track all labour expenses in the shared expense tracking worksheet.

Responsible for the general organization of information contained within the wardrobe department.
Manage all digital and hard copy files.
Create fitting sign-in sheets for the dancers and ensure that the daily dancer schedule as well as sign-in sheets are posted prior to fittings daily.
Maintain the company wardrobe inventory
Special Event and Marketing Support:
Manage requests for costumes required for special events, performances and marketing/development opportunities.
Includes dressing mannequins and/or prepping costumes for small scale performances

Qualifications / Required Skills

Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Proven leadership skills with the ability to be a team player.
Minimum of 5 years of experience in wardrobe that may include but not limited to, theatre, film and commercial experience.
2 years experience costume shop management experience preferred.
Post Secondary education in either costume construction, theatre arts, or fashion construction is an asset.
Strong understanding of the costume design and build process.
Budget management skills an asset.

Additional Information

Working Conditions:
- Monday to Friday (9:00 - 5:30). At times, fittings may be scheduled as late as 6:00 pm.
- Required to stand, walk use, hands, speak, hear. Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds.
- Must be prepared to use his or her own personal vehicle for occasional company business and will be reimbursed for such use on a per kilometer basis.
- Attendance at "Runs in Costume", "Studio Dance Rehearsals" and "Dress Rehearsals" at the theatre are mandatory.

Salary: $65,000 - $75,000 per annum

Contact Information

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Alberta Ballet Company is one of Canada's premier dance companies which is committed to an artistic vision of powerfully exciting dance.