Province: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Position: Wardrobe Manager
Deadline: August 19, 2013
Posted: July 31, 2013
Job Description / Duties
The Wardrobe Manager is accountable to the Production Director for the leadership and management of the Wardrobe Department of the Company and School and for maintaining and improving of the production standards of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Liaison with Artistic Staff, Designers and Suppliers; manage all wardrobe projects to ensure they are finished on time and on budget.
Preparation and communication of all costume requirements, and schedules for each production/performance including special events, with input from Director of Wardrobe
Facilitate coordination between School and Company on wardrobe needs
Final review of all production schedules with Director of Production, including Technical Director and Stage Management as needed
Development and Maintenance of comprehensive documentation and archival records for each show in the Company Repertoire (Seasonal and Historical).
Work in an efficient and timely manner to meet the deadlines of the wardrobe department.
Assessment and oversight of all wardrobes purchasing; issuing and reconciliation of purchase orders and payments requests.
Review and sign off on all wardrobe payroll submissions (except touring crew)
Communicate (weekly) updates on all projects etc. to the Director of Production
Scheduling and oversight of fittings.
Ensure a high level of customer service to all internal and external clients
Develops and maintain excellent relationships with Director of Production, Artistic Director, Company Stage Manager, Head Carpenter, Crew members, venue representatives and Suppliers, and all other internal business partners
Works to build positive working relationships with Wardrobe Staff, Company Management, Stage Management,
Artistic, School, Communications, and Development.
Lead, monitor and provide regular performance feedback to Cutters, Sewers, Footwear Manager and School Wardrobe Personnel
Recommendations to the Director of Production on staffing and working conditions focusing on key performance indicators Setting clear performance objectives; prepares and delivers annual performance evaluations
Continually reinforce the strategies, values and operational policies of the RWB through effective communication
Actively participate in decision making and problem solving strategies
Other duties or special projects as assigned by the Director of Production
Safety and Health Compliance
Qualifications / Required Skills
Education and Qualifications:
A university degree in fine arts specializing in Theatre Production or equivalent experience
Creative ability as demonstrated by a portfolio of work is required
Five years’ experience working in a ballet company/dance or performing arts wardrobe department
Previous experience in a touring environment is essential
IT skills including knowledge of Word, Excel and Outlook
Demonstrated ability to sew
Demonstrated ability in managing a schedule and budget for large wardrobe projects
Excellent verbal, oral and written communications skills
Employment with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet requires a Clear Criminal Background Check and Child Abuse Registry Check at the expenses of the employee.
<div>Skills and Specifications: </div>
Ability to build lasting internal business relationships Interpersonal
Outstanding sewing, tailoring, and pattern drafting skills, including the ability to identify pattern markings and instructions
Extensive knowledge of fabric, suppliers and sewing techniques
Extensive knowledge of costume construction for ballet
Proficient in writing and communication skills; able to manage internal relationships tactfully and respectfully
Ability to lead a team of skilled employees
Able to multitask on more than one project at a time
Pearl Kavanah-Stoesz, Director of Human Resources
Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet is one of Canada's oldest professional ballet companies. Touring nationally and internationally the Royal Winnipeg Ballet seeks to enrich the human experience by teaching, creating and performing outstanding dance.