Assistant Costume Tech

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Work type: Staff
Location: Sacramento
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Probationary, Part Time, Theatre Arts, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Working Title: Assistant Costume Tech

Classification Title: Performing Arts Technician I (10/12)

Posting Details 

Priority Application Deadline: Sunday, June 16th @ 11:55pm PST (Posting will remain open until filled)

Hiring Preference

Eligible on-campus applicants in California State University Employees Union (CSUEU) Bargaining Units 2,5,7, and 9 will be given first consideration in the recruitment.

Position Summary

Under the general direction of the Department Chair, and with guidance from the lead costume shop PAT II, the PAT I (Costuming) uses their ingenuity, technical abilities and knowledge of production goals and themes, to create and construct costumes from design specifications. Work may include preparing and drafting new patterns, preparing appropriate materials, selecting and reconstructing appropriate costumes from existing stock, creating new costumes from scratch, fabricating costume accessories, assisting with measurements, fitting costumes and making alterations.

The PAT I (Costuming) position also requires experience in repairing, restoring, proper cleaning, maintenance, and proper storage of costumes and accessories.

FLSA: Non-Exempt (Eligible for overtime compensation)

Anticipated Hiring Range: $1,812 per month - $1,950 per month

CSU Classification Salary Range: $1,812 per month - $3,278 per month

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Salary Grade/Range:  1

Recruitment TypeRegular (Probationary)

Time Base: Part-Time 

Pay Plan 10/12. This position is on the 10/12 Pay Plan. The off-work months are June and July. Benefits and salary are paid over 12 months.

Work Hours: 8:00am - 5:00pm - Monday-Friday

Department Information 

The Department of Theatre and Dance at California State University, Sacramento, commit ourselves and our programs to call out systemic racism and to actively promote a truly diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment onstage, in rehearsals, in classrooms, and among each other. This commitment is rooted in providing a broad and thorough foundation of the history, theory, literature, performance, design/technical, and management practices of theatre and dance. Our imaginative and ambitious curriculum, supported by studio work and productions, challenges and nurtures our students to be interdependent, inclusive leaders who embody diverse practices in theater and dance. Our collaborative, artistic environment reflects a complex global perspective, complemented by national and international faculty and staff experience.

Minimum Qualifications 

Entry to the first level within this classification requires one to two years of experience working for a theater, repertory or stock company engaged in the applicable production specialty such as costume construction, stage and set construction, lighting production, and/or sound/audio production.  This background normally would be achieved through professional training or applicable college coursework and practical experience.

Required Qualifications 

  1. Demonstrated ability to maintain a welcoming and inclusive work environment with diverse colleagues and constituents including faculty, students, staff, and members of the community.
  2. Demonstrated history of and commitment to building and maintaining a respectful and professional work environment.
  3. General knowledge of methods and problems related to costumes and accessories including a wide variety of fabric types, weaves, and weights.
  4. General knowledge of historical periods as they relate to the costumes and accessories, and the ability to repair, restore, properly clean, maintain, and store them.
  5. Working knowledge of design principles and the ability to translate design specifications or drawings into costumes and accessories which may include preparing, drafting new patterns, and interpreting pattern directions as printed, including complex alterations and construction markings.
  6. Demonstrated ability to identify and appropriate materials and supplies needed for productions and specific projects, which includes preparing appropriate materials, including fabrics and accessories for each costume, and the ability to reconstruct costumes from existing stock, and create new costumes from scratch.
  7. Demonstrated ability and experience using applicable software packages relevant to costumes and accessories and to use standard features and technical aspects regarding production goals and themes.
  8. Demonstrated ability to use the patterns, methods, materials and equipment including experience with taking measurements, completing alterations, and conducting fittings for construction, reconstruction, and fabrication of costumes and related accessories.
  9. Working knowledge of safety requirements and standards related to costuming machinery, to include but not limited to home, non-industrial, and industrial sewing machines, and related sewing appliances (i.e. overlock/serger, blind hemmers, industrial washers and/or dryers).
  10. Demonstrated ability to assist with training and supervision of students involved in productions.
  11. Demonstrated ability to work in a busy environment with frequent interruptions and assignment to simultaneous tasks.
  12. Commitment to maintaining a welcoming and inclusive work environment with diverse colleagues and constituents including faculty, students, staff, and members of the community.

Preferred Qualifications 

  1. B.A. in Theatre, Dance, or Theatre Arts with an emphasis in costuming or costume construction.
  2. Minimum 2 years working in a professional or university theatre or dance company.
  3. Experience with and around students of varying skills level and learning styles as well as faculty directors and production staff.
  4. Experience in draping and dyeing fabric.
  5. Experience with a wide variety of fabric types that have dyeing/laundering restrictions.
  6. Experience with Leather Stamping Tools, Dye Vat, Drill Press, Band Saw, and Ban Airline.

Documents Needed to Apply

Resume and cover letter.

Failure to upload required documentation may result in disqualification.

About Sacramento State

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California’s capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State is a Hispanic and AANAPISI serving institution with about 31,000 students coming not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1,800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission:

“As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students to lead, serve, and succeed. Sacramento State will be a welcoming, caring, and inclusive leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sacramento State is dedicated to learning and student success; teaching, research, scholarship and creative activity; justice, diversity, equity and inclusion; resource development and sustainability; dedicated community engagement, and wellness and safety.

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued.  Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning. 

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Equal Employment Opportunity
California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit

The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit

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Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at
The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

Background Check Disclaimer

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position.

COVID19 Vaccination Policy

Effective May 2023, per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is strongly recommended that all California State University, Sacramento employees who are accessing office and campus facilities follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications. 

Out of State Employment

Sacramento State University, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees (up)on 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.

Eligibility Verification

Candidate must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. California State University, Sacramento is not a sponsoring agency for staff and management positions (ie. H-1-B Visa).

Note to Applicants:

Possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview unless required by collective bargaining agreement.



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