Assistant Costumer

Apply now Job no: 497321
Position type: part-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Other, Performing Arts, Theatre & Dance

The Assistant Costumer, within the department of Theatre and Dance, is a part-time, 30 hours per week, 39 week position during the 2023/2024 academic year (beginning mid-August 2023 and ending May 31, 2024). This position is eligible for limited University benefits.

The Assistant Costumer is self-motivated, responsible, and highly creative. The individual in this role must be able to work on a team to help produce successful costume designs for theatre and dance productions. This position is intended for early career costume designers and/or costume technicians seeking professional development including but not limited to portfolio building (design and technology) and costume studio management experience. In addition to being self-motivated, the assistant costumer will be mentored directly by the faculty costume designer and indirectly by the other department faculty and professional staff based on their individual goals.

Job Duties:
Primary duty is to support the successful production of costume designs for both theatre and dance performances. This includes but is not limited to:
Conducting independent research
Participating in design and production meetings
Collaborating with faculty, professional staff, and students;
Creating and maintaining costume paperwork for productions;
Sourcing materials;
Building costumes through patterning, cutting, sewing, and crafting;
Participating in tech and dress rehearsals as needed (may require work hours outside of regular day work);
Participating in costume laboratory hours;
Assisting the faculty costume designer and professional staff costume studio manager in supervising undergraduate workers in the costume studio;
Traveling locally and occasionally out of area to source supplies and materials for productions;
Transporting costumes between several locations on campus; and pulling and restocking costumes.
Creative opportunities are available both in and out of the department as opportunities align with assistant costumer’s abilities, goals, and the availability at the university at large.
Complete other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:
- Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre or related field
- Basic skills in costume design, patterning, cutting, sewing, and crafting
- Valid drivers license

Preferred Qualifications:
- Professional costume experience

Physical Demands:
Though physical labor is expected in this role, what that is defined as will vary depending on the individual in this position. We encourage individuals of all abilities to apply.

Work Type: 
This is a part-time, staff non-exempt position.  

This role is not budgeted for visa sponsorship at this time, all candidates must be authorized to work in the US at the time of submission of the application.

Salary Range:
This is a part-time, staff non-exempt position, offering an $18/hour starting rate. 


Eligible full- and part-time employees are compensated beyond base salary through our total rewards package that includes (but is not limited to):
- flexible scheduling options determined by role; 
- medical, prescription drug, vision, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance options
- an outstanding 10% employer contribution to your retirement plan (no contribution requirement for non-exempt positions)
- generous paid time off, including vacation and sick time, a community service day, and 19 paid holidays (including two full weeks off for Winter Break!)
- full-time and part-time members of the faculty and staff are eligible for tuition remission for themselves. Additionally, full-time members of the faculty and staff are eligible for tuition remission for their spouse/spousal equivalent and are eligible for various tuition programs for their children. Credit for full-time benefits eligible employment at other institutions of higher education will be applied to waiting periods.
- a comprehensive employee wellness program including program incentives
- a myriad of other benefits, including parental leave, an employee assistance program, fitness center membership, and the power of your Bucknell ID card 

To learn more about Bucknell's benefits, click here! (*Eligibility criteria and waiting periods may apply.)

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:
Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community.  We endeavor to enhance our capacity to value and capitalize on the cultural richness that diversity brings.  We encourage all individuals to apply and do not discriminate in admissions, employment, educational programs and/or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, sex/gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, marital or family status, military or veteran status, or genetic information.


About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 60 majors and 70 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,700 undergraduate and 30 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors on scholarly and artistic projects.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its undergraduate students. Student life is vibrant with about 200 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletics teams, a robust arts culture, and a commitment among many of the students to community and global service work.

Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community

Lewisburg (pop. 5,700) is located in central Pennsylvania and features beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), a variety of restaurants, shops and boutiques, and the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. It is the seat of Union County, which has about 44,000 residents.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is within a three-hour drive of New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and outstanding opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School consistently ranks among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

Advertised: Eastern Standard Time
Applications close:

Back to search results Apply now Refer a friend

Our Town Lewisburg