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Touring Wardrobe Project Manager (Full-time)

Cirque du Soleil

This is a Full-time position in Las Vegas, NV posted September 18, 2022.

***Le poste étant situé aux États-Unis, la description de poste est disponible uniquement en anglais.***
***As this position in based in the United States, the job description is available in English only.***
Touring Wardrobe Project Manager
Full-Time Position

We are looking for our next Touring Wardrobe Project Manager to join our Affiliate Show Support Services Division – Operations team in Las Vegas, NV. The main objective of this position is to manage, provide guidance and training over the area of touring show costumes and wardrobe. This role will be accountable for all aspects of costumes and wardrobe operations for the affiliate touring productions while in production, fabrication, rehearsals, and tour with responsibility of meeting all creative, production and operational requirements according to established practices, budgets, and timetables. The ideal candidate is self-motivated, resourceful, organized and can work autonomously and independently on a multitude of tasks simultaneously.

The Touring Wardrobe Project Manager will have the opportunity to:

– Coordinate staffing and resources with Affiliate Show Support Services, the Vegas Costume Shop, Affiliate Artistic and Operations staff during the pre-production, new build, touring and refurb process;
– Ensure all touring costumes are maintained, repaired, replaced and functional for touring production according to established and approved budget and creative parameters established by Artistic Direction and Costume Shop SOPs;
– On new productions, liaison with Costume Shop Manager, to provide guidance and expertise on performance needs and practicality of proposed designs as it relates to touring durability and performance
– During pre-production and rehearsals, focus on tour, maintenance, quick changes, and crating considerations to support and facilitate training of road crews on best practices and standards;
– Collaborate with the Costume Shop and the Affiliate Services team to establish refurbishment budgets, requirements, and goals. Create refurbishment lists for existing tours based on the established budgetary guidelines, provide guidance and instruction to Costume Shop employees and touring crew during the refurb process;
– Ensure on-time and on-budget delivery of costume refurb package, suggest show running logistics, brand standards, performer safety, as well as efficient load in and load out practices;
– Coordinate schedules and logistics for on-site fittings, alterations, and adjustments of costumes to ensure proper fit, performer safety, design integrity, quick changes and to prolong costume longevity;
– Establish training and documentation of costume procedures for each tour in coordination with Costume Shop and employees;
– Coordinate the documentation of alterations on-site and report them back to Costume Shop;
– Train the crew to ensure all costume procedures are understood and followed. Provide ongoing training and support to active tours through documentation of training procedures, oversight of costume documentation and mentorship of road crew in various disciplines relevant to the touring industry;
– Participate in the budgeting process by providing information to the Director of Affiliate Services, the Production Manager and/or the Executive Producer for costume refurbs, on-site fittings, rehearsals, and road support maintenance;
– Serve as primary contact for road crews for all costume road support items in conjunction with the Costume Shop Manager. Coordinates resources with Costume Shop Manager to fulfill all requests and ensure timely shipping to the shows;
– Submit requests for approval for major expenditures through Affiliate Show Support team, Director of Affiliate Services and Costume Shop Manager;
– Develop and maintain good crating practices to protect the costume assets in coordination with Production Shop Manager, Props Master and Show Support team. Assess wear and tear on costumes due to crating issues and suggest appropriate methods to rectify the situation;
– Oversee the maintenance, fitting and training for the VIP and Publicity costumes;
– Travel as necessary, including international travel;
– All other work-related duties as assigned.

What does it take for this role? The following hard skills are the basics of what’s needed to be successful in this position:

– At least 4 years in the Entertainment Industry in costume leadership role;
– Advanced costume/crafts/sewing experience; make up and or wig experience; & previous touring wardrobe experience preferred;
– Knowledge of dance vocabulary;
– Ability to obtain up-to-date knowledge on industry standards, technical innovation and fabrication techniques;
– Ability to perform assigned duties and responsibilities under minimal supervision;
– Strong leadership abilities in order lead to inspire collaboration as they will have the ability to work in a team environment utilizing the strengths of all team members to work toward a common goal of producing the best possible quality shows in the industry;
– Exceptional communication skills to deliver directions, assignments and training sessions effectively and concisely to touring crew personnel;
– Ability to assist others during short deadline projects and peak workloads;
– Ability to perform the essential functions of the job including, but not limited to: crouching, kneeling, standing, lifting, sometimes for extended amounts of time; lifting at least 75lbs unassisted, etc.; Full list of essential functions will be sent in the offer.Regularly this person will need to use superior hand strength for part of their work. The use of power tools associated with costume work will be frequently required. The worker is regularly exposed to performers sweat and/or bodily fluids. The use of chemicals and the use of proper personal protection gear is essential to this position.Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions;
– Verification of the right to work in the United States for Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, as demonstrated by completion of the Form I-9 upon hire and the submission of acceptable documentation (as noted on the Form I-9) verifying one’s identity and work authorization;
– Although not a pre-employment condition, this position requires you to be fully vaccinated. If requested, reasonable accommodations will be considered;
– Although not a pre-employment condition, this position requires a passport for international travel. The ideal candidate will be and remain in good standing with all proper authorities including maintaining the validity of one’s passport. If the candidate does not currently have a valid passport, they must be willing and able to apply for and obtain one;

As you can imagine, working with a circus can be quite different from other organizations, and at Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, we embrace these differences loudly with enthusiasm. We realize that one size fits none and invite you to come create your own specialized experience with us to see exactly what we’re talking about, first hand.

Our emotion-provoking shows are just the tip of the iceberg: laced throughout our organization, you will find creative minds who are empowered to use their voices and be themselves, their truest selves. Diversity to us means various perspectives, fresh ideas and continuous improvement of the way we do things. We won’t pretend like we have every answer, that’s why we need you! The employees here are the center of what we do, the voices behind the final product and amazing performances on stage.

When you think of your ideal workplace, what comes to mind? For us, it looks (and really is) like this:
– Teamwork – we thrive with collaborative teams, regardless of titles or departments;
– Respect – when we ask someone to join our team, it’s because we trust and respect you;
– Integrity – whether you work behind-the-scenes or in the office, you’re being counted on. We are a team and integrity go a long way here, and like we mentioned previously, trust is important;
– Authenticity – we want you to bring your full self to work, this is a place where you don’t need to fit into a box to belong; diverse perspectives foster even more creativity in the workplace. We embrace the human behind the employee number;
– Being heard – you have access to everyone in the organization, use your voice on development questions or suggestions on how to improve the experience. We value open and transparent communication and we want you to be heard!

Come create with us and let us show you what a “circus family” feels like!

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate against applicants or employees because of their race, creed, color, age, religion, sex, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, national origin or ancestry.