Adjunct - Costume Designer

Kirkwood Community College


To advance the college’s mission, vision, principles, values and strategic initiatives through continuous improvement decisions.
Responsible for the operation of the Kirkwood Theatre costume shop, including costume design, student instruction, costume shop management, and inventory and equipment maintenance. Kirkwood Community College produces two productions each year, a fall musical, and spring play. Kirkwood is an active member of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and has a strong history of award recognition at the regional and national conferences. This position is 8 credit hours in the fall semester, 7 credit hours in the spring semester, and 3 credit hours during the summer.


  • Advocate for Continual Improvement- empowering each other to identify opportunities for excellence.
  • Collaborate with Mutual Accountability- working together with a willingness to take ownership and account for our actions. 
  • Champion Service- anticipating needs and create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment. 
  • Perseverance- commitment to excellence even in the face of adversity or delay in achieving success. 
  • Lead- regardless of title, through positive influence. 


  • Maintain regular shop hours for 10-12 hours a week during the fall and spring semesters.
  • Summer availability for fall show preparation.
  • Maintain equipment and inventory.
  • Provide costume design for the selected production(s), including renderings, swatches, sketches, and technical drawings, etc.
  • Communicate and collaborate with the directing team to ensure accurate execution of the design.
  • Attend production meetings, tech week rehearsals, and strike.
  • Conduct a design presentation for cast and crew at the start of the production.
  • Shop and budget for each production.
  • Train student members of the costume running crew.
  • Supervision and instruction of students in the execution of the costume design for each show.
  • Perform other related work duties as assigned.
  • Be able and willing to represent the College in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers and the community we serve.
  • Ability to work efficiently with the costume designer, technical designer, and director.
  • Ability to instruct students in the details and craft of costume construction.
  • Ability to care for equipment and operate equipment safely and efficiently.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to cope with flexibility of daily schedule.
  • Welcome, value, and nurture people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as support and promote an environment that accepts differences.  
The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential job duties/responsibilities and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements.  Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.


Light to medium work.   Position involves exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally; up to 20 pounds frequently (34-66%); and up to 10 pounds constantly (67-100%) to move objects.  Physically able to perform routine stooping, bending, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, and repetitive motions constantly (67-100%).  Occasional (10-33%) kneeling and crawling.


  • Bachelor’s Degree with 3 year equivalent work experience in costume design
  • Experience instructing or training others in sewing techniques
  • Experience in an education setting is preferred
  • MFA in Theatre or Design
Kirkwood Community College shall not engage in nor allow unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment. This includes all employment practices, hiring practices, and unwelcome harassment of applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information or actual or potential parental, family, marital status or veteran status. If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with the policy please contact the Vice President of Human Resources at Kirkwood Community College, 313 Kirkwood Hall, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd., SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, Telephone: 319-398-5572,  Email: or the director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczynski Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, Telephone: (312) 730-1560 Facsimile: (312) 730-1576, TDD (800) 877-8339 Email:

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Job ID: 94503

Posted 17 days ago

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