Costume Design Faculty

At ICON, we are seeking a part-time Design and Production arts faculty member specializing in the area of costuming design.  


Our arts faculty work closely with their corresponding department chair to support ICON’s productions and offer classes in their area of expertise, utilizing the design of Project-Based Learning (PBL), maintaining an organized and inspiring learning space. 


All arts faculty are expected to:

  • Innovate and collaborate with other artists as well as students across disciplines to support successful student-led productions. 
  • Communicate student progress with their department chair.
  • Be available to provide feedback to students as they progress through the program.
  • Refer students in their discipline/area of concentration as needed to the Student Life Team for additional support and resources. 
  • Develop classroom expectations that are clear and consistent to build positive rapport with students and align classroom culture with ICON’s mission and values.
  • Foster an inclusive and equitable school environment.

Costuming Design Faculty Job Description:

Costuming Design Faculty collaborates with other instructors and students to organize, design, develop, and create costumes, makeup, wigs, puppetry, and/or masks for productions, recitals, and classes.  The faculty member allocates approximately 70% time to teaching/mentoring students and 30% time designing/making costumes.  

Job Nuts and Bolts:

Start Date:  August 14th, 2024

Hours: Half-time, 10-month position

Salary: $24,000 + paid time off package.  

Options for additional stipend to work on Nolte Company productions and teach during ICON Summer Intensives.


How to Apply:

If interested, please send your cover letter and CV to and


As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.

Iowa Conservatory

Duties and Responsibilities

Detailed list of job duties:

  • Design and teach two sections of costume design per trimester and hold open lab time for students to work on projects.
    • Maintain a scope and sequence and PBL unit plans for courses taught, sharing curriculum as appropriate with the Arts Leadership Team (ALT). 
    • Align learning content with the current National Arts Standards.
    • Plan differentiated activities for students to provide rigor for all unique learners, highlighting student assets and developing culturally responsive curriculum.
  • Attend monthly teaching faculty meetings 
  • Participate in professional development onsite at ICON as required
  • Assist and collaborate with faculty, guest, and student designers in coordinating costume needs for each show.  
    • Collaborate with Design and Production faculty in the selection of qualified and interested students for all costume production assignments including wardrobe master, junior draper, first hand, stitcher, etc.  
    • Serve as Cutter/Draper on all school shows.  
    • Organize, schedule, manage, and attend fittings, dress rehearsals, and strikes.   
  • Maintain and organize in-house costume stock.  
    • Coordinate costume loans for internal classroom and student productions when time permits.  
    • Coordinate costume rentals for external (community and high school) productions if and when time and personnel permit.
  • Work with D&P Dept. Chair to manage shop supplies and equipment, working within a budget provided by the department chair. 


Required Qualifications

Required Training and Experience:

  • Experience teaching high school or working with children ages 13-18+
  • College degree in visual arts/design/performing arts
  • Expertise and experience in professional design field specific to costuming

Required Skills and Qualities:

  • Excellent verbal, written, and communication ability
  • Strong project management and organizational skills
  • Works effectively with a broad range of diverse population, teenagers from 13-18+ years old; demonstrates cultural competency
  • Interested in working with high school students in a boarding school environment
  • Maintains a high degree of professionalism
  • Possesses flexibility to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment
  • Seeks to acquire knowledge in area of specialty
  • Highly thorough and dependable
  • Demonstrates high integrity and the ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the necessary balance between student academic, artistic, and personal life
  • Compassionate and nurturing attitude toward all students
  • Team-oriented
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering an inclusive community and equitable community, with high responsivity to the needs of students, staff, and families
  • Commitment to learning about and practicing anti-racist work
  • Share an educational and artistic vision that aligns with the core principles of ICON
  • Must be available after hours for performances and productions

Preferred Qualifications


  • Master’s degree in design field
  • Teaching experience/licensure in arts education
  • Leadership experience in an arts organization

Combinations of related education and experience may be considered.

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